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19 March, 2019

Global wine consumption to grow 40m cases despite China "blip"

IWSR Drinks Market Analysis has revealed that global wine consumption is expected to grow by 37.8m cases by 2022 despite a “blip” in Chinese imports.

Messe Düsseldorf, organisers of ProWein and ProWine China/Asia, have announced a new global head wine and spirits of ProWein.

Australian wine producer Penfolds has risen two places to be named The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand 2019.

Not-for-profit organisation P(our) has announced that ‘Understanding’ will be the topic of this year’s Symposium, held in London on 24 June.

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Vinexpo has announced that it will have appointed a new CEO before its flagship Bordeaux show takes place on its new date in May. 

Milk & Honey owner and Street Feast founder Jonathan Downey said the past decade of London’s bar scene has been a “desert in terms of change” and that hotel bars should not be named Best Bar in the World.

Fruit purée and cocktail mixer company Funkin Cocktails has announced a new series of its Innovation Labs, a training programme for bartenders across the UK, in association with London’s Crucible.

Francois Badel of Le Montfort in Rennes, France and Aldrick John Baptiste of The Coco Palm Resort in Rodney Bay Village, Saint Lucia have been crowned Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Challenge winners for 2019.

Chris Foss, founder and manager of Plumpton Wine Division, will retire at the end of this academic year after 31 years of service with the college.

In January, the judges assembled in West London to judge this year’s Drinks Marketing & Wine Design Awards. Here are the results.

Santamanía Destilería Urbana has released its first single malt whiskies under the name of Mentidero. The brand includes two cask-aged versions: G Edition and Archetype.

Pernod Ricard UK has promoted James Bremner to the position of on-trade channel director, reporting to Chris Ellis, Pernod Ricard UK commercial director.

Publisher Mitchell Beazley has announced that the Eighth Edition of The World Atlas of Wine, will be published in October. price: £45.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka recorded double-digit sales growth across duty free in the Americas in 2018.

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