In-country representation key to wine success in Asia

Attracting younger wine drinkers and in-country representation is key to success in Asia, says research commissioned by Messe Düsseldorf, the company behind ProWein.

Sparkling wine

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

Pernod posts best growth since before recession

Pernod Ricard has achieved its highest-level of growth since before the global recession, thanks to strong sales in Asia and a rallying performance in mature markets.  

Absinthe

With all the bans on absinthe now lifted, the traditional French and Swiss producers are now free to re-invent the category for the 21st century. Hamish Smith investigates

Rémy Cointreau raises a cognac to Asia

Rémy Cointreau's consolidated turnover for the 2011/12 financial year was €1,026.1 million, an increase of 13% (up 15.6% organically) compared with the previous year.

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.

Australian Wine

Consumers in Australia’s top two export markets are abandoning its wines for cheaper alternatives leaving producers wondering if Asia will grow big enough to compensate for US and UK declines. By Graham Holter

Jameson goes global for St Patrick's Day

Irish Distillers has announced its St Patrick's Day plans for Jameson.

Heinekein posts net profits increase of 9.2%

Heineken has announced net profits of €1.5 billion before one-off items, an increase of 9.2%.

Beam makes senior appoint

Beam, the US-based global premium spirits company, has announced that Arthur Aroney will join the organisation as managing director of Emerging Markets for its Asia Pacific/South America (APSA) region.

Diageo launches social media campaign

Diageo, through its Johnnie Walker brand, has launched a social media project to get communities involved in either technology, arts or business projects.

Jacquesson releases single-vineyard champagnes

Champagne Jacquesson has announced the launch of two single-vineyard champagnes from 2002 to global markets.

Pernod finance md underlines importance of emerging markets

The importance of the so-called emerging markets such as those in China, India, was underlined by the Pernod Ricard management  team in individual briefings in London today (Tuesday September 6), following the announcement of the group’s annual results last week.

Pernod posts 7% sales growth

Pernod Ricard has posted annual organic sales growth of 7% to achieve a turnover of €7.6b.

Diageo posts strong results

Diageo has cited ‘emerging markets’ as a reason for its positive results – including 16% growth in scotch whisky in emerging markets. 

Show some humility, says CEO of Renaud Cointreau

Owners of traditional products such as champagne and cognac need to show some humility in their dealings with new emerging markets, according to the president and CEO of Groupe Renaud Cointreau.

Millionaires Club 2011 is published

Drinks International and Euromonitor International have published the Millionaires Club 2011. The report lists spirits brands that sell over one million nine-litre cases. A record 172 brands feature in this year’s edition and figures are based on 2010 sales volumes.

Chivas launches new Beefeater gin

Chivas Brothers has launched a new special edition Beefeater gin. Developed by master distiller Desmond Payne, Beefeater London Market Gin will be available for a limited period from June 2011 in key global markets, including Spain, UK, Turkey and Bulgaria.

Cider in Russia

Russia could be the next growth market for cider, according to a new report.

Diageo opens discussions to acquire half of Zacapa

Diageo has initiated discussions to take over 50% of Guatemalan rum brand Zacapa.

Scotch whisky exports rise in H1 2010

Scotch whisky exports are up 17% compared with last year, with nine of the category’s top ten markets in growth.

Altia buys cognac Renault from Pernod Ricard

Altia has signed an agreement to acquire cognac brand Renault from Pernod Ricard for a cash consideration of €10m.

Global repackaging for Courvoisier VS

Cognac brand Courvoisier has undertaken a global repackaging of its VS label, starting with the UK and US markets.

Ballantine’s launches Christmas Reserve

Ballantine’s has unveiled its first seasonal limited edition whisky entitled Christmas Reserve.

Havana Club goes ultra premium

Havana Club International is to launch an ultra premium rum.

Only 10 brands earn Elite status with The IWSR’s Elite Brands 2010

The number of brands meeting the criteria of The IWSR’s Elite Brands has fallen from 22 in 2009 to just 10 in 2010. Ukrainian vodka Nemiroff has taken the top spot.

Bacardi gets new distro in Estonia

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

Havana Club rum sales down

Cuba: Havana Club rum sales fell by 3.5% in 2009, compared to 2008.

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).