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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.

Ivan Menezes
Ivan Menezes to replace Paul Walsh as Diageo CEO

Diageo will have a new leader at the helm within two months having announced Ivan Menezes will succeed Paul Walsh on July 1 this year.

SWA to challenge to minimum pricing decision

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is to appeal against a Scottish Court of Session decision to dismiss its  petition for a judicial review of the Scottish Government's plan to introduce minimum pricing per unit of alcohol.

Court rejects minimum pricing petition

The petition by trade bodies against alcohol minimum pricing in Scotland has been rejected. 

Treasury’s EMEA appointments

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced two appointments to its EMEA senior management team.

The Millionaires' Club 2013 launches online

The Millionaires Club 2013, Drinks International’s ranking of the biggest selling brands in the global spirits industry, is now available to download.

Anivin appoints Bruno Kessler as president

Anivin de France, the Association Nationale Interprofessionnelle des Vins de France, the French trade organisation for Vin de France wines, has appointed Bruno Kessler as its new president.

New whisky company formed

A new independent blending and bottling firm has formed, following the de-merger of Douglas Laing & Co.

Birch to leave WOSA

Wines of South Africa has announced that Su Birch, its well known CEO, is leaving after 13 years.

Think Spirits to distribute Jose Cuervo in OZ

Casa Cuervo SA de CV has appointed Think Spirits to replace Diageo as distributor of its Jose Cuervo tequila portfolio in Australia.

New companies onboard for London 2013 event

A new UK wine trade event at London’s Royal Albert Hall has received backing from the industry, with KWV the latest to pledge its support.

House of Hine
News Comment: Hine Under the Hammer

A Cognac brand rarely comes to market, so the news that Hine is under the hammer has had commentators chattering over potential suitors. Hamish Smith looks at the possible runners and riders.

Wines from Rioja comes to UK

Wines from Rioja is to host its first generic tasting in the UK.

SAB announces changes at the top

SAB Miller executive chairman Graham Mackay has been diagnosed with a brain tumour. He underwent surgery yesterday - April 22, 2013, and will now embark on a course of treatment.

Patrón’s McDonnell hoping to solve Chinese tequila ban

Patrón COO and Discus president John McDonnell has told Drinks International that work continues to reverse the Chinese ban on some tequilas.

W Europe targeted for super-premium growth

Leading super premium spirits brands are targeting growth in Western Europe, contradicting popular perception that the region is beleaguered, its markets saturated.

Diageo reports 5% growth

Diageo, has reported 5% organic and 6% reported net sales growth for the nine months to 31 March 31. Volume was up 1%.

US: Wine shipped direct to consumer is on the up

The value of direct-to-consumer shipments from American wineries increased to $1.46 Billion in 2012, and was greater than the total value of US wine exports, according to the 2013 Direct Shipping Report released by Ship Compliant and Wines & Vines.

Burn Stewart Distillers
Distell spends £160m on Burn Stewart Distillers

South Africa’s Distell Group has bought Scotch whisky firm Burn Stewart Distillers from CL World Brands and  Angostura Limited for £160m (R2.2bn).

drinkaware.co.uk visitors soar in response to report

Visits to drinkaware.co.uk have surged after research that drinkers fail to report their true unit intake was published, the alcohol education charity claims.

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.