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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.  

Fire destroys part of Dvars in Amsterdam

A fire has destroyed a previous The World’s 50 Best Bars ‘One to Watch’, Dvars in Amsterdam. 

Travel Retail awards winners announced

Drinks International has announced the winners of the Travel Retail Awards. 

Ballantine's Miltonduff edition rolls out

Chivas Brothers is to launch a Miltonduff edition of its Ballantine's 17 year old blended scotch. 

Australian winemaker plants Greek grape variety Assyrtiko

An Australian wine producer has announced that it has planted Greek vines that produce white wine grapes, Assyrtiko – a first for Australia.

Book Review: Canadian Whisky The Portable Expert

The first book dedicated to Canadian whisky, according tohe publishers. So, not before time then.

Book Review: Whisky Opus

Yes, it is that time of year: late summer/autumn when publishers start releasing books with an eye to the Christmas gifting market. Well, here’s one for anyone looking for either a coffee table book or an easy-to-read/glance at, authoritative book on whisky.

Micheal Cox is new Vintners’ master

Michael Cox, has been installed as the 518th Master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners for the forthcoming year.

The OIV to define dealcoholised wines

The International Orgisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) is to provide definitions for for beverages obtained by dealcoholisation of wine and beverages obtained by partial dealcoholisation of wine.

OIV elects new president

The general assembly of the of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV, has announced the election of Claudia Inés Quini, deputy head of research at the National Institute for Vitiviniculture of Argentina (INV), as its incoming president.

UK government pledges to intervene in alcoholics’ lives

The UK government’s Work and Pensions Secretary and former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith, is due to  announce today (May23) that “alcoholics rendered unable to work by their condition will face active intervention in their lives to make them clean and employable”.

Children more aware of alcohol ads

UK: Children as young as 10 are more familiar with some leading alcohol brands and adverts than those for popular foods and snacks, according to a new report by Alcohol Concern.

Patience Gould returns to Drinks International

Drinks International is delighted to announce that Patience Gould, its former editor and a well known figure in the drinks industry, is returning to write a regular column.

Jura invests £100,000 in visitor centre

The Isle of Jura Distillery has opened a £100,000 visitor centre.

Rémy sells Piper-heidseick to EPI

The Rémy Cointreau Group has announced the sale of Piper-heidseick – Compangni Champenoise to EPI (Européenne de Participations Industrielles)

Laithwaites releases Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel

Laithwaites, the international wine mail-order company, has released Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 from California.

Drambuie restructures after key retirement

Drambuie has announced the appointment of Michael Kennedy as future CEO and added Brendan O’Neill and Jonathan Brown to its board of directors.

Labels key to success for selling wine in China

Wine producers looking to export to China for the first time need to get to grips with demands for high-quality packaging and culturally-sensitive labels, according to Wine Intelligence.

Foster's hires CIO

Foster’s Group has appointed Dean Matthews to the role of chief information officer (CIO), effective May 23.