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.

Retail chain Aldi has launched its first UK lower-abv wine range as it joins rival supermarkets in chasing growing consumer demand in the category.

Beam Suntory has bolstered its flavoured Bourbon portfolio with the launch of Jim Beam Vanilla. 

In June, Pernod Ricard announced SharpEnd, a UK agency that helps brands benefit from Internet of Things technology, as its global partner. In an exclusive comment for just-drinks, SharpEnd founder & CEO Cameron Worth reveals some of the work his company is doing for Pernod and why the drinks industry needs to embrace this creative new tool.

Australian Whisky Holdings (AWH) has completed the acquisition of Tasmania's Nant Distillery.

Falls are common among the elderly, and markedly increase the subsequent risk of morbidity and mortality. A recent study examined the association between certain patterns of alcohol consumption, including the Mediterranean drinking pattern (MDP), and the risk of falls in more than 2,000 elderly subjects over 3.3 years. At the end of follow up, 21.4% of subjects reported at least one fall in the previous year.

Stock Spirits has posted a mid-single-digit lift in half-year sales, as the group hailed "tangible results" following recent recovery actions.

Wine volumes in China are set to outpace spirits over the next decade, a new report has said, but the category risks treading water when it comes to profits growth.

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes has taken a 30% pay cut, according to the group's latest annual report, after he failed to meet long-term performance goals for fiscal-2017.

Pernod Ricard's Chivas Brothers unit has expressed disappointment over a decision by employees at one of its distilleries in Scotland to take strike action.

In late-July, Coca-Cola European Partners unveiled an increased 2020 target for recycled content in its plastic bottles in the UK. just-drinks' sustainability commentator, Ben Cooper, believes this news also underlines the role that brands can play in encouraging consumers to recycle.