The Comite Champagne, the generic body for Champagne producers, has announced today (March 13) that the world exports have risen 3.4% by value, despite a 4 million drop in shipped bottles.

Plans to introduce alcohol minimum pricing in England and Wales could be abandoned after new opposition in the UK government emerged.

Diageo has announced that its global supply and procurement operation will be refocused to improve supplying its 21 key markets.

Austrian vintage down

08 March, 2013

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board has announced that the total volume of Austria's 2012 wine vintage is 2,154,800 hectoliters, which is well below the long term average.

Concha y Toro has been voted the World's Most Admired Wine Brand for the third year running, ahead of Torres and Penfolds.

The board of Davide Campari-Milano SpA, has reported group net profit of €156.7 million in its consolidated financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012. Sales were up 5.2% to €1,340.8m

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned that changes to customs classifications at EU level could lead to an increase in excise duty and VAT for some made-wine* products in the UK.

SABMiller is to invest US$40 million in a new 260,000 hectolitre brewery in Namibia as part of its strategy to expand its operations across Africa.

Pernod Ricard USA has launched Pro Bev Source, an online resource to help distributors, retailers and on-premise operators find product information.

Pernod Ricard appointments

28 February, 2013

Pernod Ricard has announced the following moves, effective from July 1.

Reports from the US say that Anheuser-Busch, the biggest brewer in the US and part of A-B InBev, the world’s largest brewer, is being sued for watering down its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands.

Two new WSET trustees

27 February, 2013

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced two new trustees - Mentzendorff managing director Andrew Hawes and Jonathan Driver who, after leaving Diageo in 2006, has become a global consultant.

Anivin de France hits 88

22 February, 2013

Anivin de France, the organisation responsible for promoting Vin de France, has announce that 88 wines have been selected to represent the category in 2013.

Maximilian J. Riedel is to become president of Riedel Crystal, from July 1.

Diageo Ireland has said the delivery of ten new giant brewing vessels “underscores” its commitment to the future of brewing at its Dublin brewery - St James’s Gate.

Beam operations boss to retire

18 February, 2013

Beam has announced the retirement of Ian Gourlay, the company’s senior vice president of global operations & supply chain, effective April 1.

Davide Campari-Milano SpA has announced that it is taking over the distribution and marketing of its recently acquired Appleton rum brands from Kobrand from March 1.

Entries are now open for this year’s International Cider Challenge, organised by UK trade title and DI sister magazine, Off Licence News.

Diageo launches retail website

14 February, 2013

Diageo is to sell its products directly to online shoppers via a new website branded Alexander & James. 

Pernod Ricard has reported half-year revenue growth of 6%, with good performances in China, India, Eastern Europe and the US offsetting declines in Western Europe.

Pernod Ricard has eased concerns over Cognac supply with the purchase of 100% of the shares of the winemaker, distiller and wholesaler Le Maine au Bois SAS.

Five English wine procuders are to exhibit under the English Wine Producers (EWP) banner for the first time at ProWein 2013. 

The Distilled Spirits Council (Discus), which represents the spirits industry in the US, revealed its 2012 findings in New York this week.

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.

In the run up to wine show season, Hamish Smith catches up with Vinexpo CEO Robert Beynat. 

With convenience at its heart, the pre–mixed drink is always going to involve an element of compromise – the category will probably never be one for the purist. But that doesn’t mean it should be spared our scrutiny. 

China Resources Snow Breweries - a joint venture between SAB Miller and China Resources Enterprise - is to buy Kingway Brewery’s brewing facilities for a total cash consideration of RMB 5.38bn (US$864m).

World wine consumption is forecast to grow 5.3% in the period 2012-2016, according to IWSR research  presented by Vinexpo today at a London press conference.

World sprits consumption is set to increase 9% over the period 2012-2016, buoyed by 14% growth in Baijiu sales, according to IWSR research commissioned by Vinexpo.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) meets with Economic Secretary to the Treasury today (February 5), ahead of the Budget in March.

Bacardi has appointed Andy J Gibson to the role of chief marketing officer and president of Bacardi Global Brands.

A bottle of Hine Grande Champagne Cognac from 1952, to commemorate the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II, is among several lots of Cognac to feature in auctioneers Bonhams’ sale on February 14 in London.

Gruppo Campari has sold liqueur brand Punch Barbieri to Distillerie Moccia for € 4.45 million.

Diageo to expand its archive

01 February, 2013

Diageo has announced plans to invest £1.5 million in expanding the its global brand archive.

Paul Walsh has disputed there are bourbon and tequila gaps in Diageo’s portfolio and said the group’s priority is building existing brands, not acquisitions.

Diageo CEO Paul Walsh today said down-trading markets in southern Europe could have a positive effect on Diageo’s Scotch brands.

Diageo, the world’s largest premium alcoholic drinks company, has announced its interim results for the six months ended December 31, 2012

Diageo has announced an agreement to buy a 50% interest in the company which owns United National Breweries’ traditional sorghum beer business inSouth Africa.

Climats du Vignoble de Bourgogne, a lobby organisation for the Burgundy region of France has failed to get the world famous wine-producing vineyards of the region listed by UNESCO as one of its World Heritage sites.

Get Carter for the LIWF

24 January, 2013

Brintex, organisers of the London International Wine Fair (LIWF), have announced  the appointment of Ross Carter as exhibition director, replacing James Murray who resigned after 10 years in the role.

Sichel results

23 January, 2013

Bordeaux-based producer and négociant, Maison Sichel has reported that 2012 was the company’s second best year since it was established in 1883.

An EU court has dismissed Budweiser Budvar’s challenge against AB Inbev's use of the term ‘Bud’  in the latest round of the decades-long trademark saga.

Specialist bottler, Cobevco will be offering ‘bag-in-box’ as part of its beverage filling capabilities from the end of May.

Beam sells value brands

22 January, 2013

Beam has sold several spirits brands to Luxco for $65 million.

Pernod Ricard has announced formally the signing of an agreement with Arcus-Gruppen to sell the Danish spirits brands Aalborg and Brøndums, German brand Malteserkreuz Aquavit, and the Danish bitter brand Gammel Dansk. The Aalborg production facility in Denmark is part of the transaction.

Wine distributor Steven Garnier has appointed Daniel Hart to the newly created role of agency manager. He was formerly senior buyer at Enotria. 

Roust appoints CEO

16 January, 2013

Russian Standard distributor Roust has appointed Oleg Kirillin to the role of CEO.

Molson Coors UK & Ireland has bought the Franciscan Well craft beer brand and micro-brewery in Cork City, Ireland.

South Africa’s 2012 exports reached 417 million litres, the largest amount that the country has exported to date and 10 million litres more than the previous record, according to Wines of South Africa (Wosa) the generic body for the South African wine industry.

Wine Country Ontario won Best Generic Wine Body at the Wine Tourism Awards 2013.

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