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...

Adnams adds Morello Cherry Liqueur to the mix

English brewer and distiller, Adnams, has added Morello Cherry Liqueur to its range.

CEDC's Green Mark and Zubrówka to join First Drinks

First Drinks will be the new UK distributor of CEDC brands Zubrówka Bison Grass Vodka and Green Mark - the world's fourth largest vodka.

Pernod targets US for Absolut Gräpevine and Miami

Pernod Ricard has furthered its line of Absolut Vodka flavours with the launch of Miami and Gräpevine to the US market.

Findlater to distribute Stolichnaya in Ireland

The SPI Group has announced a new distribution agreement with Findlater Wine and Spirit Group to distribute the Stolichnaya vodka portfolio in Ireland.

Rok Stars thrash out Oval's UK debut

US consumer goods company Rok Stars has stuck a deal with Castle Trade Services to launch its recently acquired Oval vodka in the UK.

Russian Standard buys CEDC share for $25m

Vodka company Russian Standard has purchased a 9.9% share in CEDC (Central European Distribution Corporation) for $25.35 million.

Buffalo Trace launches vodka distilled 159 times

US: Buffalo Trace has released a vodka that has been distilled 159 times.

Russian Standard appoints Palatella in the US

Russian Standard Vodka, which claims to be Russia’s number one premium vodka, has announced the appointment of John Palatella as executive vice president of sales & distribution for the US.

Bruce Willis vodka rolls out new flavours

US: Polish vodka brand Sobieski is to launch three new flavours in the US. Espresso, Cynamon and Bizon Grass are to be imported and marketed by Imperial Brands.

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.

Italy: Stoli changes distributor

SPI Group has agreed a new distribution deal with Velier, for the entire Stolichnaya portfolio in Italy.

Nemiroff launches Distinct "eco-vodka"

Nemiroff Company has made its first step into eco-friendly spirits with the launch of Nemiroff Distinct, a vodka flavoured with aloe. 

Belvedere launches charity edition

Belvedere has launched a new vodka in partnership with (RED) to raise proceeds for charity.

Absolut reports 6% growth

Absolut Vodka, part of the Pernod Ricard group, has revealed that its annual sales value and volume grew by 6% during the period July 1 2010 to June 30 2011. 

Rémy sets the Standard

Rémy Cointreau Global Travel Retail (GTR) is attempting to raise awareness of vodka brand Russian Standard, with its new campaign Vodka As It Should Be.

Poliakov goes red

French vodka brand Poliakov has extended its line in the European on-trade to include a ‘red fruit’ liqueur.

Mako Vodka makes US splash

Mako Vodka, a nautically themed spirit made using water from “ice-age aquifers” has launched to selected states in the US. 

Eristoff vodka goes for Gold

Bacardi Brown Forman Brands has launched a new vodka under the Eristoff brand.

Brown-Forman buys Maximus vodka

Brown-Forman has acquired the Maximus vodka brand from Altia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

DI’s Lucy Britner gets the lowdown on vodka from the man in the know

Do you meet the Russian Standard? I recently met Russian Standard vodka founder Roustam Tariko’s college roommate. In fact, he works for the firm, too. Igor Galburt is the company’s global brand ambassador (though it also says on his business card executive VP corporate affairs – very American-sounding) and he came to give us a Russian Standard injection. Are you aware of the how the brand got its name, for example? I’ll tell you…

Heaven Hill launches new liqueur

US: Heaven Hill has launched a liqueur called Hpnotiq Harmonie. The new product is an infusion of French vodka, natural fruits, flowers, and cognac.  The mix includes berries, violets and lavender.

Stock Spirits records double-digit growth

Stock Spirits recorded double-digit organic revenue growth and profit growth in 2010.

DQ makes UK comeback

Swedish vodka brand DQ has re-launched to the UK, following the restructuring of parent company Nordic Spirit.

Russia: Diageo to launch Smirnov Titul

Diageo has announced the launch of super premium vodka Smirnov Titul to the Russian market.

Stock posts impressive growth

The Stock Spirits Group has announced double digit organic volume growth with total sales volumes of 162.4 million litres in 2010.

CEDC to purchase Kauffman vodka

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) is to purchase the global rights for Kauffman vodka.

Adnams opens spirits distillery

UK beer brewer Adnams has opened a small-scale distillery, producing vodka, gin and whisky.

Nemiroff starts production in Belarus

Ukrainian vodka producer Nemiroff has started producing its vodka in Belarus. Nemiroff has partnered with Minsk Kristall in Belarus, which is part of national food processing company Belgospischeprom.

Proximo and Marblehead strike distribution deal

US spirits company Proximo has entered into a UK distribution agreement with Marblehead Brand Development.

Nemiroff extends vodka production to Belarus

Ukrainian brand Nemiroff has begun producing vodka in the Republic of Belarus.

Absolut Watkins - a new limited edition is unveiled

The Absolut Company Global Travel Retail threw a swish party in Cannes last night (October 18) to unveil its latest limited edition Absolut vodka.

Diageo launches Swedish vodka

US: Diageo has launched a Swedish vodka in the US market.