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09.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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CONGRATULATIONS HARPOON BREWERY EMPLOYEES!

Harpoon Brewery, as of August 1,  became an employee-owned company. The existing shareholder group transferred 48% of the company’s shares to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). “Employee ownership is the embodiment of what Harpoon stands for,” says its co-founder, Dan Kenary. “Our success as an independent craft brewer is attributed to our outstanding employees and the wonderful culture we have at the brewery. The ESOP strengthens our commitment to our employees, our culture and [...] Read More »

SUMMERTIME SENATE BUSY

WHO SAYS the Massachusetts Senate gets nothing done in the summer?   They’ve been busy – bill has been passed to allow retail sale of alcoholic beverages at 1Oam on Sundays, two hours earlier than currently allowed!  The House previously approved the bill, which goes to Governor Deval Patrick for his signature.  Additionally, the Senate passed a bill that will give cities and towns more control over liquor licenses.  Currently, the state caps the number that [...] Read More »

EVERYONE HAS EYES FOR DRAMBUIE

DRAMBUIE CERTAINLY has its share of suitors at the moment. Currently for sale by the MacKinnon family, the liqueur has sparked interest in several drinks groups that wish to add the brand to their portfolios. William Grant & Sons, the family-owned business behind Glenfiddich and Grant’s, is examining a £1OOm (US $17Om) takeover of the spirit reputed to be made from a recipe concocted by Bonnie Prince Charlie. Other suitors for the brand include Remy-Cointreau [...] Read More »