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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. 

Craft Spirits City Debate

Authenticity, heritage and craftsmanship – those were the keynote themes of this year’s City Debate hosted by the Worshipful Company of Distillers.

Diageo launches Cîroc Pink Grapefruit

Diageo Reserve has unveiled the first citrus offering in its Cîroc UK portfolio, Pink Grapefruit.

Beam Suntory launches Jim Beam Double Oak

Beam Suntory has released a ‘new take’ on Jim Bean Kentucky Straight Bourbon into the UK.

Craft spirits – friend or foe?

The Worshipful Company of Distillers’ City Debate this year tackles the controversial subject of ‘Craft Spirits – Friend or Foe of Global Brands?’

Sazerac Company partners with Linie Aquavit

The Sazerac Company has announced a partnership with aquavit Lysholm Linie and ArcusGruppen as its sole importer in the US.

Whyte & Mackay to distribute Camus

Whyte & Mackay and Cognac House Camus have entered into a new partnership to manage the distribution of Camus cognacs and Ungava gin in the UK.

Beam Suntory unveils latest Booker’s Bourbon

Beam Suntory has unveiled its latest Booker’s Bourbon for the US market, Batch 2015-06 ‘Noe Secret’.

Whisky to push global spirits consumption to 3.2bn by 2020

The global spirits market will pass the 3.2bn-case mark by the year 2020, according to the IWSR. 

Mezcal sales growing at 22%

Mezcal sales value is growing at 22% and now amounts to $88m a year, according to the Consejo Regulador del Mezcal.

Diageo hopes Millennials can turn Smirnoff’s fortunes around

Diageo is hoping to “re-imagine” Smirnoff as a true challenger rather than a tired leader by appealing to Millennials. 

House of Cocktails premixes launch

Global Brands has launched House of Cocktails, a new range of premixed cocktails available to the UK off trade.

Last call for 22nd annual Cocktail Challenge

Drinks International is still accepting entries to its new-look Cocktail Challenge.

Turkey investigates Diageo’s Mey Icki

Diageo’s Turkish operation Mey Icki is under investigation by Turkey’s antitrust authority, according to reports.

Analyst's view: The Global Spirits Market

After the release of The Millionaires' Club 2015, contributor and Euromonitor International's senior drinks analyst Jeremy Cunnington gives us his take on the spirits market's performance in 2014.

Jameson bitters launches

Pernod Ricard unveiled Jameson Wild Sloe Berry Bitters at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans last week.

The Millionaires' Club 2015 launches online

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

Crème de Casis takes ISC Supreme Champion award

Lejay Noir de Bourgogne was named Supreme Champion at the 20th International Spirits Challenge ceremony yesterday.

Bacardi buys Leblon

Bacardi has completed the acquisition of Leblon cachaça, having owned a share of the brand for several years.

William Grant is Rugby World Cup’s official spirits and champagne provider

William Grant & Sons has announced that it is the official spirits & champagne tournament provider to the Rugby World Cup 2015 which starts in September.

Martin Riley goes Nude

Martin Riley, Pernod Ricard’s former chief marketing officer, has joined brand marketing agency, Nude Brand Creation.

Jinro maintains spirits industry dominance

Jinro soju has retained its position as the number one selling spirit brand in the world, ahead of Emperador brandy, according to Drinks International’s Millionaires’ Club 2015.

Middle aged drinkers are going to have drink problems

Approximately 3.4 million middle aged people who drink regularly are going to have health problems, according to an alcohol education charity.

DI's Roskrow wins Drinks Writer of the Year

Dominic Roskrow has won Drinks Writer of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drinks Awards 2015 for articles published in Drinks International magazine.

Last call for Millionaires' Club 2015 entry

It is the last call for entry to The Millionaires' Club 2015, the annual supplement from Drinks International that lists the best selling spirits in the world.

Distell makes key appointments

Distell has made two top management changes to accommodate expansion in global travel retail and Taiwan.

Roskrow shortlisted for Fortnum & Mason award

Drinks International’s regular spirits writer Dominic Roskrow has been short-listed for a coveted Fortnum & Mason Food and Drinks Award for work carried out for Drinks International.

Bacardi launches green tea spirit

Bacardi has launched a spirit distilled entirely from green tea leaves for the Asian market. 

Diageo to provide nutrition and alcohol content on bottles

Diageo has become the first multi-national alcohol company to provide consumers with nutrition and alcohol content information per typical serve.

Jägermeister reports “significant decrease” in US sales

Mast-Jägermeister has reported a 5.6% decline in annual sales volumes due to “challenging trading conditions” in the US market. 

Suntory Holdings announces sales rise

Suntory Holdings has announced 2014 yielded sales of 2.5 trillion yen, up 20% year on year, and operating income of 165 billion yen, up 30%.

Pernod growth thwarted by ailing China

Pernod Ricard has reported sales and profit growth of +1% for H1 2014/2015, after declines in China and the US halted overall advances.

Aske and Stephenson enter pre-mixed fray

Bartending duo Thomas Aske and Tristan Stephenson launched a range of pre-mixed drinks yesterday at their London bar, Worship Street Whistling Shop.

Diageo appoints e-commerce manager

Diageo has appointed a digital and e-commerce manager for Europe – a new role created to unify the company’s digital practices and develop a comprehensive digital presence.

Changes at Distil

Distil plc, owner of brands including Blavod Black vodka, Blackwoods gin and vodka, and RedLeg rum, has announced the appointment of Shaun Claydon, as finance director with immediate effect.

Bacardi appoints industry veteran Perego

Bacardi has announced an internal appointment of a new regional president for Europe.

Diageo volumes down in all regions but Africa

Diageo has reported negative trading for the first half of its 2014/2015 financial year, thanks to volume declines in all of its regions except Africa.

Diageo future more hopeful than H1 performance

Data research company Euromonitor International has said Diageo’s upcoming six months results may not reflect the company’s long-term growth prospects.

Cotswolds Distillery to enter US market

The Cotswolds Distillery has announced it will launch its flagship Dry Gin in the US after securing a deal with MHW ltd. 

The World's 50 Best Bars Brands Report 2015: Cocktails

Here we look at the brands used by the World's 50 Best Bars in cocktails.

Brands Report 2015: Best Sellers

In the best selling ranks, muscle matters. 

World's 50 Best Bars Brands Report 2015

Welcome to the World's 50 Best Bars Brands Report 2015, a spin-off survey that tells us what brands sell best in the best bars in the world.

IWSR to partner INSEEC

The International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR) has announced a partnership with the INSEEC Wine & Spirits Institute.

Diageo and Sean Combs expands DeLeón portfolio

Diageo and Sean 'Diddy' Combs have unveiled an expanded DeLeón Tequila portfolio.

Asia to remain key for long-term growth

Asia remains the key region for the long-term development of the global alcohol market, according to the IWSR’s latest report.

The Avalon Group launches three spirits

The Avalon Group has released three spirits on the eve of TFWA Cannes. 

WSTA Spirits Committee elects new chairman

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s Spirits Committee has elected Finn O’Driscoll, managing director of SHS Drinks, as its new chairman. He replaces Chris Searle.

Havana Club launches Essence of Cuba

First unveiled to Drinks International in Cuba earlier this year, Havana Club has unveiled a new set of bitters, Essence of Cuba.