June 29, 1997 |
Most days, Dal Perio can be found in his office sipping vodka, tequila or perhaps a cocktail. His employers don't mind. In fact, they encourage him. Perio is the "senior sensory scientist" at Heublein Inc., makers of Smirnoff Vodka, Jose Cuervo tequila and more than 100 other spirits. His job is to make sure the products taste as they should and to develop new drinks. Of course, the job calls for--gulp!--research.
January 16, 1987 |
RJR Nabisco Inc. has agreed to sell Heublein Inc. to London-based Grand Metropolitan PLC for $1.2 billion in cash, F. Ross Johnson, president and chief executive officer of RJR, said today. Heublein, based in Hartford, Conn., markets nearly 100 brands of spirits, wines and imported beers. Its major brands include Smirnoff vodka and Inglenook and Lancers wines. Grand Metropolitan has interests in spirits and wines through its subsidiary, International Distillers and Vintners.
July 2, 1993 |
Canandaigua Wine Co., the nation's third-largest wine company, said Thursday it has agreed to acquire Vintners International in what would be one of the largest winery deals in U.S. history. The purchase price was not announced, but industry consultants said it was believed to be about $200 million, making it about the same size as Heublein Inc.'s acquisition of The Christian Bros. in Napa Valley. The deal would make New York-based Canandaigua the nation's second-largest wine concern.
September 3, 1997
Fred Boynton Watson, former president and chief executive officer of the family food brokerage firm Cook-Boynton Co., has died. He was 72. Watson, who retired in 1983, died Aug. 16 while attending a family party, his company announced Tuesday. He had lived in San Marino for the past 38 years. The firm, started by Watson's grandfather Fred W. Boynton in 1893, has represented Heublein Inc., Welch Foods Inc. and other companies for more than 90 years.
July 13, 1992 |
It's enough to make Pyotr Smirnov turn in his grave. A century after the death of the great vodka entrepreneur, one of his descendants is fighting a U.S. firm for the right to sell Russia's favorite spirit under his name. "I'm the direct descendant of Pyotr Smirnov through the male line, and I have documentary proof," said Boris Smirnov, who plans to start making vodka according to what he says is a traditional family recipe in the next two months.