NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. (SFIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mast-Jagermeister, announced today that Jeffrey B. Popkin has been named the company's CEO.
Popkin brings significant experience helping grow some of the most renowned beverage and alcohol brands in the U.S. He has done so through a combination of innovative marketing and building close working relationships with distributors and customers. His official start date is Dec. 1, 2015.
"Jeffrey brings a very unique leadership skillset that matches with our plans for growing the Jagermeister brand in the U.S. and Canada," said Michael Volke, Member of the Executive Board of Mast-Jagermeister. "He has a proven track record as an innovator, team builder and positive change agent. He knows how to take established brands and bring them to new levels of success."
Popkin most recently served as president of the blockbuster Vita Coco brand. During his tenure, this undisputed leader in the coconut water category saw significant growth from coast to coast, including the rapid expansion of its distribution and retail footprint. His leadership experience in the beverage industry also included serving as CEO of Red Bull Distribution. Prior to Red Bull, he held a number of senior leadership positions with top beer and beverage brands, including as president of the Western U.S. for Coors Brewing Company.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to join the Jagermeister family and help grow this iconic brand," said Popkin. "The company has a proven team and strong distributor network in place. Together, we will continue to innovate and grow the beloved Jagermeister brand by creating new experiences for our loyal customers, and by expanding the brand's appeal to a new generation of consumers."
Jagermeister, which translates to "master hunter," is the #1 selling imported liqueur in the United States and one of the top shot brands in the world. The full-bodied flavor of Jagermeister, which includes cinnamon, star anise, ginger and cardamom, is a result of a lengthy maceration to extract aromatic compounds from a closely guarded recipe of 56 botanicals, plus aging in oak casks for one year. The production process is exacting and includes sourcing the ingredients in their raw, unprocessed form, along with 383 quality checks to ensure its complex and balanced taste profile. Jagermeister Liqueur is 35% Alc. /Vol. and imported exclusively by Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., New Rochelle, NY. Visit www.jager.com or www.facebook.com/jagerusa for additional information. DRINK RESPONSIBLY.