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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.

UK RumFest returns

The UK RumFest takes place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October at London's ExCeL exhibition centre in London’s Docklands

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AB InBev buys Corona owner for $20bn

AB InBev has successfully completed its buy-out of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo in a transaction valued at USD$20.1bn

New €15m Licor 43 plant unveiled

Diego Zamora has responded to an upturn in sales with a new up-sized Licor 43 plant and headquarters in Cartagena, near Murcia in Spain.

Brands by Value: full results

Brand valuation and marketing company Brand Finance has compiled a ranking of the world’s biggest spirits by  brand value. Here is the top 50.

Wemyss announces new distillery

Wemyss, owner of independent bottler Wemyss Malts and blended malt whiskies such as The Spice King, The Peat Chimney and The Hive, has announced that final planning permission has now been granted for its new single malt whisky distillery and visitor centre.

McDonnell steps down from Patrón

The announcement yesterday of the appointment of Dave Wilson’s as Patrón Spirits’ new president of international operations and global COO, follows the surprise decision by John McDonnell to step down.

WSTA welcomes ONS alcohol statistics

The Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) has welcomed the latest figures from the UK government’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) showing that the majority of people are drinking within weekly guideline amounts and increased awareness of alcohol units.

China recognises Champagne

The Chinese government has officially recognised Champagne as a protected geographical indication.

Dron leaves William Grant

William Grant & Sons has announced that Gordon Dron, its managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has decided to leave the company.

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Lakes Distillery to produce English whisky from December

The new £2.5m Lakes Distillery will become the first whisky operation in the Lake District in more than 100 years, when it opens in December.

Brands by Value preview

Brand valuation and marketing company Brand Finance has compiled a ranking of the world’s biggest spirits by  brand value.

LIWF exhibitors happy despite falling numbers

Exhibitors at London International Wine Fair reported positive experiences of the 2013 show, despite visitor numbers having fallen to around 10,200.

Buffalo Trace speaks out about bourbon shortage

Buffalo Trace says it will not reduce the abv of its bourbon to cope with stock shortages.

SABMiller reports strong progress

Global brewer, SABMiller, has reported group revenue growth up 10%, lager volumes rose 3% for the year to March 31 and the integration of the Foster’s business is ahead of schedule 

Diageo to replace strategy director

Diageo’s group strategy director is to retire. Jim Grover will leave the executive committee on June 30 and the business on September 30.

TFWA Asia Pacific visitor numbers up

TFWA has reported a 13% increase in visitors at this year’s Asia Pacific conference.

India heads for London International Wine Fair

India is to host a generic pavilion at the London International Wine Fair.

Hillebrand seals five year deal with Accolade

JF Hillebrand, leading logistics provider to the global beverage market, has clinched a five year worldwide freight services contract with Accolade Wines, the world’s fourth largest wine producer.

Sauvignon Blanc Day is May 17

This Friday, May 17, is the fourth annual Sauvignon Blanc Day.

South Africa expecting record vintage

The 2013 South African wine grape harvest season exceeded the expectations, according to Vinpro a service organisation for 3,600 South African wine producers.

McGuigan calls for new duty band

Neil McGuigan, recently voted the ‘World’s Best Winemaker (IWSC), wants the UK government to change the banding under which duty on wine is set.

Jancis Robinson receives freedom of the City of London

Master of wine, Jancis Robinson, has been made a ‘Freeman of the City of London’ and an ‘honorary Freeman’ of the Worshipful Company of Vintners.

Campari posts poor results in first quarter

Davide Campari-Milano SpA has posted poor results in first quarter ending March 31, 2013 which it states is mainly due to the ‘one-off’ destocking in Italy.

Number One Drinks moves into Japanese beer

Japanese whisky specialist, Number One Drinks Company has started  to distribute Japanese craft beer.

Valparaiso/Casablanca becomes a great wine capital

Chilean city and wine region,Valparaiso and the Casablanca valley have been voted into the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

LWF returns to Olympia

The London International Wine Trade Fair is returning to Olympia in west London in 2014 and is going back to being the London Wine Fair.