The 2004-2005 Australian grape crush reached a new height, trumping the previous year’s record levels. The Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that 1,925,490 tonnes of grapes were crushed in 2004-05 which is 8,252 tonnes higher that 2003-04. This means that 1,422.8 million litres of wine will be produced on the island, an increase of 1.3%, … Continue reading “RECORD OUTPUT FOR AUSSIE WINERIES”

Ok, maybe “rampant” is not the right word. But Wine Spectator’s Daniel Sogg reported that New Zealand’s Central Otago region farmers have a reason to scratch their heads following a recent infestation of the destructive root louse phylloxera. This is the second outbreak in Central Otago and serves as “as bit of a wake-up call … Continue reading “INFESTATIONS RAMPANT IN CENTRAL OTAGO”

Sleeman Breweries, the third largest in Canada, warned that 2005 profits may not be up to what they originally projected, blaming the difference on competitive pricing. They initially thought earnings per share would fall somewhere in the $0.81 to $0.85 range but now expect it to be between $0.60 and $0.64. “The industry experienced compressed … Continue reading “SLEEMAN RETRACTS EARLIER PRICING PROJECTIONS”

Johnnie Walker was voted 2005 Distiller of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine yesterday. “This award comes at a notable time in Johnnie Walker’s history as we are currently celebrating the 200th birthday of the original blender and founder John Walker,” said Chris Parsons, vice president of marketing, Scotch, Diageo North America. You are unauthorized … Continue reading “JOHNNIE’S WALKING HIGH.”

The SWA (Scottish Whiskey Association) has recently appointed Richard Burrows and Diageo’s chief Paul Walsh to join their board. Richard, who formerly served as joint director-general at Pernod, will succeed Ian Good as chairman. He believes that, “With companies of all sizes investing in the category and growing exports of both malts and blends worldwide, … Continue reading “SPIRITS INDUSTRY GREATS UNITE ON WHISKEY”

Karl Lippert will take over Ricardo Obregon’s former position as CEO of Bavaria, a Colombian brewery recently acquired by SABMiller. Karl lately served as managing director of Kompania, SABMiller’s Polish subsidiary, and will transfer to Colombia this week. You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

Heineken USA chose Berlin Cameron United to run advertising for the national launch of Heineken Premium Light. The agency begins immediately but national rollout starts March 1, 2006 and will first be introduced in on-premise sectors. The brand was tested in Phoenix, Dallas, Providence and Tampa since the summer and did well with very little … Continue reading “HUSA PREPARES FOR HEINKEN LIGHT ROLLOUT”

Pernod Ricard announced today that they have sold their Glen Grant whiskey brand, as well as their Old Smuggler and Braemar to Italy’s Campari for €115 million. Selling the three whiskey brands was a condition the EU set for the company’s acquisition of Allied Domecq last spring and is likely to be finalized early next … Continue reading “PERNOD SALES THREE WHISKEY BRANDS”

The California Wine Institute issued a statement commending the EU-US wine trade agreement that was passed December 20. European names are now more protected than before and the U.S. is safeguarded against the EU, their biggest import. However, the CWI admonishes any remarks that imply US winemaking is not up to standards just because their … Continue reading “CALIFORNIA WINE INSTITUTE PLEASED WITH WINE AGREEMENT.”

Heineken, the third largest brewer in Russia, has decided to launch a low-carb, lower-calorie version of Amstel in an effort to reach out to health conscience Russians. “Amstel is the first beer entering the growing vitality market in Russia. This is a unique product for modern beer drinkers,” said Heineken Russia CEO Roland Pirmez. The … Continue reading “LOW-CARB AMSTEL SOLD IN RUSSIA”

Ola Salmen was appointed as Cruzan International’s newest chairman of the board and began last Tuesday, December 13. You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

ThaiBev, the largest alcohol producer in Thailand, will continue trying to list on the country’s Stock Exchange but will carry on with business as usual until that happens. If the company enlists on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, it will be the largest initial public offering ever undertaken by a privately owned local company; however, … Continue reading “THAIBEV HOPING TO REGISTER ON THAILAND’S STOCK EXCHANGE”

Ricardo Obregon, current Chief of Bavaria, announced yesterday that he is planning to leave the Colombian company in the near future. Although SABMiller spokesman James Crampton was unable to reveal possible candidates, he confirmed that “we have started the process of trying to find a successor.” Ricardo might already have another job in line since … Continue reading “BAVARIA LOSES THEIR CEO”

Piedmonte’s Pio Cesare has announced they will partner with the U.S. wine importer Maisons Marques & Domaines following their split from Paterno Wines International. MMD president Gregory Balogh said, “Pio Cesare produces outstanding wines from the region…we are delighted to welcome Pio Cesare to our family of wines.” You are unauthorized to view this page. … Continue reading “PIO CESARE AND MMD TEAM UP”

Steven J. Taylor has been appointed as the new Vice President of Retail Spirits for Southern Wine and Spirits of Illinois, a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc which is the largest wine and spirits distributorship in the U.S. Reportedly, Steven worked as Division Vice President for Allied Domecq Spirits, USA prior … Continue reading “STEVEN TAYLOR JOINS SOUTHERN WINE AND SPIRITS”