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Bibendum's Saunders braces for 2013 storm

Bibendum CEO Michael Saunders has warned the UK wine trade that business conditions will remain “tough” in 2013 and voiced his “violent objections” to minimum unit proposals.

Lower-alcohol Wines: The Lowdown

There is increasing awareness and demand for low and lower-alcohol wines. Christian Davis checks on who’s doing what

Pusser's targets tiki bars and younger drinkers

Pusser’s Rum will target younger drinkers in the UK this winter with a new on-trade promotion.

Cape 2012

You have to hand it to Wines of South Africa. They know how to organise an event. To say Cape 2012 is just another trade show, would be a great injustice and understatement.

Alexandre Ricard steps up

Pernod Ricard has announced board changes, following the sudden death of Patrick Ricard, which sees Alexandre Ricard step up preparation to become chairman and CEO in January 2015.

Treasury appoints Grant to head up Beringer

Treasury Wine Estates has appointed John Grant as managing director of its Beringer Brand Business Unit.

Treasury and Accolade pack for each other

Treasury Wine Estates and Accolade Wines has announced that TWE will pack wine for Accolade in Australia with Accolade will pack wine for TWE in the UK.

Scotch infrastructure

Asian demand for whisky has boosted investment in Scotland, says Lucy Britner

Guala buys South African closures maker

The Guala Closures Group has announced that it has begun the process for the acquisition of the Metal Closures division of South Africa’s MCG Industries.

International varietals could be the future for Portuguese wine

CEO of Sogrape Vinhos, Francisco Ferreira, has ventured that the planting of further international varietals could help to attract more consumers to Portuguese wine.

Pernod turns up the volume

Credit to Pernod. The company has done a fine job this week in extolling the success of scotch whisky around the world and in telling important opinion formers that the company is best placed to capitalise on that thirst and in doing so earn lots of money for the company, its suppliers, customers, not forgetting its investors.

Pernod raises the stakes

Pernod Richard is raising the stakes in scotch whisky after a week in which it hosted a ‘Capital Markets Day’ of presentations up at its flagship Glenlivet distillery on Speyside.

Diageo buys Brazilian cachaça brand Ypióca

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, has announced that it has reached agreement with Ypióca Agroindustrial Limitada to buy cachaça brand, Ypióca, and certain production assets.

Atkin MW and Chester Osborn get Wine Intelligence Business Awards

Wine journalist, Tim Atkin MW and d'Arenberg owner and winemaker Chester Osborn, were both named as recipients of the Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Award.

Campari announces group pre-tax profit of €52.8 million

Gruppo Campari has announced group pre-tax profit of €52.8 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2012. 

SAB Miller announces staff shake-up

SAB Miller has announced a number of directorate and senior management changes that will become effective from the company’s annual general meeting on July 26, 2012.

McLaren Vale appoints new CEO

The McLaren Vale Grape, Wine and Tourism Association (MVGWTA), the generic body that represents growers in the premium wine producing region in south-east Australia, has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer.

SPI signs up Telford for Stoli's distribution in China

SPI Group has signed a five-year agreement with Telford International Company for the distribution of its Stolichnaya portfolio in China.

US: DISCUS recruits Campari, appoints new chair

Campari America has joined the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).

CEDC takes Barefoot to Poland

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has extended its links with Gallo Vineyards to include the distribution of Barefoot wines in Poland.

Australia: Stoli appoints new distributor

Australia: Stolichnaya has signed a five-year distribution deal with island2island Beverage Company.

Bacardi appoints new president and CEO

Bacardi has appointed a new CEO, following the retirement of Séamus McBride.

Su Birch of Wines of South Africa wins business award

Su Birch, CEO of Wines of South Africa (WoSA) is the winner of Wine Intelligence’s inaugural ‘10 for 10 Business Award’.

Australian vintage is exceptional

Australian wine producer Australian Vintage (AVL) has hailed the 2012 vintage from the Sunraysia and the Riverland wine region as ‘exceptional’ and one of the best in the past two decades.

