Bars will be the last businesses to reopen in Italy, top virologist warns

Bars and nightclubs will be the last businesses to reopen when Italy’s coronavirus lockdown ends, a leading virologist has warned.

Pick of the Launches

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International magazine August edition.

Pick of the Launches

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International magazine January edition

New Zealand wine: A vintage vintage

The 2012 vintage is down more than 20% in places, but the Kiwis are happy to try to strike a balance between demand and supply. Christian Davis reports

UK: BBFB in £2m JD Tennessee Honey push

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands has announced a £2m first-year investment for the launch of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey in the UK.

Brintex optimistic despite LIWF absentees

Events firm Brintex has voiced optimism ahead of this year’s London International Wine Fair (LIWF) and Distil despite the absences of Pernod Ricard, Percy Fox (Diageo’s UK wine division) and PLB.

Drambuie announces annual results

Drambuie has reported operating profits of £2.81m – up 2% on last year.

France: Absinthe ban lifted

The absinthe ban in France has been lifted, according to absinthe brand La Fée.

Diageo and Bacardi set out green credentials

Diageo aims to cut its global carbon emissions by 50% by 2015, while Bacardi has published details of its environmental advancements.

Captain Morgan bar signals Diageo’s intent

The opening of a Captain Morgan branded bar on a tiny Bahamian island this last weekend signals Diageo GTME (Global Retail Middle East) division’s opening assault on the cruise line sector.

Scotch Whisky Association goes to Brazil

A 56% increase in exports confirmed Scotch whisky’s growing popularity in Brazil in 2009, according to new figures published by the UK-based Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).