How the industry has changed since travel limits

Nick Strangeway looks at how travel restrictions have left a permanent impression on the global bar trade.

Pernod says wine business will not meet Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc demand

Pernod Ricard says its New Zealand wine brands Brancott Estate and Stoneleigh will be unable to meet global Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc supply this year after one of the smallest New Zealand harvests in 10 years.

Edrington and Beam Suntory announce equity swap for UK and Spanish businesses

Spirits giants Edrington and Beam Suntory have agreed to an equity swap of stakes in their jointly-owned distribution companies in Spain and the UK.

Poland and Italy drive sales growth for Stock Spirits

Stock Spirits Group increased volume sales by 2% to 8.3 million 9-litre cases in the six months to March 31.

Kirker Greer Spirits gains French distribution deal

Kirker Greer Spirits has launched in France after securing a deal with wine and spirits importer, Maison Milhade.

Bacardí opens duty free whisky boutique in China

Bacardi’s global travel retail department has opened a luxury seasonal boutique for its whisky portfolio in China.

Becky Davies: “Tequila is the real deal and that’s why it’s so exciting"

Drinks International caught up with Becky Davies, head of commercial at Ten Locks, to learn more about the firm's plans to kickstart a defining era for tequila in the UK.

Distell enters China distribution deal with Camus

South African wines and spirits producer Distell International has signed a distribution agreement with French cognac house Camus for China duty free, effective immediately.

World's Most Admired Wine Brands 2021 to be revealed on April 1

The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands 2021 will be revealed in a countdown on YouTube from 6pm GMT on April 1.

Champagne Lanson enters new US deal with Terlato Wine Group

Terlato Wine Group has announced an exclusive sales and marketing agreement with Champagne Lanson to become effective April 1, 2021.

Diageo purchases Lone River Ranch Water producer

Diageo has maintained its acquisition drive by snapping up the firm that produces the Lone River Ranch Water hard seltzer brand.

Becky Paskin: Whisky industry needs more female marketing

Global campaign OurWhisky is calling for whisky makers to improve female representation in marketing after conducting a new study on gender equality within the industry.

Louis Roederer crowned The World’s Most Admired Champagne Brand 2021

Louis Roederer has been crowned The World’s Most Admired Champagne Brand for the second year in a row.

BBC Spirits imports several leading British brands

French distributor BBC Spirits has bolstered its portfolio with several UK spirits brands as it bids to drive growth in 2021.

Pernod Ricard sales suffer -3.9% drop through travel retail absence

Pernod Ricard sales for H1 FY21 have shown an organic decline of -3.9% on the previous year largely due to the ongoing struggles of travel retail.

Luxco subject to near $0.5bn acquisition by MGP Ingredients

MGP Ingredients has agreed a deal to acquire US spirits company Luxco for a value of $476m in cash and stock.

JW Filshill acquires Eldorado Tonic Wine

JW Filshill, the Glasgow-based wholesaler, has acquired Eldorado Tonic Wine as part of its purchase of KB Agencies for an undisclosed sum.

Tito's appoints new distributors in Cyprus and Switzerland

Tito’s Handmade Vodka has appointed new distributors for two of its European markets in Switzerland and Cyprus.

Walsh Whiskey expands into eight countries in Eastern Europe

Walsh Whiskey has appointed six new distributors in Eastern Europe in a bid to capitalise upon strong growth in the region.

Hofmeister secures investment from beer industry veterans

The former managing directors of Greene King and Ei Group have invested in Hofmeister after growing excited by its potential to take the world beer category by storm.

Quintessential Brands promotes James Lousada to chief executive

Leading gin producer Quintessential Brands has promoted James Lousada to the role of chief executive.

Quintessential Brands launches festive marketing drive

Quintessential Brands is launching a marketing push across its leading gin brands in the run-up to the festive trading period.

