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.

Discus review of US spirits industry

The Distilled Spirits Council (Discus), which represents the spirits industry in the US, revealed its 2012 findings in New York this week.

Stoli Hot and Sticki enter Brazilian TR

SPI has announced that its Stolichnaya flavoured variants, Stoli Hot and Stoli Sticki have been listed by Dufry Do Brazil, the largest travel retail distributor in Latin America.

Sazerac launches Epic vodka

The Sazerac Company is to launch a vodka brand called Epic.

Vodka

Vodka can be all things to all people. Christian Davis reports on the premiumisation of the most global of spirits

King Cocktail hits town

I’ve seen the beginning and the end of a lot of eras. That says it all about ‘King Cocktail’, Dale DeGroff. The great man is in London to co-host ‘The World’s 50 Best Bars’ event which was held in London last night (Oct 10) near Trafalgar Square...

Duffy new Absolut boss

Pernod Ricard has announced that Paul Duffy has been appointed chairman & CEO of Absolut.

Khlibniy Dar turns 10 years old

Khlibniy Dar, Ukraine's best selling vodka, is celebrating 10 years in market today. 

Smirnoff launches nightlife campaign

Diageo has announced a £7 million media campaign in the UK for Smirnoff its leading vodka brand.

Master of Malt launches world’s hottest chilli vodka, again

Online retailer Master of Malt has launched what it calls the world’s hottest chilli vodka, named 250,000 Scovilles – Naga Chilli Vodka.

Chivas Regal – the magnum force

Chivas Brothers has unveiled a 1.5 litre magnum of its flagshiop blended scotch whisky, Chivas Regal, aimed specifically at elite bars.

Belvedere Unfiltered hits the UK

Moet Hennessy is rolling out its unfiltered Belvedere vodka to the UK market. Belvedere Unfiltered launched in the US in 2010 and it is now available in the UK, priced £43.99.

Hi-Spirits brings Harry's Bar vodka to UK

UK: Hi-Spirits is to distribute a vodka co-created by the owner of Harry’s Bar, Venice.

SPI appoints Asia Pacific director

SPI Group has appointed Nigel Bath as Asia Pacific regional director.

Oval shapes up for Latin America debut

US-based Rok Stars has appointed Dynamic Group Development Corporation distributor of Oval Vodka in central and South America.

Australia: Stoli appoints new distributor

Australia: Stolichnaya has signed a five-year distribution deal with island2island Beverage Company.

Beam rolls out Skinnygirl wine and flavoured vodka

US: Beam has expanded its Skinnygirl range to include wine, a range of flavoured vodkas and a Piña Colada.

World of Patria takes Chase into GTR

Travel Retail operator World of Patria International has reached agreement with Chase Distillery to offer its range of spirits and liqueurs.

Vodka Cocktails

Although vodka can be mixed with anything and everything, producers in eastern and central Europe prefer the light touch when it comes to cocktails. Patience Gould checks out the action...