One of South Africa’s best and certainly most controversial winemakers, André van Rensburg, was in London yesterday for the unveiling of his new wine, DNA.
Scottish whisky distiller William Grant & Sons has bought Tuthilltown Spirits in New York state to expand its whisky portfolio into the US for the first time.
Nearly $500,000 was raised at the Pinot Noir Barrel Auction, a trade-only showcase of rare wines hosted by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA).
Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits has recorded a third quarter of contrasts, with improvements in France but penalisation in the US and Poland.
The two Spanish wine regions have come together to raise awareness of their wines in the all-important US market.
The value of direct-to-consumer shipments from American wineries increased to $1.46 Billion in 2012, and was greater than the total value of US wine exports, according to the 2013 Direct Shipping Report released by Ship Compliant and Wines & Vines.
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The US-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement has come into force, representing "significant new access in an expanding spirits market" according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the US.
Pernod Ricard launched Absolut Exposure last night at an event at TFWA Cannes.
Bartender Kim Daniel Bergersen of Norway prevailed from a field of 11 finalists at Pilsner Urquell’s International Master Bartender (IMB) competition.
Despite reports of champagne’s struggle to keep cases sales up, Lucy Britner finds that the world has far from fallen out of love with France’s famous export
US craft beer grew by double digits during H1 of 2012 despite the malaise of the US beer market, says the Brewers Association.
Gruppo Campari has announced sales growth of 5% for H1 of 2012, with strong performances in North America and Asia Pacific offsetting difficulties in Germany, Italy and South America.
Heaven Hill Distilleries has introduced Larceny, a super-premium wheat bourbon, to the US market.
The Avalon Group has announced distributor Emporia Brands will roll out its Irish Whiskey brand The Wild Geese to the UK market.
Treasury Wine Estates and Accolade Wines has announced that TWE will pack wine for Accolade in Australia with Accolade will pack wine for TWE in the UK.
Wemyss Malts has released Darnley’s View Spiced Gin to Europe and selected Asian markets, with the US to follow.
The organiser of South Africa’s famous Nederburg Auction, has announced that US economics professor and ‘wine economist’, Mike Veseth, will make a keynote speech on Saturday September 29 at Nederburg in Paarl.
Inver House Distillers, the Scotland-based spirits arm of International Beverage Holdings has reported a 28% increase in turnover for the year ending December 2011.
Despite challenging Portuguese economic conditions, Vinho Verde exports are on the increase and will become more competitive in the global market place, according to the Vinho Verde Commission (CVRVV).
The Macallan 64 Year Old Lalique Cire Perdue is world’s most expensive whisky sold at auction – that’s official.
Sales of Captain Morgan rum will one day catch up with Bacardi, according to Diageo.
Vergelegen, one of South Africa’s best wine producers, has unveiled a new wine, DNA.
Morrison Bowmore Distillers has granted Campari America exclusive US distribution rights for its McClelland’s scotch range.
Halewood International has expanded the distribution of its Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer brand into the US and Canada.
Concha y Toro, the largest wine producer in Latin America, is committed to developing and improving the Californian wine producer, Fetzer, which it bought from Brown Forman in March 2011.
Gruppo Campari has announced group pre-tax profit of €52.8 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2012.
Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands has announced a £2m first-year investment for the launch of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey in the UK.
Rémy Cointreau's consolidated turnover for the 2011/12 financial year was €1,026.1 million, an increase of 13% (up 15.6% organically) compared with the previous year.
Diageo has opened a US$5m Captain Morgan visitors’ centre as part of of its new distillery in the US Virgin Islands.
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.
Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Brazil-based arm AmBev and E. León Jimenes which owns 83.5% of Cervecería Nacional Dominicana (CND) are to form a 'strategic alliance' in the Caribbean.
Pierre Ferrand Cognac's orange liqueur, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao - created in collaboration with cocktail historian David Wondrich - has been rolled out to the US.
The US is to officially recognise cachaça as a spirit from Brazil. The sugar cane spirit is currently labelled Brazilian rum in the US.
Pernod Ricard USA will launch Malibu Melon Margarita in May, an addition to its off-trade-focused Malibu Cocktails pre-mixed range.
The scotch whisky category belied global economic instability in 2011 by growing sales value 23% to a record £4.2billion.
Campari America has joined the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).
Pernod Ricard has announced the launch of Malibu Sunshine, a citrus edition of the rum and coconut liqueur.
The Champagne Bureau has reported increased shipments in 2011. Total shipments worldwide rose from 319.5 million bottles in 2010 to 323 million in 2011.
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.
Chivas Brothers is to launch a limited edition golf pack for its Ballantine’s 17 and 21 year old blended whiskies.
