Cheers July/August 2012

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Growth Brands at WSWA The Beverage Information Group used the venue of the recent WSWA Convention to honor those suppliers whose wine and spirits brands won Growth Brand Awards. T presented in conjunction with the WSWA event. Dozens of representatives from the industry's iconic brands attended and accepted awards. "We'd like to congratulate all the Growth Brand Award winners," said Beverage 2012 Growth Brand Award winners in the wine and spirits categories. Th is year's reception was the second time the Growth Brand Awards were he Beverage Information Group, Cheers' parent company, held a reception at the recent 69th Annual WSWA Convention in Las Vegas to recognize the Information Group executive vice president Charles Forman. "We wish them continued success and look forward to seeing many of them next year." Growth Brand Award winners were recognized in four categories: Rising Stars, Fast Track, Established Growth and the Comeback awards tier. Th e categories are designed to organize the wine and spirit brands demonstrating notable growth in a meaningful, quantifi able way to help retailers, restaurateurs and the industry at large discern existing and emerging trends. Eric Barlund, regional vice president; Shayne Brown NV, market manager; Jeff Hodson, regional vice president; Tito Beveridge, owner and founder; Pete Angus executive vice president; and Rich Nestro regional vice president all from Tito's Handmade Vodka attended the ceremony. Jeff Johnson vice president sales and operations; Malcolm Lloyd CEO and co-founder; and Devin Wilson vice president of marketing of Old Nassau Imports collected an award. Timo Sutinen vice president of marketing and business development at Imperial Brands received an award. 42 | JULY/AUGUST 2012 Mike Mouvet, director of off-premise sales; Craig Williams, division vice president of sales for the Southern Division; Jonathan Yusen, senior vice president of marketing; Ted Roman, senior vice president of sales from William Grant USA accepted their awards. Donn Lux is president and CEO of Luxco. TOM CLARK

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