Pernod CEO rues Havana Club stagnation

Pernod Ricard’s CEO Piere Pringuet has spoken out about Havana Club’s flat half-year sales growth, branding its performance “disappointing”.

Diageo posts 7% organic sales growth

Diageo has delivered 3% volume growth and 7% organic net sales increase for the six months ended December 31, 2011.

Consultancy firm hires former Bacardi chief

Global business consultancy McKinney Rogers has appointed a former Bacardi USA president to its board.

Beam reports strong 2011 fourth quarter and full year results

Beam Inc, the US-based global spirits company, has reported full-year net sales increases of 8%.

CEDC pairs with Beam in Poland

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has signed a five-year exclusive agreement to distribute Beam brands in Poland.

Altia buys Xanté

Altia Plc is buying the Xanté Company and the Xanté spirits brand from the Swedish Tilander family.

Russia: CEDC/La Martiniquaise deal commences

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with La Martiniquaise to distribute Label 5 whisky in Russia. La Martiniquaise announced the tie-up in December 2011.

Rémy launches new VSOP

Rémy Martin is to introduce a new expression of its VSOP cognac for the European market. VSOP Mature Cask Finish is to replace VSOP in Europe, while the rest of the world will continue to receive the original VSOP cognac.

Irish Distillers confirms £100m expansion

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has confirmed it will spend €100m on the 2012 expansion of its Midleton Single Distillery, the site where Jameson is produced.

Stock completes refinancing

Central European spirits and liqueurs company Stock Spirits Group is gearing up to acquire new business.

Alcohol Concern loses its CEO

The board of Alcohol Concern, the anti-alcohol lobby group in the UK, has announced a restructuring of its senior management following the loss of core funding with the role of the CEO becoming part time for a year alongside the recruitment of a full time director of fundraising and campaigning.

English wines have come of age

English wines have come of age – Georg Riedel has chosen suitable stemware for their wines.

Belvedere appoints CEO, looks to clear debts

Sobieski vodka owner Belvedere has appointed Krzysztof Trylinski as chairman and chief executive officer of the group. He aims to clear the company's debt by selling two of its brands.

Russia: Roust and Rémy strengthen ties

Russian Standard vodka owner Roust and Rémy Cointreau have announced the expansion of their partnership in Russia which will include the distribution of additional Rémy Cointreau brands.

Pernod announces staff shuffle

Pernod Ricard has announced a number of staff changes.

Former Brown Forman chairman dies

Owsley Brown II, former chairman and CEO of Brown-Forman has died after a brief illness. He was 69 years old.

Angostura CEO steps down

Angostura Holdings has announced the departure of managing director and CEO Wayne Yip Choy, effective September 21, 2011.

Italy: Stoli changes distributor

SPI Group has agreed a new distribution deal with Velier, for the entire Stolichnaya portfolio in Italy.

A rare demijohn of Cognac Frapin sells for €15,000

A five-litre demijohn of 1985 Cognac Frapin has sold for €15,000 at a charity auction.

Kofi Annan speaks at TFWA Cannes

The Tax Free World Association’s World Exhibition in the famous French resort of Cannes opened today (Monday September 5). Christian Davis reports from Cannes. 

Nomacorc registers double-digit growth

US-based synthetic closure brand, Nomacorc, has announced it registered 10% year-on-year growth during Q1 and Q2 of 2011.

Absolut reports 6% growth

Absolut Vodka, part of the Pernod Ricard group, has revealed that its annual sales value and volume grew by 6% during the period July 1 2010 to June 30 2011. 

Glenmorangie Company appoints new president

The Glenmorangie Company has promoted chief operating officer Paul Skipworth to the post of president and managing director.

StarBev eyes international expansion for Staropramen

StarBev has announced ‘significant investments’ in its Staropramen brand, as it eyes international expansion.

Kirin buys Schincariol

Japanese brewer Kirin has bought the outstanding shares in Aleadri-Schinni Participações e Representações S.A. (“Aleadri”), a company that holds 50.45% of the outstanding shares of Schincariol Participações e Representações SA (Brazil; CEO: Adriano Schincariol: “Schincariol”).

