Control State News – June 2, 2015

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Control State Happenings
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A CULTURE OF COLLABORATION

Collaboration creates opportunity. That’s the philosophy Stephen Larson has abided by during his five-year tenure as the Administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division (ABD). He’ll carry that same motto with him now that he’s assumed the chairmanship of the NABCA. Click here to read more.

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THE ROUNDTABLE WEIGHS IN

What does the future hold for the control states and the spirits they sell? And what has transpired in the past year? For insight into these questions, StateWays has once again turned to executives on either side of the state/company relationship. Click here to read more.


Product Watch
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DOLE FRUIT PUREES
Dole has announced their new line of Chef-Ready Fruit Purées, shelf-stable and ready to pour. Flavors include pineapple, mango and raspberry purées, in recyclable cartons with re-sealable twist caps. Click here to read more.
BACARDI GRAN RESERVA MAESTRO DE RON
Paying tribute to its rich history and heritage, Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron is named after the Maestros de Ron (Master Blenders) that have safeguarded the secrets of the family’s rum-making process for more than 150 years. Click here to read more.
PARROT BAY RTD MARGARITA
Parrot Bay has announced its ready-to-drink Parrot Bay Margarita with Coconut Water. The RTD has only 150 calories per 8 oz. slim line can. Click here to read more.
THATCHERS GREEN GOBLIN CIDER
English cider maker Thatchers is re-launching its Green Goblin Cider to the U.S. market in a new 330-ml bottle, in partnership with Innis & Gunn USA, Inc., seven months after Thatchers entrusted the craft brewer’s US business with its flagship brand, Thatchers Gold. Click here to read more.

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NEW CROWN ROYAL EXPRESSIONS
Crown Royal has introduced its first-ever blended rye whisky, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye. This offering combines the richness of Northern harvest rye grains with the smoothness of Crown Royal to create a balanced whisky. Click here to read more.
NEW BLUE CHAIR BAY RUM FLAVORS
Blue Chair Bay Rum has announced two new flavors: Banana Rum Cream and Vanilla. Banana Rum Cream is a blend of fresh, sweet, ripe banana with caramel and vanilla notes brought together with Caribbean. Vanilla has sun-baked vanilla meringue aroma, smooth body, and a warm and creamy finish. Click here to read more.
TAYLOR FLADGATE 1965 TAWNY PORT
Taylor Fladgate, imported into the U.S. by Kobrand Corporation, released its first 50 Year Old Single Harvest Tawny Port in 2014 with the 1964. At the beginning of 2015, the 1965 50 Year Old Single Harvest Tawny Port made its debut and is currently available in limited quantities in the U.S. Click here to read more.
SAUZA BOTTLE REDESIGN
Sauza Tequila, the flagship brand of Casa Sauza, will debut a new premium look in June 2015. The refreshed brand highlights the Sauza family heritage, quality and craftsmanship behind the spirit and elevates its visibility and presence internationally, according to the company.Click here to read more.

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BLADE AND BOW BOURBON
Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, DIAGEO’s newest brand within its American Whiskey portfolio, pays homage to the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. Named after the two parts of a skeleton key, the blade shaft and the ornate bow handle, the whiskey derives its inspiration from the Five Keys symbol that can be found throughout the distillery. Click here to read more.
RUMCHATA FREEDOM BOTTLE
UThe RumChata Freedom Bottle program has returned this summer to continue The RumChata Foundations’s support for the Lone Survivor Foundation (LSF). This Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that restores, empowers and renews hope for wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support. Click here to read more.
VOLI VODKA 80 PROOF
Voli’s 80 proof is produced in Cognac, France, five-times distilled, non-chill filtered and made of Beauce Wheat and natural spring water from the remote village of Gensac, according to the company.Click here to read more.
BUFFALO TRACE BOURBON EXPERIMENTS
Buffalo Trace Distillery has announced its newest French oak experiment, creating two different barrel types, one made entirely of French oak, and another using French oak heads, but American white oak staves. The barrels were both constructed with Buffalo Trace’s exact specifications as far as size, stave drying, and charring. Click here to read more.

Featured Content
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THE TEQUILA CLASS OF 2015

There’s a mystique and romance surrounding tequila that few products enjoy. The import has captivated the imagination of the American drinking public, making it the fastest growing category of spirits in the country. Click here to read more.

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GOING STRAIGHT

Originally much of vodka’s stellar rise was sparked by marketing that spotlighted status appeal and indefinable allure. Then came the influx of flavors to entice new consumers into the category. Click here to read more.

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