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South African wine reaches tipping point

The South African wine industry has reached a "tipping point", according to Michael Jordan, chairman of Wines of South Africa, speaking at Cape 2015. 

Sparkling wine, spirits and beer drive UK market growth

The UK alcohol market has returned to growth following years of continuous decline, according to the latest WSTA market report. 

New Chivas Distillery opened by Nicola Sturgeon

First minister Nicola Sturgeon will officially open Chivas Brothers’ £25m Dalmunach Distillery on the banks of the River Spey today.

Ex-Bacardi Canada president warns of Bacardi downfall

Rob McPherson, former president of Bacardi Canada, has urged Facundo Bacardi not to “let Bacardi go off the cliff”. 

London Wine Week a ‘roaring success’

London Wine Week injected more than £50,000 into the capital’s hospitality industry as 8,000 visitors and more than 6,000 wristband wearers embraced London’s ‘thriving wine scene’ last week. 

Stock Spirits cautions 'extremely weak' Q1

Stock Spirits Group has warned of an ‘extremely weak’ first quarter in a trading statement released ahead of its annual general meeting today. 

Diageo opens Johnnie Walker House in Singapore

Diageo and DFS Group have opened the latest Johnnie Walker House retail showcase in Singapore Changi Terminal 3.

Majestic buys Naked and appoints Gormley as CEO

Majestic Wines has shocked the UK wine trade by buying Rowan Gormley’s Naked Wines and appointing him as CEO of the enlarged Majestic.

Diageo UK launches seven products

Diageo will launch seven products across six brands into the UK on-and off-trade this summer. 

Funkin expands syrup range with two new flavours

Funkin is expanding its range of single batch syrups with two new flavours, ginger and earl grey. 

Farrer named GTR managing director of Brown-Forman

Brown-Forman has announced the appointment of veteran employee Marshall Farrer to global travel retail managing director. 

UK Chancellor cuts spirits duty by 2%

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced that all spirits duty will be cut by 2% in today’s Budget Statement.

“Loyal” champagne drinkers maintain sales

The champagne shipments results released last week were in line with expectation and a cause for satisfaction, Comité Champagne told DI at the Annual Champagne tasting yesterday.

Maxxium UK appoints managing director

Maxxium UK has announced the appointment of Mark Riley as managing director. 

Pernod Ricard announces executive appointments

Pernod Ricard has announced a number of appointments that will see the current CEO of Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët (MMPJ), Philippe Guettat, head Pernod Asia. 

Jeremy Rockett named Marblehead MD

International drinks company Quintessential Brands has appointed Jeremy Rockett managing director of Marblehead, its UK brand development company.

Think Gin announces line up

The gin category will be the focus of a new Drinks International event that takes place on February 9 at Merchant House in London.

Distillery Experience Awards results announced

Bombay Sapphire won Best Visitor Centre at the inaugural Drinks International Distillery Experience Awards.  

Brands Report 2015: Water

Whether for topping cocktails or sobering customers, bottled water is an indispensable part of the bar’s armoury.

Bacardi names new chief marketing officer

Bacardi has announced the appointment of Dmitry “Dima” Ivanov, as Bacardi chief marketing officer and president of Bacardi Global Brands. 

Lucas Bols to launch Amsterdam IPO

Dutch spirits supplier Lucas Bols has announced plans to raise around €125 million by launching an Initial Public Offering and listing on Euronext Amsterdam. 

Brands Report 2015: Tonic

No brand dominates Brands Report like Fever-Tree does.  

Brands Report 2015: Top Trending

Gin's the thing and it's a boutique bar brand that has got bartenders around the world all fired up.

Bacardi streamlines Martini Asti bottles

Bacardi has redesigned its Martini Asti bottles as part of its sustainability initiatives. 

Lords to question Jane Ellison MP on Alcohol Strategy

Jane Ellison MP will be questioned in the final evidence session of its House of Lords inquiry on the future of EU Alcohol Strategy this Wednesday (10 December). 

