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INDIA: Whyte & Mackay linked to Shaw Wallace bid

17 Jan 2005

The Scotch whisky group Whyte & Mackay has been named as a third potential bidder for the liquor business of India’s Shaw Wallace by local press.

UK: Whyte & Mackay to launch cocktail RTDs

6 Apr 2004

Whyte and Mackay is to launch a range of ready-to-drink cocktails under the Vladivar brand – in a joint initiative with Independent Distillers. The 4% ABV range which will be launched in two phases includes Vladivar White Russian, Vladivar Black Russian, Vladivar Cosmopolitan and Vladivar Sea Breeze.

INDIA: Absolut to get domestic launch

5 Dec 2003

The Swedish vodka Absolut is to be launched on the Indian market.

UK: Maxxium launches £1.2m Vladivar campaign

7 Nov 2003

Maxxium UK is committing £1.2 million to the first multi-media advertising campaign for its vodka brand Vladivar for five years.

UK: Whyte and Mackay appoints senior managers

21 Oct 2003

The Scotch whisky group Whyte and Mackay has made two senior management appointments as part of its recently announced strategic changes.

UK: Whyte & Mackay unveils consolidation plans

25 Sep 2003

The Scotch whisky group Whyte & Mackay yesterday announced it plans to close its Edinburgh bottling plant while making its existing Grangemouth site the home of its new £20m state-of-the-art bottling plant.

Future clouded for Whyte & Mackay

22 Aug 2003

Vivian Imerman's baptism as CEO of the Scotch group Whyte and Mackay has been far from easy. A series of high profile casualties at the top of the company have been followed by news of further redundancies. Bernard Thompson takes stock of the company's position and looks at the options open to the new management.

UK: Kyndal changes name and unveils new strategy

31 Jul 2003

The UK spirits group, Kyndal, has unveiled a new "strategic vision" for the company which includes a £70m investment programme in upgrading equipment, brand marketing and the consolidation of its bottling operations. The company, which says it will be "refocused and revitalised for long term growth", has also changed its name to Whyte & Mackay.

UK: Kyndal plans sales restructuring

21 Jul 2003

The Scotch whisky company Kyndal is to create an integrated sales and marketing team to look after its core brands both in the UK and internationally. The company said it will be looking to hire 15 people - including a brands controller and international head of sales.

UK: WestLB chief says Kyndal not for sale

14 Jul 2003

The head of principal finance at the investment bank, WestLB, Robin Saunders, has reassured the UK-based spirits group, Kyndal, that the company is not for sale, according to a report in the Financial Times. WestLB funded the Kyndal management buyout from Jim Beam Brands in 2001, and Kyndal, whose brands include Whyte & Mackay whisky and Vladivar vodka, is one of several WestLB investments made by Saunders' team which have been under review following problems arising from another one of her deals.

UK: Kyndal denies debt is limiting investment

27 May 2003

The spirits company, Kyndal International, formed by a £208m buyout from Jim Beam Brands, has denied that its level of investment is being limited by the scale of its interest payments.

INDIA: Kyndal to launch Vladivar in India

12 Nov 2002

Kyndal, the Glasgow-based Scotch whisky company, is launching its Vladivar vodka brand in India through its partnership with India drinks company Shaw Wallace.

Acquisitions will Kyndal fire for growth

1 Oct 2002

A year on from its management buyout from Jim Beam Brands, the Kyndal whisky business is emerging from the "setting up" phase and looking to make its mark. Chris Brook-Carter met chief executive, Brian Megson, who spoke frankly about the challenges and opportunities ahead.

UK: Maxxium and Kyndal agree end to Jura and Glayva deal

28 May 2002

Scotch whisky company Kyndal Spirits and Maxxium UK have agreed that the sales, marketing and distribution of whisky liqueur Glayva and Isle of Jura malt whisky will be handled directly by Kyndal from 1st August. Maxxium UK has distributed the Kyndal owned brands under a 12-month agreement from October 2001, when Kyndal Spirit completed the acquisition of JBB (Greater Europe) in Scotland's largest ever management buy-out.

INDIA: Kyndal to market pre-mixed spirits

24 Jan 2002

The Scottish-based drinks group, Kyndal, looks set to be the first company to launch pre-mixed spirits on the Indian drinks market, stealing a march on larger groups.

UK: JBB sells Scotch business to management team

16 Oct 2001

Fortune Brands, today announced that its Jim Beam Brands Worldwide unit has sold its UK-based Scotch whisky business, to a management buy-out team. The sale of the business, consisting of the Invergordon private-label and bulk Scotch operations and several regional brands in the UK is an attempt to sharpen the company's focus on high-return premium and super-premium spirits and wine brands, the company said.

UK: Vladivar offers sweet and sour pre-mix

22 Mar 2001

Vladivar is offering a new flavour to its party vodka, and plans to launch the new sweet and sour flavoured Veba into the pre-mix category this month. Vladivar Veba, which will be available in 100 high-street Bass Leisure Retail Bars and 360 Sainsbury's stores in the UK, will be supported by an extensive consumer PR programme and a UK wide in-bar promotion campaign.

UK: Vladivar rules Christmas parties

5 Dec 2000

The face of Vladivar Vodka for 2000, Big Breakfast presenter, Donna Air is raising the profile of Vladivar by telling viewers of her Sky TV show "The Villa" the "Vladivar Rules". Viewers of the hit TV show, sponsored by Vladivar will be told the "Vladivar Rules" and the essential guidelines for all self-respecting party girls by Air.

USA: UDV's T10 takes limelight in super-premium gin sector

7 Nov 2000

UDV's bold gin brand extension in the US with Tanqueray No. Ten has taken the market by storm, already picking up two spirits awards. Chris Brook-Carter talks to Peter Kreutzner, UDV's president of gin about the trends that have driven the launch of T10 and the future of the super-premium category.

UK: Vladivar in Party Mood After Spring Sets Figures Jumping

27 Jun 2000

Vladivar is in true party spirit after the latest Nielsen figures revealed the brand to be one of the major driving forces behind the rapidly growing Vodka Market.Vladivar, which promotes itself as the ultimate party vodka, has shown itself to be well ahead of competitors in a number of sectors during March and April this year. Vladivar brand manager at Maxxium UK - the brand's, marketing and distribution company - Paul Murray, said: "While this is just a snap-shot view, this growth shows a tremendous performance by Vladivar and bodes well for the rest of the year."March and April sales figures show Vladivar to be:


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