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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.

The week in wines & spirits

The week in wines & spirits

There is future growth aplenty on offer in the Travel Retail channel, but a new report suggests a reappraisal of the traditional relationship between suppliers, operators and airport authorities would be of huge benefit to drinks brands going forward.

The news that Hunter Laing & Co has committed GBP8m (US$11.4m) to move from independent bottler to full-blown distiller by building its own, brand-new distillery on Islay got me thinking: What makes the place so special? After all, it's hardly the only Scottish island with a distillery.

Here, Spiros Malandrakis, alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor International, shares his forecasts of the trends that will shape the alcohol industry in the year ahead.

Bacardi has filed a Freedom of Information Act request in the US, after the country's authorities granted licence for Pernod Ricard to renew its registration of the Havana Club trademark in the country.

Is the closer association between sustainability and mitigating business risk completely good news? Ben Cooper investigates.

Rye has shown the highest growth rate among American whiskies, according to figures released this week, thanks to increased consumer interest in classic cocktails and "authenticity".

US spirits trade organisation the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) held its annual spirits briefing in New York yesterday. Here, just-drinks takes a look at the key takeaways from the event. 

A shift towards fuller-flavoured spirits should drive continued growth in imported and craft beer in the US, an analyst has said.

US alcohol trade groups have asked regulators to investigate a new shelf management programme from retailer Kroger that seeks payments from producers.

LVMH's wines & spirits unit, Moet Hennessy, has posted a healthy leap in full-year profits as sales in China rebounded in the second half of last year.

This month, Chris Losh turns his attention to the Australian wine industry, and finds a country struggling with scant opportunities and structural problems in its number one export market.

Cognac sales and volumes in the US experienced double-digit growth last year, according to data released by the Distilled Industry Spirits Council (DISCUS) this week. 

Diageo has confirmed the sale of the Acacia winery and vineyard in California, having already sold off the Acacia brand.


Sectors: Spirits, Wine

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