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

UK consumers open to untraditional wine packaging

UK consumers' openness to new forms of wine packaging could mean the traditional glass bottle’s stranglehold on the market is relaxed, says Wine Intelligence.

International varietals could be the future for Portuguese wine

CEO of Sogrape Vinhos, Francisco Ferreira, has ventured that the planting of further international varietals could help to attract more consumers to Portuguese wine.

Australian Wine

Consumers in Australia’s top two export markets are abandoning its wines for cheaper alternatives leaving producers wondering if Asia will grow big enough to compensate for US and UK declines. By Graham Holter

French wine is the ideal

French wine is the favourite of regular wine drinkers in the UK and China and the second preference in Germany, says Wine Intelligence.

Finlandia cocktail comp open for entries

Entries are now being taken for the 14th annual International Finlandia Vodka Cup. The final is to be held on February 1, 2012 and the prize fund is $25,000.

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.

Johnnie Walker tops value list

Diageo’s Johnnie Walker is the number one spirits brand by value according to Impact Databank’s Top 100 Premium Spirits list.

ICB loses Vodkat name in court battle

Diageo Great Britain (Diageo GB) has agreed a final settlement with Intercontinental Brands (ICB) in their dispute over ICB’s Vodkat product. The settlement sees the end of litigation between the two companies that has been ongoing since 2008.

Cider in Russia

Russia could be the next growth market for cider, according to a new report.

Panama grants scotch whisky GI

Scotch whisky has been granted geographical indication of origin (GI) in Panama.

Diageo launches Baileys hazelnut

Diageo has launched a new flavour of its cream liqueur brand Baileys.

Diageo rolls out new Smirnoff flavours

US: Diageo has launched two new flavours for its Smirnoff vodka brand – mango and peach.

Research: consumers spend more on off-trade wine

Research commissioned by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) in the UK, has shown a further shift to the off-trade in terms of wine consumption.

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).

CEPS: EC alcohol survey misses bigger picture

The European Commission’s new Eurobarometer report on attitudes to alcohol misses the bigger picture, according to CEPSand EFRD,the representatives of the European spirits industry.

Diageo confident in premium future

Consumers are returning to premium purchases, according to global drinks giant Diageo.