2020: Online sales' record year

Ecommerce has broken into markets that barely knew it existed pre-pandemic - and forcasts for the alcohholic drinks sector are very positive. Martin Green reports.

Amstel trains focus on China

Heineken has unveiled plans to make Amstel one of the bestselling beer brands in the Chinese market.

China imposes 212% tariff on Australian wine

China has slapped a 212% tariff on Australian wine as diplomatic tensions between the two nations continue to mount.

Rueda ramps up focus on exports

The Rueda wine region plans to significantly ramp up its focus on export markets after overhauling its Denomination of Origin regulations.

Former Pernod Ricard execs create botanical rum

Former Pernod Ricard executives Laurent Lacassagne and Patrick Venning have launched a botanical rum after setting up a micro-distillery in London’s Brixton Market.

The Gin Guild forces 29% abv "gin" brands to withdraw

Red Storm and Ocean Storm have been withdrawn from the market after The Gin Guild threatened legal action against the producer for incorrectly labelling them as “gin”.

Black Chalk makes inroads into Japanese sparkling wine market

English sparkling wine producer Black Chalk has announced plans to set up an office in Tokyo as it bids to crack the Japanese market.

US off-trade sales continue to surge throughout summer

Sales of spirits, wine and beer continue to soar in the US off-trade as shoppers shun bars and restaurants in favor of drinking at home.

India's growing penchant for homegrown drinks brands

Not long ago, India was known as a country that produced whisky from molasses, and the majority of sales came from the category of spirits called IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor).

American whiskey exports to EU decrease 33% following retaliatory tariff

American whiskey exports to EU have decreased by a third since the bloc imposed a 25% retaliatory tariff in June 2018.

Zamora Company USA adds Don Papa rum to portfolio

Zamora Company USA has bolstered its spirits portfolio with the addition of Filipino rum brand Don Papa.

AB Inbev reports 32% sales decline in April

AB Inbev has warned that Q2 trading will be “materially worse” than the previous three months due to brewery closures and supply chain disruption.

Lebanon wine sector responds to Covid-19 crisis with typical resilience

The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought havoc on the global drinks industry presenting business owners with a formidable set of challenges. Yet for winemakers in Lebanon it represents just another obstacle in a long list of trials and tribulations they have overcome in recent times.

India comes in from the cold

Indian whisky producers are becoming increasingly confident as drinkers recognise the spirits for their quality. now, says Dominic Roskrow, they’re set to take the next step up.

Sparkling wine

Susanne Stauß takes a closer look at the global sparkling wine market

Indian whisky

The market for whisky in India is huge, but local brands have the lion’s share due to the exorbitant import tariffs. Christian Davis reports

Vinho Verde exports booming

Despite challenging Portuguese economic conditions, Vinho Verde exports are on the increase and will become more competitive in the global market place, according to the Vinho Verde Commission (CVRVV).

Diageo launches a Chinese white spirit to the UK market

Diageo, has launched Chinese white spirit brand, Shui Jing Fang, onto the UK domestic market.

The Macallan unveils new range

The Macallan has unveiled a new range, the 1824 Series, which is being rolled out into the UK market this autumn.

UK: Wine and spirits price rises double inflation rate

The price of wine and spirits has risen by more than twice the level of inflation, according to the latest WSTA Market Report.

Budweiser Budvar announces record exports

Czech brewery Budweiser Budvar has announced record levels of exports amid volume growth of 5.5% and net profit increases of 9.2%.

China looks to sweet red and white wine

The Chinese wine market of the future will feature more white and sweet red wines, according to a report by Wine Intelligence.

Scotch exports hit record high

The scotch whisky category belied global economic instability in 2011 by growing sales value 23% to a record £4.2billion.

US: DISCUS recruits Campari, appoints new chair

Campari America has joined the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).

Focus on: The Brazilian wine market

Paul Medder, Wine Intelligence's country manager for Brazil, offers his analysis of the effects of protectionism in the burgeoning Brazilian wine market.

