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NEW: Stoli Crushed

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Stoli® Vodka, the original premium vodka with uncompromising quality since 1938, is expanding its award-winning portfolio with Stoli® Crushed, a fresh and fun expression of Stoli vodka with real fruit juice. As the first vodka brand to introduce flavors in 1962, Stoli continues on its path of unrivalled innovation, becoming the first premium imported vodka brand to enter the fast growing ‘real fruit juice’ spirits segment with Stoli Crushed, which will be offered in Pineapple and Ruby Red Grapefruit, two of the best-selling flavors within the category.

Stoli Crushed will begin its national rollout at retailers in May 2017 – just in time for summer. Refreshingly juicy with a taste that is undeniably Stoli, it can be enjoyed on the rocks or with club soda, providing consumers with a premium cocktail they can experience anytime, anywhere.

“The real fruit juice category is on the verge of explosive growth as consumers today are craving easy-to-mix spirits and real flavors,” said Patrick Piana, President and CEO, Stoli Group USA. “With Stoli Crushed, we are looking to elevate the category and to widen our spectrum of Stoli consumers. We are tremendously proud of the high-quality Pineapple and Ruby Red Grapefruit flavors we developed and are marking this as our biggest innovation to date.”

Stoli Crushed is distilled and blended at the brand’s Riga, Latvia distillery along with Stoli’s entire range of vodkas. Made from naturally gluten-free ingredients – including corn and buckwheat – and blended with real fruit juice, Stoli Crushed expands on Stoli Gluten Free, which was successfully introduced in April 2016.

Stoli Crushed is 60 proof, or 30 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), for a suggested retail price of $16.99 for 750ml.

NEW: Strongbow Orange Blossom

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Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders, the number one selling global cider brand, unveils its newest flavor, Strongbow Orange Blossom. The new flavor delivers a fresh, spring-like orange blossom aroma with a touch of sweetness and a juicy apple finish. Strongbow Orange Blossom, along with all Strongbow products, contain no artificial flavors or colors.

“We are welcoming spring this year with the newest edition to the Strongbow family of hard ciders, and are excited to share Strongbow Orange Blossom with our fans!” said Jessica Robinson, Senior Director Strongbow, who was involved in the development of the new flavor.

“Strongbow Orange Blossom, a fresh remix of natural flavors, has received consistently high taste test ratings, appeals equally to men, women, cider and non-cider drinkers, and has a higher trial potential than the leading hard soda brand. Consumer research during the new flavor development also revealed that 8 of 10 consumers say Orange Blossom is “good tasting,” “easy to drink,” and “refreshing”. And overall flavor trends are on our side –orange is a top 3 flavor driving growth in flavored spirits, Robinson continued.”

All flavors in the new Variety Pack are gluten-free and sold in 11.2 oz. bottles. Strongbow Gold Apple and Strongbow Honey are 5% ABV, while new Strongbow Orange Blossom, Strongbow Cherry Blossom and Strongbow Ginger are 4.5% ABV.

NEW: Stoli Gluten Free

stoliglutenfreeThe launch of Stoli Gluten Free continues Stoli’s commitment to innovation and pioneering heritage through its storied 80-year history by marking the first time a global vodka brand is creating a completely new gluten-free recipe to meet the needs of gluten-free consumers. Made with 88 percent corn and 12 percent buckwheat, Stoli Gluten Free will launch in the U.S. with availability at Stoli accounts nationwide starting in April 2016.

“Innovating within the Vodka category has remained an integral part of Stoli’s DNA for 80 years and counting,” said Patrick Piana, President and CEO, Stoli Group USA. “As with all of our innovations, we conduct consumer research and discuss with our trade partners to identify unmet consumer needs in the marketplace. Stoli Gluten Free will resonate with younger legal drinking age consumers who have an active lifestyle and greater focus on the products they consume.”

Added Piana, “Our distributors have given very positive feedback to-date. We believe that Stoli Gluten Free is an incredible opportunity for Stoli and that it will help us continue to grow our market share.”

Stoli Gluten Free purposely includes “Gluten Free” on the front label to clearly communicate to consumers that Stoli Gluten Free is a gluten-free product. The U.S. TTB classified Stoli Gluten Free for gluten-free labeling because it meets its standard of being made with naturally gluten-free ingredients, the only way a product can be classified as truly gluten free.

The Stoli Gluten Free packaging will maintain Stoli’s iconic bottle, with a premium label that features a unique batch number and signature of Ronalds Zarinovs, production director of Latvijas Balzams, whom oversees the production of all Stoli Vodka products.

Stoli controls the entire production process of Stoli Gluten Free and its entire range of Premium Vodkas. Stoli Gluten Free is made with naturally gluten-free corn and buckwheat harvested from the fertile fields in the Tambov region of Russia. The ingredients are then distilled three times at Stoli’s state of the art Talvis distillery and filtered four times, through quartz sand and birchwood charcoal, before being blended with pure, natural spring water from the Latvijas Balzams’ artesian well in Riga, Latvia.

“In developing Stoli Gluten Free, we wanted to create a product that not only delivered on a consumer need, but also achieved Stoli’s incredibly high standards of quality and taste,” said Michael Oringer, Senior Vice President of Innovation & Trade Marketing, Stoli Group USA. “We experimented with a variety of gluten-free ingredients before finalizing on a unique mash of corn and buckwheat. The result is delicious, old-world style tasting vodka that meets the needs of our consumers who live a gluten-free lifestyle.”

With a smooth taste and clean finish, Stoli Gluten Free is the latest addition to Stoli’s portfolio of old-world style vodkas, including flagship Stoli Premium, Stoli Flavors and elit™ by Stoli®. Stoli Gluten Free will be available in 50 ml, 750 ml and 1L packages with a suggested retail price of $19.99 per 750ml bottle.

NEW “Heisenberg” Blue Ice Vodka

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Sony Pictures Television and 21st Century Spirits have partnered up to launch a limited edition line of “Heisenberg” Blue Ice Vodka – inspired by the hit television series, “Breaking Bad.” Three special edition bottles of Heisenberg by Blue Ice, with distinct graphics and infamous quotes, are due to hit store shelves early summer 2015.

“The Dude had his White Russians, the Blues Brothers had their Night Train… and now Heisenberg has his very own Blue Ice Vodka!” said Vince Gilligan, Executive Producer and Creator of Breaking Bad. “I’m counting on our fans to use it in the creation of a great many delicious cocktails. I’m getting thirsty just thinking about it.”

Blue Ice Vodka is handcrafted in Idaho and made from premium, all-natural ingredients. Blue Ice Vodka uses continuous column distillation, combined with a patented five-stage filtration process making it among the purest products in the marketplace, today; leading to a gold medal at the 2014 San Francisco Spirits Competition and 94 points from the Beverage Testing Institute.

Founded in 2002, Blue Ice Vodka is the #1 selling handcrafted, premium, American, potato vodka in the country. Blue Ice was designed for the vodka purist, with a refined palate, using only the highest level of ingredients: Idaho Russet Potatoes and pristine water sourced from the largest volcanic aquifer in the country. Blue Ice Vodka does not add sugar and is certified gluten-free and Non-GMO.