Vodka: A clear winner?

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

Alexandrion announces plans to build US distillery

Alexandrion Group, Romania’s largest spirits producer, has announced site plan approval by the planning board of the town of Carmel for the construction of its first US distillery in Mid-Hudson, Putnam County, NY.

New shoots

Finally getting its own craft segment, vodka is taking cues from wine and championing the terroir of its base as a flavour provider. Shay Waterworth grows the theory.

Brands Report: Vodka

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

Stoli appoints Cellar Trends as UK distributor

The Stoli Group has announced the appointment of Cellar Trends as the exclusive distributor for its portfolio in the UK, effective January 1, 2018.

Carrot vodka launches in Australia

Two Australian women have created vodka made from carrots alongside winemaker Jason Hannary, which aims to reduce waste created by supermarkets.

Tito’s vodka celebrates 4th of July

Tito’s Handmade vodka is celebrating the 4th of July by partnering with US embassies and on-trade customers around the world for themed festivities where Tito vodka cocktails will be served.

Black Cow announces UK brand ambassadors

Black Cow Vodka has announced the appointment of Harry Roper and Georgia Billing as its first UK brand ambassadors.

42Below Cocktail Earth Cup Competition

The final of the 42Below Cocktail Earth Cup starts on Monday (August 22) in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Cellar Trends gets Underberg and Grasovka

UK distributor Cellar Trends has added the bitters brand Underberg and Grasovka Vodka to its portfolio.

Emporia appoints Staritsky & Levitsky UK brand ambassador

Emporia Brands has appointed Dainius Kazlauskas as UK brand ambassador for the super premium Ukrainian vodka brand, Staritsky & Levitsky.

Caap fits

Åsa Caap is the mastermind behind the Our/Vodka brand concept. Christian Davis Caught up with her in London to get the lowdown on how it all started

Stoli appoints central European distributors

The Stoli Group has announced the appointment of two new distribution companies - Premier Wines & Spirits as its Czech Republic distributor and Panna Cocktail as its Hungary distributor, both for Stolichnaya and elit by Stolichnaya.

Stoli appoints new marketing director

The Stoli Group has announced the appointment of Lars Vestbirk as its international marketing director, effective immediately.

Pernod Ricard defends results

A senior Pernod Ricard management team were in London this week (Sept 2) to clarify, explain and defend its recent 2014/15 full year results.

U’Luvka appoints Zajaczkowski

U’Luvka, the premium Polish vodka brand, has appointed Robert Zajaczkowski as its global brand manager.

SPI appoints Piana as Stoli USA CEO

The SPI Group has announced the appointment of Patrick Piana as Stoli Group USA's new CEO, effective August 2015.

Pernod Ricard reveals new Absolut bottle

Pernod Ricard has unveiled a new Absolut bottle design with a reduced glass weight in a bid to ‘create an icon for the future’. 

Global Spirits appoints Criscione to md Americas

Global Spirits, a privately held international manufacturer and marketer of wines and spirits, intends to expand its global presence by establishing an Americas Business Unit which will be based out of the company’s New York office.

Blavod gets TTB approval

Distil has announced that its Blavod Black vodka has been approved for sale in the US by the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Ferrari moves to Montenegro

Marco Ferrari has been appointed CEO of the Montenegro Group, an Italian spirits and food manufacturer.

Berrys to distribute Karlsson’s Gold

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits is to distribute Karlsson’s Gold vodka worldwide, except in the US.

Shekhar Grover is world class

Shekhar Grover of Royal Caribbean International has been crowned Diageo Global Travel’s ‘Best Cruise Line Bartender’ at a Diageo Reserve World Class final held last night in Miami.

Jinro remains the world's best-selling spirit

Hite-Jinro’s soju brand, Jinro, remains the world’s best-selling spirit, according to this year's Drinks International’s million-case brands survey.

Smirnoff is largest selling vodka

Smirnoff retains its title as the largest selling vodka in the world in 2013, according to Drinks International’s Millionaires’ Club 2014.
  

