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Investec Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

Entries are now welcome for the first-ever Investec Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.

Vinexpo 2015

The next Vinexpo exhibition will be held in Bordeaux, France from Sunday June 14 to Thursday the 18th 2015.

Diageo appoints new non-executive director

Diageo has announced the appointment of Alan Stewart to its board as a non-executive director, effective September 1.

Edrington establishes Edrington Americas

Edrington, , has announced the establishment of Edrington Americas, a wholly-owned sales, marketing and distribution company for the US.

Edrington establishes Edrington Americas

Edrington has announced the establishment of Edrington Americas, a wholly-owned sales, marketing and distribution company for the US.

Beer sales keep Chapel Down buzzing

English wine producer Chapel Down has announced pre-tax profit of £68k (2012: £414k) for the year ending December 31, 2013.

Pernod hit by unfavourable foreign exchange rates

Pernod Ricard’s net sales for the first nine months of the 2013/14 financial year totalled €6,186 million – down 7% on the same period last year. The company says the results are in line with the first half-year and sales were stable excluding foreign exchange and group structure effects.

That’s Spirits Shanghai closes its doors on 2014

Hotelex Shanghai Fine Food Expo 2014 welcomed thousands of visitors from around China last week to the latest incarnation of its drinks exhibition, That’s Spirits.

Menezes announces management changes at Diageo

Diageo's new chief executive Ivan Menezes, has announced a series of changes to his executive management committee

UK chancellor freezes alcohol duty accelerator

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the UK’s chief finance minister, has frozen the controversial so-called alcohol duty accelerator on spirits and standard cider.

Morgan retires from Diageo executive committee

Diageo has announced that its president new businesses, Andrew Morgan, is to retire.

ICC clarifies do’s and don’ts for responsible alcohol marketing

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Marketing and Advertising has published new guidelines on alcohol marketing and advertising.

Campari buys Forty Creek Canadian whisky

Gruppo Campari has bought the Canadian whisky producer Forty Creek Distillery (FCD), an independently owned Canadian spirits company.

Campari sales up, net profit down

Gruppo Campari has posted up sales of €1,524 million, +13.7%, (organic growth +1.7%) while the group net profit was down -4.4% to €149.8m for the for the full year ending December 31, 2013.

Diageo appoints Wirtz Beverage as Canada broker

Wirtz Beverage Group, a distributor of wine, spirits and beer brands, has been named exclusive national broker for Diageo beer, wine, spirits and RTD brands in Canada.

Pernod results

Pernod Ricard has reported net sales for the first semester of 2013/14 totalled €4.57 million.

OLN salutes the best of UK drinks retailing

Off Licence News’ Drinks Retailer Awards took place in London’s Dorchester Hotel last night, celebrating success and innovation in the UK sector.

First Drinks and Rémy Cointreau end their distribution agreement

First Drinks Brands and Rémy Cointreau have confirmed that their distribution agreement in the UK will end on March 31.

Antica Sambuca goes to Hardenberg-Wilthen in Germany

Rossi D’Asiago has announced that its flagship brand, Antica Sambuca, will now be distributed in Germany by Hardenberg-Wilthen.

Hillebrand buys Satellite

JF Hillebrand Group  has announced that it has bought the Satellite Logistics Group, a leading US-based supply chain provider for the beverage industry.

Hillebrand buys Satellite

JF Hillebrand Group  has announced that it has bought the Satellite Logistics Group, a leading US-based supply chain provider for the beverage industry.

Diageo offers to sell Whyte & Mackay brands

Diageo has said it will sell several Whyte & Mackay brands, including Jura, to satisfy the Office of Fair Trading.

Booze deal ban does not reduce purchases

Banning multi-buy promotions for alcohol failed to reduce the amount purchased, according to a study. 

Altia replaces CEO

Altia Plc has released CEO Antti Pankakoski. He has been CEO since 2007. He left last Wednesday, November 21.

SABMiller re-appoints Manser as acting chairman

SABMiller has announced that in light of a deterioration in the health of chairman Graham Mackay the board has re-appointed deputy chairman John Manser as acting chairman.

