This week in spirits and wine

This week in spirits and wine

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the spirits & wine categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & water.

What are the key trends in rum? Where are the important markets and what does the future hold? just-drinks, in partnership with The IWSR, presents a six-part review of the rum category.

Rapid and constant connection to the Internet has already transformed how consumers interact with the market, but the digital revolution is by its very nature a continuing phenomenon. In this month's Consumer Trends, Ben Cooper investigates the link between a recent multi-billion-pound tech deal and the Moscow Mule.

The Scotch Whisky Association has warned of major uncertainty ahead as Brexit puts the UK's tariff-free access to important global markets including South Korea and South Africa at risk.

Suntory Holdings has posted a big jump in profits for its alcoholic beverages despite a slight fall in sales.

Currency headwinds in Latin America have sunk Gruppo Campari's first-half sales, outpacing encouraging gains in Europe.

Gruppo Campari's CEO has warned that Wild Turkey's honey extensions are dragging down performance for the otherwise fast-growing Bourbon brand.

Vintage Wine Estates has acquired a majority interest in Napa-based Splinter Group Spirits. 

Jackson Family Wines has created a European sales director role as it looks to bolster its presence in the region. 

A UK union has accused Diageo of corporate greed as it ballots members over proposed cuts to staff pensions at the Johnnie Walker maker.

Diageo has released a cheaper expression of its Haig Club single grain Scotch whisky as it looks to create a broad portfolio for the brand.

Expert analysis

Global rum insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends

Global rum insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends

Global rum sales amounted to 141.8m nine-litre cases in 2015, a decline of 0.8% over 2014 levels, but not too far off the +0.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) seen between 2010 and 2015. On the more