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CDI Raises Funds for Food Bank, Launches New Products

Steve Baye, Vice President of Business Management, CDI; Michael Davidow, Corporate Development Manager, Connecticut Food Bank; and John Parke, President and CEO, CDI.

Connecticut Distributors, Inc. (CDI) presented a check to the Connecticut Food Bank for $11,090 on March 3. Money raised from local sales of Kenwood Wines funded the donation, which will provide 22,180 meals for children and families in need of assistance. On the same day, the CDI sales team heard presentations on new products including Captain Morgan Loco Nut, Papa Pilar Rum and the latest Bacardi portfolio addition, Banana. Diageo’s Kim Maciejewski and Jena Goetz presented an education session on Captain Morgan Loco Nut, a 20% ABV blend of real coconut liqueur, Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum and Caribbean spices. It is also gluten-free and diary-free. The label design includes a “scratch and sniff” element with coconut aroma. Mahalo Spirits Company, founders of Angel’s Envy Bourbon, was then highlighted with its product offering, Papa Pilar Rum, which is made in conjunction with the family of Ernest Hemingway, and named after his boat, Pilar. Papa Pilar 3-year-old Blonde and Papa Pilar 24-year-old Dark are now available. Both rums are solera blended and aged first in American oak bourbon barrels then transferred to port barrels (for dark) and then Spanish sherry casks during the resting process. Lastly, Kevin Hickey, Market Manager for Bacardi USA, presented Bacardi Banana, a white rum blended with the natural flavor of banana. The spirit uses non-GMO natural flavor, is gluten free and 70 proof/35% ABV.

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