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2 September, 2014

Altia launches new strategy

Altia Plc, the major Nordic wine and spirits company, has launched a new strategy to achieve major improvements in profitability by the year 2016.

Agnes and Hermann Seifried, from Nelson’s Seifried Estate winery, have  beeen inducted as fellows of New Zealand Winegrowers, one of the New Zealand wine industry’s greatest acknowledgements.

The wine trade is in mourning after Wine Australia’s UK/Europe Regional Director Yvonne May lost her battle against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and passed away on Friday, aged 53.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits is to distribute Karlsson’s Gold vodka worldwide, except in the US.

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UK distribution of Averna, the second best-selling bitter in Italy, has gone to J. Wray and Nephew UK.

Distill Ventures - set up with investment from Diageo – will give up to 10 new and growing spirits brands the opportunity to take part in its Seed Programme 2015.  

Les Vignes Olivier Decelle has released the Maury Sec, Mas Amiel 2012.

The generic body for the Ribera del Duero wine-producing region of Spain has announced the launch of its first-ever major promotion in the UK.

Half Hitch launches in UK

01 September, 2014

Half Hitch has unveiled its 40% abv gin distilled in The Vaults, Camden Lock. 

Distell has announced the addition of a new wine range - 56  Hundred - to its Nederburg wine portfolio. 

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

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 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.

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

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.

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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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