Danny DeVito’s Limoncello is about to be rolled out to international markets, following its US launch in 2011.
Italian drinks company Davide Campari-Milano has reported a group net profit for 2011 of €159.2m, up from €156.2m in 2010.
US: Beam has expanded its Skinnygirl range to include wine, a range of flavoured vodkas and a Piña Colada.
Travel Retail operator World of Patria International has reached agreement with Chase Distillery to offer its range of spirits and liqueurs.
Chivas Brothers has launched two 17-year old Ballantine’s expressions under the new line, Signature Distillery Editions.
Angostura has crowned US bartender David Delaney Jr as the winner of the 2012 Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge.
Consumers in Australia’s top two export markets are abandoning its wines for cheaper alternatives leaving producers wondering if Asia will grow big enough to compensate for US and UK declines. By Graham Holter
Gruppo Campari plans to build a US$44m bottling facility at the Wild Turkey distillery in Kentucky, US.
Irish Distillers has announced its St Patrick's Day plans for Jameson.
Diageo has delivered 3% volume growth and 7% organic net sales increase for the six months ended December 31, 2011.
Beam Inc, the US-based global spirits company, has reported full-year net sales increases of 8%.
Annual sales of cognac are worth €2 billion thanks to a surge in XO and VSOP sales in the Far East, says the Cognac Bureau (BNIC).
The Edrington Group has launched a limited edition of its Cutty Sark 25 Year Old to global travel retail.
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.
Pernod Ricard’s super premium gin, Beefeater 24, is now available in 50 markets worldwide.
Altia Plc is buying the Xanté Company and the Xanté spirits brand from the Swedish Tilander family.
There has been a seismic shift in the Chilean and Argentinian wine industries, according to some leading experts.
French wine is the favourite of regular wine drinkers in the UK and China and the second preference in Germany, says Wine Intelligence.
Chivas Brothers is introducing a new look for its Plymouth gin brand, re-positioning it above Beefeater 24, as a “super premium-plus”.
Bacardi Limited is planning a raft of activity to celebrate its 150th birthday. Besides parties and commemorative gifts, the company is to launch a $2,000 limited-edition decanter of "rare" Bacardi rum.
Diageo has completed the acquisition of the Meta Abo Brewery in Ethiopia for US$225 million.
US consumption of imported sparkling wine will reach new heights in 2012 due to the increased penetration of prosecco and cava, says Wine Intelligence.
The 2012 Pre-mixed Drinks Challenge was Drinks International’s fourth examination of the category and our most wide-ranging yet.
Pernod Ricard will release Irish whiskey Redbreast 12 Cask Strength to the US in February, following the expression’s September launch to Ireland, Germany and France.
Rémy Martin is to introduce a new expression of its VSOP cognac for the European market. VSOP Mature Cask Finish is to replace VSOP in Europe, while the rest of the world will continue to receive the original VSOP cognac.
The European Union and the US Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) have welcomed a decision that finds the Philippines to be in breach of trade rules when it comes to tax on imported spirits.
Pernod Ricard has furthered its line of Absolut Vodka flavours with the launch of Miami and Gräpevine to the US market.
Rémy Cointreau has created a limited edition bottle for its Cointreau orange liqueur brand, especially for Dubai Duty Free.
Beam Inc has announced an agreement to purchase Irish whiskey producer Cooley Distillery.
Direct Wines, the world's largest independent wine merchant with a turnover of £350 million, has announced major changes to its buying and merchandising teams.
US consumer goods company Rok Stars has stuck a deal with Castle Trade Services to launch its recently acquired Oval vodka in the UK.
The rise of craft beer in the US can benefit Peroni Nastro Azzurro, says the lager's global brand director Andrew Walker.
Rémy Cointreau has attributed its positive half-year profits to “remarkable” growth in Asia and “strong” performances in the US and Europe.
Penfolds has launched Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz to global markets, the first release of the ‘special bin’ since 1966.
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.
We’re all interested in ‘what’s going to be next?’ Well I returned recently from New York where, courtesy of Pernod Ricard/Irish Distillers I witnessed the launch of Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel. Apparently the brand kicked off in the US in Brooklyn so the new limited edition ‘dialled up’ Jameson was launched there and at the moment it is only available there...
US: Diageo has launched two new Smirnoff flavours. Whipped Cream and Fluffed Marshmallow are to be fronted by model and socialite Amber Rose.
World number one Irish whiskey, Jameson, is teaming up with film actor Kevin Spacey and his production company to launch a short film competition to discover talented screenwriters and directors from Russia, South Africa and the US.