CEDC takes Barefoot to Poland

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has extended its links with Gallo Vineyards to include the distribution of Barefoot wines in Poland.

Champagne regains fizz

The Champagne Bureau has reported increased shipments in 2011. Total shipments worldwide rose from 319.5 million bottles in 2010 to 323 million in 2011.

Campari reports steady 2011

Italian drinks company Davide Campari-Milano has reported a group net profit for 2011 of €159.2m, up from €156.2m in 2010.

Licor 43 hits the 500,000 cases mark

The Diego Zamora group has reported that its Licor 43 brand finished 2011 with sales of 500 000 cases worldwide, 4.2 million liters, which represents an increase of more than 25% over 2010.

Altia post 7.6% net sales growth

Altia, the wine and spirits group that focuses on the Nordic countries, has announced a 7.6% net sales increase to €524.8 million for the year January to December 2011.

Pernod CEO rues Havana Club stagnation

Pernod Ricard’s CEO Piere Pringuet has spoken out about Havana Club’s flat half-year sales growth, branding its performance “disappointing”.

Diageo posts 7% organic sales growth

Diageo has delivered 3% volume growth and 7% organic net sales increase for the six months ended December 31, 2011.

CEDC pairs with Beam in Poland

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has signed a five-year exclusive agreement to distribute Beam brands in Poland.

Russia: CEDC/La Martiniquaise deal commences

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with La Martiniquaise to distribute Label 5 whisky in Russia. La Martiniquaise announced the tie-up in December 2011.

Rémy launches new VSOP

Rémy Martin is to introduce a new expression of its VSOP cognac for the European market. VSOP Mature Cask Finish is to replace VSOP in Europe, while the rest of the world will continue to receive the original VSOP cognac.

Beam launches 'super premium' Teacher's from India

Billed as its super-premium expressions, Beam has released Teacher’s 25 Year Old and Teacher’s Highland Single Malt to global markets.

Russian Standard buys CEDC share for $25m

Vodka company Russian Standard has purchased a 9.9% share in CEDC (Central European Distribution Corporation) for $25.35 million.

Carlsberg UK's Sheps to leave

Carlsberg UK chief executive Isaac Sheps is leaving to take over leadership of the brewer’s Russian business, Baltika, and its eastern European operations.

Patrón enters India with Aspri Spirits

Patrón Spirits International has teamed up with Mumbai-based agent Aspri Spirits to distribute its portfolio of tequila, vodka and rum in India.

Diplomatico Ambassador takes up European residence

Venezuelan rum producer DUSA (Destilerias Unidas SA) has kicked off the multi-market release of Diplomatico Ambassador Selection with a launch event in London. 

Russia: Roust and Rémy strengthen ties

Russian Standard vodka owner Roust and Rémy Cointreau have announced the expansion of their partnership in Russia which will include the distribution of additional Rémy Cointreau brands.

Scotch whisky exports up 22%

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced that the value of scotch exports for the first half of 2011 is up 22%

Heineken buys two Ethiopian breweries

Africa: Heineken has purchased two breweries in Ethiopia for a total of US$163 million. 

Bacardi trials Bombay Sapphire East

Bacardi USA has announced plans to trial a new gin, Bombay Sapphire East, in the US on and off-trade.

StarBev eyes international expansion for Staropramen

StarBev has announced ‘significant investments’ in its Staropramen brand, as it eyes international expansion.

South Korean boost for wine importers

The emerging South Korean market could boost the fortunes of wine importers, according to research by Wine Intelligence.

Constellation officially becomes Accolade

Costellation Wines Australia and Europe has officially become Accolade Wines - as of June 27. Accolade brands include Hardy’s and Echo Falls.

Labels key to success for selling wine in China

Wine producers looking to export to China for the first time need to get to grips with demands for high-quality packaging and culturally-sensitive labels, according to Wine Intelligence.

How to crack the US market

Entrants aiming to crack the US market need to take a bold approach, according to a wine importer.

Brazil emerges as imported wine market

Brazilians are increasingly turning to wine as their beverage of choice, according to consumer research published by Wine Intelligence.