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Gin & Tonic Day - today

To celebrate International Gin and Tonic Day (October 19), Bacardi Global Travel Retail and Virgin Atlantic are marking the occasion with the official launch of its new ‘Flying Bartender’ programme.

Wine and Spirit trade bodies sign up to a united approach to Brexit

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association says it has joined up with trade bodies from across Europe to agree a ground breaking Brexit position paper.

India: The big opportunity for spirits

India, along with China, is a huge opportunity for spirits brands, according to two senior Pernod Ricard executives.

Spirits Strategies Congress targets bar industry

The fourth edition of the Spirits Strategies Congress will take place in London on 31 October – 1 November 2017.

Toon Blij steps down from Dutch Spirits

Dutch distiller, Dutch Spirits, has announced the retirement of founder and owner Toon Blij from his role as CEO who will be replaced by Andy Mallows, former managing director.

Record attendance for TFWA show

The TFWA World Exhibition & Conference drew to a close last week with attendance increasing +6% to 6,812.

RumFest 2017 ready to go

The 11th edition of The RumFest will take place this weekend in London, hosted by global brand ambassador Ian Burrell.

Napa Valley wild fires report

Napa Valley, California’s premium wine growing region has, along with neighbouring Sonoma, been severely hit by wildfires, fuelled by high winds last Sunday.

BCB Berlin 2018 extends to three days

Bar Convent Berlin will be run over three days in 2018 after this year’s event sold out of tickets leaving hundreds of visitors watching live streams around the city.

Zonin1821 moves into hotels

Zonin1821, the major Italian wine producer, has created a wine library concept for boutique hotels, the first being in Edinburgh which opened this week (October 10).

Port Wine day 2017 with Vieira de Sousa

Port Wine day 2017 took place in September and Drinks International was invited to the Douro wine region in Portugal to stay with Vieira de Sousa, a small producer known locally for its white ports.

Diageo reopens Port Ellen and Brora whisky distilleries

Diageo has announced that Port Ellen and Brora, two of its ‘lost’ distilleries, are to be brought back into production.

Savoy's American Bar tops The World's 50 Best Bars

The American Bar from London was named World’s Best Bar amid a dominant night for hotel bars at The World’s 50 Best Bars ceremony in London tonight.

William Grant & Sons reports +£200m profit in 2016

Global premium spirits business William Grant & Sons has reported profits of £222.1m after tax for the year ended 31 December 2016.

Glenlivet releases WW2 single malt

A rare wartime cask from 1943 has been unveiled as one of the oldest single malt whiskies in the world.

Travel Retail Challenge winners announced

John Dewar & Sons Fine Scotch Whisky Emporium Frankfurt Airport and Martell Cordon Bleu Intense Heat were named Supreme Champions at Drinks International’s 11th annual Travel Retail Challenge last night.

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