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Follador to sponsor Drinks International’s Travel Retail Awards

Drinks International is delighted to announce that premier Italian Prosecco producer Follador is to sponsor this year's Travel Retail Awards.

Eleven new masters of wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced 11 new masters of wine.

Pernod finance md underlines importance of emerging markets

The importance of the so-called emerging markets such as those in China, India, was underlined by the Pernod Ricard management  team in individual briefings in London today (Tuesday September 6), following the announcement of the group’s annual results last week.

Pernod posts 7% sales growth

Pernod Ricard has posted annual organic sales growth of 7% to achieve a turnover of €7.6b.

Beam appoints mixables manager

Beam Global has appointed Debora Boyda to the role of general manager of the Mixables Category Business Team (CBT). 

Diageo posts strong results

Diageo has cited ‘emerging markets’ as a reason for its positive results – including 16% growth in scotch whisky in emerging markets. 

Glenmorangie Company appoints new president

The Glenmorangie Company has promoted chief operating officer Paul Skipworth to the post of president and managing director.

Diageo completes Mey Içki purchase

Diageo has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Turkish spirits firm Mey Içki, after receiving regulatory clearances.

Diageo acquires additional Halico stake

Vietnam: Global drinks giant Diageo has closed a Public Offer to acquire an additional 5.07% stake in Hanoi Liquor Joint Stock Company (“Halico”) for approximately £6.4 million. 

Asahi to buy Flavoured Beverages Group

Asahi Group has reached an agreement to acquire Australsian-based drinks operator, Flavoured Beverages Group.

Foster's rebuffs SABMiller bid

The board of Foster’s Group has rebuffed SABMiller's proposed takeover bid. 

Beam appoints bourbon manager

Beam Global Spirits & Wine has appointed Christopher G. Bauder to the role of bourbon category business team (CBT) general manager.

SABMiller to make Foster's takeover offer

SABMiller has proposed to make a conditional, off-market, cash takeover offer for all of the issued shares in Foster’s Group. 

Philippines spirits tax violates WTO rules

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled that discriminatory excise tax on spirits in the Philippines is a violation of WTO rules.

Heineken buys two Ethiopian breweries

Africa: Heineken has purchased two breweries in Ethiopia for a total of US$163 million. 

Hillebrand signs with William Grant

William Grant & Sons and JF Hillebrand have signed a three-year global logistics contract.

Mexico to curb "toxic" tequila

Mexico´s Tequila Regulatory Council (TRC) is working to step up operatives to curb a rising trade of fake and "toxic" blends after consumer watchdog Profeco this week announced 40% of the country’s alcohol is sold in an "adulterated" state.

British gin distiller Greenalls is sold in management buyout

G&J Greenall, one of the UK’s major distillers has been sold to a management buy out, according to unconfirmed reports.

Mangrove branches out into Asia

UK spirits and liqueur agency, Mangrove, has announced plans for expansion into the Middle East and south Asia.

Campari buys Sagatiba and posts 14% growth

Gruppo Campari has announced the acquisition of Brazilian cachaça brand Sagatiba and half-year sales growth of 14.2%.

Kirin buys Schincariol

Japanese brewer Kirin has bought the outstanding shares in Aleadri-Schinni Participações e Representações S.A. (“Aleadri”), a company that holds 50.45% of the outstanding shares of Schincariol Participações e Representações SA (Brazil; CEO: Adriano Schincariol: “Schincariol”).

Diageo to pay $16m in "illicit payments" case

US: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has found Diageo to have made “hundreds of illicit payments” to foreign government officials in India, Thailand and South Korea.

South Korean boost for wine importers

The emerging South Korean market could boost the fortunes of wine importers, according to research by Wine Intelligence.

Beam lines up directors

Fortune Brands has announced the boards of directors for Beam and Fortune Brands Home & Security, the standalone public companies to result from the planned separation of its businesses.

Bacardi leader dies, aged 93

Edwin H Nielsen (pictured), the great-grandson of Bacardi founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó has died in Spain at the age of 93.

Africa: Diageo to invest £225m in brewing ops

Africa: Diageo’s Guinness Nigeria has committed £225million (NGN 55 billion) to expand its brewing operations. The company has said this will create 200 permanent jobs for Nigerians.

