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Prix Raisin award to be increased

Bordeaux wine consultant Olivier Dauga has announced that his Prix Raisin award will be increased to include marketing and financial services for the winner in 2013.

Major scotch exhibition to open

A major exhibition about scotch whisky, Scotland’s 'national drink', will open on 29 November at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Prowine China to be "leading wine fair"

Messe Düsseldorf Group, organiser of Prowein, has struck a deal with China International Exhibitions to create Prowine China – a show hoped to become the “leading wine fair in China”.

Major scotch exhibition

A major exhibition about scotch whisky, Scotland’s national drink, will open on 29 November at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

US: William Grant to lose Stoli vodka

US: William Grant will no longer distribute Stolichnaya vodka in the US after the current contract for importation, distribution and marketing expires on December 31, 2013. 

Oobertock gets Diageo and C&C onboard

Online wholesale business, Ooberstock, has signed up Diageo’s Guinness and C&C’s Magners cider to its portfolio of brands.

Europe stunts Campari's 9-month growth

Gruppo Campari has seen only moderate growth so far in 2012 after a heel-dragging performance in Europe tempered advances in emerging markets.

Diageo to buy 27.4% stake in United Spirits

Diageo plc, United Breweries (Holdings) Limited and United Spirits Limited have announced agreements under which Diageo would acquire a 27.4% stake in USL, the leading spirits company in India.

Presidential appointments for Diageo

Diageo has announced three changes to the executive committee, with immediate effect.

US court dismisses Colombian lawsuit against Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard has announced that the lawsuit brought against the company, Diageo and Seagram in New York by a number of regional departments of Colombia, has been dismissed, without prejudice.

Campari initiates share offer for Lascelles deMercado

Gruppo Campari has initiated its tender offer for 100% of the issued shares of Lascelles deMercado Co Limited, which owns J Wray & Nephew and Appleton rums.

Les Vignobles Foncalieu buys Château Haut Gléon

French cooperative Les Vignobles Foncalieu has acquired Château Haut Gléon in AOC Corbières, Languedoc.

Hankey Bannister named ISC Supreme Champion

Hankey Bannister 40 YO was named Supreme Champion spirit at the International Spirits Challenge awards dinner last night (Nov 5).

Bacardi announces job moves

Bacardi Limited has appointed Dmitry “Dima” Ivanov, 36, to the role of senior global category director of rums.

Irish Whiskey Society Single Cask Whiskey is released

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard and the Irish Whiskey Society (IWS) have collaborated to create a limited edition single pot still whiskey.

Diageo wins This is Africa 'Beyond Business Award'

Diageo has been named overall winner at the This is Africa Beyond Business Awards 2012 in the Large Company category. 

Panama axes US spirits duty

The US-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement has come into force, representing "significant new access in an expanding spirits market" according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the US.

Diageo happy with 50/50 Zacapa deal

Diageo has not enquired about increasing its stake in Zacapa, the Guatemalan rum brand of which it owns a 50% share, Drinks International has been told.

Bacardi appoints new CFO

Bacardi Limited has announced the retirement of senior vice president and chief financial officer Jacques Croisetière, 58. He will be replaced by Joseph J. Schena, 54.

Focus on: The Brazilian wine market

Paul Medder, Wine Intelligence's country manager for Brazil, offers the latest on plans to introduce protectionism in the burgeoning Brazilian wine market.

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Portugal recognises Jancis Robinson MW

Jancis Robinson MW has been awarded the Commendador do Ordem do Mérito Empresarial – Classe do Mérito Agricola - for services to Portuguese Wine at a private event hosted by the Portuguese ambassador at his residence in London.

UK: Drinkaware appoints new chief executive

UK alcohol charity Drinkaware has appointed Elaine Hindal as its new chief executive. She succeeds Chris Sorek, who returned to the US earlier in the year. Hindal is to take up the post in January 2013.

SWA calls for criminal sanctions on Chinese 'scotch' fakers

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has called for further sanctions on producers and distributors of imitation scotch in China.

SABMiller management changes

SABMiller has announced that chairman and managing director of The South African Breweries (Pty) Limited, Norman Adami, will become the new chairman, SABMiller Beverages South Africa.

Chivas Brothers plans scotch expansion

Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, intends to build a new malt whisky distillery and has begun the planning process for a site in Speyside.

