Neil McGuigan: Australian wine has its mojo back

Brand Australia has got its mojo back, so says Neil McGuigan, the mercurial CEO of Australian Vintage, which owns McGuigan Wines.

Australian wine turns focus to China

The Australian wine industry wants to exploit the Chinese market after its imports to the US were valued less than that of New Zealand.

Casella Family Brands takes over Shaw Family Vintners

Casella Family Brands has bought the vineyards, winery, current stock and trademark from Shaw Family Vintners.

Management changes at Yalumba

The Australian wine producer Yalumba, which claims to be Australia’s oldest family owned winery established in 1849, has announced senior management changes.

John Ratcliffe to head up Accolade

John Ratcliffe, the former head of Seagram UK and a driving force behind the once innovative specialist UK off licence chain, Oddbins, has been appointed CEO of Accolade Wines.

Riverina harvest close to record

The 2013 harvest in the Riverina region of Australia, at 300,000 tonnes, is just 8,000 short of the 308,000 2009 all time record, according to the Riverina Winemakers Association.

Jacob’s Creek vintage is underway

Orlando Wyndham has announced that the harvesting of the 2013 vintage in Australia for its global wine brand, Jacob’s Creek, is underway.

Australia: Stoli appoints new distributor

Australia: Stolichnaya has signed a five-year distribution deal with island2island Beverage Company.

Australia: SAB Miller loses Corona Extra

SAB Miller's Australian subsidiary, Foster's Group will no longer be allowed to import and distribute Mexican beer Corona Extra. Foster's has been informed by Corona's parent company Grupo Modelo that it intends to terminate Foster's licence to import and distribute Corona Extra in Australia with immediate effect. The brand's distribution will go to Lion Nathan. 

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.

Accolade receives £150m from GE Capital

Hardys and Banrock Station brand owner Accolade Wines is to receive a £150 million financing facility from GE Capital.

Asahi to buy Flavoured Beverages Group

Asahi Group has reached an agreement to acquire Australsian-based drinks operator, Flavoured Beverages Group.

South Korean boost for wine importers

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

Australian wine in discounting dilemma

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

Jacob's Creek winemaker live chat

Join us for a live web chat with Jacob’s Creek chief winemaker Bernard Hickin on Wednesday January 19 at 1pm (GMT).

Foster's appoints CFO

Foster's Group has appointed Anthony Reeves to the role of chief financial officer (CFO), on a fixed term contract, effective from Monday 8 November 2010.

Prosecco ban progress in Australia

Italy/Australia: The Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Consorzio has welcomed a ban on Australian producers using the term prosecco, under new EU laws. The Consorzio has pledged to continue fighting to get the ban implemented in other countries that continue to make prosecco, like Brazil.

Foster's CFO steps down

Foster's Group has announced that Angus McKay, chief financial officer (CFO) has submitted his resignation and will depart Foster’s towards the end of this year. McKay joined Foster’s in 2004 from Fonterra Australia and was finance director, Foster’s Australia, Asia and Pacific, before taking up the CFO role in January 2008.

Australia: Nixon steps down from Foster's board

Australia: Former police chief commissioner Christine Nixon has stepped down from the Foster’s Group board.

Australia: Carlton to continue selling Asahi beer

Carlton & United Breweries and Asahi Breweries have extended a long-term exclusive licence for Carlton to sell and market Asahi Super Dry in Australia.

Australia: Beelgara moves into Europe

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

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.