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Brexit: ‘UK wine trade needs support’

A UK politician believes that the British government must support ‘frictionless trade’ with the EU following Brexit to save 270,000 jobs in the UK wine industry.

AB InBev gives the green light

Anheuser-Busch InBev has announced plans to aquire 100% of its purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

VINEXPO to host Brexit plans in France

VINEXPO will address the key Brexit issues facing the wine and spirits industry at its 2017 wine show in France on June 20.

WSTA: Frictionless borders needed to prevent smuggling

The WSTA has warned that Brexit talks must achieve “frictionless borders” to avoid alcohol smugglers at ports.

Stephenson to aid Lidl UK spirits team

Lidl UK has announced Tristan Stephenson will consult on its spirits range, working closely with its buying team.

Mahesh Madhavan to become Bacardi CEO

Bacardi has announced that Mahesh Madhavan, a 20-year Bacardi veteran, who is currently a member of the company’s global leadership team and regional president of Asia, Middle East & Africa, will succeed Michael Dolan, who will retire as CEO, effective April 1, 2018.

Vinexpo sets its stall out

Vinexpo CEO Guillaume Deglise was in London today (March 1) to extol the virtues of attending the Bordeaux show in June (18-21).

Agile Media appoints DI commercial director

Rob Cullen has joined the expanding Agile Media team as Drinks International’s new commercial director, replacing Roger Betriu.

Gruppo Campari buys Bulldog gin

Gruppo Campari has announced the acquisition of super premium gin, Bulldog for US$58.4 million (€54.1m).

Diageo: currency pressures won’t push up prices

Diageo has said that the weak pound will not see immediate changes in its prices.

Diageo posts volume and value rises

Diageo has announced growth across all its regions, with 1.8% overall organic volume growth and 4.4% organic net sales growth in the half year period to December 31.

Fever-Tree posts positive results

Fever-Tree has announced that its full year revenue is expected to be circa £102.2 million, which is growth of 73% on 2015.

Advini buys Lapalu family estates

Antoine Moueix Properties, a subsidiary of the major French wine producer Advini, has announced the purchase of approximately 400 hectares of vineyards on both the right and left banks of Bordeaux.

Beam Suntory takes over Sipsmith

Beam Suntory has taken over British craft gin and vodka producer, Sipsmith.

Gruppo Campari to sell Italian wineries

Gruppo Campari has announced the sale of Italian wineries Sella & Mosca and Teruzzi & Puthod for €62 million.

William Reed acquires World's 50 Best Bars

William Reed has acquired The World’s 50 Best Bars awards from Drinks International’s publisher Agile Media.

Constellation buys and sells

Constellation Brands has announced the sale of its Canadian wine business and is buying Charles Smith Wines, High West Distillery and a minority stake in Bardstown Bourbon Company.

Codorníu Raventós announces new UK MD

Matteo d’Imporzano has been appointed managing director of Codorníu in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Anheuser-Busch InBev completes SABMiller purchase

Anheuser-Busch InBev has announced the completion of the deal to buy SABMiller.

William Grant reports record profit

William Grant & Sons has reported a record profit after tax of £147.4m*, an increase of 8.9% year-on-year.

Ian Macleod Distillers buys Spencerfield Spirit Company

Ian Macleod Distillers has announced that it has bought the Spencerfield Spirit Company, including its flagship brand, Edinburgh Gin.

Edrington unveils new HQ

Edrington, has announced the location of its new international headquarters: 100 Queen Street, by Glasgow’s Royal Exchange Square.

Sazerac acquires Last Drop Distillers

The Sazerac Company has acquired The Last Drop Distillers for an undisclosed amount. 

Pernod Ricard to reduce number of SKUs by up to 30%

Pernod Ricard has outlined a global initiative to reduce ‘portfolio complexity’ by reducing the number of SKUs by up to 30% in some markets.

