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New Zealand: Smaller grape harvest good news

The 2010 New Zealand grape harvest totalled 266,000 tonnes, 19,000 tonnes smaller than the 2009 crop and in line with the pre-harvest forecast.

Foster's teams up with Southern Wine & Spirits

US: Foster's Wine Estates has announced long-term distribution agreements with Southern Wine & Spirits in three US markets.

Denmark/Holland: South African wine is a winner

South Africa-based wine company Origin Wine has announced growth in Holland, and Denmark for its brands Stormhoek and Fairhills.

Drinkaware appoints new trustees

UK: Alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware has appointed three new trustees to its board.

Bombay Sapphire launches social media campaign

Bombay Sapphire gin is to launch a global digital campaign, aimed at the social media market.

E&J Gallo reshuffles staff in Europe

E&J Gallo has announced staff changes within the European sales team.

Heaven Hill launches pineapple vodka

US: Heaven Hill Distilleries has launched the 21st flavour of its Burnett’s flavoured vodka brand.

Scotland: Isle of Arran distillery to double production

The Isle of Arran distillery is to double production to meet rising demand. Production in 2008 was 150,000LPA (litres of pure alcohol) and 130,000 in 2009. During 2010, the distillery aims to double the 2009 total.

Europe gears up for responsible World Cup

Belgium: The European Spirits Organisation CEPS and The European Forum for Responsible Drinking (EFRD) have teamed up with the Belgian Federation of Wine and Spirits to launch a responsible drinking campaign during the World Cup.

Bacardi launches special edition Bénédictine

Travel retail: Bacardi has launched a limited edition bottling of Bénédictine liqueur.

Russian Standard Gold rolls out

Russian Standard has launched Russian Standard Gold into the travel retail market. The company launched the brand at TFWA Asia Pacific in Singapore.

Arthur's Day Guinness celebrations to return

Diageo has announced the return of its Arthur’s Day celebrations for stout brand Guinness.

Smooth mover - Diageo unveils new Cîroc ad

Diageo has unveiled a new ad campaign for its ultra premium vodka Cîroc.

Diageo restructures global marketing department

Diageo has announced changes to its global marketing department following a review of its structure.

Scotch whisky - cornerstone of Scottish economy

A new study has revealed that Scotch whisky is worth £4 billion a year in added value to the Scottish economy - with the industry spending in excess of £1.1 billion annually on supplies produced in Scotland.

Austria celebrates wine export growth

Despite problems in some major markets, Austria’s wine exports defied all expectations in 2009, rising by 5.3% in value and 16% in volume.

Responsible drinking - the name of the beautiful game

UK: Alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware has launched a programme to help fans stay safe and drink responsibly throughout the World Cup this summer, whether they’re travelling to South Africa or watching from the UK.

Foster's Group to separate beer and wine

Foster’s Group plans to create separate stock exchange listings for its beer and wine divisions.

Irish whiskey 'recession proof'

US popularity and universal appeal have kept the Irish whiskey market buoyant, according to business analyst Datamonitor.

Carlsberg signs up for UEFA Euro 2012

Carlsberg Group is to sponsor the UEFA Euro 2012. It is the first UEFA Euro ever to be hosted in Eastern Europe. Carlsberg considers the UEFA European Championship its most successful marketing activity for the Carlsberg brand.

Ardbeg launches second Supernova

Islay malt whisky, Ardbeg is to launch a second edition of Ardbeg Supernova – SN2010 – to be released on May 31 2010. This limited edition release is 40% more peaty than the distillery’s already heavily peated flagship Ardbeg ten years old.

Austria: Ott replicates underground wine style

An Austrian bio-dynamic winemaker has produced a wine from the 2009 harvest by fermenting grapes in clay amphorae buried underground.

Research: consumers spend more on off-trade wine

Research commissioned by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) in the UK, has shown a further shift to the off-trade in terms of wine consumption.

Foster's appoints master sommelier

US: Foster's Wine Estates has appointed master sommelier Fred Dame as vice president, luxury sales. He will report to Mike Holden, SVP sales. Dame will head-up the selling division for brands including Beringer, Penfolds, Chateau St Jean, Stags' Leap Winery, Etude and St. Clement.

