Chile: Latest beverage news & analysis
June last year, and Adolfo Hurtado, the gregarious chief winemaker & general manager for Concha y Toro's Cono Sur, is in a sunny mood as he goes about his day at the Chilean winery.
This week, Concha y Toro reported a jump in full-year sales and profits as volumes increased and currency fluctuations played in its favour.
Late last week, Concha y Toro reported year-to-date figures that were boosted by a healthy third quarter. Here, we take a closer look at the company's performance in the period.
This week, editor Olly Wehring has been travelling through the winelands of Chile with the country's biggest wine producer, Concha y Toro. While there, he met Sebastian Aguirre, the company's marketing director for premium wines, to delve deeper into CyT's biggest brand, Casillero del Diablo.
My time in Chile, courtesy of Concha y Toro, is fast drawing to an end. Having reported on both the country's wine industry broadly, and the company specifically for the better part of ten years, this visit has put quite a bit of meat on the bones of my knowledge of all things Chilean. Such as:
Gruppo Campari has reiterated its intention to withdraw from the still wine category with its latest divestment in Chile.
Gonzalez Byass has taken majority control of Chilean winery Veramonte as it continues to purchase assets outside of its Jerez heartland.
Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro's sales and profits surged last year as exports were boosted by strong volumes and currency tailwinds.
South American drinks company CCU has reported a slow-down in fourth quarter volumes as economic problems in its markets continued to drive currency devaluation.
Concha y Toro has seen a bumper third quarter boost its year-to-date performance after a disappointing first half.
Coca-Cola Andina has beaten currency headwinds to post a leap in nine-month profits.
Concha y Toro has bemoaned a tough first quarter that led to a dip in profits in the first six months of this year.
CCU has reported a strong start to 2015, with both sales and profits in the first three months performing well.
Concha y Toro has described 2014 as a "banner year" as sales and profits both reported healthy growth.
In 1883, Don Melchor de Santiago Concha took his father's surname, Concha, and put it together with his mother's surname, Toro, to form Concha y Toro.
A very early start today, with Carla Errazuriz from Concha y Toro's fine wine division picking me up from our Santiago hotel at 0700.
After yesterday's introduction to Chile, today was all about Concha y Toro – that's to be expected, seeing as they invited me here.
Buenas dias from Chile. I'm here as a guest of the UK arm of Concha y Toro for the week, during which I'll be shown the company's wine-making operations not only here but over the border in Argentina.
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