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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.

Get Carter for the LIWF

Brintex, organisers of the London International Wine Fair (LIWF), have announced  the appointment of Ross Carter as exhibition director, replacing James Murray who resigned after 10 years in the role.

Sichel results

Bordeaux-based producer and négociant, Maison Sichel has reported that 2012 was the company’s second best year since it was established in 1883.

Bud Premier Select
AB Inbev wins battle of the Bud in 100-year trademark war

An EU court has dismissed Budweiser Budvar’s challenge against AB Inbev's use of the term ‘Bud’  in the latest round of the decades-long trademark saga.

Cobevco introduces bag-in-box capability

Specialist bottler, Cobevco will be offering ‘bag-in-box’ as part of its beverage filling capabilities from the end of May.

Beam sells value brands

Beam has sold several spirits brands to Luxco for $65 million.

Pernod Ricard sells aquavit and bitter brands
Pernod Ricard sells aquavit and bitter brands

Pernod Ricard has announced formally the signing of an agreement with Arcus-Gruppen to sell the Danish spirits brands Aalborg and Brøndums, German brand Malteserkreuz Aquavit, and the Danish bitter brand Gammel Dansk. The Aalborg production facility in Denmark is part of the transaction.

Stevens Garnier appoints agency manager

Wine distributor Steven Garnier has appointed Daniel Hart to the newly created role of agency manager. He was formerly senior buyer at Enotria. 

Roust appoints CEO

Russian Standard distributor Roust has appointed Oleg Kirillin to the role of CEO.

Molson Coors buys Irish craft brewery

Molson Coors UK & Ireland has bought the Franciscan Well craft beer brand and micro-brewery in Cork City, Ireland.

South Africa’s wine exports hit new heights

South Africa’s 2012 exports reached 417 million litres, the largest amount that the country has exported to date and 10 million litres more than the previous record, according to Wines of South Africa (Wosa) the generic body for the South African wine industry.

Wine Tourism Awards results announced

Wine Country Ontario won Best Generic Wine Body at the Wine Tourism Awards 2013.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte sees volume fall, value remain

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte saw volume slide by 6% in 2012, but managed to retain value.

South Africa: Riots may not involve wine

Wines of South Africa has said that riots in the Western Cape don't appear to be connected to the wine industry.

Bacardi appoints communications chief

Bacardi has appointed Eric A Kraus to a newly created role of senior vice president, chief communications and corporate affairs officer.

Fear of wine fakes is biggest barrrier to sales in China

Consumers’ fear of fakes is the biggest obstacle to imported wine sales in the Chinese off-trade, according to Wine Intelligence.

Kingsbarns distillery
New Wemyss distillery to produce Kingsbarns Single Malt

The Wemyss family is to open a new £3 million distillery in Fife next year where it will produce Kingsbarns Single Malt Whisky.  

William Grant distills on Christmas Day

William Grant & Sons marked its 125th anniversary on Christmas Day last year by distilling a spirit that will be released in decades to come as a Christmas-themed Glenfiddich.

Bacardi buys St-Germain

Bacardi today announced plans to "internationalise" the elderflower liqueur St-Germain, after buying the brand from Cooper Spirits International.

WSWA calls for presidential action to stop ports strike

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) has joined a coalition of 107 organisations calling for President Obama to take action to prevent a strike at ports spanning the coast from Houston to Boston.

Beam acquires Irish whiskey brand

Beam has acquired Irish whiskey brand 2 Gingers for an undisclosed sum.

CDA challenges labelling on new spirits drink

The Craft Distillers Alliance has criticised a brewery in East Anglia for breaking the rules governing the production of whisky after it launched a new spirits product made with one of its beers.

New president for Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux

Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier and Financière Bernard, is the new president of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux.

Marisco Vineyards buys Marlborough property

Marisco Vineyards owner Brent Marris has bought the Leefield Station property in the Waihopai Valley, Marlborough.

New Zealand Winegrowers appoints marketing manager

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced the appointment of Chris Stroud as its new marketing manager – Europe.

Stock buys Slovak company

Stock Spirits Group has acquired Slovak spirits company Imperator and an ethanol manufacturing plant in Germany.

Calls for entries to the International Gamay competition

Inter Beaujolais calling for entries for this year’s International Gamay competition, now in its third year.

USL shareholders approve allotment of shares to Diageo

Diageo has announced shareholders of United Spirits Limited have approved the preferential allotment to Diageo, at a price of INR1440 per share, of new shares amounting to 10% of the post-issue enlarged share capital of USL.

SWA welcomes Latin American free trade deals

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced two trade agreements with Colombia and Peru and its Association Agreement with Central America.

New WSET wine school in Tuscany

James Cluer MW of Fine Vintage has announced the opening of a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) - approved wine school in Tuscany, in partnership with the Consorzio Chianti Classico.