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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 week in spirits and wine

The week in spirits and wine

This week, we speak to William Grant & Sons'  global whisky specialist for innovation, and just-drinks subscriber, Kevin Abrook.

Yesterday afternoon, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced his Budget for the UK. From Monday (23 March), the following duty changes will come into effect on alcoholic products sold in the country.

11.15 CET: ProWein 2015 is well under way here in the German city of Düsseldorf. It's grey and chilly outside, but hundreds of trade visitors are flocking in. There are a few changes to the lay out this year, which is keeping everyone on their toes. Organisers are claiming that there are around 5,800 exhibitors from 50 countries, across nine halls. With that in mind, I'm off to discover the show.

Brown-Forman is installing a president for its Old Forester Bourbon in a bid to grow the re-emerging brand domestically and in international markets. 

González Byass has posted a strong rise in profits for its fiscal full-year, with exports driving the performance.

International spirits companies must learn to drive trends in the emerging craft sector or risk losing the Millennial customers that are reshaping consumer behaviour, a new report argues.

11.15 CET: We're into day two here at ProWein. The weather has improved, with the sun making a welcome appearance. Judging by the scrum to get on the tram this morning, this is the key day for visitors.

Messe Düsseldorf, the organisers of trade show ProWein, have reported a 7% lift in visitor numbers at this year's show.

Diageo is to include on its products nutritional labels that tell consumers how many calories and alcoholic units they are drinking per serve. 

Bordeaux wine exports fell 17% by value last year due primarily to falling demand in China, according to latest figures.

More foreign investment and greater political stability in Africa is set to further fuel wine consumption over the next three years, a new report has claimed.

Illva Saronno has poached a senior Pernod Ricard executive to head up its global Travel Retail team.


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