Global Spirits Signs With Benchmark Beverage Company to Distribute Vodkas and Brandy in Michigan

Press Release updated: Oct 25, 2017 09:00 EDT

Global Spirits USA, a privately held, international manufacturer and marketer of wines and spirits, has signed Benchmark Beverage Company as its distributor of record to distribute LEAF Organic and Khortytsa Vodkas, as well as Odessa V.S.O.P. Brandy in Michigan. 

“Benchmark Beverage Company was created on the idea that every brand matters and needs representation,” says Auday Arabo of Benchmark.

According to Dan Freier, national sales director north, Global Spirits, “Benchmark Beverage is the ‘go-to’ distributor in Michigan.  Their expertise in growing and prospering craft and boutique spirits – like LEAF and KHOR — is well known in the trade.”

“Benchmark Beverage is the ‘go-to’ distributor in Michigan. Their expertise in growing and prospering craft and boutique spirits – like LEAF and KHOR — is well known in the trade.”

Dan Freier, National Sales Director, Global Spirits USA

Global Spirits’ portfolio of brands continues to make significant headway throughout the Midwest. 

“LEAF’s packaging, price point and organic origins are aligned with today’s consumer lifestyles, while Khortytsa is a quality vodka at a terrific price point,” notes Freier. “Odessa Brandy, which is our newest offering, has had tremendous success because it offers a quality V.S.O.P. designation at an unusually accessible price point.”

Ukraine’s famed Khortytsa (Hor-Ti-Tsa) Distillery is among the world’s best distilleries and named after the country’s famed Khortytsa Island, known as the “heart of Ukraine.”  This ancient island’s history dates back thousands of years and reaches the roots of civilization. It is considered a sacred place in Ukraine and is one of the country’s seven wonders. 

Built in 2003, the Khortytsa Distillery is among the world’s finest distilleries. It uses a local organic filter containing schungite (a unique natural mineral) which allows it to get as close as possible to the structure of natural water.  The filtration process is further enhanced with special birch and alder-tree charcoal and quartz sand.

Currently, there are four items within the Khortytsa line imported to the United States: Khortytsa Platinum, which is the most popular item in the line, retailing for $11.99 per 750-mL; Khortytsa Ice, with a bottle color that changes when chilled, retails for $11.99 per 750-mL; Khortytsa Honey Pepper, which offers a spicy zing to a variety of cocktails, retails for $11.99 per 750-mL, and Khortytsa De Luxe for vodka connoisseurs, is a “super-premium” vodka with a suggested retail of $25.99 for a 750-mL bottle.

LEAF believes vodka’s main ingredient, water, is what truly defines the spirit.  LEAF Vodka is sourced from unique waters around the country. One variety is made from Alaskan Glacial water, which lends a pure, smooth taste with a hint of sweetness. The other, made from Rocky Mountain mineral water, provides richness and complexity, offering a warm and savory impression. The water sources give LEAF Vodkas their signature tastes.

The packaging for LEAF Vodka is designed with the intention to have the contour of a leaf, accentuating the brand and giving it a premium look. With a recommended shelf price of $15.99 for 750-mL—and Certified USDA Organic — LEAF Vodka is well positioned within the dynamic and growing vodka category.

Odessa is produced at the Shustov Distillery from spirits distilled from white grape varietals including Rkatsiteli, Aligoté and Pinot varieties. The Rkatsiteli is an ancient pale-skinned grape variety from the Republic of Georgia – one of the oldest (if not the oldest) wine-producing regions on earth. Aligoté is a white grape used to make dry white wines in the Burgundy region of France, but it is also cultivated in many Eastern Europe countries.

Odessa is distilled using the traditional French “Charentais” – or double fractional distillation – in copper pot stills.  The heart of the distillate is then carefully selected to be bottled and aged, enhancing the delicate and refined aroma that is the signature of its white grape varietals.  The spirit then ages in oak barrels for at least five years.

The resulting brandy is world class.  Notes of oriental spices and citrus fruit dominate the first nose, while the second follows with hints of raisins and tones of maturity.  The taste carries honey and nutty overtones, while the creamy caramel finish is long and smooth.  It’s a brandy to be savored.

Odessa V.S.O.P. Brandy available in 750-mL and 100-mL sizes, the product carries a suggested retail price of $10.99 or $1.99 respectively.

About Global Spirits USA

A Fortune 500 Company in Europe, Global Spirits was established in 2008 and has offices in New York, Moscow and Kiev, employing over 5,000 people. The company’s annual volume exceeds 10 million cases, with distribution in over 80 countries.   Global Spirits USA markets and distributes strategic brands including: Khortytsa Vodka (3rd largest selling international vodka brand*), LEAF Organic Vodka, and Odessa V.S.O.P. Brandy.

For more information on Global Spirits USA, please visit http://globalspiritsus.com. For editorial samples or information, contact Ann Willets / [email protected] / (908) 433-7821.

Source: Global Spirits USA

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