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Spiritseurope boss demands Brexit Withdrawal Agreement solution

The director general of trade body Spiritseurope has called for an urgent resolution to the outstanding issues in the Brexit negotiations before the European Council Summit this week.

LCW 2018: 'Best international turnout ever'

Hannah Sharman-Cox, MD of Drinkup.London joined Drinks International to discuss the success of the ninth edition of London Cocktail Week.

Solera Beverage Group launches Nordic distribution firm

Solera Beverage Group has launched Collection Spirits, a marketing and distribution company specialising in craft and luxury spirits in the Nordics.

Stephanie Jordan launches Drinking Out Loud

Former Tanqueray global brand ambassador Stephanie Jordan has launched a specialist drinks marketing agency to help support emerging craft wine and spirit brands.

William Grant & Sons reports 12.6% profit rise for 2017

Global spirits producer William Grant & Sons has reported profit growth of 12.6% to £250.2m after tax for the year ended 31 December 2017.

AS Liviko gains Spanish distribution deal

AS Liviko has entered into an export contract with Spanish distributor and wine manufacturer Sogas Mascaró resulting in Crafter’s London Dry gin, Crafter’s Aromatic Flower gin and Vana Tallinn liqueurs being exported to Spain.

Cellar Trends announces management changes

Cellar Trends has announced the retirement of joint managing director David Marriott and director of sales Terry Barker (pictured).

WSET appoints new school principal

WSET School London has appointed Richard Harding as the new school principal, responsible for maintaining teaching standards, managing WSET educators and planning the annual schedule of courses.

Diageo appoints new global gastronomer role

Diageo Reserve has appointed Irish chef Mark Moriarty as global gastronomer, its new food advocacy role within the business.

Whyte & Mackay and Proximo Spirits combine UK distribution

Whyte & Mackay (Glasgow, Scotland) and Proximo Spirits (London, England) have announced a partnership to accelerate distribution of their combined portfolios in the UK on trade.

BCB director: World Class clash is “enrichment”

Bar Convent Berlin director Petra Lassahn insists that the schedule clash with Diageo World Class is “an enrichment” to the trade show.

Chivas appoints Rhys Wilson global brand ambassador

Winner of the 2017 UK Chivas Masters cocktail competition, Rhys Wilson, has joined Chivas as global brand ambassador. 

Fields, Morris & Verdin acquires Leclerc Briant

Fields, Morris & Verdin (FMV) has added champagne agency Leclerc Briant to its portfolio, a brand which has been biodynamically certified since the 1980s.

Pernod Ricard to 'monitor' cannabis legislation before investing

Pernod Ricard CEO Alexandre Ricard said the company will wait to see how cannabis legalisation effects the sales of premium spirits before investing in the emerging industry.

Pernod Ricard reports sales decline

Pernod Ricard sales for FY18 totalled €8,987m, down -0.3% on FY17 while organic sales growth accelerated to +6.0% from +3.6% last year.

Chase Distillery gets Hong Kong deal

Chase Distillery has formed a partnership with Jebsen Fine Wines in Hong Kong to manage the distribution of its portfolio of vodka and gin.

Zamora Company partners with Nassau Imports

The Zamora Company and Old Nassau Imports have formed a new sales and marketing organization, Zamora Company USA, LLC.

Bar Convent São Paulo to launch in 2019

Bar Convent Berlin is set to launch a new trade show in Brazil in 2019 which will be run by trade show organiser Reed Exhibitions Alcantara Machado and Reed Exhibitions Deutschland.

Diageo reports increased sales in preliminary results

Diageo has reported net sales of more than £12bn and increased operating profit in its preliminary results for the year ending 30 June 2018.

Zamora and W. Deutsch part ways for Licor 43

Zamora has announced that it and its US importer, W. Deutsch Family Wines, have mutually agreed to terminate its arrangement for Licor 43, effective September 1.

Irish Distillers wins legal case with brewer

Irish Distillers has won a trademark case with a British brewery over the name of its lager beer called Mideltone, created by Bucks Star Brewery.

Distell and Camus Cognac enter China distribution deal

Distell Group has appointed Camus Cognac subsidiary Yuanliu International Trade Co as distributor for three of its Scotch whisky bands in China.

Diageo says new HQ search is "premature"

Diageo has said it would be "premature to speculate" over rumours it is looking to relocate its global headquarters from Park Royal to a more central, west London location.

Zamora Company sees record turnover in 2017

The Zamora Company has recorded a €169m turnover for 2017, the highest in the company’s history.

Zamora Company buys major stake in Chinese distributor

Zamora Company has purchased a majority stake in Chinese wine and spirits distributor Tintafina.

