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Canada: Corby sells Seagram Coolers brand

Canada: Brick Brewing Company has acquired the Canadian rights to the Seagram Coolers brand from Corby Distilleries. The transaction closed upon signing.

Pernod Ricard resumes Malibu supply

Europe: Pernod Ricard has resumed the supply of Malibu after stopping it due to a ‘fluctuation in the coconut flavour’.

42 Below announces cocktail winners

Team Italy has won the 2011 42 Below Cocktail World Cup.

Australia: Beam strengthens ties with Coca-Cola

Beam Global Spirits & Wine, the premium spirits business of Fortune Brands has announced a ten year incentive-based agreement with Coca-Cola Amatil in Australia.

Angostura crowns cocktail champion

Angostura has crowned the winner of its 2011 Global Cocktail Challenge. Andy Griffiths from Cookie bar in Melbourne, Australia, took home the US$10,000 prize as well as a one year brand ambassadorship.

Bushmills to launch global comp’ on St Patrick’s day

Bushmills has announced that it will launch a global competition on St Patrick’s day, called Make it 2 Bushmills.

Russia: Diageo to launch Smirnov Titul

Diageo has announced the launch of super premium vodka Smirnov Titul to the Russian market.

Gordon & MacPhail releases 70 YO The Glenlivet

Scotch company Gordon & MacPhail has launched The Glenlivet 70 Year Old, priced at £13,000 a bottle.

Jameson celebrates St Patrick with trio of promotions

Jameson has devised a trio of St Patrick’s day promotions, including a global music event, radio broadcast and a special edition bottle.

Ara appoints Jeff Clarke chief winemaker

Jeff Clarke has been appointed chief winemaker at Marlborough’s Ara Wines.

Heineken proposes director change

Heineken has proposed that Charlotte Kwist replaces her uncle Dirk Pieter Hoyer as a director of Heineken Holdings.

Rémy Martin to sell €50k Louis XIII carafe

Rémy Martin has announced the sale of a 1930s crystal carafe containing Louis XIII cognac, for an estimated €50,000.

Amorim registers double-digit volume growth

Cork producer Amorim recorded double-digit volume growth in 2010.

Havana Club posts double-digit growth

Havana Club grew by 15% in 2010, following strong performances in Cuba, Germany, France and the UK.

Grant’s gives sherry and ale whiskies a new finish

William Grant & Sons has repackaged its Grant’s Sherry Cask Finish and Ale Cask Finish expressions.

Asia-Pacific and Latin America spur AB InBev growth

AB InBev’s buoyant Asia-Pacific and Latin America markets have offset negative growth in North America and Europe, to spur overall revenue growth.

Laphroaig to roll out Triple Wood

Scotch distiller Laphroaig has announced the global roll out of its Triple Wood expression.

Rémy in talks with EPI over champagne sale

The Rémy Cointreau Group has announced that it has entered into “exclusive negotiations with EPI” to sell its champagne division.

Glazer’s appoints COO and VP

US distributors Glazer’s has appointed Robert Swartz as chief operating officer and Phil Meacham as executive vice president malt beverages.

Brown-Forman sells Fetzer to Concha y Toro

Brown-Forman has sold its Fetzer wine business to Concha y Toro for US$238 million. The transaction is expected to close in April 2011.

Greenall’s revamps gin for 250th birthday

UK gin distiller G&J Greenall has celebrated its 250th birthday by redesigning its Original London Dry Gin.

Clink! appoints operations manager

Clink! Wines, distributors to the UK and mainland Europe, has appointed Mariola Martinez as operations manager.

Fortune sees ‘bright and prosperous’ future for Beam

Fortune Brands has said it sees a “bright and prosperous future for Beam Global as an independent spirits company”.

SA: Spirits duty rises by 10%

The South African government has increased excise duty on spirits by 10% and wine by 8%.

Glengoyne spurs Ian Macleod growth

UK spirits group Ian Macleod Distillers has recorded a 41% profit, buoyed by the growth of Glengoyne single malt whisky.

