SPI Group, owner of the Stolichnaya Russian vodka brand, has made John Esposito president of its US operations.

US: Pernod Ricard and Russian Standard Vodka have reached a settlement of claims brought by Russian Standard against Pernod Ricard. According to Pernod Ricard, the dispute revolved mainly around the allegations brought by Russian Standard Vodka and Roust Trading Limited pursuant to which promoting Stolichnaya as "Russian vodka" resulted in false advertising.

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I’ve always maintained that the cards are stacked against craft spirits brands wanting to build a meaningful travel retail presence.

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