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18 March, 2018

Diageo acquires aperitif Belsazar

Diageo has announced the acquisition of Belsazar GmbH, a premium aperitif from Germany’s Black Forest for an undisclosed fee.

Macedonian Thrace Brewery (MTB) has welcomed the success in its long-running legal battle with Heineken and its 98.8%-owned Greek operating subsidiary, Athenian Brewery (AB), for anti-competitive market abuses in Greece.

Coca-Cola’s plans to release an alcoholic beverage in Japan in 2018 is a survival strategy according to big data experts.

Pernod Ricard has confirmed the death of an employee at its Midleton Distillery in Cork, who has been named locally as Dominic Knowles.


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The Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja has announced growth in its foreign markets across 130 countries.

Quintessential Brands Group has announced the appointment of Shane Hoyne as its new chief marketing officer.

Maxxium UK has announced that it is to change its name to Edrington-Beam Suntory UK Distribution Limited, from April 1.

Shay Waterworth reveals the names on everyone’s lips following last month’s annual Wine Design Challenge.

The annual awards are a highlight of the year for any company which invests in creating a visitor experience. Christian Davis reports.

Global brewing giant AB InBev has reported revenue growth of +5.1% in FY17 and +8.2% in 4Q17, with revenue per hl growth of +5.1% in FY17 and +6.6% in 4Q17.

Caorunn has become the number one super premium gin brand in Scotland for the off-trade and hopes to lead the category in five years’ time.

Heineken has partnered up with Infor, a provider of industry-specific cloud applications, to optomise production capacity and reduce waste.

Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival has attracted more than 40 breweries from around the world including the US, Scandinavia and the UK, set to take place on 25-27 May 2018.

The exports of French wine and spirits increased by more than €1bn in 2017, largely due to the increased popularity of cognac.


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A mixed bag looking ahead

There is a refreshing sense of optimism surrounding the travel retail business which I haven’t seen for quite a few years.

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