Duckhorn Wine Company Sues Trinchero Family Estates over Duck Commander Wines

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Duckhorn Wine Company is suing Trinchero Family Estates over its recently released Duck Dynasty-branded wines. Duckhorn alleges that the Duck Commander label infringes on its trademark. The three Duck Commander wines retail for $9.99 a bottle and are sold exclusively through Wal-Mart, which is also a defendant in the suit. Noting other duck-related trademarks in the beverage industry, Trinchero attorneys called Duckhorn’s demands “overreaching and unsupported” in a letter.

Sonoma-based B.R. Cohn Winery Owner and Founder Bruce Cohn appointed his eldest son, Daniel Cohn, as chief executive officer. Both father and son will share ownership of the estate, but Bruce will focus on the production of the B.R. Cohn Charity Fall Music Festival while Daniel will concentrate on other aspects of the business. 

Jackson Family Wines and Invisible Sentinel—a biotech company in West Philadelphia that develops food safety technology—announced a partnership to develop a rapid diagnostic test to detect brettanomyces, or brett, in wine. The Veriflow BRETT test, if effective, would cost $20, and Invisible Sentinel hopes to market it to the entire industry. The company currently produces tests that detect salmonella and listeria, amongst others. 

Frédéric Pflanz resigned from his role as CEO of Rémy Cointreau after just three months, for what the company says are personal reasons. Pflanz will remain with Rémy Cointreau as development director, and chairman François Hériard Dubreuil will assume the CEO position during the transition.

Terrapin Beer Company is releasing a new brew as part of its Side Project Series. The Pineapple Express is the winner of the company’s inaugural Employee Homebrew Challenge, which splits Terrapin employees into teams to formulate a beer recipe, brew a five-gallon batch and develop a label and marketing strategy within a $75 budget. The Pineapple Express clocks in at 5.4% abv and is available in 22-ounce bottles and ⅙-barrel kegs wherever Terrapin is distributed.

 

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