Pick of the Launches

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

Pre-mixed Drinks Challenge 2018 results

Drinks International’s annual Pre-Mixed Drinks Challenge reflected the fast pace at which this sector is growing. Shay Waterworth reports.

Pick of the Launches

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

The Drinks International Challenge Series

Menezes steps up at Diageo

Listening to BBC Radio 4 this morning (July 31), I heard the voice of the new chief executive of Diageo. Ivan Menezes coped well with the busy, bustling questions from the Beeb’s city correspondent in the minute or so allotted to the interview.

Bibendum's Saunders braces for 2013 storm

Bibendum CEO Michael Saunders has warned the UK wine trade that business conditions will remain “tough” in 2013 and voiced his “violent objections” to minimum unit proposals.

Diageo sponsors New Year’s Eve travel

Diageo the world’s largest premium drinks company in the world, is to sponsor public transport in London and Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve.

Hindsight helping to provide foresight

Market research exists in the short term, but reviewing past research projects can uncover trends relevant to the future, says Bryan Urbick of Consumer Knowledge Centre.

First Drinks: Premium brands to drive UK growth

First Drinks has outlined the continued importance of premium drinks brands in driving growth in the UK market.

Brands by Value

We have teamed up with Brand Finance to reveal the world’s biggest wine and spirits brands by value. Christian Davis highlights trends in the sector 

Drinks International to celebrate 40th birthday

Drinks International will celebrate its 40th birthday with the great and the good of the UK drinks industry on Thursday in London.

Havana Club crowns cocktail champion

French bartender Julien Escot became the Havana Club Grand Prix cocktail champion for 2012 yesterday, after prevailing from a field of 40 bartenders.

Charles Heidsieck champagne moves to Liberty

UK: Charles Heidsieck champagne is to move to a "fine wine-orientated partner" in the UK. Distribution is to shift from First Drinks Brands to Liberty Wines from June 1, 2012 .

Cognac Ferrand and Wondrich's Curaçao arrives in US

Pierre Ferrand Cognac's orange liqueur, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao - created in collaboration with cocktail historian David Wondrich - has been rolled out to the US.

Johnnie Walker takes 1st place in Brands by Value list

Johnnie Walker has taken first place in Brands by Value, a list of the world’s 50 most valuable drinks brands.

Luxardo sambuca launches Pear and Cola to the UK

Luxardo has added to its range of flavoured sambucas with the launch of Pear and Cola variants to the UK market.

Pre-mixed Drinks Challenge results are published

The 2012 Pre-mixed Drinks Challenge was Drinks International’s fourth examination of the category and our most wide-ranging yet.

Blog: The Alternative Christmas Cake Recipe

Never let it be said that Drinks International doesn’t provide its subscribers and readers with a full service as regards the alcoholic drinks industry.

Peroni to gain from craft's rise, says brand director

The rise of craft beer in the US can benefit Peroni Nastro Azzurro, says the lager's global brand director Andrew Walker.

Asia-Pacific to become the fastest-growing alcoholic drinks region over the next five years

International Wine & Spirit Research (IWSR) says that Asia-Pacific will be the fastest-growing region for the alcoholic beverage markets over the next five years.

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.

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.

Rok Stars buys Oval and unveils lofty ambitions

New US consumer goods company Rok Stars, headed by Patron Spirits co-founder John Paul DeJoria, has acquired Austrian vodka brand Oval.

DI September goes online

The September edition of Drinks International is now online and can be downloaded as a digital magazine by clicking here.

Sazerac serves up new Wave of flavours

Drinks group Sazerac has unveiled a line of flavoured vodkas under its Wave brand for the US market.

Pernod looks to Americas to overtake Diageo

Pernod Ricard is pinning hopes of further growth on the US, central and South America to undermine Diageo’s position as the number one drinks company in the world.

DI’s Lucy Britner gets a little bit unladylike. Calm down dear!

I’ve got boobs. Thanks for noticing, drinks industry. I’ve got boobs therefore I need my own special drink. You’re right, drinks-makers, and thanks for the comforting pat on the head. Thank you for recognising that I am always on a diet; and lactose or wheat intolerant, depending on the weather; totally love all things pink – and yes, I am in fact from Venus...

Businesses urged to make Responsibility Deal pledges

The UK government has urged the drinks industry to back its Responsibility Deal aimed at countering binge drinking and alcoholism.

ABInbev named Travel Retail Awards sponsor

Drinks International is pleased to announce that beer group ABInbev has joined Prosecco brand Follador as sponsors of this year's Travel Retail Awards.

Follador to sponsor Drinks International’s Travel Retail Awards

Drinks International is delighted to announce that premier Italian Prosecco producer Follador is to sponsor this year's Travel Retail Awards.

Kirin buys Schincariol

Japanese brewer Kirin has bought the outstanding shares in Aleadri-Schinni Participações e Representações S.A. (“Aleadri”), a company that holds 50.45% of the outstanding shares of Schincariol Participações e Representações SA (Brazil; CEO: Adriano Schincariol: “Schincariol”).

Premiumisation driving UK spirits, says First Drinks

Premiumisation is driving UK spirits volume and value growth in the on and off-trade, according to findings by First Drinks.

Auchentoshan charters transatlantic internships

Scotch whisky Auchentoshan is looking for entries to The Auchentoshan Switch, a cocktail competition that offers bartenders transatlantic internships.

Travel Retail Awards 2018

Drinks International Travel Retail Awards open for entries

Entries are now open for this year’s Drinks International Travel Retail Awards. The awards will take place during the TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes.The magazine has announced a new venue for this year’s awards – the Bay Restaurant within the Palais des Festivals et des Congres complex.

Diageo to take controlling stake in Zacapa rum

Global drinks giant Diageo has reached an agreement with Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala to take a 50% controlling stake in the Guatemalan Zacapa rum brand.

Cocktail Challenge results revealed

Drinks International has announced the category winners of the 18th annual Cocktail Challenge.

Fortune sees ‘bright and prosperous’ future for Beam

Fortune Brands has said it sees a “bright and prosperous future for Beam Global as an independent spirits company”.

Pre-mixed drinks results revealed

The Pre-Mixed Drinks Challenge Awards have been announced.

Drinks International Travel Retail Awards announced

Drinks International Travel Retail Awards trophy winners were announced during the Tax Free World Association exhibition in Cannes this week (October 19).

First Drinks appoints marketing boss

UK company First Drinks has appointed Una McCullough as marketing director.

International Cider Challenge results 2010

The results of the International Cider Challenge 2010 are in. This is the first year of the competition and it attracted over a hundred entries. Drinks International recruited a panel of cider experts to blind taste the ciders, which were then awarded trophies and medals.

First Drinks launches 40 year old Balvenie

David Stewart, The Balvenie malt master, has crafted a 40 year old single malt scotch whisky, aged in sherry casks and refill hogsheads. A batch of 150, hand numbered bottles of The Balvenie Forty will be available at selected travel retail outlets in the world’s leading airports, from July 2010.

Drinks International announces 2010 Millionaires

The 2010 Drinks International Millionaires research has been compiled. Based on sales volumes for 2009, this year saw a record number of brands on the list – 162.

Smirnoff retains no.1 spot in Power 100

Smirnoff has retained its position as the world’s leading alcoholic drinks brand according to The Power 100, 2010, the annual survey of the world’s leading drinks brands published by brand valuation and strategy consultancy Intangible Business.

British chancellor continues to target alcoholic drinks

The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer has again hit alcoholic drinks with a 2% above inflation price rise on beer, wines and spirits. 10% going on cider