Jim Beam announces travel retail exclusive from Fred and Freddie Noe

Leading bourbon producer Jim Beam has given the beleaguered travel retail sector a vote of confidence by launching an exclusive expression into the channel.

Speciality Drinks and Edrington Beam Suntory offer wellbeing packs to bar staff

Wholesaler Speciality Drinks has teamed up with Edrington Beam Suntory to supply another batch of wellbeing packs to British bar staff.

Are flavoured spirits a honey trap?

Flavoured spirits drinks are being released at a pace. But are they blurring the rules over whisky production, and are they just a passing fad? Dominic Roskrow reports

Beam Suntory is formed

Suntory Holdings has completed the acquisition of Beam, which will now be called Beam Suntory.

Suntory to form super group with $16bn Beam

Suntory has announced it will pay $16 billion to acquire Beam in a deal that would see the Japanese group become one of the top-three spirits manufacturers in the world.

Beam launches Rainbow Sherbet vodka

US: Beam has launched a "Rainbow Sherbet" flavour under its Pinnacle vodka brand. The company describes the taste as a "zesty, citrus taste of orange and sweet lime with a creamy raspberry".  

Teeling Whiskey launches for St Patrick's Day

The Teeling family have launched Teeling Whiskey - a small batch blend of malt and grain whiskey - in time for St Patrick’s Day.

Casa Sauza XA is given new look

Beam’s ultra-premium positioned limited edition tequila, Casa Sauza XA, has a new look.

Beam acquires Irish whiskey brand

Beam has acquired Irish whiskey brand 2 Gingers for an undisclosed sum.

Diageo and Suntory in talks to buy Beam?

Diageo and Suntory have held talks about bidding $10 billion for American drinks giant, Beam, according to reports in today’s Sunday Telegraph (December 9).

World’s leading drinks producers agree efforts to reduced harmful use of alcohol

A series of actions designed to strengthen and expand existing efforts to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, have been agreed by the world’s leading producers of beer, wine and spirits.

Beam opens visitor and global innovation centre

Beam Inc.,the leading US premium spirits company, has unveiled its new visitors’ centre – the Jim Beam American Stillhouse– at its flagship distillery in Clermont, Kentucky.

Tullamore Dew comes into its own

William Grant is doing a job on Tullamore Dew, the Irish whiskey brand it bought a couple of years ago from C&C, owners of the Magners cider brand.

India: Beam launches cognac

Beam has launched its Courvoisier age statement cognac collection in India at Delhi Duty Free Services.

Irish whiskey

With Irish whiskey proving a global smash, Hamish Smith looks into the growth plans of the big four players

Beam reports H1 sales growth of 8%

Beam has reported half-year net sales increases of 8% on a comparable basis, thanks in part to the succes of product innovation. 

Beam appoints new board member

US: Beam has elected Gretchen W. Price to its board of directors.

Jim Beam’s 1795 exclusive at Frankfurt

Beam and Maxxium Travel Retail (MTR) have jointly launched a travel retail-exclusive Jim Beam bourbon at Frankfurt airport.

Life after Cooley for John L Sullivan

Georgetown Trading is looking for new Irish whiskey suppliers for its John L Sullivan brand following Beam’s decision not to renew contracts between Cooley Distillery and third-party brands.

Former Cooley MD to create Irish whiskey company

Jack Teeling has left his position as managing director of Cooley Distillery, just months after its sale to Beam, to set up an independent Irish whiskey company.

Beam launches new Skinnygirl

Beam is to launch a White Peach Margarita under its premixed cocktail brand Skinnygirl.

Beam sets new Cooley focus

Following its €95m purchase of Cooley Distillery, Beam will phase out the supply of third-party brands to concentrate on building its core Irish whiskeys: Kilbeggan, Tyrconnell, Connemara and Greenore.

Beam to launch Knob Creek Rye

US: Beam is to launch a rye whiskey under the Knob Creek brand this July.

Jim Beam Devil’s Cut arrives in European travel retail

Beam will enter Jim Beam Devil’s Cut into European travel retail this month following its debut in the US last year.

