Diageo has reported that net sales are down 3% but operating profit grew 1.6% for the year ended June 30, 2016.

Diageo has welcomed the release of the latest Producers’ Commitments report by the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD), which shows signatory companies have stepped up implementation of their commitments to contribute to the global target of reducing alcohol-related harm by 10% by 2025. 

Edrington has announced profits of £72.7m for the year ended March 31, 2016, down £7m on the previous year.

The Food and Drink Federation has called on the new UK Prime Minister Theresa May to safeguard the interests of Britain’s food and drink manufacturers’ in negotiations to leave the European Union.

Diageo has announced a five year partnership with WaterAid, an international NGO providing access to safe water and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.

A House of Lords Committee, set up especially to look at the Licensing Act 2003, and the liberalisation of opening hours in the UK, has launched its investigation.

Diageo has announced that Johnnie Walker is to have new packaging which will display on-pack alcohol content and nutritional information per typical serve.

Diageo has announced that Johnnie Walker is to have new packaging which will display on-pack alcohol content and nutritional information, per typical serve.

Stella David, the former CEO of William Grant & Sons, has rejoined Bacardi as a board member

Pernod Ricard UK has announced that its managing director, Denis O’Flynn, has decided to leave at the end of September.

The Scotch Whisky Association calls for unity as the UK electorate votes to leave the European Union

Agile Media will re-launch bartender magazine CLASS this autumn. 

Diageo and the United Nations’ Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have formed a partnership to try and reduce traffic death and injuries globally.

Diageo has announced that Javier Ferrán will be appointed to the Diageo board as a non-executive director from July 22 and will be appointed chairman on 1 January 2017, on the retirement of Dr Franz Humer.

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits has announced that, at the upcoming shareholders’ meeting to be held on 21 June 21, shareholders will be asked to approve the appointment of two new board members.

Emma Wykes has been made head of global Sales at Black Cow Pure Milk vodka, as part of its global expansion plans.

Pernod Ricard has announced a new round of organisational changes as part of its ‘Dart’ initiative to grow company share, specifically in the US.

Gruppo Campari has appointed a new board of directors for the 2016 to 2018 period.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association will announce on Tuesday that Britain’s wine trade has more than doubled in the last decade.

The Cotswold Artisan Drinks Show 2016, the first Trade Show of its kind, will be showcasing artisan drinks produced in the Cotswolds on Monday 9th May between 10.30 and 4pm. 

The Isle of Arran Distillers has submitted its final application for a proposed second site on the island as it continues to grow in size and popularity.

Brown-Forman has announced that Eric Helms has become marketing director for its Global Travel Retail division.

The Board of Directors of American Craft Spirits Association has today announced that it has elected Paul Hletko as its new president. 

Vinexpo Hong Kong 2016 is set to attract 1,300 wine and spirit exhibitors from more than 35 countries worldwide to the city’s Convention and Exhibition Centre from 24 to 26 May.

The Consorzio di tutela del Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Dogliani has announced that Orlando Pecchenino is its new chairman.

The fourth round of Equity for Punks, BrewDog’s latest crowd-funding scheme ended this week, resulting in £19 million being raised which broke a world record.

Altia, the leading Nordic and Baltic wine and spirits company, has appointed Kai Telanne to its board of directors.

Pernod’s results 3% up

21 April, 2016

Pernod Ricard has reported sales for the first nine months of its financial year totalled €6,813 million. 

Vinexpo’s supervisory board met in Paris on April 14 and approved the appointment of three new members.

Britvic has been awarded 2.5 stars in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index. 

UK distributor Cellar Trends has added the bitters brand Underberg and Grasovka Vodka to its portfolio.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced in the Budget today (March 16) that the UK duty on spirits, beer and cider duty will be frozen but wine duty will rise with inflation.

Gruppo Campari has launched a ‘friendly’ takeover of Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle SA, owner of the Grand Marnier liqueur brand.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has reported revenue growth of 6.3% for the full year 2015 with total volumes down 0.6%.

Montgomery Exhibitions has announced a new event for the food and beverage market in Kenya that will run from May 23-25, 2017 at The Dome in Nairobi, Kenya.

ProWein under new management

18 February, 2016

ProWein organisers Messe Düsseldorf has announced the appointment of Marius Berlemann as the show’s new head.

Pernod Ricard in the half year 2015/16, has reported 3% organic sales growth to €4.958 million and organic growth in profit from recurring operations +3% to €1,438m.

Research commissioned by the trade show organiser, Vinexpo, predicts a +1.4% volume increase in world wine consumption and a spirits increase of +2.8% to 2019.

Ian Harris, chief executive at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Drinks Retailing Awards held at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday (February 2).

Vinexpo 2017

03 February, 2016

Organisers of the huge Bordeaux wine and spirits trade exhibition, Vinexpo, has announced its dates for the 2017 show.

Diageo has announced 1.8% organic net sales growth, on 1.0% organic volume growth and 2.4% organic operating profit growth.

Gruppo Campari has announced Campari UK, is the new trading name for its UK subsidiary J Wray & Newphew. 

Gruppo Campari has continued its divestment programme of non-core businesses with the sale of  Casoni Fabbricazione Liquori to local Italian entrepreneurs. 

The European Court of Justice has pronounced that the Scottish government’s attempt at setting a minimum unit price for alcohol is contrary to EU law.

UK shoppers are spending more on beers, wines and spirits in the run up to Christmas, according to the latest retail data from market research group, IRI.

WSWA seeks clarification

17 December, 2015

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) president and CEO Craig Wolf has written to the industry’s primary federal regulator asking for clarification about the legality of a new single source retail service providers programme being implemented by The Kroger Company.

New MD for Matthew Clark

07 December, 2015

Conviviality, the leading off licence and convenience store chain, has appointed Mark Aylwin as managing director of Matthew Clark.

Diageo has announced that, together with Heineken and the Ohlthaver & List group of companies, they have completed the restructuring of their respective joint venture operations in South Africa and Namibia.

Brown-Forman veteran retires

26 November, 2015

Brown-Forman has announced the retirement of its veteran Middle East representative Tony McIver, effective June 30.

Stock Spirits, the leading spirits business in Central and Eastern Europe, has announced that Miroslaw Stachowicz has been an independent non-executive director with immediate effect.

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