The week in wine & spirits

The week in wine & spirits

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.

The importance of water in the production of wine has grown in recent years, to such an extent that many wine companies are struggling. Chris Losh considers where irrigation has become a problem issue.

Alcoholic drinks that use healthy cues will struggle to break into the mass market, according to analysts at Mintel.

William Grant & Sons has appointed a former Diageo executive to head up its Travel Retail unit in Taiwan.

Moet Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of LVMH, has seen its sales growth slow in the third quarter, although the top-line has stayed positive in the year-to-date.

Pernod Ricard's local vodka unit, Our/Vodka, has lined up the launch later this month of four infusion kits for its namesake brand.

Stock Spirits has made its long-awaited return to the M&A arena, purchasing three spirits brands from Bohemia Sekt in Czech.

Beam Suntory has backed an at-home mixed drinks machine, Bartesian, as it looks to reach the home cocktails market.

A brand's strength is likely to protect beverage companies from a Unilever-style stand-off with UK off-premise retailers, an analyst has told just-drinks.

Mainstream vodka brands including Diageo's Smirnoff and Pernod Ricard's Absolut have strong growth potential in emerging markets, a new report has said.

Drinkers in the US consumed 4.2m more cases of spirits in 2015 compared to the year prior, according to the latest figures from the Beverage Information Group. 

Remy Cointreau has lined up the divestment of its Passoã liqueur to Lucas Bols, with the two companies initially setting up a joint-venture to handle the brand's global activities.

A wider-availability of ultra-premium baijiu in China brought on by the country's anti-corruption crackdown could help boost sales abroad, a new report has said.

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