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INT’L CONFERENCE ON GRAPE & WINE WILL OPEN IN CHINA’S NINGXIA ON 9 JUNE
To be held in Ningxia’s capital city of Yinchuan from 9 to 10 June, the International Conference on Grape and Wine Industries will be attended by representatives from 47 wine-producing countries.
SUNTORY RELEASED SPECIAL LIMITED EDITIONS OF YAMAZAKI & HAKUSHU 18YO TO MARK 100th ANNIVERSARY
Japan’s Suntory has released limited editions of Yamazaki 18YO Mizunara and Hakushu 18YO Peated Malt to mark its 100th anniversary with RRP of USD1,500 and 1,200 respectively.
S. KOREA’S WHISKY IMPORTS UP 80% IN Q1 ON POPULARITY OF HIGHBALLS COCKTAIL
A total of 8,443 tons of whisky was imported in the first quarter, up 78.2 percent from a year before. It is the highest first-quarter number since data collection began in 2000.
WORLD’S MOST PRICEY ICE CREAM AT USD6,380 A SCOOP HAS SAKE LEES AS AN INGREDIENT
Verified by Guinness World Records as the most pricey, the base ice cream has white truffles and cheeses, topped off by sake lees, white truffle shavings, Parmigiano cheese, gold leaf and white truffle oil.
AUSSIE FM: ALBANESE’S BEIJING VISIT HINGES UPON PROGRESS ON WINE EXPORTS RESUMPTION
Australia's foreign minister Penny Wong said prime minister Anthony Albanese’s Beijing visit will not be scheduled unless there is progress on resolving trade disputes on wine with China.
VINEXPO ASIA TO OPEN IN SINGAPORE ON 23 MAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY
For the first time in Vinexpo Asia’s 25 years history, the event will be held in Singapore, instead of its normal host city Hong Kong, from 23 to 25 May 2023.
KUALA LUMPUR BAR CREATED A COCKTAIL NAMED AFTER OSCAR BEST ACTRESS MICHELLE YEOH
Created by Astor Bar at St. Regis Hotel of Kuala Lumpur, the cocktail has a clean and fresh style and was created during a tasting session with Yeoh herself.
WORLD'S BIGGEST BRANDY MAKER EMPERADOR OF MANILA PLANS WHISKY FACILITY IN CHINA
Emperador owns brandy brands like Fundador and Terry, it also owns Scot whisky brand Dalmore, the company is betting on the whisky segment and plans a facility in China.
JAPANESE BEERS FLYING OFF THE SHELVES IN S. KOREA AS “BOYCOTT JAPAN” SUBSIDES
Japanese beers are flying off the shelves in South Korea as relations of the two countries improved and the "boycott Japan" campaign since 2019 quickly subsided.
AUSSIE TRADE MINISTER IN BEIJING WITH FULL RESUMPTION OF TRADE IN MIND
Australian trade minister Don Farrell arrived in Beijing yesterday with high anticipation that China will soon lift the trade barriers that have sent Australian wine industry in disarray.
FLIPINO BEER SAN MIGUEL’S Q1 SALES SURGED 29% ON STELLAR GROWTH IN ASIAN MARKETS
Filipino beer maker San Miguel posted 29% growth with its beer sales reaching P38.3b (USD688m) in Q1, due to stellar performance in Philippines, Hong Kong, South China, Thailand and Vietnam.
PROWINE HONG KONG WILL OPEN TOMORROW ALONG WITH HOFEX SHOW
ProWine Hong Kong will open tomorrow along with food and hospitality show, HOFEX, for a 3-day exhibition featuring a myriad of international companies and country pavilions.
SEOUL: KOREAN STICKY RICE WINE WAS SERVED IN DINNER TO WELCOME JAPANESE PM
South Korean president Yoon Suk Yeol served a traditional sticky rice wine to the visiting Japanese PM Fumio Kishida at the official dinner held last night.
CHINA'S CONSUMER SPENDING GREW 19% DURING MAY DAY HOLIDAY
China's Ministry of Commerce said sales from key retail and hospitality outlets jumped 18.9% on last year during the 5-day holiday, sales of alcohol and tobacco increased 15.1%.
PERNOD INDIA APPOINTS 2nd MD IN 4 MONTHS AMID SCANDALS & REGULATORY CHALLENGES
Jean Touboul was appointed as managing director of Pernod Ricard India to replace Paul-Robert Bouhier who resigned from the job after less than four months.
