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Heineken USA appoints marketing VP

Heineken USA has announced the appointment of Colin Westcott-Pitt as vice president of marketing, effective immediately.

UK consumers open to untraditional wine packaging

UK consumers' openness to new forms of wine packaging could mean the traditional glass bottle’s stranglehold on the market is relaxed, says Wine Intelligence.

UK: Fewer young people drink alcohol

An NHS report into smoking and drinking among young people has revealed that the number or 11-15 year olds that have tried alcohol has reduced from 61% in 2001 to 45% in 2011.

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.

Wemyss Malts releases Darnley’s View Spiced Gin

Wemyss Malts has released Darnley’s View Spiced Gin to Europe and selected Asian markets, with the US to follow.

Rémy confirms Bruichladdich deal for £58m

Rémy Cointreau is to purchase Islay distillery Bruichladdich for £58m.

Chapel Down makes gold medal-winning beer

The International Beer Challenge has named a lager made by an English winemaker among the world’s best beers.

Heineken makes move on Tiger brewer

Heineken has made a move to purchase Tiger Beer brewer Asia Pacific Breweries. 

UK: Courvoisier crowns 8 Bar champions

Courvoisier has crowned bartenders from 8 Bar in Falmouth winners of its Courvoisier Cocktails on a Grand Scale competition.

New York: Rendez-Vous by Vinexpo 2012 cancelled

The New York Vinexpo show will not take place this year, due to lack of exhibitors.

Trade challenges Scottish minimum pricing

UK and European drinks trade organisations have announced they are challenging the Scottish government’s minimum unit pricing (MUP) legislation.

Constellation acquires Mark West for $160m

Constellation Brands has completed the acquisition of the Mark West wine brand from Purple Wine Company for approximately US$160 million.

Michael Cox is new Vintners' master

Michael Cox has been installed as the 518th Master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners for the forthcoming year.

Wine economist to speak at Nederburg Auction

The organiser of South Africa’s famous Nederburg Auction, has announced that US economics professor and ‘wine economist’, Mike Veseth, will make a keynote speech on Saturday September 29 at Nederburg in Paarl.

Bacardi appoints new members to its board

Facundo L. Bacardi, chairman of the board of directors at Bacardi Limited has announced the appointment of two directors to the 16-member board.

Cox has left New Zealand Winegrowers

David Cox, director – Europe for New Zealand Winegrowers has left the organisation to pursue other interests and projects.

First Drinks: Premium brands to drive UK growth

First Drinks has outlined the continued importance of premium drinks brands in driving growth in the UK market.

Pernod offloads €103m of brands

Pernod Ricard has signed an agreement with Arcus-Gruppen for the sale of the Danish aquavit brands Aalborg and Brøndums, the German brand Malteserkreuz Aquavit and the Danish bitter brand Gammel Dansk.

Bacardi poaches Diageo high flyer

Bacardi has announced the appointment of Ron Anderson as senior vice president and chief commercial officer.

Kleine Zalze hatches independents plan

South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has signalled its intention to target the independent retailing channel in the UK by moving its entire portfolio of wines to Hatch Mansfield.

UK: Flame Runner makes Olympic bow

Adnams, the Suffolk brewer, has announced the launch of a limited edition beer to commemorate the London 2012 Olympics.

Inver House reports strong results, releases new Balblair vintages

Inver House Distillers, the Scotland-based spirits arm of International Beverage Holdings has reported a 28% increase in turnover for the year ending December 2011.

Domecq is new Sherry Institute president

The Sherry Institute of Spain has appointed Beltrán Domecq as its new president.

Hiscot merges fully with Jinro

South Korea scotch whisky producer, Hiscot Ltd has merged fully with Korean brewing company,Hite-Jinro Group Co Ltd.

Drinks International to celebrate 40th birthday

Drinks International will celebrate its 40th birthday with the great and the good of the UK drinks industry on Thursday in London.

Rémy eyes Islay distiller Bruichladdich

Rémy Cointreau has entered talks to buy Islay distillery Bruichladdich.