JD Wetherspoon drops champagne for English sparkling wine

British pub company JD Wetherspoon is to offer more drinks from UK and non-EU producers and brewers across its 880 pubs from July 9 ahead of Brexit.

Glencairn breaks new ground

Glencairn, the Glasgow-based crystal company which sponsors the International Spirits Challenge and Drinks Inrternational’s Travel Retail Awards, claims to have broken new ground with unprecedented growth globally year-on-year.

Baijiu market poses 'big opportunity' for premium spirits

Data and analytics company Globaldata, says there is a big opportunity for mid-range western brands to penetrate China’s giant baijiu market.

Liviko takes on Rémy Cointreau brands

The Estonia-based Liviko Group is to represent the Rémy Cointreau group in the Baltic States.

Zamora Company targets niche markets

Spanish wine and spirits business, Zamora Company has positioned itself amongst “niche” categories to achieve sustainable growth.

WSTA Brexit debate at London Wine Fair

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is hosting a ‘Brexit debate’ at this year’s London Wine Fair.

Halewood and Tsingtao part company

Halewood Wines & Spirits and Tsingtao Brewery have agreed mutually not to renew their longstanding distribution agreement.

Beam Suntory acquires ABV Brands

Beam Suntory has acquired the remaining 50% shareholding of its South African distributor, ABV Brands, from the company founders, Ross Calow, Daniel Hawkins and Igor Boyadjian.

Distillers' City Debate tickets released

Tickets have been released for the seventh annual Distillers’ City Debate on Thursday 3 May 2018 in London.

AB InBev acquires Atom Brands

AB InBev subsidiary company, ZX Ventures has purchased Atom Group for an undisclosed fee.

William Grant & Sons makes Doug Bagley MD

William Grant & Sons has appointed Doug Bagley as managing director for Asia Pacific, effective 14 May 2018.

Accolade Wines sold to Carlyle Group for A$1bn

An agreement has been made between 80% shareholder, the CHAMP III Funds (CHAMP) and 20% shareholder, Constellation Brands, Inc. (Constellation) to sell 100% of Accolade Wines to The Carlyle Group for A$1 billion.

AB InBev and Anadolu Efes merge Russia and Ukraine business

Anheuser-Busch InBev has completed the 50:50 merger of the AB InBev and Anadolu Efes Russia and Ukraine businesses.

Toorank drops 'Dutch Spirits' brand

A senior management change at Toorank has led to the decision to retire the ‘Dutch Spirits’ brand and bring the whole group back under the Toorank umbrella.

Fever-Tree chairman sells £82.5m shares

Fever-Tree co-founder Charles Rolls has sold 2.6% of his shares in the company for £82.5m, leaving an 8.6% stake under his name.

BrewDog acquires Draft House chain

Scottish brewing company, BrewDog has taken full ownership of the entire Draft House estate of 14 bars across London and south east England.

WSTA takes British wine to HK

In the same week that the secretary of state signed a joint statement on trade collaboration, some of the WSTA team led a group of English wine and British gin producers on a trade mission, which - for the first time - was jointly funded by the UK government.

Global Brands sales increase +16% in 2017

Drinks manufacturer and distributor Global Brands has reported a +16% increase in sales, taking turnover to £42m for its financial year ending 30 September 2017.

Henkell confirms purchase of 50% of Freixenet

As reported in the February issue of Drinks International, Henkell the German sparkling wine company, has finalised the deal to buy 50.67% of Freixenet SA’s shares.

Diageo acquires aperitif Belsazar

Diageo has announced the acquisition of Belsazar GmbH, a premium aperitif from Germany’s Black Forest for an undisclosed fee.

Heineken loses legal battle in Greece

Macedonian Thrace Brewery (MTB) has welcomed the success in its long-running legal battle with Heineken and its 98.8%-owned Greek operating subsidiary, Athenian Brewery (AB), for anti-competitive market abuses in Greece.

Coca-Cola launches alcohol brand to survive

Coca-Cola’s plans to release an alcoholic beverage in Japan in 2018 is a survival strategy according to big data experts.

Maxxium UK to become Edrington-Beam Suntory UK Distribution

Maxxium UK has announced that it is to change its name to Edrington-Beam Suntory UK Distribution Limited, from April 1.

WSTA annual conference wins award

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s annual conference has been recognised by the European Association Awards ceremony in Belgium.

William Grant & Sons has appointed a managing director for Latin America

William Grant & Sons has appointed Enda O’Sullivan as managing director to Latin America, overseeing the hoped for growth of the company’s brand portfolio.