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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.

Bowmore 1957 the "oldest Islay single malt"

Morrison Bowmore has released the oldest ever Bowmore whisky, the £100,000 (US$155,000) Bowmore 1957.

US: Playboy launches wine club

US: Playboy Enterprises has launched Playboy Wine Club for US wine enthusiasts. 

Wemyss joins blends market with Lord Elcho

Wemyss Malts has launched Lord Elcho to capitalize on the global surge in interest in blended scotch whiskies.

Drambuie reports 9% operating profit increase

The Drambuie company, owners of one of the famous liqueur brands, has announced an operating profit of 9%, based on constant exchange rates for the year to June 2012.

Bordeaux 2012 to surpass 2011

CEO of CA Grands Crus, Thierry Budin, has predicted this year’s Bordeaux vintage could surpass that of 2011, despite an unseasonably wet July in the south west corner of France.

Jubilee celebrations lift gin and sparking sales

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association says gin and sparkling wine sales increased in the UK during the run up to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Australian Vintage appoints Dyer general manager

The major Australian volume wine producer, Australian Vintage (AVL) has appointed Julian Dyer to general manager UK & Europe on a permanent basis.

Cognac grows 4% despite European malaise

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) has announced shipments of cognac have risen by 4.3%, with growth in Asia and North America off-setting a European decline.

Rhône wine producers calm and unruffled

Inter-Rhône is predicting the 2012 harvest to reach 1.5 million hectolitres for the Côtes du Rhône regional appellations and 3m hl for the Rhône Valley.

Brent Marris: Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc not peaked

The Ned winemaker Brent Marris has dismissed suggestions that Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has reached saturation point, countering that in global terms the style's journey has just begun.

New Beaujolais boss

Inter Beaujolais has announced that its new president is Bruno Mallet of Les Vins Aujoux.

Distell buys share in Chinese distribution co

South Africa-based liquor company, Distell is expanding its presence in China with the acquisition of a 60% share in liquor distribution company CJ Wines & Spirits.

Pernod flags up possibility of new whisky distillery

Chivas Brothers boss Christian Porta has told journalists and analysts today that the next significant development for its scotch whisky business will be to build a new distillery.

Diageo plans a new malt whisky distillery

Diageo has announced that it is submiting pre-planning applications for three potential locations for a new malt whisky distillery.

Campari buys Appleton rum brand

Campari is to acquire Wray & Nephew, Appleton Estate and Coruba rum brands for US$414.8m.

Austria expects smaller but good quality harvest

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board has announced that it expects a smaller harvest this year but the quality should be high.

Wild Turkey to invest $4m in visitor centre

US: Campari America has unveiled plans for a $4m visitor centre at its Wild Turkey distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

Pernod posts best growth since before recession

Pernod Ricard has achieved its highest-level of growth since before the global recession, thanks to strong sales in Asia and a rallying performance in mature markets.  

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.

LIWF move to Monday for 2013

London International Wine Trade Fair organiser, Brintex, has announced that the 2013 show will now start on the Monday, May 20 instead of the usual Tuesday. The three-day show will therefore finish on the Wednesday, May 22.

Africa: SAB Miller opens $100m brewery


SAB Miller has opened its fourth brewery in Nigeria. 

Beam sends Irish graduates to US

Beam has hired five Irish graduates to promote its Irish whiskey brands in the US.

Facebook ruling "strange" says Diageo

The Australian Advertising Standards Bureau’s ruling that brands’ Facebook pages should be treated as advertising has been branded as “strange” by Diageo’s CEO.

Diageo targets women, middle classes and over 50s

Diageo is looking to “get stronger” as a business by targeting women, the over 50s, emerging middle classes, and multicultural groups.

Diageo poised for baijiu opportunities

CEO of Diageo, Paul Walsh, has outlined the potential of the global baiijiu market and has stated that the company is ready for further acquisition in the category.   

Distell reports 15% revenue growth and 9% sales increase

Distell, South Africa’s leading wine and spirits producer, has reported a 15% growth in revenue for the year to June 2012 and a 9.9% increase in sales volumes across its portfolio of wines, spirits and RTDs in both domestic and international markets.

Russia's WTO accession welcomed by SWA

Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WT0), after 18 years of negotiation, has been welcomed by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Diageo announces net sales growth of 6%

Diageo has announced a 6% net sales growth and 9% increase in operating profit for the year ended June 30, 2012.

ProWein heads to China

ProWein is heading to a trade show in China. The German show is to take a Tasting Zone – called ProWine - at Wine & Spirits China 2012, which takes place in Shanghai from November 14-16.

Tiki Estate Pinot Gris 2011 launches

New Zealand winemankers Tiki Wines has released a 2011 Pinot Gris to the UK, Finland, Iceland, Channel Islands, Ireland and the domestic market.

Heineken agrees final offer for Tiger brewer

Heineken has agreed a final offer for Fraser & Neave's shares in Tiger brewer Asia Pacific (APB).

Bacardi names new Asia Pacific regional president

Bacardi Limited, the largest privately-held spirits company in the world, has announced the appointment of Siddik Tetík as regional president of Asia Pacific.

Patrick Ricard dies aged 67

Patrick Ricard the titular head of the Pernod Ricard family, has died. He was 67. Cause of death has not been disclosed but it is believed to be a heart attack.

Carlsberg: Russia and Asia offset faltering Europe

Carlsberg has announced that sales advances in Russia and Asia offset difficulties in Europe during H1 of 2012.