The week in spirits and wine

The week in spirits and wine

Here's a 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.

Vranken-Pommery Monopole has seen its nine-month sales edge up, helped by on-going growth for its Champagne portfolio. 

Mast-Jägermeister and Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) have joined UK drinks industry watchdog, The Portman Group, just-drinks can reveal.

Back in April, when the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) released 2013's export sales figures for the category, many observers expressed disappointment, but not necessarily surprise, at the numbers.

Earlier this year, UK gin producer Sipsmith moved into larger premises as demand for its namesake gin portfolio grew. Last night saw the official opening of the new distillery, in west London.

UK distributor Bibendum Wine has merged with drinks importer PLB Group.

Beam Suntory is to launch a Jim Beam extension mixed with Scotch exclusively into Travel Retail next year.

Diageo has unveiled a new global campaign that covers four of its Johnnie Walker variants.

It may be age, but spirits commentator Ian Buxton is feeling somewhat jaded at the moment. Efforts by some Scotch whisky producers to entice consumers to trade up have left Buxton asking: Is the category at its 'shark-jumping' peak?

Trade body Wines of South Africa (WoSA) has opened a new satellite office in Hong Kong to help producers target key Asian markets.