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.

Former analyst Ian Shackleton returns this month with a consideration of the 'Buy' position among analysts for Diageo, some further thoughts on the attractions of vertical integration in UK beer and pubs, and a warning that financial regulatory change will dramatically change corporate communications – and increase the value of just-drinks.

Brown-Forman is set to begin operations at its Slane Irish Whiskey distillery in the coming days.

Recent weeks have seen the publication of reports detailing the contrasting drinking habits of younger and older consumers. Ben Cooper ponders what they mean for the long-term sustainability of the alcohol sector.

Former Accolade Wines CEO Paul Schaafsma has been named as a director of New Zealand crowd-funded wine producer Invivo.

In late-July, Diageo released its full-year results for fiscal-2017. The group saw its sales in the 12 months to the end of June rise by 4% in organic terms on the year-prior. Here, just-drinks considers Diageo's performance over the past five years.

Consumer goods - including alcohol and soft drinks - are approaching a "challenging crossroads", according to one analyst group, thanks to a number of factors including the growing mistrust of big brands.

Alcohol over-consumption and underage drinking in the US both fell last year, according to a recently-released survey in the country.

Champagne house Bollinger has named Charles-Armand de Belenet as its new general manager, the appointment taking effect earlier this month.

Gruppo Campari has lined up the next television advert for its Wild Turkey Bourbon brand with actor Matthew McConaughey.

The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking has released its fourth annual Producers' Commitments progress report.

Brown-Forman has announced a sizeable investment in one of its cooperages in the US, although a raft of jobs will be cut due to the modernisation.