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Scotland: Tomatin releases three whiskies

The Tomatin distillery, Inverness-shire, has released three new whiskies - two single cask and one limited edition bottling.

Record exports as scotch whisky defies downturn

Global exports of scotch whisky reached record levels in 2009 despite the economic downturn in some major markets, according to annual figures published by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Foster's appoints new board member

Australia: Foster’s has appointed a former police officer to its board of directors.

Make your own Plymouth gin

Chivas Brothers has launched a private tour and gin-making experience for its Plymouth gin brand.

Beefeater gets new tamper-proof closure

United Closures & Plastics (UCP) has developed a new ‘combined aluminium and plastic tamper evident snap-on security closure’, called Orchid.

Heineken launches sustainability campaign

Amsterdam: Heineken has announced a new 10-year sustainability agenda.

Maxxium gives Brugal travel retail push

Maxxium Travel Retail is to launch a campaign for its Brugal rum in Heathrow terminal 5.

Grant's launches 25yo blended scotch whisky

William Grant & Sons has launched Grant’s 25 year old, a blended scotch whisky. The product will initially be exclusive to travel retail.

Pernod Ricard and Russian Standard settle Stoli case

US: Pernod Ricard and Russian Standard Vodka have reached a settlement of claims brought by Russian Standard against Pernod Ricard. According to Pernod Ricard, the dispute revolved mainly around the allegations brought by Russian Standard Vodka and Roust Trading Limited pursuant to which promoting Stolichnaya as "Russian vodka" resulted in false advertising.

Diageo releases third Managers' Choice batch

Diageo is to launch the third batch of its single malt collection whiskies – The Managers’ Choice.

India: United Spirits hits 100 million cases

India: United Spirits has crossed the milestone of 100 million cases for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010.

Maker's Mark wins wax seal trademark case

Maker’s Mark has won a trademark infringement case against Cuervo tequila. A judgment has confirmed that the whiskey’s free-form red wax seal coating is a well-known and valid trademark.

Off Piste appoints new chairman

Off trade wine supplier Off Piste has appointed a new chairman. Jerry Lockspeiser, who founded Bottle Green in 1990, is to help guide the business’s strategic development.

Bacardi invests £20m in rum marketing

UK: Bacardi has launched a new advertising campaign, called ‘Island’. The campaign is part of a £20million marketing spend.

Niederkirchener Weinmacher appoints new president

Marian Kopp has been appointed managing director/president of Niederkirchener Weinmacher  – a German wine cooperative located in the Pfalz region - effective April 1, 2010.

Europe: Bacardi and Brown-Forman distro deal

Bacardi and Brown-Forman have mutually agreed on distribution arrangements in Europe.

Hong Kong airport gets Martell experience

Travel Retail: Pernod Ricard has opened a Martell experience boutique at Hong Kong International Airport.

Campari revamps Cinzano

Gruppo Campari has redesigned its Cinzano range of three aperitif/cocktail wines . The aim of the redesign is to ‘revitalise brand image and create a more contemporary and approachable positioning’.

Jose Cuervo tequila plays games

US: Diageo’s Jose Cuervo has launched CuervoGames, an experiential marketing campaign.

Hine rolls out antique cognac

France: Hine is to roll our its new Antique XO Premier Cru cognac to markets around the world.

Absolut launches Jay-Z documentary

Absolut vodka has teamed up with hip hop star Jay-Z to bring consumers a 14 minute documentary about the music star.

Russian Standard Gold launches in the UK

Russian Standard is to launch its luxury Russian Standard Gold into the UK market.

Naked Wines launches advanced bookings

UK wine retailer Naked Wines has launched a new service that allows UK wine drinkers to buy wines for less than they cost at the cellar door.

Burgundy misses out in Chardonnay du Monde top 10

The Forum Oenologie association has announced the results of this year’s Chardonnay du Monde competition, held at Château des Ravatys in Saint-Lager, Burgundy.

