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 a similar round-up for beer & cider and soft drinks & bottled water.

Earlier this week, just-drinks met with Miles Beale, the head of the UK's Wine & Spirit Trade Association, to discuss all things Brexit. In the first of this two-part interview, Beale looks back at how the country's wine and spirits categories have responded to the referendum vote in June that will see the UK leave the European Union.

In this, the second part of our interview the head of the UK's Wine & Spirit Trade Association, Miles Beale looks beyond the European Union and sees cause for optimism, despite the uncertainty of recent months.

Diageo has reported a healthy set of first-half numbers, with sales rising strongly on the year-prior period.

 Diageo reported a healthy set of first-half numbers, with sales rising strongly on the year-prior period. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the group's performance by region in the six months to the end of December. All figures are organic. 

"Johnnie's walking," noted CLSA analyst Caroline Levy, following a healthy set of H1 numbers from Diageo yesterday. 

Chile's wine trade body has said it is still working to assess the full extent of the damage caused by wildfires in the country but confirmed there has been "considerable damage" to old vines.

Stolichnaya owner SPI Group has made good on a promise to expand into brown spirits with the acquisition of Bourbon maker Kentucky Owl.

Gruppo Campari has unveiled a new marketing initiative for its namesake brand as it looks to move away from the Campari Calendar.

United Spirits has reported a lift in sales for the first nine months of its fiscal year, although the Indian company's top-line has been hampered by the country's demonetisation legislation in the third quarter.

Moët Hennessey has posted a strong jump in full-year sales and profits as healthy Cognac growth in China fuelled increasing optimism over the rebounding spirit.