Current Issue: February 2014

 
 

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INDSPIRIT 2014 Roundup
Technical session: Things that matter
Ambrosia Awards 2014
Venezuela’s Ron Diplomático in India
Beyond the Yellow BRIC Road: Finding growth in global beverages
Miniature liquor bottles: Collectors Choice!!
An evening with Spanish winemaker Miguel A. Torres
Second Edition of the Great Grover Stomp celebrated in Nashik Valley
 
 
 

INDSPIRIT 2014 Roundup

INDSPIRIT 2014 served as a significant platform for the Indian alcobev industry to discuss issues and highlight matters pertaining to the industry. The Conference which revolved around ‘Emerging Trends and Opportunities in the Indian Alcobev Industry’ was attended by stalwarts of the industry. The conference, organised by Ambrosia witnessed a full house owing to the impressive line-up of speakers which made the event a success.

The eighth edition of INDSPIRIT 2014 was inaugurated by Shiraj Hussain, Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing, Government of India and other industry leaders at the Crowne Plaza Today, Gurgaon. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the conference, Trilok Desai, Editor and Publisher of Ambrosia magazine said that INDSPIRIT has always been a platform for the most effective interaction among industry professionals. Ambrosia is the oldest wine and spirits magazine in Asia and is being published for the last 22 years and is by far the largest circulated magazine in Asia. Over the years, we have excelled in editorial, participated in the most international exhibitions around the globe and on several occasions, we have served as the voice of India’s alcobev industry.

Addressing the audience, he welcomed members of the CIABC, AIBA, ISWAI, AIDA & ADBI and all the guests from the alcobev fraternity. He expressed his gratitude for the continuous support from the major players of the alcobev industry including Radico Khaitan Ltd., Diageo; Belvedre Group; United Spirits Ltd., SSP industries, Manohar Packaging, Praj, Alcobrew, Carlsberg, Glassex India Pvt Ltd, Guala Closures, Wave Inc.

 

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Technical session: Things that matter

The technical session of the INDISPIRIT 2014 conference, proved to be an eye opener in every aspect. The topics of discussion revolved around the various facets of alcohol industry, right from quality production, sensory evaluation to sustainability and reduction of carbon footprints.

Though a growing vertical, alcohol industry has its own challenges. The technical session of INDSPIRIT 2014 threw light upon these areas and the available solutions. The conference saw the participation of several industry players. Speaking on the occasion were K P Singh, Director (Operations), Radico Khaitan Ltd., Dr Binod K Maitin, Independent Technical Consultant, BKM Next, Ex Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Technical Centre, United Spirits Limited, Prassana Deshpandey from Praj and Rajesh Kumar Divisional Vice President - Operations, UB Group.

 

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Ambrosia Awards 2014

Ambrosia Awards instituted during INDSPIRIT 2014 this year witnessed the presence of the who’s who of the Indian alcobev industry. The awards were conferred upon brands and personalities in several categories. Vir Sanghvi, print and television journalist, columnist, and talk show host also an Advisor, at HT Media was the chief guest of the evening. The Ambrosia Awards 2014 trophies were handed over to the winners by Trilok Desai, Editor, Publisher, SAP Media Worldwide Ltd., Bhavya Desai, Group Head and Director SAP Media Worldwide Ltd., Vir Sanghvi and Abhay Bhargava, Management consultant, N.C Saha, Director, Indian Institute of Packaging.

 

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Venezuela’s Ron Diplomático in India

Diplomático rum is produced in Venezuela by Distilerias Unidas S.A. (DUSA) and has been ranked consistently among the finest South American rums. With a total of seven stills (three pot and four column), the distillery has been producing top-quality spirits for more than 45 years and has achieved significant global success.

A rum that combines an unmistakable character and body with irresistible and subtle aromas, an expression of the untiring search for a spirit that would go on to captivate the world has made news worldwide. The search for an exclusive flavour, colour and aroma worthy of being served at the world's finest venues resulted in Rum Diplomático.

Ron Diplomático has a range of six rums: Añejo, Reserva, Reserva Exclusiva, Blanco, Single Vintage (1997) and Ambassador. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, is one of Venezuela's proudest and most treasured rum exports.

