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Category Archives: Wines & Spirits

Rémy Cointreau cheers Q1 results as sales surge 9.9%

Rémy Cointreau reported sales of €240.2 million ($276m) in the first quarter of 2017/2018 financial year, an improvement of 9.9% from the previous year.

The maker of Rémy Martin cognac and Cointreau liqueurs credits its good performance to strong growth in the Asia Pacific region, with strong gains in Greater China, Singapore and improvement in Japan.

The group said that its cognac brands which contributes 65% of group sales rose 18.7% in the three months to June 30, up from 6.2% in the fourth quarter.

Guinness Nigeria gets approval for new share sale

Guinness Nigeria Plc, announced on Tuesday it had received clearance from the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) to issue new shares.

The funds raised from the share sale, the company said will go to implementing its strategy in the context of ongoing external economic challenges.

Mexico readies for a fight with Heineken over alleged misuse of protected name ‘Tequila’

Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) is preparing for a drawn-out legal battle against Heineken N.V. over what it alleges is the Dutch brewer’s use of the word “Tequila”, a protected name on its Desperados Lager beer when the brew does not contain the spirit.

We cannot permit someone unscrupulously to affect tequila’s prestige,” said Ramon Gonzalez, CRT Director-General.

Either they take the word tequila off it, or they put some tequila in”. If they refuse, “we’ll have no choice but to fight this in court,” he said.

Remy Cointreau full-year profit lifted by China recovery

Remy Cointreau, the French spirits group said on Thursday that full-year profit for the 2016/2017 financial year, which ended on March 31, grew 22.3% to €135m, helped by strong cognac sales in Greater China.

The maker of Cointreau liqueur and Mount Gay rum said that growth was driven by the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions, particularly Greater China, which experienced “a marked increase in private consumption during the second-half of the year.”

Brown-Forman ends year with lower sales

American spirits firm Brown-Forman Corp on Wednesday reported its full-year results for the year ending 30 April 2017. The company said that full-year revenue declined 3% to $3.9bn, from $4bn a year earlier, with the spirits maker experiencing a sharp decline of 5% in the fourth quarter compared to 4% in the third quarter.

Diageo pledges commitment to sustainable packaging as it marks World Environment Day

Drinks maker Diageo Plc, celebrated World Environment Day on Monday with a renewed commitment to sustainable packaging.

The maker of Johnnie Walker pledged to increase its use of recyclable plastic packaging in place of glass bottles in a bid to meet its 2020 sustainability and responsibility targets.

In a supplemental plastic guideline released by the drinks maker titled Sustainable Packaging Commitments: Supplementary Guideline on Plastics, the firm vowed to increase its use of alternative materials and formats as part of its innovation agenda.

Brown-Forman says it ‘is not for sale’

Brown-Forman Corp, the U.S.-based spirits firm behind such brands as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey, Woodford Reserve among others confirmed on Thursday that it ‘is not for sale’.

A story that broke on Tuesday and first reported by CNBC had said that Brown-Forman was approached by New York-based Constellation Brands, a beer, wine and spirits firm with offer to acquire Brown-Forman but was rebuffed by the firm.

Rumours swirl over Brown-Forman, Constellation Brands tie-up

U.S. spirits firm Brown-Forman Corp has declined to comment on a story first reported by CNBC late on Tuesday, that “people with knowledge of the matter” said that Constellation Brands “has made an approach to acquire” Brown-Forman.

However, a spokesperson for Brown-Forman said, “As a matter of corporate policy, we don’t comment on market rumours or speculation.

Diageo’s – Capital Markets Day 2017 Wrap-up

Diageo held its Capital Markets Day (CMD) on 9th May 2017. The company’s Africa President, John O’Keeffe spoke with analysts on various issues covering the group’s business operations in Africa and Nigeria.

Beverage Industry News (NG) recaps some of the highlights of the day and the spirit firm’s strategy for Africa in 2017 and beyond.

Beam Suntory boosts Q1 profits despite flat sales

Beam Suntory Inc, the wine, beer and spirits arm of Japanese conglomerate, Suntory Holdings Limited said that its first quarter revenue for 2017 fell flat, recording 0.15% decrease in sales to ¥217bn ($1.93bn).

However, the maker of Courvoisier cognac and Basil Hayden’s bourbon among others noted that its spirits segment posted sales growth in the low single-digits, helped by strong growth in brands such as Jim Beam bourbon, Maker’s Mark whiskey and other Super-Premium bourbon brands.