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DON FREYTAG has been named Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer. In his new position he will focus primarily on developing the Kurvball Flavored Whiskey brand. Freytag was previously Commercial Director, Strategic Advisor and a board member of Rabbit Hole Distillery. He was also responsible for creating the Mary Dowling Whiskey...
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TIMOTHY BASHAM has been appointed to the newly created position of Vice President of US Sales. In this role, Basham will be responsible for spearheading a number of initiatives including the company’s commercial, distribution, and sales strategy development, as well as brand marketing and market activations. Prior to joining Phenomenal...
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The USBG has elected INGRID SHAWN RODRIGUEZ as the next President of the Guild. T. COLE NEWTON, JOSEPH FREDRICKSON and JESSICA TAYLOR have all been elected to officer positions to round out the board. Based in St. Petersburg, Rodriguez is the U.S. Educator and Florida Area Manager for WhistlePig Whiskey....
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OBITUARY: Anthony Dias Blue

Legendary wine, spirits and food critic Anthony Dias Blue passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, December 25th. His love affair with wine began in 1978 when he moved his family to San Francisco. He would go on to be the founder and Executive Director of The Tasting...
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Mark de Witte will retire as CEO of De Kuyper Royal Distillers in April when Heineken veteran LEO EVERS will take over the position on May 1. During De Witte’s nine-year tenure as CEO the Dutch distiller nearly tripled its turnover. Dutch national Evers started his career at Bols International...
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JAMEY MARTIN has joined the drinks group as its chief diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer. In her new role, Martin will look to make an impact across the company’s three-pillar DEI strategy of workplace, workforce, and marketplace. She joins Beam Suntory following a 15-year career at Mondelēz International, serving...
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OMAR PERCICH is being promoted from CFO to Chief Operating Officer. He is taking over the position from current COO, TOM HAWKINS, who is retiring after 1O years with the company. Prior to his tenure with Don Sebastiani & Sons, Tom was with Beam Global Spirits & Wine for over...
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ED BROWN, President and Chief Executive Officer of Patrón Spirits International and The Patrón Spirits Company is retiring. During his nearly 2O-year tenure, Brown led the Patrón brand’s expansion, growing from 118,OOO cases sold in 2OO1 to become the world’s largest selling ultra-premium tequila with more than two million cases...
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The trade group has appointed MAGGIE QUINN as its new Director of Public Relations. In her new role at the Council, Quinn will promote spirits trends, cocktail culture and industry heritage through media relations, special events and media tours, as well as digital and social media activities. She will also work...
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Edrington Spirits has appointed MIKE ZITELLI as President of Wyoming Whiskey. He will maintain his current role and responsibilities as Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs for Edrington Americas. BRAD MEAD, who has served as President and CEO of Wyoming Whiskey since its establishment in 2OO6, will continue as Chairman...
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