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Cognac export figures boom

Cognac exports have increased for the third year running, with overall growth of +10.2% in volume and +15.2% in value.

Janneau announces 'exceptional' global sales

French Armagnac brand Janneau has recorded an ‘exceptional’ year of sales in Europe, US and the duty free sector.

Armagnac: Château de Bordeneuve gets Azerbaijan deal

Armagnac producer Château de Bordeneuve has been made supplier for Caspian Crystal LLC in Azerbaijan.

Rémy Martin launches mixed reality experience

Rémy Martin has introduced its first global mixed reality experience, which will be launched in Los Angeles on 15 June, before being rolled out to stores and events worldwide.

Interview: Lucas Bols CEO Huub Van Doorne

Angel Brown caught up with Lucas Bols CEO Huub Van Doorne in the Lucas Bols distillery in Amsterdam.

Lucas Bols launches Genever 100% Malt

Lucas Bols has launched a special edition genever, called Bols Genever 100% Malt Spirit.

Altia opens a new aquavit distillery

Altia, the Finish-based wine and spirits company serving the Nordic and Baltic countries, has opens a new distillery in Sundsvall, Sweden.

Stock Spirits buys Prazska vodka, Nordic Ice and Dynbyl gin

Stock Spirits Group has bought three spirits brands from Bohemia Sekt for €5m/ CZK135 million (Czech Koruna).

Bartender runs around London for Rio-bound cachaça recipes

Fabiano Latham has been running around some of London’s best bars collecting cachaça-based cocktail recipes to send to Rio for the Olympics.

Four top bitters brands out-do themselves in Millionaires' Club 2016

The four top performing bitters brands in The Millionaires’ Club 2016 all had an increase in sales in 2015, Drinks International can report. 

Spirit Cartel announces new face of Four Roses bourbon

Spirit Cartel has announced that Benji Purslow is the face of bourbon brand Four Roses in the UK.

Rugby World Cup tickets to be won

William Grant & Sons, makers of Glenfiddich and Hendrick’s gin has launched a promotion offering fans the chance to win tickets to Rugby World Cup matches, including the final

Stock Spirits aims to treble UK sales

Stock Spirits Group, the leading central and eastern European branded spirits producer, is aiming to treble its UK business over the next two years with the roll-out of four of its brands.

Pernod disposes of Caribe Cooler

Pernod Ricard has announced the completion of the sale of the Mexican ready-to-drink brand Caribe Cooler to Grupo Bepensa.

Brands Report: How we did it

 We’re proud to say that 38 of The World’s 50 Best Bars took part in this survey. 

The Negroni powers Campari interest

Gruppo Campari has attributed recent sales growth in Campari to a resurgence of the Negroni and other classic cocktails.

Yeni Raki - embrace the Spirit of Slow

Yeni Raki, the leading Turkish aniseed brand brand, has unveiled what brand owner Diageo says is its most ambitious marketing campaign to date.

Mast-Jaegermeister UK tackles 'passing off'

Mast-Jaegermeister UK has announced it is attempting to tackling the issues of ‘passing off’ and ‘pouring over’.


Wray & Nephew take on Averna in UK

UK distribution of Averna, the second best-selling bitter in Italy, has gone to J. Wray and Nephew UK.

Berrys switches to Marussia in Russia

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits has appointed Marussia Beverages RUS to distribute The Glenrothes Speyside Single Malt scotch whisky, No. 3 London Dry gin, The King’s Ginger liqueur and Pink Pigeon Mauritian rum from June 1.

Powdered alcohol not for snorting, claims owner

The owner of the new powdered alcohol brand, Palcohol, has responded to fears about the product.

Hi-Spirits welcomes sambuca legal settlement

Hi-Spirits has welcomed a legal settlement relating to sambuca.

Diego Zamora appoints Turner to Licor 43

The Diego Zamora group has appointed Matthew Turner as its global brand director for Licor 43.

DISCUS praised by US Trade Commission

In a report on advertising in the alcohol industry, the US Federal Trade Commission has recognised the Distilled Spirits Council for its effective self-regulatory system.

Martini relaunches Martini Bitter

Bacardi Martini has announced the re-launching of its Martini Bitter which it says is the original bitter aperitif.

Altia appoints Pekka Tennilä as its new CEO

Altia, the Nordic and Baltic wine and spirits company, has announced the appointment of 44-year-old Pekka Tennilä, who has been poached from Carlsberg.

Mangrove breaks stem to Coe Vintners

UK spirits specialist Mangrove has split from parent company Coe Vintners to create an independent firm, it has emerged.

World's 50 Best Bars Brands Report: Brands in cocktails

For the latest instalment of the Brands Report, we quizzed the class of 2013 on the brands they use in cocktails. 

World's 50 Best Bars Brands Report: Cocktails

For the latest instalment of the Brands Report, we quizzed the class of 2013 on the most popular cocktails in their bars.

World's 50 Best Bars Brands Report: Aperitifs and Digestifs

For the latest instalment of the Brands Report, we quizzed the class of 2013 on the aperitfis and digestifs brands moving through their bars.

Best pre-mixed drinks
Pre-mixed Drinks Challenge 2014 results

The pre-mixed drinks category, for so long the ugly duckling of the drinks world, has spread its wings and flown. 

Shui Jing Fang Red Fortune
Shui Jing Fang Red Fortune launches for Chinese New Year

Diageo has released the special edition baijiu Shui Jing Fang Red Fortune to travel retail ahead of Chinese New Year.

Last call for the Pre-Mixed Challenge

Entry to the Pre-Mixed Drinks Challenge 2014, Drinks International’s annual blind-tasting event, will close on Monday 26 November.

Pre-mixed cocktails brand Pontoon debuts

Brand agency Bamboo has made its first venture into consumer products with the launch of frozen and bottle-aged cocktails brand Pontoon to the UK market.

Berrys launches Penny Blue rum

Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits has launched a single estate XO aged rum from Mauritius, called Penny Blue.

Fair Rum
Fair-trade rum available in the UK

Fair Spirits, the fair-trade spirits company, has launched a rum to the UK market through Coe Vintners.