Highland Park launches four new whiskies

Highland Park has released four new whiskies exclusive to global travel retail.

Australia: Beelgara moves into Europe

Australia: Wine exporter Beelgara has appointed Jaap Sonnemans as its new European market manager.

Champagne Lanson disgorgement on label

France: Champagne Lanson is to put disgorgement dates on the back labels of all 75cl bottles of Lanson Black, Rose and Ivory Label NV imported into the UK.

Glenglassaugh makes new appointment

Scotland: The Glenglassaugh distillery has appointed a new customer account manager. Ronnie Routledge will take the post from April 6.

Champagne: CIVC unveils lighter bottle

March 16 2010. The champagne generic body CIVC today announced the launch of a new lighter weight champagne bottle.

J Wray & Nephew makes new appointments

UK: J Wray & Nephew has appointed two new employees to its sales and marketing team.

South Africa: Confusion reigns over wineland mining

Confusion reigns in South Africa as new reports suggest mining applications in the winelands have not been withdrawn.

Mont Tauch champions sustainability

France: Fitou cooperative Mont Tauch is to place the ‘Winegrowers for Sustainable Development’ logo on every bottle of its wine sold in the UK.

Spanish Gran Orden welcomes new Caballeros members

Spain’s Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino invested its two latest members at its 26th annual ceremony held in London, early March.

Dom Pérignon launches 2000 and 1990 Rosé Vintages

Moët Hennessy has released two new Dom Pérignon Rosé cuvées from the 2000 and 1990 vintages.

Australia: Diageo rolls out Jose Cuervo tequila

Australia: Diageo has announced it will secure the marketing and distribution rights to tequila brand Jose Cuervo in Australia, officially effective April 1 2010.

Gordon & MacPhail launches oldest ever whisky

Scotland: Gordon & MacPhail has released a 70 year old single malt whisky.

Romania searches for hero wines

Members of Romanian Winegrowers are to undergo a benchmarking initiative, designed to identify a ‘Hero Selection’ of wines.

Carlsberg unveils £240 beer

Denmark: Carlsberg has launched Vintage 3 – the third in an exclusive beer trilogy.

Chile: Colchagua Valley wineries lose 25 million litres in earthquake

Chile: The Asociación de Viñas de Colchagua and the Colchagua Valley Wine Route have estimated a loss of 25 million litres of wine as a result of the earthquake.

Molson Coors signs up for sustainable future

UK: Brewer Molson Coors has become the first to be a founding signatory of WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment 2.

Black Tower reaches new heights with Special Release launch

Coinciding with the eyecatching relaunch of Black Tower’s Classic range, brand owner Reh Kendermann has also announced a premium extension to the market leading German range.

Black Tower reveals half in daring relaunch

Leading German wine exporter Reh Kendermann has unveiled radical new looks for its iconic global brand Black Tower.

Portugal: Andresen releases 100yo port

Portugal: Boutique port producer Andresen has released a 100 year old port.

European Court rules minimum pricing illegal

Scottish Government plans to introduce alcohol minimum pricing have suffered a further setback, according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

France: numbers up at organic wine show

Millésime Bio has reported record numbers at its organic wine trade fair, held in Montpellier, France this January 25-27.

Coors launches cold cans

UK: Coors has launched a cold-activated can for its Coors Light brand.

Chile: Wine industry loses US$250 million, limited damage

Chile: Vinos de Chile has assessed earthquake damage and reported limited damage, though this amounts to a loss US$250 million.

Chile: Torres winery hit by earthquake

The Miguel Torres Chile winery has been affected by the earthquake that has shaken the country.

Chile: Errazuriz postpones winery opening due to earthquake

The winery said it was important to show support for its 'fellow countrymen' and has postponed the opening of the Don Maximiano Icon Winery. It also said it was too soon to give an accurate assessment of the damage to homes and wineries in the south.

Earthquake in Chile

The UK director of Wines of Chile, the generic body representing the Chilean wine industry, has released a statement following the catastrophic earthquake in the country.