Campari posts sales of €1.05m and pre-tax profit of €149.5m

The directors of Davide Campari-Milano SpA has announced its consolidated results for the nine months ending 30 September 2013.

Direct sells Virgin Wines

Direct Wines has announced that it had sold its Virgin Wines UK business to the management team.

Canada eliminates EU wine and spirits tariffs

Canada has agreed a free trade deal that will eliminate tariffs on EU spirits and wine.

Hillebrand buys Meerendonk

JF Hillebrand Benelux has announced that it is to buy all of  Meerendonk Advanced Logistics’ activities in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Western spirits companies focus on margin

Western spirits companies that focus on growing margins to create value have been more successful than those that reduced prices in order to grow volumes, according to a report from Rabobank.

WSTA chief slams UK duty increases

Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) chief executive Miles Beale, has criticised the UK government’s so-called ‘Alcohol Duty Escalator’ which has seen the tax on wine and spirits rise by up to 50%.

Stock to float on the Stock Exchange

Stock Spirits Group has announced its intention to offer shares to institutional investors and float on the London Stock Exchange. It is expected the offer will complete next month. It hopes to raise £52 million.

Pernod Ricard extends ICAP support to Vietnam

Pernod Ricard CEO Pierre Pringuet was in Vietnam yesterday to sign a multi-partite agreement extending the International Center for Alcohol Policies’ (ICAP) pilot programme in its fight against drunk driving.

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Mast-Jägermeister begins transition to UK distribution control

Mast-Jägermeister has begun the transition to take UK distribution in-house after announcing plans to establish its own London subsidiary. 

Cellar Trends: Cocktail boom seriously underestimated

Cellar trends has said the UK's cocktail boom is “seriously underestimated”, even by on-trade data agency CGA Strategy.

ProWein fully booked

The organiser of ProWein has announced that ProWein 2014 is already fully booked, six months before the show.

Camus to distribute Beluga vodka in China

Camus Cognac and Synergy Group have linked up to launch Beluga vodka in China.

UK on-trade withers in summer heat

A long, hot summer did nothing to boost the UK on-trade’s fortunes, the sector's volume sales having shrunk 6% in the last 12 weeks, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Irish PM opens Irish Distillers’ €100m expansion of Midleton

The Irish prime minister or Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, yesterday (September 4) officially opened Irish Distillers’ newly expanded Midleton distillery in Cork.

Scotch growth aided by France and Spain

Recoveries in the much-maligned markets of France and Spain helped to off-set declines in Asia as global sales of Scotch grew 11% by value and 9% by volume for the first half of 2013.

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Label 5 Scotch packaging refreshed

Label 5, which ranked number nine in the world’s best selling Scotch whisky brands last year, has unveiled a new look bottle for its Classic Black expression.

Inaugural Mauritian rum festival heralds global export push

Aiming to make its mark on the global rum scene, the island of Mauritius held its first rum festival at the end of August.

US and China offset Pernod's home-region decline

Pernod Ricard grew sales by 4% during 2012/2013, thanks to the US and China offsetting a western European malaise.

Wine Vision
Wine Vision organiser announces speaker line-up

The organiser of the international wine summit, Wine Vision, has announced the dates and line-up of speakers for its event.

Wine show London 2013 postponed to 2014

The UK wine event London 2013 has been postponed until March 2014 after “consultation” with the trade.

Confident Kiwi wine producers

New Zealand Winegrowers says wine drinkers globally are continuing to buy New Zealand wines.

Treasury reports net profit after tax of AUS$42m

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has reported a net profit after tax of AUS$42.3 million for the full year. Earnings before interes and tax (EBITs) stood at $209.2m. Net sales revenue was up 1.9%.

SABMiller opens new Ugandan brewery

SABMiller’s Ugandan subsidiary, Nile Breweries Limited (NBL), has opened its new brewery in Mbarara, western Uganda.

Diageo and IWC secure Dundalk for distilling

Diageo and the Irish Whiskey Company (IWC) have announced that they have entered into an agreement in principal concerning the future ownership of the Great Northern Brewery site, Dundalk. 

Wiener Gemischter Satz becomes a DAC

The Wiener Gemischte Satz region has become a DAC (Districtus Austriae Controllatus).