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Stock Spirits results for the six months ended 30 June 2016

Stock Spirits Group, a leading central and eastern European branded spirits producer, has announced its results for the six months to June 30 2016.

WSTA reaches out

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has reached out to help establish and offer on-going support to a new alliance of small distillers and other spirit producers.

Campari group reports half year results

Gruppo Campari has reported sales of €743.9 million and group net profit €67.2m, down -13.8%.

Conviviality appoints David Robinson

Conviviality Plc, the UK's leading independent wholesaler and alcohol distributor and franchised retail outlets, has appointed David Robinson to the board as managing director of Conviviality Retail.

Diageo: net sales down, profits up 1.6%

Diageo has reported that net sales are down 3% but operating profit grew 1.6% for the year ended June 30, 2016.

Diageo welcomes report on reducing alcohol-related harm

Diageo has welcomed the release of the latest Producers’ Commitments report by the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking.

Edrington profits down £7m

Edrington has announced profits of £72.7m for the year ended March 31, 2016, down £7m on the previous year.

Food and Drink Federation calls for Brexit safeguards

The Food and Drink Federation has called on the new UK Prime Minister Theresa May to safeguard the interests of Britain’s food and drink manufacturers’ in negotiations to leave the European Union.

Diageo and WaterAid announce international partnership

Diageo has announced a five year partnership with WaterAid, an international NGO providing access to safe water and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Lords inquiry into effectiveness of UK licensing legislation

A House of Lords Committee, set up especially to look at the Licensing Act 2003, and the liberalisation of opening hours in the UK, has launched its investigation.

Johnnie Walker to have per serving alcohol content and nutritional information on pack

Diageo has announced that Johnnie Walker is to have new packaging which will display on-pack alcohol content and nutritional information per typical serve.

Johnnie Walker to have per serving alcohol content and nutritional information on pack

Diageo has announced that Johnnie Walker is to have new packaging which will display on-pack alcohol content and nutritional information, per typical serve.

Stella David rejoins Bacardi

Stella David, the former CEO of William Grant & Sons, has rejoined Bacardi as a board member

O’Flynn to leave Pernod Ricard UK

Pernod Ricard UK has announced that its managing director, Denis O’Flynn, has decided to leave at the end of September.

SWA reacts to UK Brexit vote

The Scotch Whisky Association calls for unity as the UK electorate votes to leave the European Union

Agile Media to re-launch CLASS Magazine

Agile Media will re-launch bartender magazine CLASS this autumn. 

Diageo and UN unite on road deaths

Diageo and the United Nations’ Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have formed a partnership to try and reduce traffic death and injuries globally.

Javier Ferrán is Diageo board chairman designate

Diageo has announced that Javier Ferrán will be appointed to the Diageo board as a non-executive director from July 22 and will be appointed chairman on 1 January 2017, on the retirement of Dr Franz Humer.

Two new board members at Marie Brizard

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits has announced that, at the upcoming shareholders’ meeting to be held on 21 June 21, shareholders will be asked to approve the appointment of two new board members.

Black Cow appoints head of global sales

Emma Wykes has been made head of global Sales at Black Cow Pure Milk vodka, as part of its global expansion plans.

Pernod Ricard USA is reorganised

Pernod Ricard has announced a new round of organisational changes as part of its ‘Dart’ initiative to grow company share, specifically in the US.

WSTA announce Britain's wine trade has doubled

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association will announce on Tuesday that Britain’s wine trade has more than doubled in the last decade.

Gruppo Campari appoints new board of directors

Gruppo Campari has appointed a new board of directors for the 2016 to 2018 period.

The Cotswold Artisan Drinks Show 2016 to be held next month

The Cotswold Artisan Drinks Show 2016, the first Trade Show of its kind, will be showcasing artisan drinks produced in the Cotswolds on Monday 9th May between 10.30 and 4pm. 

Isle of Arran Distillers proposes second site

The Isle of Arran Distillers has submitted its final application for a proposed second site on the island as it continues to grow in size and popularity.

