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Rebecca Creek Distillery receives $15m investment

Rebecca Creek Distillery, one of the largest ‘craft’ distilleries in the US, has received a $15m investment by Dr. Henning Kreke, board chairman of Düsseldorf–based beauty retailer Douglas.

William Grant & Sons shows premium spirits boom in market report

Premium spirits are continuing to boost the UK on-trade market despite Smirnoff Red Label topping the value charts, according to the William Grant & Sons market report for 2017.

William Grant & Sons reports rise in premium spirits

The value of premium spirits has grown nearly 10% in the UK according to the William Grant & Sons market report for 2017.

Pernod Ricard UK announces new marketing director

Pernod Ricard UK has announced that Philip Ainsworth, current marketing director of Wyborowa Pernod Ricard, has been made its new marketing director.

Monteru Brandy applies Japanese Mizunara Oak finish

Monteru Brandy has become the first French spirit brand to finish a product in a Japanese Mizunara Oak cask.

Teeling appoints Bacardi as US importer

The Teeling Whiskey Company has announced that from September 1, Teeling whiskey will now be imported into the US through Bacardi.

Diageo buys George Clooney tequila Casamigos for $1bn

Diageo has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Casamigos, a US super-premium tequila brand founded by Hollywood star George Clooney, for $1bn.

Chivas Masters finalists announced

Chivas Regal has revealed the 15 national winners who will compete at the Chivas Masters Global Final taking place in Tokyo from July 1-5.

DI reveals world's fastest growing spirits brand

Indian Whiskey brand Bangalore Malt is the world’s fastest growing spirit with 82% growth, according to Drinks International’s Millionaires’ Club 2017.

Diageo Reserve appoints first 'cocktailian' role

Diageo Reserve, the luxury portfolio of Diageo, has appointed Canadian mixologist Lauren Mote as its global cocktailian – the first of its type in the industry – to build a relationship between the Reserve business and the wider luxury industry.

Premium spirits company Magnetic Brands launches in London

Dave Steward and Matt Mckee have set up a new sales, distribution and marketing agency called Magnetic Brands aimed at the premium spirits market.

Jamie Jones wins Diageo World Class GB final

Jamie Jones of The Social Company has been named Diageo Reserve GB’s World Class Bartender of the Year 2017 following a two-day final held at The Mondrian, London.

Pernod takes stake in Del Maguey mezcal

Pernod Ricard, has announced that it has signed an agreement to take a majority stake in Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, said to be the leading producer of artisanal, hand-crafted mezcals and the number one mezcal brand in the US.

Jonathan Arthur wins Courvoisier Toast of Paris title

British Bartender Jonathan Arthur has won the global final of Courvoisier Toast of Paris 2017, a cocktail competition focused on the Cognac category.

Alcoholic soda water launches in UK markets

Global Brands has launched Crooked Beverage Co, a range of alcoholic sodas which are the first of its kind to UK on and off-trade markets.

British spirits producer goes global after Dragons' Den rejection

White Heron Drinks founder Jo Hilditch has successfully trademarked her UK blackcurrant liqueur, British Cassis prior to global expansion.

Dominic Roskrow book hailed at Gourmand Culinary Awards

Drinks International features writer and columnist Dominic Roskrow has been honoured in the prestigious international Gourmand Culinary Awards at an awards ceremony in Yantai Wine Bay, China.

Bacardi Legacy: Story of the week

Hundreds of thousands of Chinese residents witnessed Ran Van Ongevalle of Belgium lift the Bacardi Legacy trophy in Berlin last week via an entourage of mobile phones broadcasting the live final across the world.

Ran Van Ongevalle wins Bacardi Legacy 2017

Ran Van Ongevalle has been named the 2017 Bacardi Legacy champion in Berlin with his Clarita cocktail.

Bacardi Legacy gets 'insane' coverage in China

More than 200,000 Chinese residents tuned in to the Taiwan and China performances in the semi-final of the Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition in Berlin.

Ian Burrell praises standards at Bacardi Legacy

Global rum ambassador Ian Burrell has praised the standard of competition after the opening day of semi-finals of the Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition in Berlin.

BrewDog launches new spirits range LoneWolf

BrewDog has launched a new spirits range called LoneWolf which will be available in all BrewDog bars and online.

