The week in spirits & wine

The week in spirits & wine

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.

Small Irish whiskey brands could crumble due to a lack of supply, a new report has suggested. Economics consultants Compecon and The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey have published a report this week, to assess the category's potential contribution to the Irish economy, via a comparison to the Scotch whisky industry. 

French wine company Bouvet Ladubay has returned to family control following Diageo's decision to withdraw from the category.

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits has revised its targets for the years ahead, with sales between 2016 and 2018 expected to rise by 8% to 13%. In an update of its long-term "Best in Group" strategic programme, the French company provided further details of "BiG 2.0"

The CEO of Sidney Frank Importing is leaving the firm to head up George Clooney's new spirits import company. Lee Einsidler will head Casamigos Spirtits Co, which will start importing the Casamigos Tequila brand from 1 January 2016. 

Diageo has confirmed that it is under investigation by authorities in the US Virgin Islands over the importation of what the company calls "sugar cane intermediate" for a trial rum production programme at its Captain Morgan facility on the island of St Croix.

Last year, Marco Ferrari left his post as CMO of SPI Group to lead Italian spirits and aperitif maker Montenegro Group. just-drinks spoke to him at the TFWA exhibition in Cannes in October to find out what it is like to go from managing a global brand such as Stolichnaya to a company with strong domestic brands and a global outlook.

 The CEO of Remy Cointreau has said the next generation of drinkers will help boost growth in China. 

Amarula owner Distell Group is to launch a spirits joint-venture in the US with Terlato Wine Group.

Hiro Sake is to launch in Italy next year, marking the Japanese spirit producer's first entry into Europe.

New Zealand wine company Delegat has entered the Chinese market through a newly-opened office in Shanghai.