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Here's a round-up of this week's top stories from the global spirits & wine categories. Click the links to view our round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & bottled water.

This weeks top spirits & wine coverage on just-drinks

This week's top spirits & wine coverage on just-drinks

The CEO of Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits, Jean-Noël Reynaud, has had his tenure with the group "ended".

Brown-Forman has posted a slight dip in its top-line growth rate from the third quarter, although year-to-date sales were still up by high-single-digits.

In early-March, Brown-Forman reported its results for the first nine months of its fiscal-2018. Sales in the nine months to the end of January rose by 7%, with third-quarter sales up a slightly lesser 6%. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's sales performance by market and by brand in the six-month period.

The CEO of Brown-Forman has said his company could be caught in the crossfire between US President Donald Trump and the European Union's tariff disagreements.

The trade organisation for Australia's wine industry has appointed a regional general manager for Greater China.

Global rum sales have disappointed in recent years, but the category could be set for a much-needed resurgence over the next five years, according to the Global Rum Insights 2018 report from just-drinks and The IWSR.

Once hailed as the 'next big thing' in the spirits industry, rum has underachieved in recent times on the global stage - but the sector could yet fulfil its potential over the next few years.

In the same week as International Women's Day, the National Association for Female Executives named Diageo's North American unit as one of 2018's 'Top 60 Companies for Executive Women'. The news follows a raft of pledges from Diageo, through both its business and its brands, to champion equality. To mark International Women's Day, just-drinks talks to Cristina Diezhandino, Scotch category director & MD for Diageo's Reserve portfolio, about working in the whisk(e)y sectors, the future of Scotch and how bartenders are helping to propel Reserve brands.

American whiskey producers are among the US companies that have been warned of the introduction of retaliatory duties by the European Union, should the US administration slap increased tariffs on imported steel and aluminium.

UK-based absinthe producer La Fee has accused Bacardi of "scare tactics" in an ongoing trademark battle related to the spirits multinational's Angel's Envy Bourbon.

The Coca-Cola Co is to launch its first alcoholic drink in Japan, the company has revealed.

Spirits are obviously high at The Coca-Cola Co. As well as delivering a well-received full-year performance last month, the soft drinks maker is preparing to enter the alcohol category for what appears to be the first time in its 125-year history.

Here, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during February.


Sectors: Spirits, Wine

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