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24 April, 2014

Pernod buys Kenwood vineyards

Pernod Ricard has announced the purchase of Kenwood Vineyards in California’s Sonoma Valley from F. Korbel & Bros.

The Control Board of DOCa Rioja (The Consejo Regulador Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja) has officially rated the 2013 vintage “good”.

Accompanying the story about violent crime in England and Wales is in long term decline and a key factor may be the drop in alcohol consumption and binge drinking, comes the developing story of Palcohol – powdered alcohol.

Diageo has announced flat sales for the nine months ended 31 March 2014 due to weakness in emerging market sales.

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Diageo has launched its planned offer to acquire a further 37,785,214 shares in Untied Spirits, which represents 26% of total shares, taking Diageo’s total share to 54.78%.

Drinks International has opened entry to The Millionaires’ Club 2014.

Gruppo Campari has agreed a €103.75 million deal to acquire Fratelli Averna Group, the Sicilian spirits company which owns the second best-selling bitters brand in Italy.

Hi-Spirits has welcomed a legal settlement relating to sambuca.

British chef Jamie Oliver has entered the drinks industry with the launch of Drinks Tube, a free educational video channel on You Tube.

ROK Drinks has signed a multi-year agreement with UK distributor Cellar Trends for the distribution of Uisce Beatha Real Irish Whiskey with immediate effect.

UK show organiser Brintex has dropped the spirits exhibition Distil from the 2014 London Wine Fair as part of a set of changes and a renewed focus on wine and the UK market.

Scotch whisky exports grew in 2013 according to figures published by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Former US secretary of state Colin Powell will speak at TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes this year, the travel retail association announced today at a press briefing in London.

Champagne sales to the UK were down 5.1% in volume and 3.8% in value last year.

Bacardi Limited has announced the departure of president and chief executive officer Ed Shirley.

Diageo will launch Haig Club single grain scotch, in partnership with David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller.

Quintessential Brands has announced the acquisition of First Ireland Spirits Company, Ireland’s largest independent producer of Irish cream liqueurs and Irish country creams.

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