Pernod reports full year profit rise

Pernod Ricard has reported profit from recurring operations, the measuring stick that analysts and the company use, rose 2% during its fiscal year 2015/16 to €2.28 billion.

Famous Grouse Experience shortlisted for tourism award

The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery has been shortlisted at the Courier Business Awards in the tourism, leisure and hospitality business of the year category.

UK is BCB’s country of honour

Bar Convent Berlin organisers have announced that the UK will be this year’s ‘country of honour’.

EU alcohol duties system works

The EU Commission has set out the initial findings and possible revision of the alcohol excise duty structure.

Edrington announces new CFO

Edrington has announced the appointment of Paul Hyde as its new chief financial officer.

WSTA reaches out

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has reached out to help establish and offer on-going support to a new alliance of small distillers and other spirit producers.

Stock Spirits results for the six months ended 30 June 2016

Stock Spirits Group, a leading central and eastern European branded spirits producer, has announced its results for the six months to June 30 2016.

Campari group reports half year results

Gruppo Campari has reported sales of €743.9 million and group net profit €67.2m, down -13.8%.

Conviviality appoints David Robinson

Conviviality Plc, the UK's leading independent wholesaler and alcohol distributor and franchised retail outlets, has appointed David Robinson to the board as managing director of Conviviality Retail.

Diageo: net sales down, profits up 1.6%

Diageo has reported that net sales are down 3% but operating profit grew 1.6% for the year ended June 30, 2016.

Diageo welcomes report on reducing alcohol-related harm

Diageo has welcomed the release of the latest Producers’ Commitments report by the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking.

Edrington profits down £7m

Edrington has announced profits of £72.7m for the year ended March 31, 2016, down £7m on the previous year.

Food and Drink Federation calls for Brexit safeguards

The Food and Drink Federation has called on the new UK Prime Minister Theresa May to safeguard the interests of Britain’s food and drink manufacturers’ in negotiations to leave the European Union.

Diageo and WaterAid announce international partnership

Diageo has announced a five year partnership with WaterAid, an international NGO providing access to safe water and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Lords inquiry into effectiveness of UK licensing legislation

A House of Lords Committee, set up especially to look at the Licensing Act 2003, and the liberalisation of opening hours in the UK, has launched its investigation.

Johnnie Walker to have per serving alcohol content and nutritional information on pack

Diageo has announced that Johnnie Walker is to have new packaging which will display on-pack alcohol content and nutritional information per typical serve.

Johnnie Walker to have per serving alcohol content and nutritional information on pack

Diageo has announced that Johnnie Walker is to have new packaging which will display on-pack alcohol content and nutritional information, per typical serve.

Stella David rejoins Bacardi

Stella David, the former CEO of William Grant & Sons, has rejoined Bacardi as a board member

O’Flynn to leave Pernod Ricard UK

Pernod Ricard UK has announced that its managing director, Denis O’Flynn, has decided to leave at the end of September.

SWA reacts to UK Brexit vote

The Scotch Whisky Association calls for unity as the UK electorate votes to leave the European Union

Agile Media to re-launch CLASS Magazine

Agile Media will re-launch bartender magazine CLASS this autumn. 

Diageo and UN unite on road deaths

Diageo and the United Nations’ Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have formed a partnership to try and reduce traffic death and injuries globally.

Javier Ferrán is Diageo board chairman designate

Diageo has announced that Javier Ferrán will be appointed to the Diageo board as a non-executive director from July 22 and will be appointed chairman on 1 January 2017, on the retirement of Dr Franz Humer.

Two new board members at Marie Brizard

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits has announced that, at the upcoming shareholders’ meeting to be held on 21 June 21, shareholders will be asked to approve the appointment of two new board members.

Black Cow appoints head of global sales

Emma Wykes has been made head of global Sales at Black Cow Pure Milk vodka, as part of its global expansion plans.

Pernod Ricard USA is reorganised

Pernod Ricard has announced a new round of organisational changes as part of its ‘Dart’ initiative to grow company share, specifically in the US.