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Riverina harvest close to record

The 2013 harvest in the Riverina region of Australia, at 300,000 tonnes, is just 8,000 short of the 308,000 2009 all time record, according to the Riverina Winemakers Association.

Johnnie Walker usurped as whisky's no.1

Johnnie Walker’s has been knocked from the apex of the whisky category after United Spirits’ aptly named McDowell’s No.1 sold more bottles in 2012, according to The Millionaires’ Club 2013.

Big brand brandies top the spirits growth charts

The three fastest growing million-case spirit brands of 2012 all emanated from the brandy category, according to the Millionaires’ Club 2013.

European spirits exports smash €10bn

European spirits exports were worth €10.2 billion in 2012 - 20% up from €8.5 billion in the previous year.

Bacardi on course to be overtaken as rum's no.1

Bacardi’s decades of uninterrupted rum dominance could end this year as the Phillipines’ Tanduay and India’s McDowell’s No.1 Celebration close in on the category’s number one and two spots.

Kentucky to allow Election Day alcohol sales

The Kentucky governor has signed a Bill to repeal a Prohibition-era ban on Election Day alcohol sales.

Scotland: Diageo to build new distillery

Diageo has named Teaninich near Alness in the Highlands as the location for its plans to build a new £50 million malt whisky distillery.

Scotch growth scuppered by western Europe

Scotch whisky sales growth slowed to 1% in 2012, while 11 of the sector’s top 20 export markets registered volume declines, according to the Scotch Whisky Association.

Chianti Classico consortium founds a company

The Chianti Classico Wine Consortium has founded a company that will handle marketing for the denomination.

Diageo invests £1m in Talisker distillery

Diageo has invested £1 million in a visitor centre at its Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye.

Brazil recognises Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey

Brazil has officially recognised Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey as distinctive products of the United States, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

Jinro world's top spirit, Emperador now 2nd

Hite-Jinro’s soju brand, Jinro, remains the world's best selling spirit after growing sales 6% to 65.3m 9-litre cases last year, according to DI's soon-to-be-published The Millionaires’ Club 2013.

SSG takes stock of flat-lining revenue

Stock Spirits Group has announced revenues dropped 0.9% to €292.4m last year but reported EBITDA growth of 6.8% to €68.8m.

Patrón enters Croatia

Patrón Spirits has partnered with Mohor Trgovina to distribute its products in Croatia.

ProWein seals reputation as show to do business

As ProWein closes the doors on its 2013 show, exhibitors championed the event as the "place to do business", ahead of its rivals, Vinexpo, LIWF and Vinitaly.

Poland and CZ offer life after BRIC

Poland and the Czech Republic are among the nations tipped as hot prospects for wine sales growth while parts of West Africa, Indonesia and Malaysia are showing potential, according to Wine Intelligence.

First Cape wine heads to Ireland

South African wine brand First Cape has launched in Ireland. 

World Whiskies Awards winners announced

The World Whiskies Awards winners were announced at a ceremony in London.

International Beer Challenge
International Beer Challenge 2013 launches

Entries are now open for this year’s International Beer Challenge, which is organised by Drinks International's sister title Off Licence News.

Wine and spirits industry slams UK Budget

The wine and spirits industry has blasted the UK Chancellor’s “inflation busting tax hikes on wines and spirits”.

UK: Beer duty escalator scrapped

UK: The Chancellor has chosen to scrap the beer duty escalator and cut beer duty by 1p per pint. All other alcohol duty rises will increase as planned.

Diageo signs UN Women's Empowerment Principles

Diageo has signed the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles at a ceremony in Singapore.

Henry Besant
Henry Besant dies aged 40

Leading drinks industry figure Henry Besant died in hospital yesterday following a heart attack.

St Patrick's Day
St Patrick's Day Preview

St Patrick’s Day (Sunday March 17) affords a great opportunity for some of Ireland’s biggest exports. Lucy Britner rounds up the action in Drinks International's St Patrick’s Day Preview.

English wine producers go to ProWein

English Wine Producers, the generic body representing English wine producers, is to exhibit at Prowein for the first time.

