Can sambuca relight its fire?

Flavours, packaging and a concentration on cocktails in the on-trade could be the way to a new audience for the Italian liqueur.

Sherry: New regulations to revolutionise category

Spain’s most famous alcoholic export is on the cusp of some major changes. Millie Milliken takes a look at the incoming regulations in sherry and what the future could hold for the category.

Brands Report 2022: Brandy

Our brandy category takes into account any brandy outside the Cognac region and embraces a hugely diverse collection of spirits.

RTD category volume share forecasted to double in next five years

Demand for ready-to-drink (RTD) products continues to grow amongst consumers, with the category expected to account for 8% of total beverage alcohol by 2025 according to a new report from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.

Cachaça: Breaking out of Brazil

For many drinkers outside of its native Brazil, cachaça is a largely mysterious category, perhaps known as the star of a Caipirinha and nothing more. In its homeland, however, cachaça’s popularity borders on religious.

Surge in hard seltzer brands slow uptake

It has been a sobering quarter for hard seltzers. Sales of the canned RTD that disrupted the US alcohol market when it burst on to the scene in 2016 have finally stalled.

Richard Seale: Rum's Supreme Champion

Foursquare Distillery icon Richard Seale talks about his career and recent achiements with Oli Dodd.

Amaretto in a nutshell

There’s a buzz about Italian spirits in many markets. Campari and Aperol are kicking up a storm in aperitif drinking occasions through spritz and other mixer serves, while amaro is getting some love on the back of the wider trend for herbal, digestif-style liqueurs.

Master of Malt predicts future drinking trends

Online retailer Master of Malt has unveiled three key trends that could define the spirits industry during the next year.

Brighter days ahead for the industry

Global alcohol consumption is expected to increase by 2.9% this year, according to new IWSR projections. Martin Green reports.

International Spirits Challenge 2021 Awards Set for July 8

The International Spirits Challenge 2021 will reveal trophy winners and the overall Supreme Champion via an online awards presentation on Thursday, July 8.

Pink Prosecco: not fizzling out

Drinks international catches up with the founder of The Emissary Prosecco, Ed Smith, to find out whether talk of a Rosé Prosecco shortage is cause for concern.

Tequila's calling for celebrity mixto

Stars continue to flock to give their endorsement to 100% agave brands, but sustainability has become an issue as consumer demand has risen.

Largest increase in alcohol consumption in the United States in almost two decades

In 2020, beverage alcohol consumption in the US saw the largest volume gain in nearly 20 years.

International Spirits Challenge 2021 announces results for gin, aquavit, world spirits and no/low

Pernod Ricard has claimed two double gold medals in the gin category at the International Spirits Challenge 2021.

Naughty Water builds up momentum in the burgeoning hard seltzer category

An ambitious start-up aims to turn hard seltzers into a hot summer drinks trend within the UK market.

Havana Club unveils Cuban Spiced variant

Havana Club has launched a Cuban Spiced variant in a bid to bring more millennial and Generation Z consumers into the rum category.

JW Filshill acquires Eldorado Tonic Wine

JW Filshill, the Glasgow-based wholesaler, has acquired Eldorado Tonic Wine as part of its purchase of KB Agencies for an undisclosed sum.

Pernod Ricard launches Ballantine's Light and Beefeater Light

Pernod Ricard has ramped up its focus on the low-alcohol category by launching 20% abv variants of Ballantine’s Scotch whisky and Beefeater gin.

Alcoholic drink sales soared at UK supermarkets over Christmas

The alcoholic drinks category led the charge as UK supermarkets enjoyed their strongest ever Christmas trading period, according to Nielsen till scan data.

Harrods head of wine and spirits moves to Mocktail Beverages

Ed Gerard has left his role of head of wines and spirits at upmarket retailer Harrods to join Mocktail Beverages as global business development director.

UK off-trade sales enjoy 17% growth

The beer, wine and spirits category remained the star performer in the UK retail sector as it enjoyed 17% growth in the four weeks to October 3.

Travel Retail Awards 2020 winners announced

Some of the world’s leading drinks brands are celebrating after securing trophies and gold medals at the 2020 Travel Retail Awards.

International Spirits Challenge 2020 announces results for whisky and premixed drinks

Judges at the International Spirits Challenge hailed the overall quality standards on display within the whisky category after issuing a remarkable medal tally.

The language of rum

Language has immense power. It can start wars and broker peace; it can convey truth and espouse lies; it can lead to both understanding and misunderstanding. For rum, semantics is a particularly sore subject.

Agora aims to reignite a passion for vermouth

A vermouth lover aims to bring finesse and balance to the category with the launch of his small-batch Agora Vermouth.

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

Brands Report: Irish Whiskey

The growing Irish Whiskey category gets its first page to itself this year. Hamish Smith explains why

Pre-mixed Drinks Challenge results

With convenience at its heart, the pre–mixed drink is always going to involve an element of compromise – the category will probably never be one for the purist. But that doesn’t mean it should be spared our scrutiny. 

Absinthe

With all the bans on absinthe now lifted, the traditional French and Swiss producers are now free to re-invent the category for the 21st century. Hamish Smith investigates

MTR raises Courvoisier’s profile at T5

Maxxium Travel Retail (MTR) is raising the profile of Courvoisier and aiming to demystify the cognac category with its multi-sensory experience, ‘Le Nez de Courvoisier’ in the World Duty Free store at London Heathrow Terminal 5. 

Bell's whisky gets £1.35m push

UK: Diageo GB is re-positioning its Bell’s blended scotch whisky brand via a £1.35m TV ad campaign.

Beam appoints mixables manager

Beam Global has appointed Debora Boyda to the role of general manager of the Mixables Category Business Team (CBT). 

Accolade launches low alcohol wine

Accolade Wines has launched a low alcohol wine under the Stowells brand. Stowells Light is 5.5% abv and a 125ml glass contains one unit of alcohol and 56 calories.

Industry recognises design excellence

The Restaurant and Bar Design Awards recognised "excellence" in design and architecture in the global hospitality industry yesterday, at a ceremony in Canary Wharf, London.

Cocktail Challenge results revealed

Drinks International has announced the category winners of the 18th annual Cocktail Challenge.

Brazil emerges as imported wine market

Brazilians are increasingly turning to wine as their beverage of choice, according to consumer research published by Wine Intelligence.

Diageo restructures global marketing department

Diageo has announced changes to its global marketing department following a review of its structure.