27 August, 2008
- Carlsberg's chief executive, Jorgen Buhl Rasmussen, is to deliver the keynote speech at the Canadean International Beer Conference in Madrid on April 24 and 25. Other conference speakers include Richard Robertson, director for Anheuser-Busch Europe, Maurice Breen, marketing director of Magners, and Alejandro Jiminez, CEO of Efes International.
- Paul Walsh, Diageo's chief executive, is the new chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association. He takes over from Pernod Ricard's director Richard Burrows. Ian Curle, chief executive of The Edrington Group, is vice-chairman. Walsh says promoting responsible consumption and the environment would be key priorities for the SWA in 2008.
- Grupo Cordorníu has announced that Barry Fitzwilliam Maxxium is the new distributor for its brands in Ireland. From now on BFM will look after the Spanish company's cava and Raimat wine brands.
- Skyy Spirits, which distributes spirits brands in the US has added Morrison Bowmore Distillers Scotch whisky brands to its portfolio. The Gruppo Campari-owned company is now the only US importer, distributor and marketer of Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch whisky, Auchentoshan Lowland Single Malt, and Glen Garioch Highland Single Malt.
- UK airport operator British Airports Authority is looking for buyers for its chain of 65 World Duty Free shops. Spirit drinks make up around a fifth of the WDF profits.
- UK government department, Defra (the Department for the environment, food and rural affairs), has launched a consultation on new legislation to protect Scotch whisky. The proposed legislation principally tightens up the definitions of terms such as single malt or blended grain. The consultation will close on March 25.