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29 August, 2014

SABMiller disposes of Tsogo Sun

SABMiller plc announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, SABSA Holdings Limited, has now disposed of its entire shareholding in Tsogo Sun Holdings Limited (Tsogo Sun).

The Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association has embarked on a new Responsible Retail Training Programme (RRTP) for DFS staff in stores at Singapore Changi airport.

A methuselah of Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2004 - estimated at £5,000-£10,000 - is to be auctioned at Bonhams, London on September 11, in aid of the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation. 

Edrington and the Kyndal Group have announced a 50:50 joint venture to bottle, distribute and market Cutty Sark scotch whisky in India.

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The Pernod Ricard group has reported sales of €7.945 million for the financial year 2013/14.

A vial of Ardberg single malt Islay scotch whisky will be returning to Earth after three years in orbit aboard the International Space Station.

Stock Spirits Group PLC, the Central and Eastern European branded spirits producer, has announced its six monthly results for the period ended June 30, 2014.

The Napa Valley Vintners has announced it will donate $10 million to create a disaster relief fund to help the immediate needs of local residents and businesses impacted by Sunday’s earthquake.

The harvest has begun, and the 2014 crop looks to be impressive in both size and quality, according to the Conseil des Vins de Provence.

More than a quarter of Americans are spending more on wine in the off premise, according to a new report from Wine Intelligence.

Diageo has unveiled a new Pan African campaign, #madeofblack, via a five hour take over on MTV Base.

Now Bacardi appoints CFO

27 August, 2014

Bacardi Limited has announced the immediate appointment of Kevin F. McNamara as Bacardi Limited senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), responsible for global financial operations.

Beam Suntory has announced the appointment of Mauricio Restrepo as the company’s chief financial officer.

William Grant & Sons has reported the installation of the custom-made spirit safe at what will become the new distillery for Tullamore Dew, its Irish whiskey brand.

Distell, Africa's largest producer of wines, spirits, ciders and RTDs, has reported 12.8% growth in revenue and a 3.1% increase in sales volume for the year to June 2014. 

Diageo has broken ground on its new Shelby County, Kentucky distillery, which the company has announced will be called ‘The Bulleit Distilling Co’ after the distillery’s flagship brand.

The Amarula Trust is funding a new project to protect elephants.

Bacardi has announced Robert Furniss-Roe will leave his role as regional president of Bacardi North America in September.  

JG Distillers is eyeing expansion following funding from Clydesdale Bank’s West of Scotland Business and Private Banking Centre in Glasgow.

Bacardi has announced Derek Hopkins, SVP national sales director, will be leaving the company after a three-year tenure. 

The Tax Free World Association has announced Air France-KLM CEO Alexandre de Juniac will speak at the opening conference of its Cannes exhibition in October.

Bacardi has repackaged its original Grey Goose brand in the US, making the bottle easier to use for bartenders.

William Grant & Sons has appointed Kevin Abrook, currently global marketing manager innovation for whisky as its first ever global whisky specialist, innovation.

The George pub in Frant, East Sussex in southern England is to host the Sloe Gin World Championships on Wednesday December 10 from 1.00pm.

The Can Makers, the industry trade body representing the UK drinks can manufacturers have announced a record 4.835 billion can deliveries were made in the first half of 2014.

Treasury Wine Estates is the subject of a bidding war, according to reports from Australia.

Diageo Global Travel and Middle East (GTME) managing director Doug Bagley, has announced two senior appointments to his Singapore-based team.

Recent research reveals that 59% of French wines analysed contained significant quantities of a particular form of phthalate, dibutyl phthalate, and only 17% did not contain any detectable quantity of at least one of the reprotoxic phthalates.

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Private Collection on parade

Another one of those low key informal briefings this time revolving around the new Johnnie Walker expression: John Walker Private Collection 2014.

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