Kobrand Corp. has split its wine and spirits portfolio into two separate sales and marketing companies.

The family-owned company said on Friday (11 January), that the divisions, now named Kobrand Wines and Kobrand Spirits, have been separated to enhance the focus, attention and core strengths of the categories.

Kobrand Corp. president and CEO Charles Palombini said: "Our industry is continually confronted with seemingly endless consolidations and newly-formed alliances at the supplier level and as a result many producer/brand owners in the US market feel that they have been relegated to a secondary position.

"This 'one size fits all' approach simply does not appropriately serve the needs of so many brands, and often discourages new brand initiatives. We believe that this bold move of dividing our company will make a positive statement, reassuring long-time industry partners of Kobrand's full commitment to apply a singular focus to their brands, and more importantly, that their brands will enjoy priority status in this increasingly over-crowded marketplace."

The Kobrand spirits unit will be presided over by its vice president and director of spirits Tom Congdon, and will include brands such as Alizé, Delamain Grand Champagne Cognac, Depaz Blue Cane Amber Rhum, Café Bohême and Larressingle Armagnac.