Bordeaux study shows wine oxidises in plastic after six months

A major scientific study into the storage of wine in different forms of packaging has revealed that the bag-in-box, single-layer PET and small multi-layer PET altered the character of white wines when stored over six months, with oxidation clearly noticeable.

London to host Tax Stamp Forum

The 2010 global Tax Stamp Forum is to take place in London in June.

Edrington appoints new travel retail director

The Edrington Group has appointed a new area director for global travel retail.

Diageo's CFO to step down

Diageo’s chief financial officer is to step down. Nick Rose will stand down from the board at the company’s AGM on 14 October 2010.

Scotch Whisky Association goes to Brazil

A 56% increase in exports confirmed Scotch whisky’s growing popularity in Brazil in 2009, according to new figures published by the UK-based Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Carlsberg gets behind the England team

Carlsberg, the official beer of the England football team, has launched its new TV advert in the build-up to this year’s World Cup.

Smirnoff retains no.1 spot in Power 100

Smirnoff has retained its position as the world’s leading alcoholic drinks brand according to The Power 100, 2010, the annual survey of the world’s leading drinks brands published by brand valuation and strategy consultancy Intangible Business.

Australia: William Grant sets up new subsidiary

Scottish family owned distiller William Grant & Sons has announced the formation of a new wholly owned subsidiary, William Grant & Sons Australia Pty Ltd.

Scotland: Wemyss launches small batch gin

Scotland: The Wemyss family has launched a small batch gin called Darnley’s View. Darnley’s View celebrates the meeting of Mary Queen of Scots and her husband Lord Darnley at the Wemyss family home, Wemyss Castle in Fife, in 1565.

Foster's to launch sparkling rosé

Australian wine brand Wolf Blass is to launch a sparkling rosé wine at the London International Wine Fair.

Asia: Women prefer red wine

Red is the most popular choice of wine for Asian women, according to new research.

Edrington appoints Cutty Sark brand boss

The Edrington Group has appointed a new brand controller for its newly acquired scotch whisky Cutty Sark.

Ketel One launches orange vodka

Ketel One vodka has introduced Ketel One Oranje, an orange flavoured vodka.

Australian triumphs in Ballantine's golf

Korea: The 2010 Ballantine’s Championship golf tournament has been won by Australia’s Marcus Fraser.

Bacardi gets new distro in Estonia

Estonia: Liviko is to become the sole representative of Bacardi-Martini Group’s products in Estonia.

Speyside whisky festival kicks off this week

The Spirit of Speyside whisky festival starts this week.

Italy: Guerrieri Rizzardi appoints new marketing boss

Italian wine producer Guerrieri Rizzardi has announced the re-appointment of Rupert Dean, as international sales & marketing manager.

Stoli and Red Bull take to the skies

UK: Stolichnaya vodka has linked up with the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2010, by supporting defending British champion Paul Bonhomme.

Finlandia vodka to launch charity water bottles

In honor of the 40th anniversaries of both Earth Day and Finlandia vodka, Finlandia is releasing limited edition charity water bottles. The bottles are to feature designs by Finnish graphic designer Klaus Haapaniemi.

Drinkaware: UK binge drinking no surprise

Alcohol awareness charity the Drinkaware Trust has issued a response to the Eurobarometer survey on alcohol.

CEPS: EC alcohol survey misses bigger picture

The European Commission’s new Eurobarometer report on attitudes to alcohol misses the bigger picture, according to CEPS and EFRD, the representatives of the European spirits industry.

Scotland: Innis & Gunn picks up Queen's Award

Scottish beer company Innis & Gunn has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

South African wine gets sustainability seal

The South African wine industry has launched a new sustainability seal, as a guarantee of environmentally-sensitive production.

Diageo confident in premium future

Consumers are returning to premium purchases, according to global drinks giant Diageo.

SABMiller talks to women about alcohol

As part of its ‘Open the Facts’ campaign, SABMiller is encouraging women to make informed choices about drinking.

General election candidates say pubs more important to communities than post offices and churches

Nine in ten parliamentary candidates in winnable seats believe pubs are an important part of the British way of life and more should be done to support them, according to a new poll released today by ComRes on behalf of the British Beer & Pub Association.