Acceptance of screw-cap closures on wine bottles sold in the UK has risen to 85% of the regular wine-drinking population, according to a report on wine stoppers from Wine Intelligence.
US: Buffalo Trace has released a vodka that has been distilled 159 times.
New US consumer goods company Rok Stars, headed by Patron Spirits co-founder John Paul DeJoria, has acquired Austrian vodka brand Oval.
Russian Standard Vodka, which claims to be Russia’s number one premium vodka, has announced the appointment of John Palatella as executive vice president of sales & distribution for the US.
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.
US: Polish vodka brand Sobieski is to launch three new flavours in the US. Espresso, Cynamon and Bizon Grass are to be imported and marketed by Imperial Brands.
Pernod Ricard's new intenational brand development director says that it's number one Irish whiskey brand, Jameson, is on course to meet it's forecast of hitting 1.4 million cases in the US within the next year.
Pernod Ricard USA has announced a tie-up with US R&B artist Ne-Yo for the launch of Malibu Red, a liqueur made from rum and tequila.
Irish Distillers launched the latest expression of its leading Irish whiskey brand, Jameson, in a 'softly softly' roll out in Brooklyn last night.
Glasgow-based whisky brand Auchentoshan completed the UK leg of The Auchentoshan Switch, a cocktail competition that offers two bartenders transatlantic internships.
Patrón Spirits International has teamed up with Mumbai-based agent Aspri Spirits to distribute its portfolio of tequila, vodka and rum in India.
Drinks group Sazerac has unveiled a line of flavoured vodkas under its Wave brand for the US market.
UK: Hi-Spirits is set to launch the Buffalo Trace Distillery 2011 Antique Collection this month.
US Spirits company Fortune Brands today begun trading as Beam on the New York stock exchange, following the separation of its businesses.
Pernod Ricard is pinning hopes of further growth on the US, central and South America to undermine Diageo’s position as the number one drinks company in the world.
The Distilled Spirits Council of the US (DISCUS) and the European Forum for Responsible Drinking have issued guidelines for responsible alcohol advertising and marketing.
The Tax Free World Association’s World Exhibition in the famous French resort of Cannes opened today (Monday September 5). Christian Davis reports from Cannes.
Diageo has announced plans to step-up its multi-million dollar strategic partnership with social media website Facebook.
Drambuie has reported operating profits of £2.81m – up 2% on last year.
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).
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced that the value of scotch exports for the first half of 2011 is up 22%
Growers, cooperatives and houses in Champagne have offered ambivalent first appraisals of the 2011 vintage, following what has been described as the appellation’s “earliest ever harvest”.
The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) or Bordeaux Wine Council, which represents Bordeaux vine growers and négociants, has announced the appointment of François Jumeau as its new marketing director.
Champagne Jacquesson has announced the launch of two single-vineyard champagnes from 2002 to global markets.
US-based synthetic closure brand, Nomacorc, has announced it registered 10% year-on-year growth during Q1 and Q2 of 2011.
Absolut Vodka, part of the Pernod Ricard group, has revealed that its annual sales value and volume grew by 6% during the period July 1 2010 to June 30 2011.
Pernod Ricard has posted annual organic sales growth of 7% to achieve a turnover of €7.6b.
South Africa: Patron has launched its first billboard campaign outside of the US.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled that discriminatory excise tax on spirits in the Philippines is a violation of WTO rules.
Africa: Heineken has purchased two breweries in Ethiopia for a total of US$163 million.
Bacardi USA has announced plans to trial a new gin, Bombay Sapphire East, in the US on and off-trade.
Diageo has launched a global, multi-media marketing campaign for its Captain Morgan rum-based brand.
Malaysia: Ian Macleod Distillers has set a new sales record for the company and the Malaysian Travel Retail industry.
Seventy-five thousand pounds, or US$122,433 or €85,613, for a bottle of wine is mind boggling. OK, it’s Château d’Yquem, but from 1811. It was the year Napoleon II was born. Little did he know his father would abdicate three years later, returning after 11 months to fight and lose the Battle of Waterloo.
US: Brugal rum brand-owner the Edrington Group, their distributors Rémy Cointreau Travel Retail Americas and retailer International Shoppes have combined forces to promote travel retail exclusive Brugal Extra Viejo Reserva and Brugal Añejo Reserva - starting in New York JFK.
Mako Vodka, a nautically themed spirit made using water from “ice-age aquifers” has launched to selected states in the US.
StarBev has announced ‘significant investments’ in its Staropramen brand, as it eyes international expansion.
Owners of traditional products such as champagne and cognac need to show some humility in their dealings with new emerging markets, according to the president and CEO of Groupe Renaud Cointreau.
