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AB Inbev grows revenue despite falling volumes

AB Inbev has announced that the first half of 2013 has seen its revenue grow 2.7%, despite volumes falling by 2.6% (compared with H1 2012).

Scotch boosted by Latin American trade deals

Fair Trade Agreements between the EU and Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama will come into force today, according to the Scotch Whisky Association.

Diageo
Diageo hails North America as Asia slows

Diageo has reported steady net sales growth of 5%, despite Asia Pacific's revenues slowing and Western Europe continuing to falter.

Rémy appoints new CFO

Rémy has appointed a new chief financial officer following Frédéric Pflanz ‘s planned ascension to the CEO role.

UK drinks companies make commercial appointments

Buffalo Trace whiskey distributor Hi-Spirits has appointed John Vider to the newly-created role of commercial director.

London’s first ever winery

A boutique winery is being installed in west London with the intention of processing grapes from the likes of Bordeaux, Languedoc and the Roussillon and making wine from September.

SWA responds to minimum pricing opposition

The Scotch Whisky Association has responded to reports today (July 25) that there is major opposition from several European countries to Scotland’s yet to be enacted law a minimum price for a unit of alcohol.

Drinks writers run Ardbeg Half Marathon for charity

A group of drinks journalists are set to run a half marathon in memory of their colleague and friend Alan Lodge.

Beam switches presidents

Beam has appointed a new president for its Asia Pacific/South America business. 

Grosche switches to wine producing

Richard Grosche, joint editor-in-chief of both Meininger’s Weinwelt and Sommelier Magazin, is joining the Reichsrat von Buhl estate winery in January.

Olmeca gets marketing director

Pernod Ricard has appointed a marketing director for its Olmeca tequila brand.

Quintessential unveils Essential

Quintessential Brands, the independent European spirits group has announced the formation of new company, Essential Drinks.

Diageo takes over SJF Holdco

Diageo has received approval from the Chinese authorities to buy the remaining 47% stake in Sichuan Chengdu Shuijingfang Group Company Ltd. (SJF Holdco).

Rioja DOCa appoints new president

The board of the DOCa Rioja has made a grape grower its new president, the first time in the 88-year history of the DOCa.

'Less but better' for UK drinkers

UK alcohol sales are increasing in value but decreasing in volume as a part of a consumer trend to drink less but better, according to the First Drinks Market Report.

Leon Dalloway
Leon Dalloway takes Inspired by Sloane's crown

Leon Dalloway from C.O.L.D Bar in London has been crowned winner of the Inspired by Sloane's cocktail competition.

International Spirits Challenge: the results

Crème de Cassis de Dijon Gabriel Boudier was named Supreme Champion at the International Spirits Challenge awards ceremony last night.

Chateau Haut Gleon Blanc 2012 released

Les Vignobles Foncalieu’s AOC Corbieres Chateau Haut Gleon Blanc 2012 has launched, targeted at the on-trade in Germany, China and the UK.

Hite-Jinro "open" to Diageo talks

Hite-Jinro would consider selling a share of its business to Diageo, according to the South Korean group’s co-president.

Diageo executive committee change

Diageo has announced that its corporate relations director is to leave the company.

Diageo Launches new online ‘Think How You Drink’ campaign

Diageo, the world’s largest premium drinks company has launched a pan-European online campaign ‘Think How You Drink’ to remind young people that drinking to excess can lead to shame and embarrassment.

SPI appoints Romain Ambrunn

SPI Group, owner of Stolichnaya russian vodka, has appointed Romain Ambrunn as Asia Pacific regional director.

London Wine Fair reports strong interest

London Wine Fair organisers Brintex has reported a “decidedly positive response” from existing exhibitors signing up for 2014.

Russian Standard goes to Borco

Russian Standard vodka, Russia’s number one global vodka, has a new distribution partnership with Borco-Marken-Import (Borco) to manage the brand’s distribution and marketing in Germany and Austria.

Lacassagne takes over at Chivas

Laurent Lacassagne has this week (W/C July 8) become chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard.

