Brands Report: Scotch Whisky

08 January, 2018

The previously unassailable Johnnie Walker could be showing signs of weakness, finds Hamish Smith

Diageo’s Bulleit holds both top spots for the third year running. Shay Waterworth reports

Brands Report: Vodka

04 January, 2018

There’s been little change in the best sellers, with the top brands all holding, says Hamish Smith

Pre-Mixed Challenge 2017

16 September, 2016

 

Bibendum CEO Michael Saunders has warned the UK wine trade that business conditions will remain “tough” in 2013 and voiced his “violent objections” to minimum unit proposals.

Pernod Ricard launched Absolut Exposure last night at an event at TFWA Cannes.

Review: Bar Convent Berlin

12 October, 2012

Bar Convent Berlin attracted 5,700 visitors this year, a 20% increase on 2011.

Eastern promise

18 September, 2012

With ProWein 2013 in mind, Thomas Brandl finds out how winemakers in central and south-eastern Europe have made efforts to modernise and become more competitive.

The International Wine Challenge held is annual bash at the Hilton on London’s Park Lane last night at which all its trophy winners were announced.

Macallan Gold has launched exclusively to the UK, with about 50 European markets and Canada to receive the new pale single malt scotch whisky next spring.

Diageo releases rare scotches

04 September, 2012

Diageo has announced the release of some rare single malt scotch whiskies to be launched this autumn in the Special Releases series. All are at natural cask strength.

Chivas Brothers boss Christian Porta has told journalists and analysts today that the next significant development for its scotch whisky business will be to build a new distillery.

Distell, South Africa’s leading wine and spirits producer, has reported a 15% growth in revenue for the year to June 2012 and a 9.9% increase in sales volumes across its portfolio of wines, spirits and RTDs in both domestic and international markets.

Diageo has announced a 6% net sales growth and 9% increase in operating profit for the year ended June 30, 2012.

Bacardi has announced the appointment of Ron Anderson as senior vice president and chief commercial officer.

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.

on 08 June, 2012

It was a glitteirng evening at Jamaica House in the island's capital, Kingston. A balmy evening in a superb setting.  The Jamaican prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, more than played her part in launching Appleton Estate Jamaican Independence Reserve, which coincides with the island's celebrations to mark ithe anniversary of 50 years of independence.

Wine journalist, Tim Atkin MW and d'Arenberg owner and winemaker Chester Osborn, were both named as recipients of the Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Award.

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.

Events firm Brintex has voiced optimism ahead of this year’s London International Wine Fair (LIWF) and Distil despite the absences of Pernod Ricard, Percy Fox (Diageo’s UK wine division) and PLB.

The scotch whisky category belied global economic instability in 2011 by growing sales value 23% to a record £4.2billion.

SPI Group has signed a five-year agreement with Telford International Company for the distribution of its Stolichnaya portfolio in China.

Chivas Brothers is to launch a limited edition golf pack for its Ballantine’s 17 and 21 year old blended whiskies.

Gifting remains the driving force behind wine sales growth in China, according to research by Wine Intelligence.

William Grant has launched its first ever Glenfiddich19 year old single malt scotch whisky, which has been matured in Madeira wine oak casks.

William Grant has released Glenfiddich’s first-ever vatted ‘vintage reserve’, the 1974 Glenfiddich Vintage Reserve which the company claims was selected by a global panel of 16 experts.

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.

Pernod Ricard’s CEO Piere Pringuet has spoken out about Havana Club’s flat half-year sales growth, branding its performance “disappointing”.

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

Double of Jura

26 January, 2012

Jura, The Whyte and Mackay single malt, has teamed up with its coffee industry namesake to create a range of whisky and coffee pairings.

There is unlikely to be any ice wine from Germany this year because of the mild winter north west Europe is experiencing.

The Glenmorangie Company has announced the global launch of Artein, the third release of the Glenmorangie Private Edition range.

Budvar has reported record export results for 2011.

Fine wine prices fell 15% in 2011, fine wine index Liv-ex has reported.

Heineken has declared an intention to increase its share in a brewery in Haiti to 95%.

Brown-Forman has reported double-digit half-year net sales growth after a strong performance from its Jack Daniel's brand. 

Bowmore Tempest No. 3 launches

09 December, 2011

Morrison Bowmore has launched Bowmore Tempest Small Batch Release No. 3 to global markets.

Bas-Armagnac Francis Darroze has launched Les Grands Assemblages, a seven-strong range of armagnacs to global markets.

Rémy Cointreau has attributed its positive half-year profits to “remarkable” growth in Asia and “strong” performances in the US and Europe.

Diageo has opened a £10 million cooperage in Scotland.

London Pride brewer Fuller’s has announced half-year growth of 6% after registering a turnover of £128m.

The board of Alcohol Concern, the anti-alcohol lobby group in the UK, has announced a restructuring of its senior management following the loss of core funding with the role of the CEO becoming part time for a year alongside the recruitment of a full time director of fundraising and campaigning.

