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.

In the most recent of Diageo's series of 'brunch-time' conference calls with regional presidents, John Kennedy - president Europe, Russia & Turkey - offered an overview of the division to the analyst community. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at some of the key topics covered in last week's call, including new efficiency measures, the performance of the group's Reserve brands portfolio and the company's innovation pipeline.

US wine importer Cape Classics has lined up the addition to its offering of Bordeaux brand Petite Sirène, through a partnership with Château Giscours in Margaux.

The robust growth of the huge international whisk(e)y category is set to continue in the coming years, driven by generational shifts, helpful cultural associations and the dominant (in volume terms) Indian whisky category. But, after hitting 307m cases in volume sales in 2016 and adding more than 46m cases over the past five years, growth will moderate slightly in the 2016-2021 period, reaching 350m-plus cases at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of +2.9%.

Pernod Ricard has lined up three new single malt Scotch whiskies under its Ballantine's blended malt brand

Brown-Forman has appointed its first COO in five years, with Lawson Whiting stepping into the role.

Earlier in September, Pernod Ricard hosted its seventh annual The Tahona Society competition - a bartender programme under its Altos Tequila brand. The 2017 session saw 25 bartenders from 17 markets gather in Jalisco, Mexico, along with journalists and bloggers from around the world. During the week, just-drinks deputy editor Lucy Britner sat down with the VP of the group's 'House of Tequila' division, Pierre-Aymeric du Cray. In the first of this two-part interview, du Cray tells us what the Tahona activation means for Pernod in business terms, and why the on-premise channel is so important.

Held every four years in Germany and hosting the biggest global names, Drinktec is the Olympics of the drinks industry's trade show calendar. Nothing else has the same insight into beverage innovation, whether from a packaging, flavourings or labelling perspective. But, like the Olympics, Drinktec is massive - a cavernous experience that can defeat even the hardiest of trade show attendees. Luckily, just-drinks' news & insights editor, Andy Morton, travelled to Munich earlier this month to digest the enormity of it all and deliver these nine bite-sized nuggets of learning.

Amazon's new grocery model is threatening profitability in the channel, however alcohol margins should remain protected, a study has claimed.

Napa wine company C Mondavi & Family has appointed Jeff Richardson to the newly-created role of chief operating officer. 

William Grant & Sons has said foreign exchange gains helped deliver strong profits and sales growth for the company last year.

The TFWA World Exhibition returns to Cannes next week. Ahead of the six-day exhibition, which kicks off on 1 October, Global Travel Retail expert Joe Bates takes a look at the lay of the land for one of the more colourful strands of the drinks industry.