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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.

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Henkell & Co has confirmed its acquisition of a majority stake in Cava giant Freixenet, creating the world's largest sparkling wine business – as exclusively revealed by just-drinks last week.

The European Commission has taken a step closer to confirming the worst fears of US whiskey companies, including the category in a list of products that could be hit by increased tariffs should the EU's trade row with the US escalate.

Is gender becoming an all-consuming issue in whisky? just-drinks' brown spirits commentator, Neil Ridley, certainly hopes not.

Diageo has unearthed the Malacca version of its Tanqueray gin brand, relaunching the variant on a permanent basis in two markets and the Global Travel Retail channel.

On a recent night in London, behind King's Cross railway station, an ordinary-looking van has an extraordinary-looking pole sticking out of its roof. The 20-metre mobile mast, claim its creators, is the future of outdoor billboard advertising; a new, disruptive technology in a field that - LED video screens notwithstanding - hasn't strayed too far beyond basic precepts of paper plastered to wood.

Once a month, the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, which covers alcohol policies worldwide, looks at what's going on in-market to promote a more responsible role for alcohol in society.

Global Champagne shipments netted a record EUR4.87bn (US$5.98bn) in 2017, up 3.5% on 2016, while volumes inched up 0.4% to 307.3m bottles, official figures show.

Earlier today, the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne released sales and shipment data for the Champagne sector in 2017. Here is the list of the top 30 markets last year.

Wine producers in the US saw their exports to the European Union tumble last year, according to recent figures, with sales in both value and volume down by double digits in 2017.

Earlier this week, Californian wine's trade association, The Wine Institute, released export figures for the 12 months of last year. Here is a look at the data, as well as a review on a regional basis.

Almost half of Asia-Pacific consumers think that words such as 'craft' and 'artisanal' are only used by alcohol producers to inflate prices, a new report has said.

Dutch drinks producer Toorank has returned to its original corporate identity and appointed a new managing director.

This week's ProWein exhibition boasted increased exhibitor and visitor numbers, according to figures released today.


Sectors: Spirits, Wine

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