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The company is looking to boost its sales in the US after the new dealsUS: SPI Group eyes growth with new distributor deals

27 February 2014

The US unit of SPI Group has signed new deals with three distributors as it eyes growth across the country.

US: SPI Group expands Southern Wine & Spirits tie-up, renames US unit

11 February 2014

SPI Group has confirmed the appointment of Southern Wine & Spirits of America as the distributor of its vodka portfolio in six more US states.

US: Bourbon boom marches on in on-trade, as vodka dips

15 January 2014

Bourbon, blended American whiskies and Irish whiskey were the only spirits sub-categories to see volume growth in the US on-trade in 2013 as clear spirits lagged, according to latest figures.

Review of the Year 2013 - Part IV: Wine

23 December 2013

The final just-drinks management briefing of the year takes a look back at the last 12 months in the global drinks industry. The penultimate chapter in this five-part briefing reviews 2013 for wine.

US: Flavoured vodka on-trade sales dip as whiskies grab share - figures

21 November 2013

Sales of flavoured vodka in the US on-trade have fallen 12% in the past 12 months, despite continued new entries to the category, latest figures reveal.

US: SPI Group appoints new Travel Retail chief

5 November 2013

SPI Group has appointed a director for its North American Travel Retail unit.

GLOBAL: Gay boycott of Stolichnaya had "minimal" impact - SPI Group CMO

28 October 2013

A senior SPI Group exec has claimed a boycott of its Stolichnaya vodka brand by the gay community because of its Russian connections had “minimal” impact.

TFWA Review: Heineken craft plans, Stolichnaya changes, Hine happy to be home

24 October 2013

There's usually a surprise or two at the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) World Exhibition in Cannes.

Product Launch - GLOBAL: SPI Group's Stolichnaya Elit Pristine Water Series New Zealand Edition

24 October 2013

SPI Group has launched a limited-edition Stolichnaya extension made with New Zealand spring water.

LUX/ARGENTINA: SPI Group installs CEO at Achaval Ferrer

22 October 2013

SPI Group has appointed a CEO to run its Argentinian winery Achaval Ferrer.

LUX/ARGENTINA: SPI Group appoints Achaval Ferrer CFO

16 October 2013

SPI Group has recruited the CFO of Argentina's Familia Schroeder Winery to assume the same role at its Achaval Ferrer wine company in the country.

LUXEMBOURG: SPI Group drops Kremlyovskaya in favour of wine

7 October 2013

SPI Group has sold its Kremlyovskaya vodka brand to Classic International Group.

GLOBAL: SPI Group readies Stolichnaya glow-in-the-dark bottle

2 October 2013

SPI Group is set to roll out a glow-in-the-dark bottle for its Stolichnaya vodka brand.

LUXEMBOURG: SPI Group keen to extend global wine presence

26 September 2013

SPI Group has announced itself open to acquiring businesses that would boost its global wine portfolio.

GREECE: SPI Group renews distribution deal with W S Karoulias

13 September 2013

SPI Group has extended its distribution deal with W S Karoulias for the Stolichnaya portfolio in Greece.

US: Coca-Cola speaks out over Olympics gay protest

29 August 2013

The Coca-Cola Co has responded to a protest by gay rights campaigners in the US over its sponsorship of the Russian Winter Olympics, arguing that the company "celebrates diversity".

UK: SPI extends Stoli Chocolat Kokonut launch

29 August 2013

SPI Group has extended the rollout of Stolichnaya extension Stoli Chocolat Kokonut to the UK.

US: SPI Group ends travel retail deal with William Grant & Sons

20 August 2013

SPI Group is to hand distribution of its Stolichnaya range in the US travel retail channel to Chase International, further severing ties with current distributor William Grant & Sons.

Comment - Spirits - SPI Group Quells the Stolichnaya Crisis

13 August 2013

As SPI Group looks to weather a boycott of Stolichnaya in the US, Chris Mercer considers what steps a drinks company should take if - or when - a crisis hits.

GLOBAL: Russian vodka boycott spreads through gay community - report

30 July 2013

A boycott of Russian vodka in the wake of anti-homosexual legislation has spread across the world, according to reports.

Comment - Can SPI Group Unhook Stolichnaya From Gay Boycott Threat?

26 July 2013

The gay community in the US has, understandably, reacted angrily to new laws in Russia that outlaw so-called “homosexual propaganda” and gay adoption.

just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

26 July 2013

The top ten stories published on just-drinks this week:

GLOBAL: SPI Group head attacks Russia's 'anti-gay' laws

26 July 2013

The CEO of Stolichnaya owner SPI Group has come out in support of gay and transgender people, branding new Russian laws against homosexuals as “dreadful”.

ASIA PACIFIC: SPI Group recruits Belvedere exec for Asia Pacific post

16 July 2013

SPI Group has announced another change of regional director in Asia Pacific – its third in 15 months.

FRANCE: SPI Group signs Stolichnaya deal with Baron Philippe de Rothschild

9 July 2013

SPI Group is distributing its Stolichnaya vodka portfolio in France through Baron Philippe de Rothschild.

UK: SPI Group extends Stoli Salted Karamel launch

4 July 2013

SPI Group is to roll out its Stoli Salted Karamel to the UK a year after the flavoured vodka was launched in the US.

Comment - Tariko Looks to Raise the Standard with CEDC Takeover

11 June 2013

Russian Standard is now the world's second largest vodka producer after finally getting full control of Central European Distribution Corp (CEDC). But how will it handle the troubled group and where will in benefit? Chris Mercer investigates.

Comment - Spirits - US Vodka Wars throw up Strategy Conundrum

28 May 2013

The US vodka market remains a fierce battlefield. New products continue to flood the sector, while "predatory" pricing policies affect some US states. What should be the approach of established producers? Stand firm and persuade consumers to look beyond price, argues Chris Mercer

just the Facts – The Power 100 2013

24 May 2013

Earlier this week, brand valuation consultancy Intangible Business released the results of its latest survey of the world's spirits brands. Here's a look at the top ten, along with the methodology used to draw up 'The Power 100'.

just-drinks LIWF 2013 - Diary - 15 May

15 May 2013

Coming up at this year's London International Wine Fair:

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