Portman Group announces new chief executive

The Portman Group has announced that Matt Lambert will replace John Timothy as chief executive in January 2021.

Heineken 0.0% takes over Europa League sponsorship

Heineken 0.0% will take over sponsorship of the Europa League when the tournament resumes on Wednesday night.

Codorníu appoints new chief executive

Spanish wine producer Codorníu has announced that Sergio Fuster will take over as chief executive in September.

Gin: Keeping it real

Gin has adopted many new incarnations in the course of its meteoric rise – but is it in danger of going too far? Christian Davis ponders over a great G&T

International varietals could be the future for Portuguese wine

CEO of Sogrape Vinhos, Francisco Ferreira, has ventured that the planting of further international varietals could help to attract more consumers to Portuguese wine.

Change at the top of ProWein

Current project director Danila Avdiu will leave Messe Düsseldorf on December 31, 2012.

Four Roses bourbon launches speakeasy

Four Roses bourbon has taken over the downstairs bar at Shaker & Company, London, for the month of February.

Mast-Jägermeister appoints new manager

Jägermeister parent company Mast-Jägermeister has appointed Denis Schrey to its management team.

Czech Republic: Budvar toasts record exports

Budvar has reported record export results for 2011.

Asia-Pacific to become the fastest-growing alcoholic drinks region over the next five years

International Wine & Spirit Research (IWSR) says that Asia-Pacific will be the fastest-growing region for the alcoholic beverage markets over the next five years.

Ballantine's whisky gets festive

Chivas Brothers is to roll out a Christmas edition of it Ballantine’s scotch whisky. Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve is available until December in ‘key markets’ including Spain, France and Taiwan.

Drambuie announces annual results

Drambuie has reported operating profits of £2.81m – up 2% on last year.

Moet launches champagne over ice

Moet & Chandon has launched a champagne designed to be served over ice.

Heinemann takes on Topping

Heinemann Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Germany-based duty free retailer and distributor Gebr Heinemann, has appointed Paul Topping to the role of director.

Scotland: Diageo opens £40m distillery

Global drinks giant Diageo has opened the doors of its new £40 million distillery in Speyside, Scotland.

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.

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.

Speyside whisky festival kicks off this week

The Spirit of Speyside whisky festival starts this week.

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.