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3 March, 2015

Champagne sales edge ahead

Champagne shipments edged 0.7% ahead on last year, after exports to the UK and US counteracted a decline in France, according to Comite Champagne.

Anivin de France, the organisation responsible for promoting Vin de France wines, has announced that 112 wines have been selected as its ambassador wines for 2015.

Accra Brewery, the Ghanaian subsidiary of SABMiller, will officially open its new facilities today (February 27) which have been upgraded as part of a $100m brewery expansion project at its existing site Accra.

Parker gives up en primeurs

26 February, 2015

Robert Parker, probably the world’s most influential wine critic, has announced that he is giving up tasting and judging Bordeaux en primeur wines.

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Pernod Ricard has announced a number of appointments that will see the current CEO of Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët (MMPJ), Philippe Guettat, head Pernod Asia. 

Blavod gets TTB approval

26 February, 2015

Distil has announced that its Blavod Black vodka has been approved for sale in the US by the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Mast-Jägermeister has reported a 5.6% decline in annual sales volumes due to “challenging trading conditions” in the US market. 

Sparkling wine consumption in the US is growing, according to a new report from Wine Intelligence.

Diageo will unveil a “smart bottle” Johnnie Walker Blue Label prototype at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 2-5.

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has unveiled its first Irish whiskey to be finished in virgin Irish oak as part of its Midleton Single Pot Still range. 

Suntory Holdings has announced 2014 yielded sales of 2.5 trillion yen, up 20% year on year, and operating income of 165 billion yen, up 30%.

Major Australian wine producer, Australian Vintage has announced half year net profits of AUS$4.4 million, up from $4m, for the half year to December 31, 2014.

Vina Cono Sur, the major Chilean wine brand part of the Concha y Toro stable of brands, is the official wine of the Tour de France in the UK in 2015 and for the following two years.

Pernod Ricard has reported sales and profit growth of +1% for H1 2014/2015, after declines in China and the US halted overall advances.

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DI's Christian Davis on Pernod's roundtable

Drinks International's editor Christian Davis was at Pernod Ricard's roundtable. 

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