This week in spirits & wine

This week in spirits & wine

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories from the global spirits & wine categories. Click the links to see our round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & bottled water.

As 2017 draws to a close, Chris Losh looks back at a year that will go down in history as a major turning point for the global wine industry.

The Global Drinks Forum in Berlin this October hosted 11 presentations from all corners of the drinks industry. Talks at the day-long international conference ranged from Diageo on the future of drinking to the meaning of authenticity from design firm Stranger & Stranger.

Gruppo Campari has axed several Grand Marnier extensions as it prepares to relaunch the liqueur brand.

Beam Suntory has appointed Vince Ambrosino to the role of SVP, chief strategy & technology officer.

The UK Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal lodged by three drinks industry trade associations, clearing the way for Minimum Unit Pricing to be introduced in Scotland.

Lucas Bols has reported a steady first half of its current fiscal year, with the recently-integrated Passoa liqueur brand driving a healthy reported sales lift for the six-month period.

Here, just-drinks breaks down the performance along both brand and regional lines.

The US spirits industry has welcomed proposed amendments to Senate legislation that would lower taxes on distilled spirits for the first time since the country's civil war.

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Global Gin Insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends

Global Gin Insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends

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