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.

Tony Hammond, the founder and chairman of independent wine and spirit merchant Hammonds of Knutsford, has died at the age of 79.

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.

The Stoli Group has announced the appointment of two new distribution companies - Premier Wines & Spirits as its Czech Republic distributor and Panna Cocktail as its Hungary distributor, both for Stolichnaya and elit by Stolichnaya.

SABMiller has extended the deadline for rival Anheuser-Busch InBev to make a formal takeover offer.

Xavier Beysecker, currently VP marketing, Absolut at the Absolut Company has been appointed VP Digital of Pernod Ricard Asia, effective as of November 1.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has reached agreement in principle to buy SABMiller for £68bn, the completion of which would make the new company the producer of one in three beers sold globally.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has expressed surprise at SABMiller rejection of its bid to take over the company.

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is lining up banks including Bank of America Corp. and Banco Santander SA to arrange as much as US$70 billion in financing as it prepares to make a takeover proposal for SABMiller Plc, according to reports from Bloomberg News.

Accolade Wines has appointed Paul Schaafsma as its new chief executive officer, succeeding John Ratcliffe who
 will become deputy chairman.

MillerCoors, the US and Puerto Rican joint venture between SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. has made Gavin Hattersley its chief executive officer.

Analysts at the Japanese bank, Nomura, are speculating on a merger between Diageo and South African-based global brewer, SABMiller.

Accolade Wines has entered into an agreement to sell its 50% shareholding in Matthew Clark, the UK’s largest independent drinks distributor, to Conviviality Retail Plc, one of the UK’s largest franchised off-licence and convenience chains, for £100 million.

SABMiller has appointed Philip Hodges to the newly created role of group director, integrated supply and as a member of the group’s executive committee with effect from December 1, in succession to Tony van Kralingen, whose intended retirement was announced in April 2015.

The Scotch Whisky Association has welcomed the UK government’s Advocate General’s opinion on the minimum unit pricing (MUP) of alcohol.

Pernod Ricard defends results

02 September, 2015

A senior Pernod Ricard management team were in London this week (Sept 2) to clarify, explain and defend its recent 2014/15 full year results.

Diageo wants China to contribute 5% of sales in the next 10 years, reports Bloomberg News.

Kingsland Drinks, the major UK wine and spirits supplier, has announced that it is to integrate the Bottle Green business, which it bought back in April.

Pernod Ricard reports +2% organic sales growth for the financial year 2014/15 in an environment that remains “challenging”, it says.

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