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.
March 20, 1994 |
There are few things that a Russian takes as seriously as his vodka. And few Russians take it more seriously than Boris Smirnov. The pudgy, bearded former KGB man is a descendant of one of the most famous vodka makers of all, Pyotr Smirnoff, who until the 1917 Russian Revolution produced spirits for Russia's czars. But today a huge American company, Heublein Inc., claims the right to the Smirnoff name, and its brand is selling briskly virtually across this vodka-imbibing country.
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.