Pernod Ricard has announced a joint venture with Tequila Avión to produce and promote the ‘ultra-premium’ tequila brand Avión.
The Glenmorangie Company has released a £2,500 whisky matured in Chateau d’Yquem sauternes casks.
Diageo has launched a £15m global campaign for its Tanqueray gin brand.
Scotch whisky Auchentoshan is looking for entries to The Auchentoshan Switch, a cocktail competition that offers bartenders transatlantic internships.
Rémy Cointreau has completed the sale of all the shares in Piper-Heidsieck-Compagnie Champenoise to the EPI Group (Européenne de Participations Industrielles).
The Vinho Verde Wine Commission (CVRVV), in Portugal, has invested €5m on a three-year global promotion.
Chivas Brothers has launched a US$200,000 whisky as a tribute to the oldest crown jewels in Britain - the Honours of Scotland.
US: Heaven Hill has launched a liqueur called Hpnotiq Harmonie. The new product is an infusion of French vodka, natural fruits, flowers, and cognac. The mix includes berries, violets and lavender.
Buffalo Trace Distillery has offered the entire 174-bottle release of its Millennium Barrel expression to US charities for auctioning.
Belgiun beer Duvel Green has been renamed Duvel Single Fermentation, in a bid to ease consumer understanding.
A 170-year old bottle of champagne salvaged from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea has fetched €30,000 at auction.
Diageo subsidiary East African Breweries (EAB) has purchased all of SAB Miller’s 20% shareholding in Kenya Breweries (KB). The transaction is worth US$225 million. The deal is subject to EAB disposing of its 20% shareholding in Tanzania Breweries – by way of public offer through the Dar-es-Salaam Stock Exchange.
Ardbeg has announced the September launch of its new limited release, Ardbeg Alligator, to Europe, Asia and the US.
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.
The Distilled Spirits Council in the US (DISCUS) has increased the demographic placement standard in its Code of Responsible Advertising Practices. The change reflects the 2010 Census data, which shows that 71.6% of the US population is 21 years of age and older. The previous demographic was 70%.
The Rémy Cointreau Group has announced the sale of Piper-heidseick – Compangni Champenoise to EPI (Européenne de Participations Industrielles)
Laithwaites, the international wine mail-order company, has released Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 from California.
Entrants aiming to crack the US market need to take a bold approach, according to a wine importer.
The Bacardi Global Travel Retail Division has announced three director-level appointments in a bid to “create a leadership team with a wealth of experience and global expertise”.
Patrón Spirits has appointed Phil Gervasi, a former VP at Diageo, as executive vice president of sales for North America.
Irish Distillers, the Irish whiskey arm of Pernod Ricard, unveiled two new single pot still Irish whiskeys today (May 5).
Bacardi has crowned the winner of the first Superior Rum Global Legacy Cocktail Competition, in Barcelona.
Pernod Ricard US has announced that Malibu has added Cranberry-Cherry to its range of rum liqueurs, following a vote by consumers.
Two of London’s bartenders drew swords in San Francisco in the final of the No. 209 Gin Duel.
Jim Beam has launched its Red Stag bourbon-based drink in the UK market and in travel retail outlets across Europe.
Christie’s has conducted a 36-hour wine auction in Hong Kong and New York, with sales totalling US$11.2m.
SABMiller subsidiary company Southern Sudan Beverages (SSBL) is to invest US$15m to increase production capacity.
Prowein organiser Messe Düsseldorf has announced record attendance figures for the show held this week, 27-29 March 2011.
Jack Daniels has launched a honey whiskey – the brand’s first launch in nearly a generation.
Team Italy has won the 2011 42 Below Cocktail World Cup.
Cork producer Amorim recorded double-digit volume growth in 2010.
US distributors Glazer’s has appointed Robert Swartz as chief operating officer and Phil Meacham as executive vice president malt beverages.
Brown-Forman has sold its Fetzer wine business to Concha y Toro for US$238 million. The transaction is expected to close in April 2011.
Scotch brand Chivas Regal and designer Vivienne Westwood have collaborated to launch a new limited edition whisky.
Brown-Forman has launched Canadian 'maple wood' whisky, Collingwood, in four US states.
Diageo has reported an 4% increase in organic net sales growth for H2 of 2010, despite a drop of 3% in Europe.
Diageo aims to cut its global carbon emissions by 50% by 2015, while Bacardi has published details of its environmental advancements.
In its fourth edition, the International Cognac Summit (ICS) 2011, attempted to answer the question: can you quantify pleasure when tasting cognac?