Chapel Down raises £4.3m for expansion

Chapel Down, the English winemaker, has secured more than £4.3 million in new equity funding to expand the business and help grow its reputation both at home and overseas.

Diageo announces United Spirits share purchase agreement

Diageo has announced that it has completed the acquisition of a further 14.98% stake in United Spirits Limited (USL), the leading spirits company in India.

Maxxium UK takes Snow Leopard's reins

Maxxium UK has added Snow Leopard vodka to its portfolio of brands.

Opihr Oriental Spiced unveiled at Imbibe Live

Quintessential Brands unveiled Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin yesterday at UK on-trade show Imbibe Live.

Diageo launches investor and media app

Diageo has launched an IR (investor relations) and Media App for iPhones, iPads and Android platforms.

Marblehead and Quintessential team up

Marblehead, the privately-owned UK-based, brand development and distribution company, has announced a new partnership with Quintessential Brands, the independent spirits company.

Edrington results for the year ended March 31

Edrington has announced that group profit before tax is up 13% to £168.6 million and turnover is up 6% to £591.3m, for the year ended March 31.

US: Campari boss is new DISCUS chairman

The chairman and CEO of Campari America has been elected chairman of the trade body Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

Portugal: CDQ appoints new winemaker

Portuguese wine company Companhia Das Quintas (CDQ) has appointed John Worontschak as group winemaker on a consultancy basis. He is to oversee production at the group’s six winemaking facilities.

Campari buys Australian packaging company for $20m

Gruppo Campari has signed an agreement to acquire the business assets of Australian contract beverage packer Copack for AUD $20 million (€14.2 million).

New Zealand recognises Napa

The Intellectual Property Office in New Zealand has issued a Certificate of Trade Mark Registration providing consumer protection against wines illegitimately labelled as Napa Valley.

Beam appoints emerging markets MD

Beam has created a new management position for emerging markets.

US Drinks Conference – event details

The US Drinks Conference will be held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York on Tuesday, September 10.

Fladgate buys Wiese & Krohn stock

The Fladgate Partnership has announced that it has purchased the brand, stocks and vineyard holdings of Wiese & Krohn in a deal that includes stocks of aged tawnies and colheitas dating back to 1863, plus Quinta do Retiro Novo in the Rio Torto Valley in the Douro. 

Zamora appoints Clamens as MD

The Diego Zamora group has appointed Thomas Clamens as its international managing director.

Duty escalator to blame for high alcohol prices - WSTA

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has claimed that the Government’s wine and spirits duty escalator is to blame for UK consumers paying the fourth highest prices for alcohol in the EU.

WSET launches diploma in South Africa

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust is to roll out its diploma qualification to South Africa, via online distance learning. 

Mixed reviews of Vinexpo 2013 as Beynat bids farewell

Exhibitors offered a mixed appraisal of Vinexpo 2013, the last Bordeaux show of Robert Beynat’s reign as CEO.

WSTA reports negativity in UK drinks sector

Total alcohol sales continue to fall according to the latest Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) market report.

MBG buys Meyer‘s Bitter

MBG International Premium Brands GmbH has bought the liqueur maker E. Eduard Meyer GmbH from the Schwarze Schlichte group.

Edrington announces major investment

Edrington has announced plans to extend its international distribution network, taking control of operations in three continents.

New Champagne website

The Comité Champagne (the educational and promotional arm of The Champagne Houses & Growers’ Association) has launched its new official Champagne website: www.champagne.com.

WIRSPA relaunches

The West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers’ Association has relaunched its ‘Authentic Caribbean Rum' campaign.

Altia buys Larsen Cognac and Danish aquavit Brøndums

Altia, the Nordic-based alcoholic drinks group has bought the Larsen Cognac brand and the Danish aquavit brand Brøndums.

Diageo new appointments

Diageo has announced that Andy Fennell, chief marketing officer, will become president COO, Africa, reporting to Nick Blazquez, president Africa, Eastern Europe and Turkey.