Cooley’s and Jameson ready for St Patrick’s Day

Beam Inc., the new owners of Cooley’s the Irish whiskey brand, says it has signaled its intent to build the Kilbeggan brand in the US by importing the largest case shipment ever of the blended whiskey for the St Patrick’s Day (March 17) celebrations this weekend.

Jim Beam's Fred Noe on tattoos and Twitter

Fred Noe is approaching 57 and he’s just had his first tattoo.

Beam rolls out Skinnygirl wine and flavoured vodka

US: Beam has expanded its Skinnygirl range to include wine, a range of flavoured vodkas and a Piña Colada.

Rexam to roll out Teacher’s ready to drink can for India

Rexam, the can maker, has announced that it has been chosen by Beam Global Spirits and Wine India to provide the can for its new Teacher's ready-to-drink variant.

Beam reports strong 2011 fourth quarter and full year results

Beam Inc, the US-based global spirits company, has reported full-year net sales increases of 8%.

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.

CEDC pairs with Beam in Poland

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

Beam agrees Cooley Distillery purchase

Beam Inc has announced an agreement to purchase Irish whiskey producer Cooley Distillery.

Mexico: Beam teams up with La Madrileña

US: Mexico-based La Madrileña is to distribute Beam’s entire portfolio in Mexico. As part of the performance-based agreement, effective on January 1, 2012, La Madrileña will be the exclusive distributor of Beam’s brands, including Jim Beam bourbon, Sauza tequila, Courvoisier cognac and Cruzan rum.

Beam celebrates 12m barrels of bourbon

Beam Inc has celebrated the filling of the company’s 12 millionth barrel of bourbon since the repeal of Prohibition in the US in 1933.

Beam announces management changes

Beam Inc has announced a new commercial structure in its Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) region.

Beam floats in Fortune Brands break up

US Spirits company Fortune Brands today begun trading as Beam on the New York stock exchange, following the separation of its businesses.

Maxxium Travel Retail outpaces market growth

Maxxium Travel Retail’s sales grew by 11% last year, outpacing European travel retail growth of 8%, according to findings by International Wine and Spirits Research (IWSR).

Beam launches Teacher's Origin whisky

Beam Global is to launch Teacher’s Origin in global travel retail. The product has already launched in India, where, according to Beam, Teacher’s is the number one blended whisky.

Laphroaig PX to launch in GTR as Triple Wood rolls out

Beam Global has launched Laphoaig Triple Wood to global markets and introduced Laphroaig PX as the expression’s global travel retail replacement.

Beam appoints bourbon manager

Beam Global Spirits & Wine has appointed Christopher G. Bauder to the role of bourbon category business team (CBT) general manager.

Jim Beam and Red Stag in travel retail push

Beam Global and Maxxium Travel Retail have ramped up travel retail activity in Europe.

Beam unveils new logo

Beam Global Spirits & Wine has announced new corporate branding in anticipation of becoming an independent publicly traded spirits company, to be renamed Beam, early in the fourth quarter.

Beam lines up directors

Fortune Brands has announced the boards of directors for Beam and Fortune Brands Home & Security, the standalone public companies to result from the planned separation of its businesses.

Beam launches Courvoisier Rosé

US: Beam Global and Courvoisier cognac have launched Courvoisier Rosé. The liqueur is a blend of Courvoisier cognac and French 'red wine grapes'. The flavour profile is said to feature "notes of blackberry, blackcurrant and a touch of cherry, complemented by vanilla, honey and vine-peach flavours". The 36 proof liquid (18%abv) is best served chilled or on ice and is available throughout the US for $24.99.

Beam launches Larios 12 to Spanish travel retail

Beam Global Spirits & Wine has launched gin brand, Larios 12, to Spanish travel retail.

Jim Beam's Red Stag comes to UK and travel retail

Jim Beam has launched its Red Stag bourbon-based drink in the UK market and in travel retail outlets across Europe.

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.

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”.

Beam appoints EMEA president

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

Beam extends leadership roles

Beam Global Spirits & Wine has announced expanded leadership roles for executives Bill Newlands, Phil Baldock and Bob Probst.