UK Rumfest has announced the winners of the Golden Rum Barrel Awards 2011, with Foursquare Distillery of Barbados taking home two of the top prizes.

ISC trophies announced

10 October, 2011

The winners of the International Spirits Challenge trophies have been announced.

Stella Artois is gearing up for its World Draught Masters final in Buenos Aires, having anointed a champion from its UK heat.

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).

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 International Wine Challenge announced its winners last night at the Hilton hotel in London

Drinks International is delighted to announce that premier Italian Prosecco producer Follador is to sponsor this year's Travel Retail Awards.

US-based synthetic closure brand, Nomacorc, has announced it registered 10% year-on-year growth during Q1 and Q2 of 2011.

Pernod posts 7% sales growth

01 September, 2011

Pernod Ricard has posted annual organic sales growth of 7% to achieve a turnover of €7.6b.

Kentucky-based bourbon company, Buffalo Trace Distillery, has announced the September release of its 2011 Antique Collection.

The Vinho Verde Wine Commission (CVRVV), in Portugal, has invested €5m on a three-year global promotion.

Scotland: Diageo is to invest £20 million in its Speyside whisky facilities.

Beynat on Vinexpo 2011

23 June, 2011

Drinks International’s Hamish Smith catches up with Vinexpo CEO Robert Beynat at 2011 show.

A 170-year old bottle of champagne salvaged from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea has fetched €30,000 at auction.

The Isle of Jura Distillery has opened a £100,000 visitor centre.

New World brands continue to dominate the global wine sector and now constitute 13 of the top 15 wine brands, according to a recent study.

The International Wine and Spirits Institute (IWSI), based in Bordeaux, is to open an eight-week spirits training programme in London next year.

The Glenmorangie Company has announced the release of Pride 1981, a 28-year old single malt whisky that has been finished in Sauternes casks for ten years.

Online whisky retailer Master of Malt has launched a 40-year old whisky liqueur.

Stock Spirits recorded double-digit organic revenue growth and profit growth in 2010.

Scotch company Gordon & MacPhail has launched The Glenlivet 70 Year Old, priced at £13,000 a bottle.

Cork producer Amorim recorded double-digit volume growth in 2010.

Scotch brand Chivas Regal and designer Vivienne Westwood have collaborated to launch a new limited edition whisky.

Pernod Ricard has reported a sales increase of 13% to €4.28 billion in its half year results.

One hundred-year old whiskies that belonged to Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton have been sent to a Whyte & Mackay distillery for testing.

Czech beer Budvar bucked a 12% decline in Czech beer exports in 2010 to record growth of 4%.

Best Bar in the World revealed

10 November, 2010

A London speakeasy has been named the best bar in the world, according to an industry poll.

The International Spirits Challenge winners were announced at a ceremony in London last night.

Diageo has launched its autumn Special Release Series, a collection of single malt scotch whiskies aimed at the world’s top bars and whisky connoisseurs.

Drinks International Travel Retail Awards trophy winners were announced during the Tax Free World Association exhibition in Cannes this week (October 19).

Glen Garioch, the 200-year old Aberdeenshire-based distillery, has re-launched its range of single malt whiskies.

Ballantine’s has unveiled its first seasonal limited edition whisky entitled Christmas Reserve.

Global drinks giant Diageo has opened the doors of its new £40 million distillery in Speyside, Scotland.

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, producers of Jameson, is set to introduce Redbreast 15 Year Old Irish Pure Pot Still whiskey as a permanent expression within the range in key international markets including Ireland, USA, France and Germany.

Stock Spirits has launched a 21 year old  single malt Czech whisky. The company believes it to be the only Bohemian single malt in the world.

Travel Retail: Pernod Ricard has revamped the packaging for its Ballantine’s blended Scotch whiskies. The revised prestige range first appeared on shelf in Asia Duty Free and includes Ballantine’s 17 Year Old, Ballantine’s 21 Year Old and Ballantine’s 30 Year Old.

According to the Scotch Whisky Association more than 5 bottles of scotch are shipped to France every second.

The 2010 New Zealand grape harvest totalled 266,000 tonnes, 19,000 tonnes smaller than the 2009 crop and in line with the pre-harvest forecast.

A new study has revealed that Scotch whisky is worth £4 billion a year in added value to the Scottish economy - with the industry spending in excess of £1.1 billion annually on supplies produced in Scotland.

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.

A 56% increase in exports confirmed Scotch whisky’s growing popularity in Brazil in 2009, according to new figures published by the UK-based Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Smirnoff has retained its position as the world’s leading alcoholic drinks brand according to The Power 100, 2010, the annual survey of the world’s leading drinks brands published by brand valuation and strategy consultancy Intangible Business.

Cuba: Havana Club rum sales fell by 3.5% in 2009, compared to 2008.

The Tomatin distillery, Inverness-shire, has released three new whiskies - two single cask and one limited edition bottling.

India: United Spirits has crossed the milestone of 100 million cases for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010.

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