The UK drinks trade has reached its target to remove one billion units of alcohol from the market by the end of 2015 ahead of schedule.
While the UK’s off-trade saw a slight return to growth, sales at pubs, bars and restaurants fell by 3% in the last 12 months.
India’s biggest spirits group United Spirits is to try again for shareholder approval to produce and market Diageo brands in the subcontinent.
For the first time in 53 years rum produced in Cuba will be allowed into the US, as the leaders of both countries move a step closer to normalising trade relations.
Treasury Wine Estates could “retire” up to 25 brands to focus on its high-end ranges, the company’s chief executive has told shareholders.
The flavoured whisky palette now boasts hues from all the major whisky segments, from Scotch to Japanese and from Irish to Bourbon and Canadian.
Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has pulled all Heineken products from its 926 pubs in the UK after a row over supply to a single pub in Ireland.
The one certainty about 2015 is that a drive by drinks companies to expand into emerging countries will continue.
How many brands are older than 50 years? Not many, but perhaps more than you think within the world of drinks.
Former boss of drinks giant Diageo, Paul Walsh, is thought to be the front-runner to become the next chair of Formula One racing.
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