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Wine imports into China slowed markedly in 2013 as the slowing economy and crackdown on conspicuous consumption took a toll. Stuffed distribution channels also led importers to dial back orders. Bottled still light wine imports increased by just 5% in 2013 over 2012 to 30.7m cases, far below the high …

US whiskey is riding high these days, led by a revival at home and the popularity of Americana abroad. Total global US whiskey sales reached 34.4m cases in 2012, up 6.3% over 2011. This represents an acceleration of the five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5%. Preliminary indications are …

Japan Women’s Wine Award « Sakura » is happy to announce that they have received 1946 entries for their first edition. Important dates:– Judging on February 1 -4, 2014– Award Announcement on Feb. 14, 2014 on our website– Award Ceremony on March 4 at the FOODEX JAPAN 2014– Award 2015 will be …

Smurfit Kappa Group plc (“SKG” or the “Group”) is pleased to announce that Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer, has been named as RISI’s 2014 European CEO of the Year. RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, will present the award at their European Pulp & …

Over the past few years, the Czech champagne market has grown significantly. Volumes were obviously low in the beginning, but a diversified offering has become rapidly established featuring major brands right down to small independent producers. The Czechs are not big champagne consumers, but those who do drink it know …

The Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair closed on 9 November 2013. The three-day event attracted more than 20,000 buyers and nearly 24,000 public visitors. HKTDC

Vinexpo is launching Vinexpo Nippon, a new exhibition exclusively for the Japanese wine and spirits trade. The first show will be held in Tokyo on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd November 2014 at Prince Park Tower in the capital’s business quarter. Designed specifically for professionals working in the Japanese market, …

Smurfit Kappa Colorys in France, a manufacturer of high quality preprinted liner, has obtained the HD Flexo Prepress certification and won two awards in the 2013 Flexostar Awards Print plays an essential role in packaging as it greatly influences consumers product recognition and ultimately sales. In an increasingly competitive retail …

The licence establishing the Champagne geographical indication (GI) in Brazil was presented to representatives of Comité Champagne at a ceremony in Sao Paulo in April. This authorisation had been previously announced by the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff during her official visit to Paris last December. The Champagne GI is one …

48,858 visitors, 2,400 exhibitors from 44 countries have taken part in successful business meetings during the week of Vinexpo. Early indications show growing numbers of visitors from outside France with 37,8%. In total, visitors from 148 countries attended Vinexpo for its 17th edition. June 2013