Chinese open to modern wine labels

Chinese wine consumers prefer traditional wine labels but are open to some contemporary designs, according to Wine Intelligence.

UK: Stressed Brits drink too much

Three in five (62%) Brits use alcohol to relax and unwind in the evenings according to new research from alcohol education charity Drinkaware. 

Bacardi hires new president of Latin America

Bacardi has announced the appointment of Gianpaolo (Paolo) Perego as regional president of Latin America.

Vinho Verde exports booming

Despite challenging Portuguese economic conditions, Vinho Verde exports are on the increase and will become more competitive in the global market place, according to the Vinho Verde Commission (CVRVV).

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.

CEDC appoints regional director

CEDC has appointed Richard Huck to the role of regional director, Europe, Middle East & Africa.

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.

Diageo appoints Menezes to the board

Ivan Menezes has been appointed to the Diageo board as an executive director with effect from July 2.

Heineken exec committee member to leave

Floris van Woerkom, chief control & accounting officer at Heineken has decided to leave the company by the end of the year.

Laithwaite's appoints fine wine director

Laithwaite’s Wine has appointed Emma Roberts to the newly created role of group fine wine director.

Mexico: A-B InBev to buy Modelo for US$20bn

Budweiser and Stella brewer A-B InBev is to acquire the remaining stake in Corona Extra brewer Grupo Modelo for US$20.1 billion ( MXN 278.6 billion).

EU-Colombia/Peru to strike Free Trade Agreement

EU spirits producers have welcomed the signing of the EU-Colombia/Peru Free Trade Agreement – expected to take place in Brussels at 5pm local time today (June 26).

A-B InBev responds to Modelo rumours

Anheuser-Busch InBev has released a statement which confirms talk regarding a possible combination between AB InBev and Grupo Modelo have taken place.

Diageo appoints board member

Diageo has announced the appointment of Ho KwonPing to its board as a non-executive director, effective October 1. His responsibilities will include membership of the audit, the nomination and the remuneration committees.

Asian rum interest only a matter of time

Asian interest in the rum category is a question of when not if, according to the Havana Club CEO Jerome Cottin-Bizonne.

Sidney Frank creates Jägermeister marketing role

US: Sidney Frank has appointed Adam Rosen to the role of executive vice president, marketing/Jägermeister.

5th generation Torres to take helm

Spanish wine company Miguel Torres is about to usher in the fifth generation of its family to the apex of its business, following the announcement that Miguel Torres Maczassek will succeed his father Miguel A Torres as general manager from September. 

Distillers urge senate to pass Russian trade bill

Legislation granting permanent normal trade relations status (PNTR) to Russia has been introduced to the US Senate. The Distilled Spirits Council urged speedy passage in order for US distillers to gain many market access benefits of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Diageo adds to shares in Vietnam's Halico

Diageo has successfully closed its public offer to acquire an additional 10.62% stake in Hanoi Liquor Joint Stock Company (Halico) in Vietnam. 

UK: Holly Valance to be the face of Gallo Moscato

Gallo Family Vineyards has partnered with Australian celebrity, Holly Valance, to publicise its newly launched Moscato wine in the UK.

UK: Wine and spirits price rises double inflation rate

The price of wine and spirits has risen by more than twice the level of inflation, according to the latest WSTA Market Report.

Video: Analysts explain The Millionaires' Club

Analysts from data research company Euromonitor International get beyond the numbers of The Millionaires' Club to provide insight on the movers, the losers and general trends in the global spirits industry. 

Żubrówka Biała joins The Millionaires’ Club

Żubrówka Biała has gained inclusion into The Millionaires’ Club 2012 after becoming CEDC’s second biggest brand and the world's 83rd largest selling spirit in 2011.

Bacardi Martini announces new md for the UK and Ireland

Bacardi Martini BV has announced the appointment of Rich Andrews as managing director of the UK & Ireland Business Unit and a member of the European Leadership Team under regional president, Europe, Stefan Bomhard.