SAB Miller’s group chief brewer is to retire. Professor Barry Axcell will step down at the end of July 2012.
Diageo has delivered 3% volume growth and 7% organic net sales increase for the six months ended December 31, 2011.
Exports of Austrian wine by value have exceeded estimates as a result of higher prices and a decline in bulk wine.
The Scotch Whisky Association has launched a report, which outlines the number of jobs supported by the scotch whisky industry.
Heineken USA has appointed Brian Fried as regional vice president sales, western region, effective immediately.
Global business consultancy McKinney Rogers has appointed a former Bacardi USA president to its board.
Beam Inc, the US-based global spirits company, has reported full-year net sales increases of 8%.
Annual sales of cognac are worth €2 billion thanks to a surge in XO and VSOP sales in the Far East, says the Cognac Bureau (BNIC).
Pernod Ricard USA has announced the appointment of Southern Wine & Spirits of America as its spirits and wine distributor in the state of Washington.
First Drinks will be the new UK distributor of CEDC brands Zubrówka Bison Grass Vodka and Green Mark - the world's fourth largest vodka.
Former Diageo northern Europe managing director Benet Slay has become to the chief executive of Carlsberg UK.
Entries are now being taken for the International Cider Challenge.
Beam, the US-based global premium spirits company, has announced that Arthur Aroney will join the organisation as managing director of Emerging Markets for its Asia Pacific/South America (APSA) region.
Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has signed a five-year exclusive agreement to distribute Beam brands in Poland.
Pernod Ricard UK has announced the following senior appointments within its executive committee and senior management group with immediate effect.
French wine is the favourite of regular wine drinkers in the UK and China and the second preference in Germany, says Wine Intelligence.
SAB Miller is to launch a trial of its Miller Genuine Draft brand in the Zhejjang region of China.
Jägermeister parent company Mast-Jägermeister has appointed Denis Schrey to its management team.
Diageo has announced a €153 million investment into a ‘brewing centre of excellence’ in Dublin.
A man has been found dead at the Glenfiddich distillery in Scotland. According to several newspapers, Brian Ettles died in a 16ft washback.
Diageo has completed the acquisition of the Meta Abo Brewery in Ethiopia for US$225 million.
There is unlikely to be any ice wine from Germany this year because of the mild winter north west Europe is experiencing.
US consumption of imported sparkling wine will reach new heights in 2012 due to the increased penetration of prosecco and cava, says Wine Intelligence.
LVMH has appointed new chief executive officers for its champagne brands Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin.
The 2012 Pre-mixed Drinks Challenge was Drinks International’s fourth examination of the category and our most wide-ranging yet.
Budvar has reported record export results for 2011.
Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), a non-profit trade association, has announced its new board of directors for 2012.
UK: Grupo Codorníu has made four appointments. Carolyn d’Aguilar and Susannah Bearne move internally to roles in the marketing department while Jake Crimmin and Tom Barton join the UK sales team.
Fine wine prices fell 15% in 2011, fine wine index Liv-ex has reported.
The European Union and the US Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) have welcomed a decision that finds the Philippines to be in breach of trade rules when it comes to tax on imported spirits.
Beam Inc has announced an agreement to purchase Irish whiskey producer Cooley Distillery.
Russian Standard Corporation (RSC) has acquired a 70% stake in Italian wine company Gancia.
Direct Wines, the world's largest independent wine merchant with a turnover of £350 million, has announced major changes to its buying and merchandising teams.
Heineken has declared an intention to increase its share in a brewery in Haiti to 95%.
Russian Standard Corporation has proposed the additional acquisition of nearly 20% of Central European Distribution Corporation’s (CEDC) shares as part of a "strategic alliance".
US consumer goods company Rok Stars has stuck a deal with Castle Trade Services to launch its recently acquired Oval vodka in the UK.
Brown-Forman has reported double-digit half-year net sales growth after a strong performance from its Jack Daniel's brand.
Vodka company Russian Standard has purchased a 9.9% share in CEDC (Central European Distribution Corporation) for $25.35 million.
Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has confirmed it will spend €100m on the 2012 expansion of its Midleton Single Distillery, the site where Jameson is produced.
Rémy Cointreau has attributed its positive half-year profits to “remarkable” growth in Asia and “strong” performances in the US and Europe.
Diageo has opened a £10 million cooperage in Scotland.
Diageo subsidiary East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has opened a $55 million brewery in Moshi, Tanzania.
London Pride brewer Fuller’s has announced half-year growth of 6% after registering a turnover of £128m.
Boisset, La Famille des Grands Vins has purchased the Skalli winery and brands in the Languedoc and Rhône Valley. The financial details were not disclosed.
Accolade Wines has set its stall out, 10 months after Constellation Brands sold off its international wine division to an Australian private equity group.
Hardys and Banrock Station brand owner Accolade Wines is to receive a £150 million financing facility from GE Capital.
US: Mexico-based La Madrileña is to distribute Beam’s entire portfolio in Mexico. As part of the performance-based agreement, effective on January 1, 2012, La Madrileña will be the exclusive distributor of Beam’s brands, including Jim Beam bourbon, Sauza tequila, Courvoisier cognac and Cruzan rum.
ProWein organisers Messe Düsseldorf, has announced that next year’s show will be bigger with the opening of an additional hall.
International Wine & Spirit Research (IWSR) says that Asia-Pacific will be the fastest-growing region for the alcoholic beverage markets over the next five years.
Veronafiere, organisers of the Vinitaly exhibition, claims China has fallen in love with its Italian wines which were in show at the recent Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair (HKIWSF).