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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.

Bibendum's Saunders braces for 2013 storm

Bibendum CEO Michael Saunders has warned the UK wine trade that business conditions will remain “tough” in 2013 and voiced his “violent objections” to minimum unit proposals.

Robert Beynat
Q&A: Vinexpo CEO Robert Beynat

In the run up to wine show season, Hamish Smith catches up with Vinexpo CEO Robert Beynat. 

Pre-mixed Drinks Challenge results
Pre-mixed Drinks Challenge results

With convenience at its heart, the pre–mixed drink is always going to involve an element of compromise – the category will probably never be one for the purist. But that doesn’t mean it should be spared our scrutiny. 

China: SAB Miller to buy breweries

China Resources Snow Breweries - a joint venture between SAB Miller and China Resources Enterprise - is to buy Kingway Brewery’s brewing facilities for a total cash consideration of RMB 5.38bn (US$864m).

Global wine sector to grow 5% in five years

World wine consumption is forecast to grow 5.3% in the period 2012-2016, according to IWSR research  presented by Vinexpo today at a London press conference.

Baijiu to drive spirits growth until 2016

World sprits consumption is set to increase 9% over the period 2012-2016, buoyed by 14% growth in Baijiu sales, according to IWSR research commissioned by Vinexpo.

WSTA asks the UK Government for help



The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) meets with Economic Secretary to the Treasury today (February 5), ahead of the Budget in March.

Bacardi appoints chief marketing officer

Bacardi has appointed Andy J Gibson to the role of chief marketing officer and president of Bacardi Global Brands.

Vintage Hine Cognacs to auction at Bonhams

A bottle of Hine Grande Champagne Cognac from 1952, to commemorate the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II, is among several lots of Cognac to feature in auctioneers Bonhams’ sale on February 14 in London.

Gruppo Campari divests liqueur Punch Barbieri

Gruppo Campari has sold liqueur brand Punch Barbieri to Distillerie Moccia for € 4.45 million.

Diageo to expand its archive

Diageo has announced plans to invest £1.5 million in expanding the its global brand archive.

Diageo prioritises current brands over acquisitions

Paul Walsh has disputed there are bourbon and tequila gaps in Diageo’s portfolio and said the group’s priority is building existing brands, not acquisitions.

Diageo sees silver lining in southern Europe cloud

Diageo CEO Paul Walsh today said down-trading markets in southern Europe could have a positive effect on Diageo’s Scotch brands.

Diageo announces interim results

Diageo, the world’s largest premium alcoholic drinks company, has announced its interim results for the six months ended December 31, 2012

Diageo agrees JV with UBs’ South African sorghum beer business

Diageo has announced an agreement to buy a 50% interest in the company which owns United National Breweries’ traditional sorghum beer business inSouth Africa.

No World Heritage site for Burgundy

Climats du Vignoble de Bourgogne, a lobby organisation for the Burgundy region of France has failed to get the world famous wine-producing vineyards of the region listed by UNESCO as one of its World Heritage sites.