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US: Increased quarterly dividend from Brown-Forman

17 Nov 2006

Brown-Forman, which produces among other brands Jack Daniel’s and Southern Comfort, has increased the quarterly cash dividend on its Class A and Class B Common Stock by 8.0% from 28.00 cents to 30.25 cents per share.

UK: Southern Comfort pushed as SoCo

2 Jun 2006

Brown-Forman has started to push Southern Comfort as SoCo in the UK, a named coined by consumers in the US.

US: Jack drives buoyant year for B-F

1 Jun 2006

Buoyant Jack Daniel’s sales have driven a strong full-year financial performance at US wine and spirits group Brown-Forman.

UPDATE: US: Brown-Forman to merge wine and spirits sales teams

10 May 2006

Brown-Forman has denied that its move to merge its marketing teams for wine and spirits has been driven to cut costs, insisting that the new division will focus on brand-building.

US: Brown-Forman exec retires

26 Apr 2006

The head of Brown-Forman’s spirits operations in Europe, Africa and Eurasia is to retire at the end of May.

US: Brown-Forman makes Chambord liqueur purchase

16 Mar 2006

Brown-Forman has acquired the French raspberry liqueur brand Chambord.

US: Southern Comfort to push SoCo Lime concept

23 Feb 2006

Brown-Forman’s Southern Comfort is launching a new media blitz in the US.

UK: Bacardi-Martini appoints marketing director

6 Jan 2006

Bacardi-Martini UK has appointed Andrew Carter, formerly director of marketing for spirits, to the position of marketing director of its entire portfolio.

AUSTRALIA: Brown-Forman to acquire distributor

26 Sep 2005

Brown-Forman is to acquire the whole of Australian distributor Swift and Moore Pty Limited. The US wine and spirits group already owns 50% of the business with Pernod Ricard holding the other 50% following the French company’s acquisition of Allied Domecq earlier this year.

US: Brown-Forman profits up in Q1

25 Aug 2005

Brown-Forman Corporation has reported a 46% rise in diluted earnings from continuing operations for the first quarter of the current fiscal year.

Keep it in the family

16 Aug 2005

With the acquisition of Allied Domecq, the wave of consolidation that has dominated the spirits industry for the best part of a decade may have hit an impasse. The families that control the next tier of distillers continue to refuse to sell out. In a new series, just-drinks and industry research group, Canadean, look into the futures of these drinks industry dynasties, beginning with US-based company, Brown-Forman.

US: New CEO at Brown-Forman announced

31 May 2005

Brown-Forman has announced the next step in its succession plan.

US: Brown-Forman FY figures up almost a quarter

26 May 2005

Brown-Forman has reported earnings growth of 21% for its fiscal year to 30 April.

US: Brown-Forman and Bacardi end Canada hook-up

15 Apr 2005

Brown-Forman Beverages has replaced Bacardi as its spirits distributor in Canada.

US: Brown-Forman revamps European distribution

4 Apr 2005

Brown-Forman has restructured its distribution set up for Europe, entering into new agreements for its spirits brands in a number of countries, including Italy, Spain, and Germany.

US: Brown-Forman boosted by FOREX & Scotch sale

23 Feb 2005

Brown-Forman has reported a 19% increase in its earnings per share for the third quarter, over the same period last year, to US$0.78, including a boost from the sale of its stake in Scotch whisky group Glenmorangie.

US: Brown-Forman Q1 leaps, ups profit forecast

26 Aug 2004

Brown-Forman Corp. has posted a healthy 67% rise in earnings for its first quarter.

US: Brown-Forman set fair for fiscal 2005

23 Jul 2004

Brown-Forman Corporation chairman and chief executive officer Owsley Brown II has reaffirmed the company’s previously stated guidance regarding fiscal 2005 earnings.

US: Brown-Forman full year led by JD again

28 May 2004

The US-based producer of Jack Daniel’s Brown-Forman Corporation yesterday reported earnings per share for the full year of $2.11, up 16% over the prior year.

US: Jack and dollar drives Brown-Forman earnings

25 Feb 2004

The US drinks company Brown-Forman Corporation has seen its third quarter earnings per share jump 29% to US$0.66, driven by the weak dollar and continued growth of the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey brand.

UK: Allied unveils Xmas brand growth

6 Feb 2004

The UK arm of the international Wine and spirits group Allied Domecq announced some of its Christmas sales growth today, saying it had seen particularly strong performances in its liqueurs and Cognac portfolio.

US: Brown-Forman to issue 2-for-1 stock split

6 Jan 2004

Brown-Forman has received stockholder approval to split its stock 2-for-1.

US: Brown-Forman Q2 figures on the climb

26 Nov 2003

Brown-Forman Corp. yesterday announced a rise in sales and net profit for the second quarter.

COMMENT: Glenfiddich/Bacardi spirits of Christmas

29 Oct 2003

The Christmas season is starting early with two drinks brands launching campaigns aimed at boosting brand awareness among key consumer groups over the festive period. As well as being a time of increased drink consumption, Christmas is also an opportunity to get consumers to experiment with new brands.

UK: Malibu climbs to number two

27 Oct 2003

Malibu, Allied Domecq’s spirit brand, has moved up to number two speciality spirit in the UK on trade.

US: Brown-Forman Q1 net income down 14%

28 Aug 2003

The US spirits producer and consumer goods group, Brown-Forman, posted a 14% decline in net income for the first quarter, hit by a charge related to a lawsuit settlement with Diageo and soft sales in its consumer durables division.

US: Brown-Forman appoints spirits marketing chief

22 Jul 2003

The US wine and spirits company, Brown-Forman Beverages, has announced that it has appointed Mark McCallum as its chief marketing officer for its spirits brands.

UK: Bacardi-Martini forms Scottish operation

18 Jul 2003

The multinational drinks force, Bacardi-Martini Ltd, has created a sales and marketing operation exclusively for Scotland.

US: Brown-Forman names new drinks chief

25 Jun 2003

Brown-Forman Corp., the drinks and consumer goods group, has appointed Paul C. Varga as president and chief executive of Brown-Forman Beverages, its largest division. Varga will succeed William M. Street who is to retire on 1 October.

US: Q4 net income up 14% at Brown-Forman

2 Jun 2003

US wines and spirits producer, Brown-Forman Corp., posted a 14% rise in net income for the fourth quarter from US$51.2m to US$58.2m. The company attributed the improvement to growth in spirits sales and lower costs stemming from a business improvement programme.

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