Mocktails Brands appoints Craftwork as UK distributor

Mocktails Brands has appointed Craftwork as its UK distributor in a bid to ramp up sales of its premixed alcohol-free cocktails among British consumers.

Diageo to purchase Aviation Gin in $610m deal

Diageo will purchase Aviation Gin and several sister brands in a deal worth up to $610 million.

Pernod Ricard improves outlook for full-year profits

Pernod Ricard now expects the decline in full-year profits to be less severe than initially anticipated as a result of cost control and resilient sales.

Global Bartending Talent Agency launches with 16 clients

A former Diageo marketing executive has launched the world’s first dedicated talent agency for influential bartenders.

AB InBev claims top spot in the UK sales chart

AB InBev has become the UK’s number one brewer by volume sales since the start of 2020.

Maison Villevert snaps up Celtic Whisky Compagnie

Maison Villevert has acquired craft French distillery Celtic Whisky Compagnie for an undisclosed sum.

Big Interview: Amber Beverage Group CEO Seymour Ferreira

Amber Beverage Group has tipped Australia and China to lead the way as the global drinks industry emerges from the coronavirus crisis.

Zamora Company explains how brand owners can help the on-trade recover

Spanish producer Zamora Company has reported that wine and spirits sales in China have recovered as the country emerges from a sweeping coronavirus lockdown.

Drinks brands impress social media users during coronavirus crisis

Engagement with alcoholic drinks brands on social media has increased by more than 300% during the coronavirus lockdown, according to social analytics agency ListenFirst.

New senior appointment at St Austell Brewery

Cornish independent brewer and pub company St Austell Brewery has announced the appointment of Andrew Turner, to the newly created role of managing director, beer and brands. 

Amaretto: Regaining romance

While amaretto may have a long and somewhat idyllic history, it has done little to capture consumers’ imaginations in recent times. But cocktail culture could be key to changing all that, finds Angel Brown

Scotch blends: Whisky symbiosis

The rise of single malt scotch has dominated whisky conversations on the back of the craft explosion, but blended malts have just as interesting a story to tell, says Shay Waterworth

Beer: Picture this

It’s all about the branding for craft beers trying to get noticed in a crowded marketplace. Shay Waterworth gets under the skin of funky designs

Vodka: A clear winner?

Is it possible to apply the craft approach to vodka? Philip Duff could have had the recipe for success

Brands Report: Pisco

There’s an exciting new entrant in this sector, reports Shay Waterworth

Brands Report: Scotch Whisky

The previously unassailable Johnnie Walker could be showing signs of weakness, finds Hamish Smith

Brands Report: World Whisky

With Irish Whiskey stripped out, other countries get a chance to shine. Hamish Smith does the maths

Brands Report: American Whiskey

Diageo’s Bulleit holds both top spots for the third year running. Shay Waterworth reports

Brands Report: Vodka

There’s been little change in the best sellers, with the top brands all holding, says Hamish Smith

The Millionaires' Club 2014

Brands flock to MBS to access Russian market

Global spirits groups and aspiring brands were present at the second annual Moscow Bar Show (MBS) this week to capitalize on Russian bartenders and distributors’ growing interest in international spirits. 

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.

Champagne

Tesco has moved one of its champagnes to lightweight bottles, but should other brands follow suit? James Boulton of Claessens International explores whether champagne producers can embrace sustainability without damaging their products’ premium status

Indian whisky

The market for whisky in India is huge, but local brands have the lion’s share due to the exorbitant import tariffs. Christian Davis reports

The Millionaires’ Club 2012 launches online

The Millionaires’ Club 2012 – the spirits industry’s definitive ranking of million-case selling brands - has launched on Drinksint.com.

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 .

Beam sets new Cooley focus

Following its €95m purchase of Cooley Distillery, Beam will phase out the supply of third-party brands to concentrate on building its core Irish whiskeys: Kilbeggan, Tyrconnell, Connemara and Greenore.