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.

The UK spirits and wine industry has called for a 2% cut in duty as it launches a new campaign to highlight “sky-high” tax rates.

Belvedere will be the latest vodka to be linked with James Bond after brand owner Moët Hennessy signed a tie-up with the makers of 'Spectre', the next film in the franchise. 

SPI Group is to switch distributor for its Stolichnaya vodka portfolio in South Africa, teaming up with wine and spirits maker KWV.

Belvédère, the France-based wine and spirits group, is to offload its production assets in Poland and strip down its portfolio as part of a new strategic plan to turnaround falling sales.

It's that time of year when just-drinks takes a look back at the past 12 months. Here, in part three of our final management briefing of the year, Andy Morton, reviews the major spirits stories of 2014.

Treasury Wines Estates (TWE) has confirmed it could “retire” or sell some of its “non-priority” brands as its looks to focus on its higher-end labels.

Brown-Forman has signed a "co-operation agreement" with Chinese baijiu maker Wuliangye Yibin Co.

Bacardi and Pernod Ricard have each expressed their support for yesterday's agreement between Cuba and the US to normalise relations.

Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has acquired a property in South Africa's Stellenbosch region, its first foray into the country.

The announcement late yesterday that Cuba and the US have started on the road to normalised relations will be of particular interest to two spirits companies – one evicted from its home by the revolution, the other a co-owner of a rum because of the revolution.