Maverick to distribute Vestal vodka

Vestal, the vodka made from small relatively unprocessed potatoes from single regions and bottled by vintage, is to be distributed in the UK by Maverick Drinks.

Edrington establishes Edrington Americas

Edrington, , has announced the establishment of Edrington Americas, a wholly-owned sales, marketing and distribution company for the US.

Edrington establishes Edrington Americas

Edrington has announced the establishment of Edrington Americas, a wholly-owned sales, marketing and distribution company for the US.

Pernod hit by unfavourable foreign exchange rates

Pernod Ricard’s net sales for the first nine months of the 2013/14 financial year totalled €6,186 million – down 7% on the same period last year. The company says the results are in line with the first half-year and sales were stable excluding foreign exchange and group structure effects.

Vodka: Premium Bonds

Lucy Britner finds top-end vodkas are flavour of the month – even if some flavours are floundering

Altia appoints Pekka Tennilä as its new CEO

Altia, the Nordic and Baltic wine and spirits company, has announced the appointment of 44-year-old Pekka Tennilä, who has been poached from Carlsberg.

Pernod’s interims

The Pernod Ricard team were in London today (February 18) to flesh on the bones for their half year interim results which were announced last week.

Diageo World Class returns to UK

Diageo Reserve has announced that its ‘World Class’ mixology competition will be held in the UK from 28 July to 1 August.

Diageo: Playing the numbers game

Playing the numbers game Diageo’s interim results for the six months to December 31 which were reported yesterday (January 30), make bleak reading.

Friedman is Absolut’s new global travel retail director

Pernod Ricard has announced the appointment of Doron Friedman as director global travel retail at The Absolut Company (TAC).

Absolut GTR director Olsson resigns

Anders Olsson has decided to resign as director of the Absolut Company’s Global Travel Retail (GTR) division.

SPI sells Kremlyovskaya

The SPI Group has announced that it has sold Kremlyovskaya vodka to the Classic International Group.

Nemiroff exports are blocked

Ukrainian vodka producer Nemiroff is in the middle of a boardroom struggle which has resulted in some exports, including to Russia, being stopped.

Campari celebrates $43m Wild Turkey packaging facility

A new packaging facility which cost US$43 million has been opened at the Wild Turkey distillery in Kentucky.

Vodka Overview

It’s come a long way and there’s still plenty of opportunity for vodka to develop. Ian Wisniewski investigates the options

SPI appoints Chase as Stoli distributor

The SPI Group has appointed Chase International Inc. as its new exclusive distributor of Stolichnaya vodka and elit by Stolichnaya, in the US duty free market.

Cinnamon Smirnoff Gold

Diageo has introduced Smirnoff Gold – a blend of Smirnoff No.21 premium vodka with natural cinnamon flavouring, garnished with edible 23 carat gold leaf.

Absolut announces new look for its flavoured vodkas

Absolut has announced new designs for its range of flavoured vodkas.

Stoli sends open letter to gay community

The CEO of SPI Group has written an open letter to the gay community in response to a boycott of its Stolichnaya vodka.

SPI appoints Romain Ambrunn

SPI Group, owner of Stolichnaya russian vodka, has appointed Romain Ambrunn as Asia Pacific regional director.

Beam launches Rainbow Sherbet vodka

US: Beam has launched a "Rainbow Sherbet" flavour under its Pinnacle vodka brand. The company describes the taste as a "zesty, citrus taste of orange and sweet lime with a creamy raspberry".  

Diageo launches coffee flavoured Smirnoff

Diageo has unveiled a Smirnoff variant, Espresso Smirnoff.

US: Campari launches Moscato vodka

Campari America is to roll out a Mosacato-infused vodka in the US.

Absolut goes denim with Cronk

Pernod Ricard has launched Absolut Denim, the latest version of the Swedish vodka brand.

Buffalo Trace launches £300 vodka in UK

Buffalo Trace is to launch its 159 times distilled vodka in the UK. The product first launched in the US in November 2011.