GLOBAL RELEASE OF 10YO YOICHI: JAPANESE WHISKIES WITH AGE STATEMENT ARE RETURNING
After 7 years of suspension, Japanese whisky producer Nikka is bringing back the Yoichi Single Malt 10YO label to the global market, heralding a return of age statements.
BIDEN SERVED NIXON’S BEIJING “TOAST OF PEACE” WINE TO S. KOREAN PRESIDENT YOON
A 2019 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs was served in the state dinner yesterday honouring President Yoon, a 1969 vintage of the same wine was toasted by President Nixon to Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai at the historic “Toast of Peace” in 1972.
MAN IN CHINA HAD CHIP IMPLANT IN THE BRAIN TO KICK ALCOHOL ADDICTION
A man, 36, in China's Hunan province has become the first person to receive a chip implant in the brain to combat craving for alcohol after 15 years of serious addiction.
OIV: WORLD WINE EXPORT VALUE TOP €37.6B ON INFLATION WHILE VOLUME DOWN 5% ON CHINA FATIGUE
Volume of global wine exports dropped 5% in 2022 driven by a 21% drop in China’s wine imports, while value reached a record high of €37.6bn pushed by high inflation.
S'PORE BUSINESSMAN FINED USD123,300 & JAILED 6 WEEKS FOR SELLING WINES & SPIRITS TO N.KOREA
Owner of Rejo Beverages was sentenced for knowingly supplied SGD1.7 million worth of wines and spirits to a company which then shipped them to North Korea, violating UN sanctions.
AT LEAST 31 DIED AFTER DRINKING ILLICIT LIQUOR IN DRY INDIAN STATE OF BIHAR
Toxic moonshine has killed at least 31 people in the eastern Indian state of Bihar where alcohol is banned. Only 5 months ago, 37 were killed by bootleg in the same state.
50 SETS OF 3-BOTTLED KARUIZAWA SINGLE MALTS AVAILABLE AT USD50,000 PER SET
Named “Acclaim – The Karuizawa Whisky Stage”, each set includes three 700-ml bottles of whiskies distilled by the ghost Karuizawa Distillery between 1999 and 2000.
CHINESE BAIJIU BRAND ZHEN JIU TO RAISE USD812M IN HONG KONG IPO
Producer of Chinese baijiu brand Zhen Jiu, ZJLD Group, is seeking to raise up to USD811.5m from an IPO which will be the largest in Hong Kong this year.
THE BUSIEST EVER CHINA FOOD & DRINKS FAIR OPENED IN CHENGDU
This year's Chengdu show opened yesterday with record breaking 6,517 exhibitors, 320,000 sqm show area and over 300,000 expected visitors.
AUSSIE FM: WINE WILL BE NEXT AS END TO BARLEY DISPUTE WITH CHINA IS IN SIGHT
China launched a review over barley duties as Canberra withdrew its complaint to WTO, Aussie Foreign Minister Penny Wong said she will look into wines next.
CHINA’S ADMISSION TO OIV & BURGUNDY’S G.I. PROTECTION INCLUDED IN XI-MACRON JOINT STATEMENT
China will speed up approval of Burgundy's GI protection while France promised to support China joining the International Organisation of Vine and Wine.
BEACON FOR RARE & EXCLUSIVE: DIAGEO OPENED WHISKY BOUTIQUE IN HAIKOU DUTY FREE COMPLEX
Global drinks giant Diageo has opened a whisky boutique at Haikou International Duty Free Shopping Complex in China’s Hainan island, showcasing its luxurious Scotch whisky portfolio.
CHINESE DELEGATION IN SCOTLAND STUDY TRIP TO HELP SHAPE OWN WHISKY REGULATIONS
A delegation from Chinese Alcoholic Drinks Association visited Scotland last week and had met with leaders from Scotch Whisky Association and Scotch Whisky Research Institute.
KWEICHOW MOUTAI & WULIANGYE NAMED MOST VALUABLE OF ALL BRANDS IN CHINA
Chinese baijiu brands Kweichow Moutai and Wuliangye were named top two most valuable of all brands in China by Hurun Brands List 2022, while Guojiao 1573 won 9th place.
