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Hurricane Sandy served Grey Goose vodka distributor a wet and dirty martini

martini110912_optBY GINA G. SCALA

New Jerseyans looking to take the edge off a week after Hurricane Sandy will have to do it without a surplus of Grey Goose Vodka.

Fedway Associates Inc., the exclusive distributor of Grey Goose, Cristal champagne and the herbal brew Kamasutra in New Jersey, was hit with a 10-foot surge of the Hackensack River in its Kearny warehouse, according to its Facebook page. The distributor said it expects losses to be in the “tens of millions.”

After renting a 190,000-square-foot warehouse, the company expects to resume operations Nov. 19, according to its Facebook page. The company is moving its offices to Somerville while

250 employees and customer volunteers work three shifts a day to clean up the mess Sandy left in her wake.

“We are making rapid and significant progress,” Neil Barnett, company president, said Wednesday in a Facebook posting.

Gov. Chris Christie said he would consider lifting a law prohibiting alcohol retailers from buying supplies from out-of-state distributors.

“If in fact that company came and asked me to consider that, I would consider it,” he said. “But to the best of my knowledge they have not come and asked for any waiver or relaxation of that regulation."

Nor has Jeffrey Warsh, executive director and general counsel to the New Jersey Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association, a Trenton-based trade group. In a phone interview with the Associated Press, he said New Jersey liquor suppliers offer 46,000 brands, and “the impact of Hurricane Sandy is on a handful of products.”

But Kenneth Friedman, founder and owner of Bottle King, told the Associated Press the interruption is "a headache for everybody."

"We'll be out by the weekend," Friedman said in the Nov. 8 telephone interview. "Grey Goose was going to have special promotions in November, so we were winding down our inventory and going to buy at the lesser price, $27.09, the first week of November. We don't pocket that discount. We pass it on to customers."


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