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Southern Wine Strengthens Pacific Northwest Coverage

John Klein, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America’s seven Pacific Northwest markets — divisions of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., announced today the appointment of Gregg Risley as Vice President, Operations - SWS-PNW. Regarding the Company’s operations in Oregon, Klein also announced that Shawn Youmans has accepted the role of Vice President, Operations - Southern Wine & Spirits of Oregon. The appointments of both Risley and Youmans were effective January 20, 2013. Risley will report to Klein, and Youmans will report to Risley.

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Pepsi Sending 2 Minnesotans to Super Bowl

Two best friends have won a free trip to the Super Bowl by striking a pose. Both young women entered a contest by Pepsi to appear in the halftime show with Beyonce. Both entered separately. Both won.

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Tennessee Brewers Support Proposed Tax Change

Tennessee has the nation’s highest tax on beer, and it’s stifling the growth of the state’s fledgling craft-brewing industry, say leaders of the state’s malt-beverage brewers and wholesalers. To help correct that, they’re supporting a bill expected to be filed in the General Assembly this week to restructure the tax, although they say the changes won’t lower the tax — or even improve the state’s highest-tax ranking. (Knoxvillebiz.com)

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