Cognac has reported record-breaking shipment figures for 2010. The region reported the value of 2010 shipments to be €1.86 billion.
The US Spirits division of Diageo North America has appointed Mark Hubler as president of Open States and Greg Armstrong president of Control States and National Accounts.
French wine barrel manufacturer, Groupe Charlois, has expanded into the US with the purchase of Winemakers Cooperage (WC) from Treasury Wine Estates.
Saxco, a US-based group of packaging companies affiliated to Saxco International, has appointed James Hartman as quality assurance manager.
Brown-Forman, the major US drinks company, has announced a strategic review with a view to offloading its Californina-based wine assets.
Slovakian spirits group Gas Familia has launched premium vodka Goral Master.
Jameson has reached three million nine litre case sales (MAT ending October 31). According to the brand, growth in the US, Jameson’s largest export market, contributed to its milestone success, with one million cases sold.
Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) is to purchase the global rights for Kauffman vodka.
Diageo has initiated discussions to take over 50% of Guatemalan rum brand Zacapa.
Scotch whisky exports are up 17% compared with last year, with nine of the category’s top ten markets in growth.
US spirits company Proximo has entered into a UK distribution agreement with Marblehead Brand Development.
East African Breweries Limited (EABL), a subsidiary of Diageo, has completed the acquisition of 51% of the issued share capital of Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL). EABL made the purchase from existing shareholders for a total consideration of approximately US$60.4million.
Diageo brand Smirnoff has announced ‘country pairings’ for its global nightlife exchange project.
New York is tough for a small company trying to get its brand listed and stocked in the city, according to the chief executive of Xanté, the Swedish company with the eponymous cognac and pear liqueur brand.
US: Diageo has launched a Swedish vodka in the US market.
Cognac brand Courvoisier has undertaken a global repackaging of its VS label, starting with the UK and US markets.
US: Bacardi Limited has completed the initial phase of a $250m investment into its scotch whisky brand Dewar’s.
SKyy Spirits, Gruppo Campari’s US-based subsidiary, has unveiled a new global ad campaign entitled Skyy Sexy to market its unflavoured vodka brand Skyy Vodka.
Brand marketer, The Paddington Corporation, has announced a joint venture with 3 Amigos Tequila to market its range globally.
Spanish liqueur brand Licor 43 is targeting UK growth, after up-scaling its marketing operations with the appointment of a brand ambassador.
The results of the International Cider Challenge 2010 are in. This is the first year of the competition and it attracted over a hundred entries. Drinks International recruited a panel of cider experts to blind taste the ciders, which were then awarded trophies and medals.
Chivas Brothers has launched a winter version of its Beefeater gin brand.
Bacardi has announced two new board directors, Francisco V Carrera-Justiz and Theodore C Walker, who were elected at the company’s AGM in Hamilton, Bermuda.
An arbitration panel has said that the combination of Anheuser-Busch and InBev did not violate the investment agreement between Anheuser-Busch and Mexican drinks giant Grupo Modelo.
US: Diageo has launched two new flavours for its Smirnoff vodka brand – mango and peach.
US: Diageo has launched a range of brightly coloured flavoured vodkas called Ursus. The products feature a label that changes from white to blue when chilled in a freezer.
Pernod Ricard has decided to dump the Montana brand name and re-name New Zealand’s flagship Sauvignon Blanc, Brancott Estate.
US: Heaven Hill Distilleries has launched the 21st flavour of its Burnett’s flavoured vodka brand.
The Isle of Arran distillery is to double production to meet rising demand. Production in 2008 was 150,000LPA (litres of pure alcohol) and 130,000 in 2009. During 2010, the distillery aims to double the 2009 total.
Foster’s Group plans to create separate stock exchange listings for its beer and wine divisions.
US popularity and universal appeal have kept the Irish whiskey market buoyant, according to business analyst Datamonitor.
The Spirit of Speyside whisky festival starts this week.
Consumers are returning to premium purchases, according to global drinks giant Diageo.
US: Pernod Ricard and Russian Standard Vodka have reached a settlement of claims brought by Russian Standard against Pernod Ricard. According to Pernod Ricard, the dispute revolved mainly around the allegations brought by Russian Standard Vodka and Roust Trading Limited pursuant to which promoting Stolichnaya as "Russian vodka" resulted in false advertising.
Maker’s Mark has won a trademark infringement case against Cuervo tequila. A judgment has confirmed that the whiskey’s free-form red wax seal coating is a well-known and valid trademark.
US: Diageo’s Jose Cuervo has launched CuervoGames, an experiential marketing campaign.
Chile: Vinos de Chile has assessed earthquake damage and reported limited damage, though this amounts to a loss US$250 million.