 

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Beyond the Yellow BRIC Road: Finding growth in global beverages

Growth in global beverages has long been driven by demand from BRIC markets, but this important tailwind is moderating, leaving global beverage companies with the task of finding new market opportunities and growth strategies for the future. Beverage companies will need to adapt to this new landscape by pushing strategies for mature markets where consumer demand is slowly recovering. Strategic initiatives such as direct-to-consumer selling, co-manufacturing and developing more efficient distribution platforms can help mitigate the impact of softer volumes in BRIC markets. Looking to 2014, our growth outlook for each country remains low by recent historical standards. As each of these markets face separate challenges, the outlook for each beverage segment varies from market to market.

Introduction
Back in 2001, when the world was first introduced to the term BRIC, an acronym for the four fastest growing emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China, few beverage industry executives could envisage just how profound an impact these countries would have on the global beverage industry’s growth in the decade ahead. These four countries have led the largest economic transformation in modern history, changed global commodity markets and created an entirely new ‘middle class’. But now, growth in the BRIC markets is slowing, and the impact will be felt across the global beverage value chain in the years ahead. Looking at the next 12 months for beverages in BRIC markets, we highlight key strategies that beverage companies can implement to find sustainable growth in markets ‘beyond the yellow BRIC road’.

 

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Miniature liquor bottles: Collectors Choice!!

The smaller sized bottles were originally intended to be samples attached to larger bottles for consumers to try. Of course, airlines have always carried them on board for customers who just wanted a small portion of their favourite alcohol for general consumption while on a flight. Eventually, these cool little alcohol bottles have made their way into retail store shelves for all to purchase as an alternate option to the larger containers.

Regardless of the history, or intended purposes, small liquor bottles have increasingly become more popular as collectibles. Liquor companies have always made it a point to design aesthetically pleasing bottle shapes which translates quite well to their smaller cousins. Not only do they look great as a tiny beverage vessel but they don’t take up too much shelf space which makes them a perfect addition for custom displays or showcases.

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of these popular items available for sale from around the world. Many of them are extremely rare, because of limited production runs, vintage antiques, and also because they have not been opened for a long period of time. As a result, they have become highly sought after pieces for enthusiast collectors from all different countries. The miniatures contents are typically 50ml and are intended to comprise an individual serving. Miniatures are collected by some people, with various clubs and societies serving the hobby.

 

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An evening with Spanish winemaker Miguel A. Torres

The Claridges Hotel, New Delhi recently hosted an evening with Miguel A. Torres, the well-know wine make from Spain. Miguel A Torres is the fourth-generation scion of the Torres family. Held at the garden are of the hotel, the evening saw exquisite Spanish wines being paired with gourmet Mediterranean cuisine. The highlight was the introduction of popular Torres wines and the ideal wine and food pairings. Guests were treated to an exclusively-designed five course menu for the evening. Torres introduced varieties of wine and also helped patrons recognise their texture, aroma and body with suggestions about appropriate wine pairings.

The Torres family owns Bodegas Torres, a world-famous wine brand. Founded in 1870 by Jaime Torres, Bodegas,Torres is a historical wine growing company located in Pacs, some four kilometres from Vilafranca del Penedès, where the company has its head office. Torres is a family winery with the most extensive vineyards in the Denomination of Origin (DO) of Penedès and the largest winery in Spain.

 

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Second Edition of the Great Grover Stomp celebrated in Nashik Valley

Grover Zampa Vineyards celebrated the harvest season with its annual Great Grover Stomp event recently at the winery in Sanjegaon, Nashik valley. This Annual Stomping fiesta also had wine trails, vineyard & winery tours, and wine tasting sessions, live cooking demonstration with wine, and live art & entertainment.

The Great Grover Stomp was a perfect day out for wine aficionados, food lovers and those seeking quality recreation and live entertainment. While, all the wine connoisseurs exchanged great conversations over wine, the stomping event was graced by several renowned personalities who were seen enjoying their affair over glass of award winning wines like La Reserve, Zampa Chene Grand Reserve, Art Collection Viognier and premium sparkling wines Zampa Soirée Brut and Brut Rosé to name a few!

Talking about this much awaited stomping event, Sumedh Singh Mandla, CEO, Grover Zampa expressed, “We at Grover Zampa Vineyards are delighted to host this profiled gathering and to showcase our award winning wines to these elite masses,” The Great Grover Stomp gives us an opportunity to celebrate with our patrons, and host a relaxed day for our guests with an array of fun filled activities aimed at rejuvenating and providing a learning experience with wines. It would also serve to convey our gratitude for the long relationship we have experienced with them.”

 

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