Category: Industry Briefs

Guest Column: The Social Side of Sustainability

When my family founded Jackson Family Wines in 1982, the intent was to build a wine business that would last for hundreds of years. This multigenerational approach means making responsible business decisions for the long-term health and well being of the lands it farms, the people it employs, and the communities where it does business. The company recently created its first Jackson Family Responsibility Report to take this approach further by setting ambitious five-year goals around such issues as water and energy use, waste diversion, greenhouse gas emissions, and social equity. When speaking about sustainability with customers or trade...

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Spotlight: Flavorman Founder David Dafoe Finds the Recipe for Success

With a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a lack of desire to continue to medical school, a young David Dafoe returned home to Cincinnati in 1984 to contemplate his next step. “My parents told me to get a job,” he says, “and a mentor of mine set me up with a job at Fries & Fries, a company now known as Givaudan [the largest flavor company in the world]. So I ended up in the flavored beverage industry. Turns out, I have a great sense of taste and smell.” His first beverage project in product development: working on the...

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Cork Supply USA Adds Daniel Brodie and Drew Wolfe

In recent months, Cork Supply USA has added Daniel Brodie to its team as a supply chain specialist and Drew Wolfe as a strategic accounts consultant. Brodie will be responsible for managing logistics and maintaining long-term relationships with suppliers. Wolfe will work with the company’s three sales divisions—closures, capsules, and oak to maximize cross-sector sales. Cork Supply USA is the U.S. division of a global producer and distributor of premium wine and spirits bottle closures, labels, Tonnellerie Ô barrels, and creative oak...

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Mark Shilling Named ACSA Board President

The American Craft Spirits Association recently appointed Mark Shilling president of its board of directors. Shilling, cofounder of Revolution Spirits Distilling Co. in Austin, Tex., joins P.T. Wood of Wood’s High Mountain Distillery in Colorado, who returns to the board as vice president, and Tom Jensen of New Liberty Distilling in Pennsylvania, who will serve as secretary/treasurer. “There are big shoes to fill this year as many of ACSA’s founding members leave our board of directors, having completed full terms,” said Shilling at the time of the announcement. “These industry leaders have set the bar high with their clear...

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Ross Bentley Joins Wine Country Consultants

In June, Napa Valley-based real estate brokerage Wine Country Consultants welcomed Ross Bentley as a partner. Bentley joined the company after spending the previous eight years in key roles at Hundred Acre Wine Group, including as director of production and operations manager. There, he had a hand in production of the company’s brands (Hundred Acre, Cherry Pie, Layer Cake, and If You See Kay), contributed to compliance and marketing efforts, and supervised harvests in California, Argentina, and Australia. Wine Country Consultants was formed in 2016 to focus on legacy vineyards and wineries. It offers both brokerage and consulting services...

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