意大利葡萄酒聯盟 (Unione Italiana Vini) 涉嫌以虛假招標，給予承標公司Veronafiere推廣本土葡萄品種的合同，並收取35%承標金額作為回報，日前被意大利米蘭審計院沒收兩百萬歐元來自歐盟的資助。
BEST RESTAURANT IN ASIA AWARDS 2023: BANGKOK CHEF WON NO.1 & NO.3 SPOTS
Bangkok chef Thitid Tassanakajohn’s Le Du restaurant was named Best Restaurant in Asia 2023, his Nusara restaurant was crowned No.3.
IJW WHISKEY OF USA TO BUILD 165,000SQM DISTILLERY IN JAPAN'S HOKKAIDO
The distillery will have column stills for distillation and vast storage areas for maturation, production is expected to start as early as next year.
VINEXPOSIUM CEO: VINEXPO ASIA COULD RETURN TO HONG KONG AS EARLY AS 2024
Vinexpo Asia will return after a 4-year hiatus to Singapore in May, the organiser said they will explore alternating between Singapore and Hong Kong as early as next year.
JAPANESE AND S. KOREAN LEADERS BONDED OVER BEER, SOJU AND SWEET POTATO LIQUOR DURING STATE VISIT
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida bonded over alcoholic drinks in a private restaurant during Yoon's state visit to Japan last Thursday.
ITALY IS COUNTRY OF HONOUR IN HAINAN'S CONSUMER PRODUCTS EXPO TO OPEN ON 11 APRIL
Preparation for the 3rd China International Consumer Products Expo is in full swing with exhibits from Italy started to arrive.
HONG KONG: THE MACALLAN SHOWCASED 77YO ALONG WITH THE RED COLLECTION
Macallan fans can now view the Red Collection including the latest added 77YO in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre during the Art Basel show.
WHISKY SALES BEAT SOJU IN S. KOREA AS HIGHBALLS COCKTAIL ROCKS
Sales of whisky in South Korea’s largest discount store Emart exceeded that of Soju in January and February 2023, riding on the popularity of the highballs cocktail.
SUNTORY TO INVEST USD180M TO BUILD A 500,000-BARREL WHISKY STORAGE IN SCOTLAND
A maturation facility with 70,000 sq m of storage space will be built in a site in Kingswell, 22km to the Southwest of Glasgow, if the the company gets approval.
INDIAN CRAFT BREWER BIRA 91 SECURED USD10M FROM JAPAN’S MUFG BANK
This the second substantial investment on Bira 91 from Japan, beer giant Kirin invested USD70m last November. The young brewer will further expand its production and innovation.
CHINA DFG'S BIDS FOR DUTY FREE LICENCE IN INCHEON CAUSED CONCERN FROM S.KOREAN OPERATORS
CDFG is the only foreign company having submitted bids for the tender, other bidders include domestic giants like Lotte, Shilla, Shinsegae and Hyundai Duty Free.
INDIA LIQUOR MAKERS LOBBIED FOR MINIMAL CONCESSIONS IN UK FREE TRADE DEAL
Rattled by the speedy growth of Scotch whisky imports, the Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies asked New Delhi to tread carefully on offering concessions to the UK.
CHINA PROPOSED CHANGES TO LABELLING STANDARDS ON ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
China has published draft regulations on domestic alcohol products' labelling , with an emphasis on protecting formula secrets while maintaining food safety standards.
S. KOREAN GOV'T ATTEMPTS TO SLOW LIQUOR PRICE HIKES AS PSYCHOLOGICAL LIMIT LOOMS
South Korean government puts pressure on liquor manufacturers to slow price hikes for Soju and beer as prices expected to breach limits the community is prepared to bear.
轟動一時的西班牙名酒失竊案有了裁決，29歲的前墨西哥選美皇后Priscilla Lara Guevara被判4年徒刑，她47歲的羅馬尼亞裔男同黨Constantin Golubic則被判4年半，兩人並要向被盗的Atrio酒店賠償75.4萬歐元。
JAPAN: PRICE OF IMPORTED WINES DROPPED 1.7% WHEN FIZZY DRINKS UP 16.7%
As Japan's inflation hit 41-year high in January, the price of imported wines dropped 1.7% while some non-alcoholic drinks saw double digit price hikes.
