Brands Report: Gin

Tanqueray tops the best sellers yet again, but Hendrick’s is making its mark. By Hamish Smith

Licor 43 hits the 500,000 cases mark

The Diego Zamora group has reported that its Licor 43 brand finished 2011 with sales of 500 000 cases worldwide, 4.2 million liters, which represents an increase of more than 25% over 2010.

Maker's Mark president to retire

Bill Samuels Jr is to step down as president of Maker’s Mark bourbon.

Maker's Mark appoints COO

Rob Samuels has been appointed to the newly created position of chief operating officer (COO) of Maker’s Mark bourbon, one of Fortune Brands’ premium spirits brands.

Hennessy goes for Gold

UK: Hennessy will mark 54 years of continuous partnership - British racing’s longest commercial sponsorship - at this year’s Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury Racecourse on November 27.

Maker's Mark enjoys Travel Retail push

Beam Global Spirits & Wine is to push its Maker’s Mark brand in travel retail. A new campaign, created to enhance the travel experience, aims to raise awareness for Maker’s Mark amongst passengers and encompass advertising, in-store education, secondary displays and exclusive travel retail gift packs.

European court rejects AB InBev’s bid for Community Trade Mark

An attempt by AB InBev  to register the Budweiser trademark  as a Community Trade Mark within the EU has been rejected by the European Court of Justice.

Drinkaware appoints new trustees

UK: Alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware has appointed three new trustees to its board.

Maker's Mark wins wax seal trademark case

Maker’s Mark has won a trademark infringement case against Cuervo tequila. A judgment has confirmed that the whiskey’s free-form red wax seal coating is a well-known and valid trademark.