Helms is Brown-Forman's GTR marketing director

Brown-Forman has announced that Eric Helms has become marketing director for its Global Travel Retail division.

Board of Directors of American Craft Spirits Association announces new president

The Board of Directors of American Craft Spirits Association has today announced that it has elected Paul Hletko as its new president. 

Vinexpo 2016 set to attract 1,300 exhibitors

Vinexpo Hong Kong 2016 is set to attract 1,300 wine and spirit exhibitors from more than 35 countries worldwide to the city’s Convention and Exhibition Centre from 24 to 26 May.

Italian Consortium announces new chairman

The Consorzio di tutela del Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Dogliani has announced that Orlando Pecchenino is its new chairman.

Britvic awarded 2.5 stars in business CR index

Britvic has been awarded 2.5 stars in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index. 

BrewDog's crowd-funding scheme breaks world record

The fourth round of Equity for Punks, BrewDog’s latest crowd-funding scheme ended this week, resulting in £19 million being raised which broke a world record.

Altia appoints media man to its board

Altia, the leading Nordic and Baltic wine and spirits company, has appointed Kai Telanne to its board of directors.

Pernod’s results 3% up

Pernod Ricard has reported sales for the first nine months of its financial year totalled €6,813 million. 

Vinexpo strengthens its international focus

Vinexpo’s supervisory board met in Paris on April 14 and approved the appointment of three new members.

Cellar Trends gets Underberg and Grasovka

UK distributor Cellar Trends has added the bitters brand Underberg and Grasovka Vodka to its portfolio.

Duty on Spirits, beer and cider duty to be frozen

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced in the Budget today (March 16) that the UK duty on spirits, beer and cider duty will be frozen but wine duty will rise with inflation.

Campari takes over Grand Marnier group

Gruppo Campari has launched a ‘friendly’ takeover of Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle SA, owner of the Grand Marnier liqueur brand.

A-B Inbev’s full year results disappoint

Anheuser-Busch InBev has reported revenue growth of 6.3% for the full year 2015 with total volumes down 0.6%.

A new exhibition for East Africa

Montgomery Exhibitions has announced a new event for the food and beverage market in Kenya that will run from May 23-25, 2017 at The Dome in Nairobi, Kenya.

ProWein under new management

ProWein organisers Messe Düsseldorf has announced the appointment of Marius Berlemann as the show’s new head.

Pernod Ricard reports 3% sales growth

Pernod Ricard in the half year 2015/16, has reported 3% organic sales growth to €4.958 million and organic growth in profit from recurring operations +3% to €1,438m.

Global spirits and wine predicted to rise

Research commissioned by the trade show organiser, Vinexpo, predicts a +1.4% volume increase in world wine consumption and a spirits increase of +2.8% to 2019.

Ian Harris wins lifetime achievement award

Ian Harris, chief executive at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Drinks Retailing Awards held at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday (February 2).

Vinexpo 2017

Organisers of the huge Bordeaux wine and spirits trade exhibition, Vinexpo, has announced its dates for the 2017 show.

Diageo announces 1.8% sales growth

Diageo has announced 1.8% organic net sales growth, on 1.0% organic volume growth and 2.4% organic operating profit growth.

Campari launches UK subsidiary

Gruppo Campari has announced Campari UK, is the new trading name for its UK subsidiary J Wray & Newphew. 

Campari sells another non-core business

Gruppo Campari has continued its divestment programme of non-core businesses with the sale of  Casoni Fabbricazione Liquori to local Italian entrepreneurs. 

European Court of Justice decides against minimum unit pricing

The European Court of Justice has pronounced that the Scottish government’s attempt at setting a minimum unit price for alcohol is contrary to EU law.

UK BWS sales up in Christmas run in

UK shoppers are spending more on beers, wines and spirits in the run up to Christmas, according to the latest retail data from market research group, IRI.

WSWA seeks clarification

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) president and CEO Craig Wolf has written to the industry’s primary federal regulator asking for clarification about the legality of a new single source retail service providers programme being implemented by The Kroger Company.