BBPA and WSTA defend UK drinking record

UK: Trade bodies Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) and the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) have denied that UK alcohol consumption is rising.

A drink a day could keep the doctor away

Moderate drinking can help prevent heart disease, according to a new report in the British Medical Journal. The report, which is a review of research published over 30 years, said individuals who drink alcohol in moderation are less likely to develop heart disease compared to non-drinkers.

Chilling news from Gallo

E&J Gallo has introduced a red wine that has been blended specifically so it can be drunk chilled.

Chivas receives Westwood styling

Scotch brand Chivas Regal and designer Vivienne Westwood have collaborated to launch a new limited edition whisky.

Diageo acquires Turkish spirits firm

Diageo has struck an agreement to acquire Turkey's "leading" spirits company, Mey Içki.

Master of Malt launches single malt liqueur

Whisky retailer Master of Malt has launched a liqueur made from single malt scotch whisky.

Nemiroff celebrates strong sales

Nemiroff has reported strong growth in 2010. The Ukrainian vodka brand said sales volumes rose to $473.6 million – $56.8 million (13.6%) up on the previous year. The company said the largest growth areas were Ukraine and Poland.

Pernod reports sales increase

Pernod Ricard has reported a sales increase of 13% to €4.28 billion in its half year results.

Beam appoints EMEA president

Beam Global Spirits & Wine has appointed Albert Baladi as president of Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA), effective March 5.

Foster’s to demerge Treasury Wine Estates

Foster’s Group has announced a proposal to demerge Treasury Wine Estates at a cost of AU$151m.

Brown-Forman launches new Canadian whisky in US

Brown-Forman has launched Canadian 'maple wood' whisky, Collingwood, in four US states.

Royal Salute accelerates polo drive

Scotch whisky Royal Salute has announced its sponsorship of the Sentebale’s Polo Cup in Dubai.

Glenmorangie launches Finealta at The Savoy

Europe: The Glenmorangie Company has launched new expression Finealta at the newly-reopened Savoy Hotel in London.

PLB to distribute Bodegas Navajas wines

UK importer PLB has been appointed by Rioja winery Bodegas Navajas, with effect from March this year.

Diageo’s sales grow despite Europe faltering

Diageo has reported an 4% increase in organic net sales growth for H2 of 2010, despite a drop of 3% in Europe.

Australian wine in discounting dilemma

The Australian wine market faces tough challenges ahead because of a growing reliance on discounting, according to Wine Intelligence.

Ara appoints sales and marketing GM

Ara, the Malborough-based New Zealand winery, has appointed Matthew Adams to the role of sales and marketing general manager.

India gets Belgian beer

Belgian beers Duvel and Liefmans have been launched in India.

Guala acquires Plastivit closures company

Non-refillable closures company Guala Closures has acquired Spanish closure manufacturing company and former Guala Closures licensee Plastivit, which has facilities in Barcelona and Veracruz (Mexico).

Bacardi points to technicality as Pernod prevails in Havana Club dispute

The Supreme Court of Spain has ruled in favour of Pernod Ricard and the Cuban government in the Havana Club trademark dispute with Bacardi.

Diageo appoints new Guinness boss

Diageo has announced a new global brand director for Guinness. Oliver Loomes has been appointed to the role, following Brian Duffy’s promotion to global category director for beer.

AB InBev launches Stella cider

UK: AB InBev has launched a cider under the Stella Artois name. Stella Artois Cidre will be available from easter 2011 in 568ml bottles and 440ml cans and the company suggests serving the product over ice.

Rémy Cointreau TRA appoints marketing manager

Santiago Quevedo has been appointed to the position of trade marketing manager and brand ambassador at Rémy Cointreau Travel Retail Americas (RCTRA).

Islay.com domain to be sold on ebay

The owner of website domain name islay.com has announced that it will be sold on ebay.

Constellation Wines renamed Accolade after Champ takeover

Constellation Wines Australia and Europe has been renamed Accolade Wines following the completed acquisition of an 80% share in the company by Australian equity group Champ.