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02.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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OBITUARY - EDGAR M. BRONFMAN

EDGAR M. BRONFMAN 84 - THE BILLIONAIRE BUSINESSMAN and philanthropist who, as chairman of the Seagram Company, expanded his family’s liquor-based empire, passed away in December.  Mr. Bronfman also served as president of the World Jewish Congress and championed the rights of Jews everywhere.  He inherited control of Seagram from his father, Samuel Bronfman, a self-made [...] Read More »

OBITUARY - GRAHAM MACKAY

GRAHAM MACKAY 64 - THE MAN WHO TRANSFORMED SABMiller from a local South African business group into an $82 billion dollar brewing giant, has passed away.  When Mackay started at SAB in 1978 during the apartheid era, sanctions were in place, foreign-exchange controls prevented international expansion and the brewer’s portfolio ranged from food to property.  But the release of Nelson Mandela in 199O and the [...] Read More »

OBITUARY - CHARLES GORDON

CHARLES GORDON 86 - THE LIFE PRESIDENT of William Grant & Sons has passed away.  Gordon was a key driving force in building William Grant & Sons into a strong independent family-owned company.  The great-grandson of company founder William Grant, Gordon’s achievements include leading the Glenfiddich and Grant’s Scotch whisky brands to global prominence.  Today, Grant’s is the fourth-largest Scotch whisky brand internationally, at 4.5 million cases, while [...] Read More »

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