The week in spirits and wine

The week in spirits and wine

Here's the round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.

Treasury Wine Estates paid out AUD1.3m (US$1.18m) in severance pay to its former CEO David Dearie, the company has revealed.

Scotch whisky exports dropped by 11% in value in the first half of the year as sales in some core markets fell by as much as half.

Diageo has agreed to sponsor New York City's The Explorers Club as part of a settlement following a legal battle over the firm's Johnnie Walker range of the same name.

It started with a fire in 2006 at the Quintessential Brands-owned distillery in Warrington, where Bombay Sapphire was previously made. A blaze that prompted the gin brand's owners, Bacardi, to search for a new, less flammable, home.

The founder of Tito's Handmade Vodka has hit back at a US lawsuit accusing his company of misleading consumers while warning other alcohol producers to expect similar complaints.

Laurent-Perrier has confirmed that Michel Boulaire is to step down as chairman, with Stéphane Dalyac moving in to replace him.

Major Brands, the US distributor, has received a “substantial payment” following the settlement of a legal battle involving Diageo and fellow distributor Glazer's.

Siobhan Thompson joined Wines of South Africa 11 months ago after joining from drinks firm Distell. just-drinks deputy editor James Wilmore talks to Thompson about the challenges she has faced in 2014 and the opportunities for South African wine in Asia and the rest of Africa.