Kadle joins Beam Suntory India as board chairman

Beam Suntory has appointed Praveen K Kadle as independent director and chairman of the board for the firm’s Indian arm. Kadle will support Beam Suntory’s growth ambitions in the “key developing market” of India, where the company has set the goal of reaching US$1 billion in sales by 2030. “Beam Suntory has an ambition to become the world’s most admired, fastest-growing spirits company, and the board of directors provides strategic vision and direction as to…

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Amber Beverage signs distribution deal in France

Latvian company Amber Beverage Group has appointed Spirit France Diffusion as its exclusive distributor in France. The partnership came into effect on 1 October 2019 with an aim to grow Amber Beverage Group’s presence in France, particularly for its Moskovskaya Vodka brand. Spirit France will target “modern” retail outlets and the on-trade in France, while also creating on-trade activations to attract new customers to the Amber Beverage portfolio, which includes Rooster Rojo Tequila, Riga Black…

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Masons distillery to reopen after fire ‘destroyed everything’

English producer Masons Yorkshire Gin will open its new distillery in 2020 after a fire gutted the original site earlier this year. The original Masons Gin distillery went up in flames on 2 April, destroying everything. A 24-hour emergency contingency plan was put into action and as a result, production of Masons Yorkshire Gin was able to continue. The new distillery will be based just outside of the original Bedale site at a purpose-built unit…

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Moutai exports top $369m

Chinese baijiu maker Kweichow Moutai has experienced supply shortages for international markets for the first time as exports reached US$369 million in the 10 months to 31 October. Increased demand for the Chinese manufacturer’s products saw exports grow during the period, and for the first time the producer experienced a supply shortage in overseas markets. Moutai Group chairman and party committee secretary Li Baofang said: “It’s one of the most significant changes we have seen…

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Spirits Europe calls for re-establishment of Parliamentary Intergroup

Trade organisation Spirits Europe has called for the re-establishment of the Parliamentary Intergroup on Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs in order to encourage “effective communication” with policy makers in the European Parliament. The trade body argued that the intergroup allowed for an “enhanced understanding” of the cultural, traditional and economic importance of spirits among key decision-makers in the European Parliament. Spirits Europe noted that there are 238 spirits registered as geographical indications (GIs) in the…

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