The week in spirits and wine

The week in spirits and wine

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.

Diageo is reviewing its relationship with United Breweries Holdings and Vijay Mallya over India's United Spirits, after the division's board called on the entrepreneur to stand down as its chairman.

Beam Suntory is to combine two of its regional business units to create a larger international division.

It's not every day that one can cast doubts over the behaviour of the world's biggest spirits producer, but my peers in India are making hay today, doing just that. But, before wading in against Diageo and the call this weekend by its United Spirits unit in India for chairman Vijay Mallya to stand down, ask yourself this one question: Would Diageo have done something sooner if it could?

Exports of Australian wine in the year to the end of March rose by 3.6% in volumes and by 3.9% in value, according to figures from the Australian Grape & Wine Authority (AGWA).

China has overtaken France as the country with the second largest area under vine, new figures have shown.

Yesterday, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine released its 2014 report. Here are some key facts it includes on the global wine industry:

Europe's MEPs have called for the European Commission to introduce calorie-content and ingredient labelling on alcoholic drinks sold in the region by next year.