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Vodka gets first governing body

The Global Vodka Alliance (GVA) has become the first collaborative ‘drinks body’ within the vodka category, which aims to educate and innovate the industry.

Cîroc launches French Vanilla vodka

Ultra-premium vodka Cîroc has launched its French Vanilla flavour, specifically designed for Porn Star Martinis.

Grey Goose brunch club encourages food pairing trend

Grey Goose vodka has begun hosting a brunch club in London to encourage the emerging trend of pairing cocktails with food.

Koskenkorva Vodka launches in US

A leading Nordic wine and spirits producer Altia, has signed a distribution agreement with Infinium Spirits to enter the US market with Finnish brand, Koskenkorva Vodka.

Beam Suntory denies 50 Cent and Effen Vodka split

Beam Suntory has deniedreports that US rapper 50 Cent has sold his shares in Effen Vodka for $60m.

Carrot vodka launches in Australia

Two Australian women have created vodka made from carrots alongside winemaker Jason Hannary, which aims to reduce waste created by supermarkets.

Tom of Finland Organic Vodka launches in UK

Tom of Finland Organic Vodka (40% ABV) is a new super-premium spirit distilled in Finland from organic wheat and rye and has been launched in the UK market.

Tito’s vodka celebrates 4th of July

Tito’s Handmade vodka is celebrating the 4th of July by partnering with US embassies and on-trade customers around the world for themed festivities where Tito vodka cocktails will be served.

DI names world’s best-selling vodkas

Smirnoff remains the world’s best-selling vodka, having posted volume sales of 25.5m 9-litre cases in 2016, according to Drinks International’s Millionaires’ Club 2017.

Alcoholic coconut water turns to crowdfunding

The UK’s first alcoholic coconut water, Twisted Halo, wants to raise £450,000 via online crowdfunding website Seedrs, in exchange for 14% equity.

Grey Goose launches summer Riviera bottle

Bacardi-owned Grey Goose has launched a limited edition Riviera bottle to ‘compliment’ its Le Grand Fizz cocktail this summer.

DI Annual Bar Report: Vodka

There's no change at the top but 'craft' vodkas are mixing things up, says Holly Motion. Here are the top ten vodas from the world's best bars.

Pernod Ricard to push authenticity and pull Absolut flavours

Pernod Ricard’s Gilles Bogaert has said the company will push the authenticity of its Absolut brand and reduce the number of flavour variants in a bid to stem the decline and improve sales in the US. 

42Below Cocktail Earth Cup Competition

The final of the 42Below Cocktail Earth Cup starts on Monday (August 22) in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Millionaires' Club: The Vodka List

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the world's 30 best-selling vodka brands in 2015. 

SPI fights Russian state "harassment" over Stoli ownership

SPI Group has vowed to demonstrate its ownership of Stolichnaya, in the wake of a trademark dispute in US courts. 

Synergy launches Myagkov Playboy series

JSC Synergy has unveiled a limited series of Myagkov vodka with images of ten remakes of the ‘best’ Playboy magazine covers in each decade.

Beluga signs on with Cellar Trends

Beluga Vodka is working with family-run distributor Cellar Trends in a bid to build the brand within the UK. 

Stoli appoints new marketing director

The Stoli Group has announced the appointment of Lars Vestbirk as its international marketing director, effective immediately.

Smirnoff extends vodka lead despite losses

Despite a year of down-trading Diageo’s Smirnoff has extended its lead over the rest of the vodka category, according to The Millionaires’ Club 2015.

SPI appoints Piana as Stoli USA CEO

The SPI Group has announced the appointment of Patrick Piana as Stoli Group USA's new CEO, effective August 2015.

Pernod Ricard reveals new Absolut bottle

Pernod Ricard has unveiled a new Absolut bottle design with a reduced glass weight in a bid to ‘create an icon for the future’. 

Blavod gets TTB approval

Distil has announced that its Blavod Black vodka has been approved for sale in the US by the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Brands Report 2015: Vodka

For the moment vodka is the best selling international spirit and, despite many bartenders’ snipes, it is also big business in the world’s best bars.

New Scotish distillery produces first spirit

New artisanal Scottish distillery, Arbikie, has produced its first spirit, a super-premium potato vodka.

Pimm’s No.6 Vodka Cup to make summer return

Diageo will re-launch Pimm’s No.6 Vodka Cup in the UK next summer in response to a campaign to reinstate the spirit drink.

Stoli launches second Night Edition bottle

Stolichnaya Premium Vodka has announced plans to unveil Night Edition 2014, the second in a range designed to target nightlife, at TFWA Cannes.

Diageo and Sean 'Diddy' Combs unveils pineapple Cîroc

Diageo and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs have announced the newest addition to its ultra premium Cîroc vodka flavour portfolio.

Berrys to distribute Karlsson’s Gold

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits is to distribute Karlsson’s Gold vodka worldwide, except in the US.

Bacardi tweaks Grey Goose design

Bacardi has repackaged its original Grey Goose brand in the US, making the bottle easier to use for bartenders.

Diageo: vodka not on the rocks

Smirnoff is not a casualty of a global trend away from vodka, according to Ivan Menezes, CEO of Diageo.

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SPI group to promote Stoli with lemonade

SPI group has launched a global marketing campaign that partners Stolichnaya with lemonade this summer.

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Diageo targets female RTD market with Nola

Diageo has unveiled Nola, a new brand line of RTD vodka spritzes aimed at British women.

Smirnoff is largest selling vodka

Smirnoff retains its title as the largest selling vodka in the world in 2013, according to Drinks International’s Millionaires’ Club 2014.
  

Maverick to distribute Vestal vodka

Vestal, the vodka made from small relatively unprocessed potatoes from single regions and bottled by vintage, is to be distributed in the UK by Maverick Drinks.

Emporia Brands halts Legend of Kremlin imports

Emporia Brands has halted imports of Legend of Kremlin, the official vodka of The Duma, the Russian Federation parliament.

Smirnoff partners Sahara Force India Formula One

Diageo has has partnered Smirnoff with Sahara Force India Formula One Team to promote the brand globally.

Absolut and Baz Luhrmann create Oz vodka

Film director Baz Luhrmann has created an Absolut limited edition bottle to celebrate Australia. Absolut Oz is to be available in Australia from March 2014.

Stoli pledges $300k to LGBT cause

Stoli Group (USA) and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center have announced a three-year partnership to fight inequality by investing in the development of LGBT leaders globally.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka makes UK bow

Tito’s Handmade Vodka, one of the pioneer products of the US’s craft vodka industry, will be available in the UK on and off-trade later this month through Hi-Spirits.

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Milk vodka launches to Dairy State

A New Zealand-produced vodka distilled from milk sugars has launched in the US through Leche Spirits.

Absolut GTR director Olsson resigns

Anders Olsson has decided to resign as director of the Absolut Company’s Global Travel Retail (GTR) division.

Smirnoff, top ten vodka
Smirnoff tops top ten vodka brands

Smirnoff was the world’s best selling vodka in 2012, with more than double the annual volume sales of its nearest competitor, Absolut, according to Drinks International’s Millionaires’ Club 2013.

Five Lakes vodka goes to Canada

Siberian vodka Pyat Ozer – or Five Lakes – is set to launch in Canada. 

Nemiroff exports are blocked

Ukrainian vodka producer Nemiroff is in the middle of a boardroom struggle which has resulted in some exports, including to Russia, being stopped.