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04.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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PRIVATEER RUM

KEVIN MARTIN has been named VP of Sales by the Essex-based rum company.  Most recently, Martin was Bar Manager at Eastern Standard for seven years.  In his new position he will work directly with on-premise and off-premise accounts in Boston and New York to build the brand and a sales team, educate on Privateer and support Founder Andrew Cabot and Head Distiller Maggie Campbell in new product endeavors.  Martin graduated with a BS in Culinary [...] Read More »

WILLIAM GRANT & SONS

CASPAR MACRAE has been appointed as Global Brand Director for Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.  He is currently Vice-President of Marketing for William Grant & Sons in the US.  He’ll be responsible for Tullamore Dew across its key markets including the US, the UK and mainland Europe.  MacRae joined the company in 2OO8 as Category Marketing Director and was promoted to Head of Innovation before becoming Vice-President of Marketing in the US. [...] Read More »

SAZERAC COMPANY

DAVID GRAPSHI, Tequila National Sales Manager for Sazerac Company, has retired.  During his twenty-plus years with Sazerac, David was instrumental in developing many brands in the US marketplace including Herradura, El Jimador, Pueblo Viejo, Siete Leguas and Corazon.  David was awarded the title of “Conocedor del Tequila” in 2O13 – the first such appointment issued by Mexico’s CNIT (Camara Nacional De La Industria Tequilera).  Upon retirement, he will remain active in the spirits industry as [...] Read More »

RMY COINTREAU

FREDERIC PFLANZ, who became CEO three months ago, is stepping down “for personal reasons”, the company said.  Chairman François Hériard Dubreuil will take over as a transitional measure.  Pflanz, Rémy’s CFO for four years, will remain with the company as a “development director”, working on projects he had already initiated. [...] Read More »

OBITUARY

SARALEE MCCLELLAND KUNDE 66 A dairy ranchers’ daughter who became a grower of prized wine grapes and an irresistible force for the celebration of Sonoma County agriculture, Saralee McClelland Kunde passed away in January.  Revered by many, Kunde had been grappling with cancer since the fall of 2O12.  She became a dynamic force for Sonoma County agriculture. In 1988 she purchased land in Windsor and turned the fields into premium vineyards.  Some of her [...] Read More »