Nicki Minaj MYX Fusions Moscato to launch in UK

James E McCabe has announced UK partnership plans with MYX Fusions Moscato, the ready-to-drink brand co-owned by international popstar Nicki Minaj. 

Diageo tops Beverage sector Most Admired Companies

Diageo has topped the Beverage sector of Management Today magazine’s annual Britain’s Most Admired Companies awards. 

Nicolas Feuillatte to launch in India

Nicolas Feuillatte has announced plans to launch the champagne brand in India next year.

Diageo Reserve World Class calls for British talent

Diageo Reserve World Class is calling for British bartending talent for its seventh year. 

Jay Z buys Armand de Brignac Champagne

US rap star Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter has bought the Armand de Brignac Champagne brand. 

Diageo to swap Bushmills for control of tequila Don Julio

Diageo has agreed the full global ownership and control of tequila Don Julio with Casa Cuervo in exchange for Bushmills. 

Martini invests in new campaign logo tweak

Martini has invested approximately €10m on broadcast, print and digital marketing with a re-tweak of its design in the works. 

Pernod Ricard sees sales rise in Q1

Pernod Ricard has posted organic growth of 2% with sales totalling €2,037 in the first quarter of 2014/15. 

Jameson launches cocktail programme for bartenders

Jameson has unveiled Jameson Barrel Aged Cocktails, a programme to encourage bartenders to broaden their understanding of cocktail making and Irish whiskey. 

Babycham unveils two new flavours

Accolade Wines'  has released released two new additions to the Babycham range, cherry soda and cream soda. 

Guy Ritchie directs Beckham in Haig Club 'Welcome'

Diageo has announced the launch of its first TV advert for its single grain Scotch whisky Haig Club, directed by Guy Ritchie. 

Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff named ‘Best Global Brands’

Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff have once again earned a place on the Interbrand ranking of the top 100 most valuable global brands. 

Diageo secures Investors in Young People accreditation

Diageo has achieved Investors in Young People accreditation in recognition of its work with young people. 

Sake Sommelier of the Year announces semi-finalists

The Sake Sommelier Association (SSA) and Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS) have announced the six semi-finalists of this year’s Sake Sommelier of the Year competition. 

Pernod Ricard sends young talents to One Young World

Pernod Ricard is sending nine ‘young talents’ to the One Young World Summit in Dublin from 15-19 October. 

TFWA Cannes announces Anti-Counterfeit workshop

The threat posed by the influx of counterfeit goods to the luxury goods market will be discussed at TFWA World Exhibition & Conference 2014. 

The World's 50 Best Bars 2014 in pictures

The World's 50 Best Bars 2014 awards ceremony took place in London's Christ Church Spitafields yesterday (October 9). 

The World’s 50 Best Bars All-Time Achiever announced

PDT has been named the All-Time Achiever of Drinks International’s World’s 50 Best Bars poll. 

Adnams appoints new executive director

Adnams has announced Karen Hester will join its main board as an executive director in April 2015. 

Artesian named The World’s 50 Best Bars champion 2014

Artesian at the Langham Hotel has been named the world’s best bar for a third consecutive year at Drinks International’s World’s 50 Best Bars ceremony in London. 

Preview: London Cocktail Week

It’s that time of year again, from October 6 to 12 central London will be awash with cocktail creativity. Holly Motion takes a look at what’s on the menu 

Chivas Regal launches social entrepreneur global search

Chivas Regal has launched The Venture - a global search for the ‘most promising’ social entrepreneurs. 

Beam Suntory completes integration of Suntory Spirits operations

Beam Suntory has announced it has completed the organisational integration of Suntory Holdings’ spirits business. 

Minimum alcohol pricing 50 times more effective

Introducing minimum unit pricing on alcohol in England would be up to 50 times more effective in tackling problems caused by cheap drink than the government’s recent policy of a ban on below cost selling, according to researchers from the University of Sheffield.

Sake no Hana celebrates International Sake Day

Mayfair Japanese restaurant Sake no Hana will celebrate International Sake Day with complimentary sake and exclusive masterclasses on October 1- 4.