William Grant & Sons appoint new commercial director

Spirits company William Grant & Sons UK has appointed Neil Barker as commercial director.

Distillers' City Debate prepares for London return

Tickets have been released for the sixth annual Distillers’ City Debate on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, London.

Brexit can boost spirits exports says WSTA chief

WSTA chief executive officer Miles Beale believes the UK can use Brexit to boost spirit export numbers after 45 new distilleries emerged in 2016.

Toorank becomes Dutch Spirits

Dutch distiller, Toorank, has announced a full rebrand and new corporate name, Dutch Spirits.

Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup readies for UK launch

Owner of Reàl, American Beverage Marketers, has teamed up with drinks consultant Giuseppe Gallo to create Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup.

DISCUS: April is Alcohol Awareness Month

US body the Distilled Spirits Council has launched a campaign to make April ‘Alcohol Awareness Month’, aimed at reminding adult consumers in the US to embrace moderation year-round.

Bacardi named 84th most reputable global brand

Bacardi Limited has been named among the 100 most reputable companies in the world in Forbes magazine for the fifth year in a row.

Star of Bombay seeks 'leadership role' in gin industry

Bombay Sapphire wants to ‘demonstrate a leadership role’ in the gin industry with the launch of Star of Bombay.

Armagnac Academies debuts in San Francisco

Armagnac Academies will make its debut in San Francisco on May 22 to educate members of the trade.

ZECA to unveil new cachaca sugarcane varieties

ZECA Cachaca will unveil its new hybrid sugarcane varieties at the Brazilian embassy in London on April 11.

Funkin launches Bramble mix

Funkin is expanding its range of cocktail mixers with the addition of Funkin Bramble this month, bringing the classic English cocktail to the on-trade in an "easy-to-use" format. 

The fourth John Walker Private Collection

Diageo has unveiled the fourth John Walker & Sons Private Collection expression.

DISCUS calls on Trump to aid exports

The Distilled Spirits Council has said it looks forward to working with the Trump administration to expand access for US agricultural exports, including distilled spirits, in foreign markets.  

DI Annual Bar Report: How we did it

The Drinks International Annual Bar Report looks to gauge the buying habits of the best bars in the world by conducting a survey of their owners, head bartenders and bar managers.

UK's first birch spirit launches

Freya, billed as the UK's first birch sap spirit, will launch this November.

BCB celebrates record numbers

Berlin Convent Berlin received record numbers of visitors this month, taking in 11,604 trade professionals over two days, an increase of 15% on last year.

The Global Drinks Forum

Leaders of the global drinks industry assembled in Berlin on October 10 to discuss the future of the industry. Here is a selection of what was said. 

Le Nechet wins World Class

France’s Jennifer Le Nechet has been crowned the world’s best bartender at the World Class Bartender of the Year Global Final 2016, the first female bartender to win the award.

Copenhagen By The Glass dates announced

Copenhagen By The Glass launches next month, in collaboration with Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival.

Montenegro takes Cuervo brands to Italy

Gruppo Montenegro, the owner of Amaro Montenegro and Vecchia Romagna brandy, has finalised exclusive distribution agreements in the Italian market for Jose Cuervo, the world’s number-one tequila, Bushmills, Irish whiskey, The Kraken Black Spiced rum and Boodles British gin.

Millionaires' Club: The spirits market overview

Hamish Smith gives us his take on the spirits market – things look better than last year but it’s far from plain sailing.

The Millionaires' Club 2016 launches online

The Millionaires' Club, Drinks International's report on the largest selling spirits brands, is now available to download.

Millionaires' Club: Soju

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the world's best-selling Soju brands in 2015.

Millionaires' Club: Bitters

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the world's best-selling Bitter brands in 2015.

Millionaires' Club: Ones to watch

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the ones to watch for next year.

Millionaires' Club: The Major Players

A rundown of the companies with the most million-case brands in the Millionaires' Club 2016.

Millionaires' Club: Fastest Growing Spirits

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the world's fastest growing brands in 2015. 

Penny Blue Rum launches first VSOP release exclusively in Mauritius

The Indian Ocean Company and Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits have announced the launch of the first VSOP release from the Medine Distillery, a VSOP bottling of Penny Blue Mauritian Rum.