In Brief

13 July, 2007

Diageo distillery plans

Drinks giant Diageo has lodged a planning application for its 40 million distillery in Roseisle, Scotland. The proposed new distillery is part of the company's 100 million expansion plan , announced in February. The capacity of the new distillery will help meet anticipated long-term demand from growing markets such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico. Diageo hopes building will begin this year with the distillery opening in early 2009. The first mature spirit from the plant will be available from 2012.

Organic wines launched

Argentinian producer Michel Torino has launched a range of organic wines to the UK market via Hallgarten. Made from estate-grown fruit, the range consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Torrontes and has an rrp of 5.99. The range, which arrives in early August, is aimed primarily at independent retailers and restaurants.

FirstCape into independents

FirstCape, the South African wine brand from Brand Phoenix, is hoping to replicate some of its recent success in the multiple grocery sector among independents. The wine is being made available to the sector through a tie-up with SHS Sales & Marketing, the distribution company whose brands include WKD, Merrydown and Shloer. OLN's Wine Report shows FirstCape sales up by 66 per cent.

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Lifting the spirits

I were to sum up alcohol sales over Christmas 2017 in one word, it would be “gin”. At Nielsen, we define the Christmas period as the 12 weeks to December 30 and in that time gin sales were £199.4 million, which means they increased by £55.4 million compared with Christmas 2016. There’s no sign the bubble is about to burst either. Growth at Christmas 2016 was £22.4 million, so gin has increased its value growth nearly two-and-a-half times in a year. The spirit added more value to
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