The week in spirits and wine

The week in spirits and wine

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the spirits & wine categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & water.

Distill Ventures launched two years ago with a remit to fund new spirits start-ups. Since then, the Diageo-backed incubator has seen funding increase, as well as the first of its projects hit retail shelves. By the end of this year it expects to have committed GBP20m in total investments. just-drinks spoke to one of Distill Ventures' founders, Frank Lampen.

'Decade of Rum': The title chosen by the West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers’ Association (WIRSPA) for its recently-published report is an eye-catching one, but is it remotely accurate? Yes. And no, says Richard Woodard.

Destocking in South East Asia is on schedule to end in the first half of Diageo's current fiscal year, according to the company's president for Greater China and Asia, Sam Fischer. 

UK wine retailer Majestic Wines has scrapped its six-bottle minimum in a bid to make shopping "simpler". 

Younger consumers in Poland are paving the way for wine culture, according to new research. 

Volumes for Diageo's Johnnie Walker rebounded in Travel Retail last year as Scotch came back strongly from a disappointing 2013, new figures have shown.

Beam Suntory and Brown-Forman are holding talks after the two American whiskey rivals clashed over the alleged trademarking of an industry-standard term.

Remy Cointreau has sold its Basque liqueur Izarra to UK-based company Spirited Brands.

William Grant & Sons is to launch a new Kininvie expression, a 23-year-old. It will roll out to Europe, Taiwan and China in 35cl bottles, which William Grant said appeals to Taiwanese consumers who like to buy two bottles - one to drink and one to keep as an investment.