PERNOD INDIA CAUGHT IN POLITICAL STORM AS OPPOSITION LEADER ARRESTED IN DELHI EXCISE CASE
India federal police arrested Manish Sisodia, deputy chief of Delhi city and leader of opposition Aam Aadmi Party, in the Delhi excise case involving liquor giant Pernod Ricard.
SINGAPORE AIRLINES NAMED “BEST CELLAR IN THE SKY” AGAIN
Singapore Airlines won five gold medals, including Best Overall Cellar, in the just announced “Cellars in the Sky Awards 2022”, while Qantas won three gold medals.
HK & CANADA'S LOUIS LATOUR RECALLS CAST DOUBT ON BOTTLE SAFETY AMID GLASS SHORTAGE
Hong Kong authority recalls a Louis Latour Chablis product while Canada has earlier recalled a Pinot Noir from Louis Latour, both due to safety issues related to glass.
JAPAN’S SUNTORY ANNOUNCED GLOBAL RELEASE OF ITS WORLD BLEND “AO” WHISKY
Blended from whiskies from five countries, Ao is now available in global markets including USA, Canada, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea at suggested retail price of USD104.95.
THAI CRAFT BREWERS TO HOLD "BIGGEST EVER" BEER EVENT IN MARCH
More than 200 Thai home-grown craft brewers will gather for the inaugural Beer People Festival on 11 to 12 March, the show is billed as Thailand’s “biggest craft beer event ever.”
REUTERS: INVESTIGATION AGENCY ALLEGED PERNOD RICARD INDIA OF MORE WRONG-DOINGS
Reuters said India's finance crime agency has made additional accusations of conspiring to take control of Delhi city’s liquor retails and illegally making USD23m of profits.
WINE SCAM FUGITIVE ARRESTED BY SINGAPORE AFTER 15 YEARS ON THE RUN
Dominic Sim Kwok Sng, director of Universal Assets Group, was accused of selling counterfeit wines to investors in 2008 and then defaulted on the promised returns.
JAPAN'S SUNTORY ANNOUNCED 3rd PRICE HIKE IN A YEAR, UP 19-22% IN MAY
Japan’s drinks giant Suntory announced that it will increase prices of their canned and bottled products in Japan by 19 to 22 percent effective from 1 May 2023.
TWE CEO: AT LEAST 3 YEARS TO FULL RECOVERY IN CHINA POST TRADE FEUD
Tim Ford, who will visit China next month, said a full recovery of TWE’s China business will take at least three years after the punitive tariffs have been lifted.
S. KOREAN GOV'T PUBLISHED AN ENGLISH BOOK TO FEATURE TRADITIONAL LIQUORS
On top of the well known Soju, the book also features Munbaeju – a grain spirit with pear aroma; Gamhongno – a light pink liquor with herbs; and Makgeolli – a milky and fizzy sweet rice wine.
INDIA OVERTOOK FRANCE TO BECOME SCOTCH WHISKY'S BIGGEST EXPORT MARKET BY VOLUME
Export value of Scotch whisky reached GBP 6.2 billion in 2022, India overtook France to become its biggest country market by volume, and the Asia-Pacific its most valuable regional market.
SUNTORY TO RENOVATE YAMAZAKI & HAKUSHU DISTILLERIES TO MARK 100th ANNIVERSARY
Suntory said the JPY10 billion renovation project will complete in Autumn this year and will improve the crafting process as well as visitors' experience.
KIRIN: CHINA & ASIA TOPPED WORLD BEER CONSUMPTION CHART
China was world's biggest beer consumer for the 19th year in 2021, drinking 20.5% of global consumption, while Asia consumed 31.4%, according to Kirin's latest Global Beer Consumption Report.
AUSSIE WINE SECTOR BANKS ON TRADE MINISTER’S CHINA VISIT TO SAVE CURRENT VINTAGE
Australia’s Trade Minister Don Farrell has accepted invitation from his Chinese counterpart Wang Wentao to visit China in the near future during a video meeting held today.
S. KOREA: EXPORTS OF SOJU INCREASED 13.2% IN 2022, RIDING ON POPULARITY OF K-POPS
Korea Customs Service's data showed that value of Soju exports reached USD93.3m in 2022, rising from USD82.4m in 2021 as the traditional Korean liquor goes global.
