Beam Suntory expands distribution partnership with Southern Glazer’s

USA – Beam Suntory, the second largest premium spirits company in the US has expanded its national alignment with Southern Glazer’s, adding nine additional markets to its current 34 market distribution relationship. The companies have […]

Constellation Brands revises wine and spirits divestment deal to US$1.1bn

USA – Constellation Brands together with E. & J. Gallo Winery have agreed to revise their original deal in which the Corona beer maker is seeking to sell about 30 wines and spirits brands to approximately US$1.1 billion. […]

Pernod Ricard to consolidate French operations with 280 jobs at stake

FRANCE – Spirits and wine maker, Pernod Ricard is set to make changes in its French operations that will see the group merge two French businesses, Ricard and Pernod, next year. Pernord Ricard said that […]

Hood River Distillers adds premium tequila ‘Batanga’ to its portfolio

USA – Hood River Distillers, producer of distilled spirits in the Northwest has partnered with Mexico’s Casa Orendain in the launch of Batanga, a premium 100 percent agave Tequila. Established in 1926 by Eduardo Orendain, […]

Distell to split its international operations as profits shrink 45.5%

SOUTH AFRICA – Distell Group, South Africa-based alcoholic drinks company, has unveil plans of splitting its international operations into three business units in a move that seeks to grow its business in key markets. According […]

Rwanda approves tax breaks on alcohol brewed using locally sourced materials

RWANDA – The government’s proposal to reduce consumption tax on alcohol beverages brewed using locally sourced raw materials has received approval from the Members of the Chamber of Deputies. The MPs passed the draft law, […]

Pernod Ricard to acquire majority stake in South Africa spirit maker Inverroche

SOUTH AFRICA – Pernod Ricard South Africa, a subsidiary of Jameson whiskey and Absolut vodka producer, is set to acquire a majority stake in South African craft spirit brand Inverroche. Based in the Cape Floral […]

South Africa’s liqueur firm KWV unveils new limited edition of Carménère wine

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s Wines, spirit and liqueur producer, KWV, has unveiled a new and limited edition of The Mentors Carménère 2017. “A first of its kind, The Mentors Carménère 2017 is a truly […]

Kenyan manufacturers fault 15% duty hike on alcoholic drinks

KENYA – Manufacturers and distributors of alcoholic beverages have opposed the 15 percent increase in excise duty on wines and spirits in this year’s budget saying it is detrimental to the industry’s growth. The Alcoholic […]

KWAL to invest US$30m in new manufacturing facility to expand operations

KENYA – Kenya Wine Agencies Limited (KWAL), leading wines and spirits manufacturer in Kenya, has unveiled plans of investing more than US$30 million (Ksh 3 billion) in a new state-of-the-art production plant. The investment is […]