Premiumisation driving UK spirits, says First Drinks

Premiumisation is driving UK spirits volume and value growth in the on and off-trade, according to findings by First Drinks.

South Africa: KWV CEO resigns

South Africa: The KWV board has announced that CEO Thys Loubser (pictured) has resigned as company CEO with immediate effect.

Foster's appoints CMO

Foster's Group has announced the appointment of Andy Gibson to the role of chief marketing officer. Andy is expected to start in the role on November 1.

Diageo appoints new Western Europe chief

Diageo has appointed a head of its Western Europe division. From September 1, John Kennedy is to become chief operating officer, Diageo Western Europe. Kennedy is currently managing director, Diageo Ireland.

Pernod announces jobs shake-up

Irish Distillers CEO Alexandre Ricard (pictured) is to leave his post to join Pernod’s group general management team in Paris.

€5m global Vinho Verde campaign unveiled

The Vinho Verde Wine Commission (CVRVV), in Portugal, has invested €5m on a three-year global promotion.

Korean tariff on spirits comes down

Korea’s 20% import tariff on spirits come down today (July 1) as a result of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union and South Korea.

Pernod sells Georgian company

Pernod Ricard has announced the disposal, by its affiliate Pernod Ricard Europe, of its shares in Georgian Wine and Spirits LLC to JSC Marussia (Georgia).

Gallo buys Diageo winery

E & J Gallo Winery has announced an agreement to purchase Edna Valley Vineyard from Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Company and Paragon Vineyard Company, who held Edna Valley Vineyard as a joint venture.

Ian Macleod buys Speyside distillery

Ian Macleod Distillers has purchased the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside, from the Edrington Group.

Diageo to take controlling stake in Chinese company

Chinese regulators have approved Diageo’s acquisition of an additional 4% stake in Sichuan Chengdu Quanxing Group (Quanxing) from Chengdu Yingsheng Investment Holding Co (Yingsheng).

Constellation officially becomes Accolade

Costellation Wines Australia and Europe has officially become Accolade Wines - as of June 27. Accolade brands include Hardy’s and Echo Falls.

Scotland: Diageo to invest £20m in Speyside whisky

Scotland: Diageo is to invest £20 million in its Speyside whisky facilities.

Beynat on Vinexpo 2011

Drinks International’s Hamish Smith catches up with Vinexpo CEO Robert Beynat at 2011 show.

Foster's rejects SABMiller takeover bid

Foster's has rejected a takeover bid from SABMiller. Foster's Group said that it received an "unsolicited, incomplete, non-binding and conditional proposal" from SABMiller to acquire all of the shares in Foster's via a scheme of arrangement at a price of $4.90 per share in cash.

Fladgate CEO calls for quality rosé port

The CEO of the Fladgate Partnership has called for the quality standard of rosé port to be raised.

Budweiser to partner The FA Cup

Budweiser has signed a three-year agreement with The Football Association to become the ‘lead partner’ of The FA Cup.

Brown Brothers appoints UK brand manager

Australian winery Brown Brothers has appointed Rachel Herrig as brand manager to “drive the brand’s development in the UK and Ireland”.

170-year old Veuve fetches €30K

A 170-year old bottle of champagne salvaged from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea has fetched €30,000 at auction.

Morrison Bowmore makes five appointments

Morrison Bowmore Distillers has made five new appointments within its sales and marketing team.

Champagne Jacquart makes winemaker announcement

Champagne Jacquart has announced the appointment of Floriane Eznack as winemaker.

Glenglassaugh splits distillery manager role

The Glenglassaugh Distillery Company has appointed Mhairi McDonald and Graeme Morrison, to together fill the out-going role of distillery manager.

Diageo buys SAB's stake in Kenya Breweries

Diageo subsidiary East African Breweries (EAB) has purchased all of SAB Miller’s 20% shareholding in Kenya Breweries (KB). The transaction is worth US$225 million. The deal is subject to EAB disposing of its 20% shareholding in Tanzania Breweries – by way of public offer through the Dar-es-Salaam Stock Exchange.

Blandy takes control of Madeira Wine Company

Portugal: The Blandy Group has regained control of the Madeira Wine Company (MWC) from Symington Family Estates. Symington will still retain a minority share in the business, but intends to concentrate on its Cockburn port brand, which it purchased last year.