AIR INDIA BANS IN-FLIGHT CONSUMPTION OF OWN ALCOHOL, CREWS CAN STOP ALCOHOL SERVICE
Due to incidences of anti-social behaviours, Air India has revised its in-flight alcohol policy, passengers cannot consume their own alcohol and cabin crew can refuse serving when needed.
CHINA LIFTED BAN ON 63 TAIWAN EXPORTERS INCLUDING KINMEN KAOLIANG LIQUOR
China has lifted suspension of shipments from 63 Taiwanese companies including the maker of Kinmen Kaoliang, a Taiwanese baijiu, after a a bi-lateral meeting over the weekend.
REPORT: TONS OF WINE & SPIRITS LEFT CHINA TO N. KOREA AHEAD OF FESTIVITIES NEXT MONTH
The Seoul-based Daily NK reported that many freight trains left China to North Korea in January carrying tons of wines, whiskies and vodka ahead of two important festivals.
AUSTRALIA RESTRICTS ALCOHOL SALES IN NORTHERN TERRITORY AMID CRIME SURGE
Takeaway alcohol sales will be banned on Mondays and Tuesdays, while sales will be restricted between 3 to 7pm on other days and only one purchase per customer per day.
SHARE PRICE OF INDIA’S SULA VINEYARDS ROSE 33% IN 10 DAYS ON STRONG SALES GROWTH
Share price of India’s leading winery Sula Vineyards has witnessed a sharp rise of 33 percent since it reported strong business growth in the December quarter.
SOUTH KOREA'S WINE IMPORTS HIT ALL-TIME-HIGH AT USD581M IN 2022
South Korea's wine imports increased 3.83% by value hitting all-time-high last year, by volume it fell 7.25%, indicating that the country has imported more premium wines.
去年底再有位於歐洲的名貴餐廳及酒商的藏酒，成為盗賊的偷竊對象。奧地利酒商Kracher Fine Wine及挪威的Park 29餐廳，共被盗走近千瓶名貴葡萄酒，包括頂級勃艮第、波爾多及加州葡萄酒，損失仍在估算當中。
DIAGEO TO ACQUIRE FILIPINO PREMIUM RUM BRAND DON PAPA FOR UP TO EUR437.5M
Don Papa rum is distilled and aged on the Filipino island of Negros Occidental, it is available in 30 countries, with France, Germany and Italy being its largest markets.
PERNOD INDIA ALLEGEDLY BOOSTED MARKET SHARE BY PROVIDING FINANCIAL BACKING TO RETAILERS
Investigators alleged that Pernod Ricard India has provided banking guarantees to select retailers, in exchange for 35% Pernod product stocks in their shops.
CHINA EXTENDS PUNITIVE TARIFFS ON USA DISTILLER’S DRIED GRAINS FOR 5 YEARS
China's Ministry of Commerce announced yesterday that it will extend the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs on distiller's dried grains from the USA for another five years.
CHINESE DIPLOMAT: AUSSIE WINE TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS GOING ON IN GENEVA
Chinese ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian said Chinese negotiators in Geneva have proposed to Australia to drop complaints with WTO and seek bilateral solution to the issue.
HONG KONG WINE & SPIRITS FAIR OPENS TODAY AS THE CITY'S TRADE SHOWS REVIVE
Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair opens today as the city’s government is keen to tell the world that Hong Kong is opened for business again.
CHINESE LUXURY SHOPPERS RETURNED TO DUTY-FREE HAINAN ISLAND IN DROVES
Average daily sales of duty-free goods during the New Year holiday have reached RMB140 million, just 3 weeks after COVID restrictions were lifted.
THAI CRAFT BREWERS HIT BY NEW STEALTH BARRIERS FOR PRODUCTION LICENCES
Despite having removed capital and capacity barriers for production licences, the Thai government requires small producers to provide environmental impact reports that are very hard to get.
INDIAN CAPITAL CITY NEW DELHI'S FESTIVE LIQUOR SALE HIT NEW HIGH
The highest daily liquor sale was recorded on New Year’s eve when 2.03m bottles worth USD5.46m were sold.
DUBAI SCRAPPED 30% ALCOHOL TAX AND MADE PERSONAL LIQUOR LICENCE FREE
Dubai has scrapped a 30% sales tax on alcohol and made licences to keep alcohol at home free of charge, in a move to attract more foreign tourists and businesses.