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Belvedere promotes drinking ‘better’ during London Cocktail Week

Belvedere Vodka is opening a three-day ‘Drink, Eat, Live’ pop-up during London Cocktail Week. 

Ferrari moves to Montenegro

Marco Ferrari has been appointed CEO of the Montenegro Group, an Italian spirits and food manufacturer.

Cognac falls 6.7% in volume and 10.2% in value

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) has announced shipments of cognac have fallen by 6.7% in volume and 10.2% in value from August 2013 - July 2014.

Distill Ventures doubles intake for accelerator programme

Distill Ventures - set up with investment from Diageo – will give up to 10 new and growing spirits brands the opportunity to take part in its Seed Programme 2015.  

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Distell buys 26% of Kenyan spirits company

Distell Group has agreed a deal to acquire a 26% stake in KWA Holding East Africa Limited (KHEAL), a leading spirits manufacturer, bottler and distributor in Kenya.

International Spirits Challenge: the results

Crème de Cassis de Dijon was named Supreme Champion at the International Spirits Challenge awards ceremony last night at the Honorable Artillery Company in London.

William Grant & Sons UK unveils Three Barrels Honey

William Grant & Sons UK, formerly First Drinks, unveiled Three Barrels Honey at its 2014 Market Report last night.

The 86 Company launches four spirits in the UK

The 86 Company has launched a portfolio of four bartender-focused spirits in the UK. 

Polugar range unveiled at Imbibe Live

Emporia Brands unveiled a Polugar range at Imbibe Live yesterday, the first time the product has been available in the UK for more than 120 years.

Bacardi appoints new regional presidents

Bacardi Limited has announced the internal appointments of two new regional presidents.

The Millionaires' Club 2014 launches

The Millionaires’ Club 2014, DI's annual listing of the world’s best selling spirits and liqueurs brands, has launched in digital version and is available free to download.

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The Millionaires' Club 2014 launches online

The Millionaires’ Club 2014, DI's annual listing of the world’s best selling spirits and liqueurs brands, has launched in digital version and is available free to download.

Rémy Cointreau to appoint luxury goods specialist CEO

Rémy Cointreau has announced the appointment of Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet as CEO. 

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Diageo opens £1.5m brand archive

Diageo has opened a £1.5m archive for its major brands in Menstrie, Scotland. 

Emerging markets stifle Diageo's growth

Diageo has announced flat sales for the nine months ended 31 March 2014 due to weakness in emerging market sales.

Jamie Oliver launches Drinks Tube

British chef Jamie Oliver has entered the drinks industry with the launch of Drinks Tube, a free educational video channel on You Tube.

Diageo enacts second stage of USL takeover

Diageo has launched its planned offer to acquire a further 37,785,214 shares in United Spirits, which represents 26% of total shares, taking Diageo’s total share to 54.78%.

Havana Club revamps rum bottle

Havana Club International has redesigned its Havana Club 15 Year Old bottle.

UK: ASA bans Captain Morgan ad

A complaint against a Captain Morgan TV advert has been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority.

UK: Beam and Diageo roll out whiskey and vodka

Two major drinks companies are set to launch US-successful products into the UK market.

Drinkaware calls for action against NekNominate

Alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware has called on parents to take the lead against extreme drinking challenges like NekNominate on social media sites. 

Molson Coors appoints global corporate controller

Molson Coors Brewing Company has promoted Brian Tabolt to the role of global corporate controller.

Scotland: Diageo launches £5m employment programme

Diageo has launched a £5 million youth training and employment programme in Scotland. 

Aberlour set for global push

Chivas Brothers is to launch a marketing campaign, logo and website for its Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky.

Diageo brands
Diageo growth slowed by emerging markets

Diageo’s sales volume declined in each of its global regions during the second half of 2013, while net sales slowed to +1.8%, impacted by downtrading in Asia-Pacific.

World's 50 Best Bars Brands Report: Vodka


UK distiller launches cocktail gin

UK-based craft distiller Two Birds spirits has added a cocktail gin to its portfolio. Two Birds Cocktail Gin aims to deliver a stronger juniper profile but still at 40% abv. The launch is exclusively for the ontrade. 

Cool drinks brands

There are no alcoholic drinks brands in CoolBrands top 20 ‘A-Listers’ of 2013.