Constellation appoints new board member

Constellation Brands has added Keith Wandell, president and chief executive officer of Harley- Davidson to its board.

Show some humility, says CEO of Renaud Cointreau

Owners of traditional products such as champagne and cognac need to show some humility in their dealings with new emerging markets, according to the president and CEO of Groupe Renaud Cointreau.

South Africa: KWV CEO resigns

South Africa: The KWV board has announced that CEO Thys Loubser (pictured) has resigned as company CEO with immediate effect.

Santana strikes chord with Casa Noble tequila

Carlos Santana has become joint owner of Casa Noble tequila in Mexico.

Foster's appoints CMO

Foster's Group has announced the appointment of Andy Gibson to the role of chief marketing officer. Andy is expected to start in the role on November 1.

Pernod announces jobs shake-up

Irish Distillers CEO Alexandre Ricard (pictured) is to leave his post to join Pernod’s group general management team in Paris.

Beynat on Vinexpo 2011

Drinks International’s Hamish Smith catches up with Vinexpo CEO Robert Beynat at 2011 show.

Fladgate CEO calls for quality rosé port

The CEO of the Fladgate Partnership has called for the quality standard of rosé port to be raised.

Drambuie restructures after key retirement

Drambuie has announced the appointment of Michael Kennedy as future CEO and added Brendan O’Neill and Jonathan Brown to its board of directors.

Heinemann takes on Topping

Heinemann Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Germany-based duty free retailer and distributor Gebr Heinemann, has appointed Paul Topping to the role of director.

Amorim registers double-digit volume growth

Cork producer Amorim recorded double-digit volume growth in 2010.

Glazer’s appoints COO and VP

US distributors Glazer’s has appointed Robert Swartz as chief operating officer and Phil Meacham as executive vice president malt beverages.

Diageo acquires Turkish spirits firm

Diageo has struck an agreement to acquire Turkey's "leading" spirits company, Mey Içki.

Irish Distillers launches new whiskeys

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has launched two new whiskeys.

NZ: Winegrowers aim for organic

New Zealand: An organic wine group has set a goal for 20% of New Zealand vineyards to be organic by 2020.

Budvar bucks Czech beer decline

Czech beer Budvar bucked a 12% decline in Czech beer exports in 2010 to record growth of 4%.

Jameson hits 3 million cases

Jameson has reached three million nine litre case sales (MAT ending October 31). According to the brand, growth in the US, Jameson’s largest export market, contributed to its milestone success, with one million cases sold.

First Cape to sponsor Lions rugby tour

First Cape Wines has announced it will sponsor the British and Irish Lions rugby tour of Australia in 2013.

CEDC to purchase Kauffman vodka

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) is to purchase the global rights for Kauffman vodka.

Elitemarket.com launches virtual whisky cellar

Elitemarket.com has created a virtual cellar for online shoppers to view, research and buy single malt scotch whiskies.

Diageo boss to advise UK prime minister

Diageo chief executive Paul Walsh has been selected by the UK prime minister David Cameron to advise on business and economic issues.

LVMH appoints new Moet boss

LVMH has appointed a new CEO for Maison Moet et Chandon.

Estonia/Japan: Liviko buys half of Hanza Trading

Estonian alcohol producer AS Liviko has acquired 50% of a Japanese alcohol import and distribution company.

New Zealand: Smaller grape harvest good news

The 2010 New Zealand grape harvest totalled 266,000 tonnes, 19,000 tonnes smaller than the 2009 crop and in line with the pre-harvest forecast.

Drinkaware appoints new trustees

UK: Alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware has appointed three new trustees to its board.

Carlsberg signs up for UEFA Euro 2012

Carlsberg Group is to sponsor the UEFA Euro 2012. It is the first UEFA Euro ever to be hosted in Eastern Europe. Carlsberg considers the UEFA European Championship its most successful marketing activity for the Carlsberg brand.

South African wine gets sustainability seal

The South African wine industry has launched a new sustainability seal, as a guarantee of environmentally-sensitive production.