Massachusetts Beverage Business


William Grant & Sons

Jonathan Ashworth has been hired as Commercial Director for Stolichnaya Vodka.  The company took over distribution for the brand from Pernod Ricard in several markets, including the US, last year and Ashworth is a former member of Pernod Ricard’s Stolichnaya Brand Organization team.  Ashworth previously worked at Allied Domecq Duty Free as Marketing Director Global Duty Free and, before that, as Group Marketing Manager for Allied’s UK Spirits and Wine division. [...] Read More »

Bacardi Limited

Michael J. Dolan and John S. Galantic have been elected as Directors to the Board.  They will take the places of JAY MCDOWELL and GUY PEYRELONGUE, who are retiring.  Dolan, who retired as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Viacom, Inc. in December 2OO6, currently serves on the board of directors of Mattel, Inc. and on the board of America’s Choice, a not for profit that provides solutions for educational organizations.  Previously, he [...] Read More »

W.J. Deutsch & Sons

Jean-Francois Bonneté has been appointed Senior Vice President of Spirits, heading up Deutsch’s new spirits division.  The former President-CEO of Mystique Brands LLC and the prior Director of North America for Cognac Ferrand, Bonneté brings more than twelve years of experience in the US spirits industry. [...] Read More »


JIMMY BEDFORD, former master distiller of  Jack Daniel’s whiskey, died Friday, August 7.  He was 69.  His body was found outside a barn at his farm in Lynchburg. The apparent cause was a heart attack. Bedford started at the distillery in 1968 and worked in the yeasting, fermenting, milling and distillation areas –  becoming master distiller in 1988. Bedford retired in March 2OO8 after spending 2O years as the master distiller supervising the entire operation [...] Read More »

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