US: Stock sells Gran Gala to Sazerac

Stock Spirits Group has sold orange liqueur brand Gran Gala to its US importer Sazerac Company, for an undisclosed sum.

Key Italian wine producers call for united strategy

The Italia del Vino Consortium has called on the entire Italian wine sector to work together to construct and enact a national strategy to attack emerging markets for wine.

Diageo announces more scotch expansion

Diageo has announced that it has applied for planning permission to double the capacity of Glen Ord, a Highland malt whisky distillery near Inverness.

China recognises Napa Valley's GI

The People's Republic of China has recognised Napa Valley's Geographic Indication (GI) status.  

English sparkling wine harvest begins

English Wine Producers has announced that harvesting of varieties for sparkling wine production for the 2012 vintage is now underway.

Nordics represent main European opportunities fo growth

Wine producers looking for growth opportunities in Europe should be thinking about Finland, Norway and Sweden, according to a report from Wine Intelligence.

Duffy new Absolut boss

Pernod Ricard has announced that Paul Duffy has been appointed chairman & CEO of Absolut.

World’s leading drinks producers agree efforts to reduced harmful use of alcohol

A series of actions designed to strengthen and expand existing efforts to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, have been agreed by the world’s leading producers of beer, wine and spirits.

Cape Winemakers’ Guild auction records sales

The 28th Nedbank Cape Winemakers’ Guild Auction recorded the highest turnover ever of R5,739,000*, excluding VAT, with a sellout of all the wines.

William Grant tops £1bn turnover

William Grant & Sons, the independent family distiller which owns Glenfiddich has topped the £1 billion turnover mark for the first time.

Guala buys MCG Industries’ Metal Closures for €20 Million

Guala Closures, a leading maker of aluminium closures for spirits and wines, has bought the Metal Closures division of South African company, MCG Industries.

Brazil recognises Napa

The Napa Valley Vintners Association (NVVA) has announced that Brazil has recognised the famous Californian wine producing region has Geographical Indication (GI) status.

Sichel welcomes 7th generation

Maison Sichel, the Bordeaux-based producer and negociant, has announced the appointment of the 23-year-old son of Sichel’s current president and managing director to the business

Scotch exports increase by 12% by value

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced that scotch whisky exports have increased in value by 12% in the 12 months to the end of June 2012.

Steve Gerrard
Steve Gerrard gets new contract

Steve Gerrard has been appointed managing director of UK wine agency Barwell & Jones with immediate effect.

BNIC auctions rare cognacs for £108,500

The BNIC’s seventh annual La Part Des Anges charity auction has raised a record €136,800/£108,500 from the sale of fine and rare cognacs.

Cape 2012 is best ever

The Cape 2012 trade exhibition, which took place last week in Cape Town, was the “best ever”, according to the chairman of Wines of South Africa (Wosa), Johann Krige.

Asia Pacific Breweries
Heineken agrees Asia Pacific Breweries deal

Heineken has strenghtened its position in Asia with the US$4.3bn deal to buy Fraser & Neave’s interest in Asia Pacific Breweries (APB).

Brands flock to MBS to access Russian market

Global spirits groups and aspiring brands were present at the second annual Moscow Bar Show (MBS) this week to capitalize on Russian bartenders and distributors’ growing interest in international spirits. 

Christensen maps the way ahead for Accolade

Troy Christensen, Accolade Wines' American CEO, is not a man encumbered with traditional values. Wine may traditionally come in 75cl bottles with a cork closure but what interests him is the move to pouches, bag-in-box and ready-to-serves (RTS).

South Africa could be "number one" wine producer

A leading South African businessman has called for the Rainbow nation’s wine industry to work towards becoming the world’s number one producer.

Spain, Portugal and Italy object to minimum pricing

Spain, Portugal and Italy have joined Bulgaria in objecting to Scotland’s plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

Diageo and United Spirits confirm talks

Drinks giants Diageo and United Spirits have confirmed they are in talks over Diageo acquiring a stake in United Spirits.

Patrick Sandeman dies in skydiving accident

A member of the Sandeman port family has died in a skydiving accident.

Pilsner Urquell celebrates 170th with new bottle

Czech brewer Pilsner Urquell is launching a limited edition 1 litre bottle to commemorate its 170th anniversary.