ProWein: The Preview

Drinks International has teamed up with show organiser Messe Düsseldorf to publish an extensive preview magazine of ProWein 2013.

Champagne exports 3.4% up by value

The Comité Champagne, which represents Champagne producers, has announced that world exports are 3.4% up by value despite a 4 million drop is shipped bottles.

Champagne exports up 3.4%, UK leads the way

The Comite Champagne, the generic body for Champagne producers, has announced today (March 13) that the world exports have risen 3.4% by value, despite a 4 million drop in shipped bottles.

UK minimum pricing policy under threat

Plans to introduce alcohol minimum pricing in England and Wales could be abandoned after new opposition in the UK government emerged.

Diageo announces global supply operations review

Diageo has announced that its global supply and procurement operation will be refocused to improve supplying its 21 key markets.

Austrian vintage down

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board has announced that the total volume of Austria's 2012 wine vintage is 2,154,800 hectoliters, which is well below the long term average.

World's Most Admired Wine Brands
Concha y Toro voted World's Most Admired Wine Brand

Concha y Toro has been voted the World's Most Admired Wine Brand for the third year running, ahead of Torres and Penfolds.

Gruppo Campari reports profits of €156.7m

The board of Davide Campari-Milano SpA, has reported group net profit of €156.7 million in its consolidated financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012. Sales were up 5.2% to €1,340.8m

WSTA warning over new EU rules for made-wine products

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned that changes to customs classifications at EU level could lead to an increase in excise duty and VAT for some made-wine* products in the UK.

SAB to open $40m brewery in Namibia

SABMiller is to invest US$40 million in a new 260,000 hectolitre brewery in Namibia as part of its strategy to expand its operations across Africa.

US: Pernod launches product info site

Pernod Ricard USA has launched Pro Bev Source, an online resource to help distributors, retailers and on-premise operators find product information.

Pernod Ricard appointments

Pernod Ricard has announced the following moves, effective from July 1.

Anheuser-Busch accused of watering down beer

Reports from the US say that Anheuser-Busch, the biggest brewer in the US and part of A-B InBev, the world’s largest brewer, is being sued for watering down its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands.

Two new WSET trustees

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced two new trustees - Mentzendorff managing director Andrew Hawes and Jonathan Driver who, after leaving Diageo in 2006, has become a global consultant.

Anivin de France hits 88

Anivin de France, the organisation responsible for promoting Vin de France, has announce that 88 wines have been selected to represent the category in 2013.

Maximilian to become Riedel Crystal president

Maximilian J. Riedel is to become president of Riedel Crystal, from July 1.

Ireland: Diageo brewery expansion begins

Diageo Ireland has said the delivery of ten new giant brewing vessels “underscores” its commitment to the future of brewing at its Dublin brewery - St James’s Gate.

Beam operations boss to retire

Beam has announced the retirement of Ian Gourlay, the company’s senior vice president of global operations & supply chain, effective April 1.

Campari takes over US Appleton rum distribution

Davide Campari-Milano SpA has announced that it is taking over the distribution and marketing of its recently acquired Appleton rum brands from Kobrand from March 1.

International Cider Challenge
International Cider Challenge open for entries

Entries are now open for this year’s International Cider Challenge, organised by UK trade title and DI sister magazine, Off Licence News.

Diageo launches retail website

Diageo is to sell its products directly to online shoppers via a new website branded Alexander & James. 

Asia, US and E Europe buoy Pernod's H1

Pernod Ricard has reported half-year revenue growth of 6%, with good performances in China, India, Eastern Europe and the US offsetting declines in Western Europe.

Pernod Ricard to buy Cognac company

Pernod Ricard has eased concerns over Cognac supply with the purchase of 100% of the shares of the winemaker, distiller and wholesaler Le Maine au Bois SAS.

English wine to debut at ProWein

Five English wine procuders are to exhibit under the English Wine Producers (EWP) banner for the first time at ProWein 2013. 

Discus review of US spirits industry

The Distilled Spirits Council (Discus), which represents the spirits industry in the US, revealed its 2012 findings in New York this week.