Ivan Menezes has been appointed to the Diageo board as an executive director with effect from July 2.

Floris van Woerkom, chief control & accounting officer at Heineken has decided to leave the company by the end of the year.

Laithwaite’s Wine has appointed Emma Roberts to the newly created role of group fine wine director.

Budweiser and Stella brewer A-B InBev is to acquire the remaining stake in Corona Extra brewer Grupo Modelo for US$20.1 billion ( MXN 278.6 billion).

EU spirits producers have welcomed the signing of the EU-Colombia/Peru Free Trade Agreement – expected to take place in Brussels at 5pm local time today (June 26).

Anheuser-Busch InBev has released a statement which confirms talk regarding a possible combination between AB InBev and Grupo Modelo have taken place.

Diageo has announced the appointment of Ho KwonPing to its board as a non-executive director, effective October 1. His responsibilities will include membership of the audit, the nomination and the remuneration committees.

Asian interest in the rum category is a question of when not if, according to the Havana Club CEO Jerome Cottin-Bizonne.

US: Sidney Frank has appointed Adam Rosen to the role of executive vice president, marketing/Jägermeister.

Spanish wine company Miguel Torres is about to usher in the fifth generation of its family to the apex of its business, following the announcement that Miguel Torres Maczassek will succeed his father Miguel A Torres as general manager from September. 

Legislation granting permanent normal trade relations status (PNTR) to Russia has been introduced to the US Senate. The Distilled Spirits Council urged speedy passage in order for US distillers to gain many market access benefits of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Diageo has successfully closed its public offer to acquire an additional 10.62% stake in Hanoi Liquor Joint Stock Company (Halico) in Vietnam. 

Gallo Family Vineyards has partnered with Australian celebrity, Holly Valance, to publicise its newly launched Moscato wine in the UK.

The price of wine and spirits has risen by more than twice the level of inflation, according to the latest WSTA Market Report.

Analysts from data research company Euromonitor International get beyond the numbers of The Millionaires' Club to provide insight on the movers, the losers and general trends in the global spirits industry. 

Żubrówka Biała has gained inclusion into The Millionaires’ Club 2012 after becoming CEDC’s second biggest brand and the world's 83rd largest selling spirit in 2011.

Bacardi Martini BV has announced the appointment of Rich Andrews as managing director of the UK & Ireland Business Unit and a member of the European Leadership Team under regional president, Europe, Stefan Bomhard.

Pernod Ricard has announced several senior management moves "in line with its policy of internal promotion and international mobility".

Pernod Ricard has signed an agreement to acquire HiteJinro’s 30% stake in Pernod Ricard Korea Imperial for a total price of KRW 70 billion (circ. EUR 48 million), to be paid in cash.

Diageo is to invest over £1billion in scotch whisky production over the next five years to meet growing global demand for its brands.

Global wine producer and distributor Accolade Wines has purchased Californian brand Geyser Peak and stablemates Atlas Peak and XYZin, together with their assets and inventory, from Ascentia Wine Estates. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Havana Club owners Cuba Ron and Pernod Ricard are lobbying for the creation of a geographical denomination for Cuban rum.

Californian wine producer E&J Gallo Winery has announced that it has purchased Washington State’s Columbia Winery and Covey Run Wine brands.

The Millionaires’ Club 2012 – the spirits industry’s definitive ranking of million-case selling brands - has launched on Drinksint.com.

Pernod raises the stakes

01 June, 2012

Pernod Richard is raising the stakes in scotch whisky after a week in which it hosted a ‘Capital Markets Day’ of presentations up at its flagship Glenlivet distillery on Speyside.

Nolet distillery executive vice president Bob Nolet has said he is not planning to sell the remaining 50% of Ketel One to joint venture partner Diageo.

Morrison Bowmore Distillers has granted Campari America exclusive US distribution rights for its McClelland’s scotch range.

The potential market for lower alcohol wines is around 13 million UK wine drinkers, according to research published by Wine Intelligence.

Alcohol-related deaths and hospital admissions in England have increased according to a report published May 31.

More people in the UK drink cider than lager, according to Westons Cider. 

Beam and Maxxium Travel Retail (MTR) have jointly launched a travel retail-exclusive Jim Beam bourbon at Frankfurt airport.

The president of Georgia has said wine exports are to the benefit of Georgia’s national security and an important element of the country's progress.

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, has announced that it has reached agreement with Ypióca Agroindustrial Limitada to buy cachaça brand, Ypióca, and certain production assets.

Pernod Ricard has confirmed that it is in discussion with the Korean company Hite Jinro to buy its 30% stake in Pernod Ricard Korea Imperial.

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.

The drinks industry has again questioned the legality of a minimum pricing Bill in Scotland.

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.

Tetra Pak, the world leader in its eponymous packaging, has announced that wine can be packed in its cartons in the UK for the first time

The whisky element of the International Spirits Challenge is to be held in Scotland and will feature a chance to meet the judges.

LIWF preview

22 May, 2012

The annual London International Wine Fair, with its spirits arm DISTIL, starts today. Hamish Smith rounds up the best of its offerings  

More than 1,000 exhibitors from 30 countries will present their products at Vinexpo Asia Pacific.

Pernod Ricard has announced the name of the Cuban rum brand that will appear in the US, should the trade embargo ever be lifted.

Current project director Danila Avdiu will leave Messe Düsseldorf on December 31, 2012.

The makers of Titanic whiskey are to open a £5million distillery in an old Belfast jail.

Gruppo Campari has announced group pre-tax profit of €52.8 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2012. 

The Philippines-based Emperador brand is the world’s number one selling brandy after more than doubling its volume sales during 2011.

Scottish health minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the Scottish government will be introducing a minimum price for alcohol of 50p per unit.

Glenfiddich has become the first single malt scotch to sell a million 9-litre cases in a year.

A US court has upheld a ruling to protect Maker’s Mark’s dripping red wax seal.

Diageo has apologised to Scottish brewer and bar operator BrewDog after it was stripped of an award at an industry event in Scotland.

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