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Communal Brands

Develop wine brands targeted at an edgy, urban audience, and import/distribute these brands, as well as 100+ others from around the globe.

  • Stage $1M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Food and Beverage
  • Location New York City, NY, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded October 2008
  • Employees 3
  • Website

Company Summary

A two part business- wine brand development and wine import/distribution. Brand development is Communal's core strength and brand value will be the key driver of financial return for the business. The symbiotic relationship between import/distribution and brand development is a unique strength for the Company, reducing market risk, providing scale, increasing speed to revenue and optimizing the Company's cash as it grows its branded portfolio.


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    Melissa Saunders

    The business is driven by her vision. She has a passion for wine and a depth of knowledge, is a lawyer with deep experience navigating through the rigors of alcohol beverage law and over 10 years' experience selling wine. Melissa manages the Company's strategy, its sales force, and executes sales. She is also responsible for business development, curating the portfolio, supplier relations, marketing, operations, logistics and compliance.

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    Chris Antista
    Creative Director

    Chris leads the Creative Department. Chris develops the irreverent, comical ideas and concepts that are the ethos of the Company. It is Chris' creative genius that fuels, inspires and brings the labels and marketing concepts to life.

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    Dan Saunders
    Part-time Finance & Operational Oversight

    Dan provides part-time finance and operational guidance to the business. Dan has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School and has over 10 years' experience as a management consultant in New York City.


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    Certilman Balin Adler Hyman
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    Baker Tilly

Previous Investors

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    Phil Veal
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    Bridget Liddell
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    Randi Puccio