Emma Walker to take over from legendary Jim Beveridge at Johnnie Walker

Dr Emma Walker will replace the legendary Dr Jim Beveridge as Johnnie Walker master blender at the end of the year.

Canned wine hits new heights

It’s fair to say that the perception of canned wine among consumers has historically been less than favourable, perceived as the choice of hen parties, train-drinkers, and people with “it’s wine o’clock” fridge magnets. In recent years though, canned wine has matured and now some very good products are available in the format.

Glenmorangie launches floral limited-edition packaging

Glenmorangie has launched limited-edition packaging for its 18 Years Old variant to celebrate its partnership with botanical sculptor Azuma Makoto.

Ice Wine's Asian appeal

Sometimes accidents breed innovation. In 1928 Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by chance, having thrown away a bacteria sample he thought was spent.

Hacha leads by example

Back in 2002 celebrity chef Jamie Oliver launched Fifteen, a restaurant made up of a team of trainee chefs from underprivileged backgrounds.

Martini on track to become certified sustainable by end of year

Martini has announced that all its Asti grape suppliers are on track to being certified sustainable by Equalitas in 2021.

Takamaka: The Seychelles rum turns 20

Shay Waterworth talks to brothers Bernard and Richard d’Offay about their Takamaka rum brand as it hits the ripe age of 20.

US scotch whisky tariffs suspended for five years

A deal has been struck between the UK and US to end retaliatory tariffs on malt whiskies for five years.

AB InBev announces Carlos Brito's successor following blowout quarter

AB InBev has announced that North America president Michel Doukeris will succeed veteran leader Carlos Brito as chief executive this summer.

Gonzalez Byass UK appoints Melissa Draycott as managing director

Melissa Draycott will take over from Martin Skelton as managing director of Gonzalez Byass UK in September.

Kingsland Drinks champions alternative grape varieties

UK importer Kingsland Drinks is championing alternative grape varieties that have the potential to drive excitement and experimentation among consumers.

Bowmore targets travel retail with 31 Year Old single malt

Bowmore has launched a limited-edition 31 Year Old single malt into the travel retail channel as part of its Timeless Series collection.

Ardbeg 25 Years Old joins permanent range

Ardbeg 25 Years Old has become the oldest expression to join the Islay distillery’s permanent range.

Ardbeg releases bottling to commemorate the retirement of distillery manager Mickey Heads

Ardbeg has released a limited-edition bottling, Arrrrrrrdbeg, to celebrate distillery manager, Mickey Heads’ 13 years at the head of the distillery.

Milestone Beverages eyes expansion across Asia Pacific

Joe Milner's Milestone Beverages has been driving expansion through Asia, and it is now eyeing new markets. Martin Green hears how the company plans to move forward.

BrewDog launches 2020 advent calendar

BrewDog has launched a craft beer advent calendar with support from DS Smith and Glenhaze.

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.

Clive Jones elected New Zealand Winegrowers chair

Nautilus Estate winemaker Clive Jones has been elected chair of the board at New Zealand Winegrowers.

Jack Daniel's appoints Chris Fletcher as master distiller

Jack Daniel’s has announced that Chris Fletcher will take over from the outgoing Jeff Arnett as master distiller of the Tennessee whiskey brand.

Jack Daniel's master distiller steps down after 20 years in Lynchburg

Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnett is stepping down after a 20-year career at the world-famous American whiskey producer.

Heineken 0.0% takes over Europa League sponsorship

Heineken 0.0% will take over sponsorship of the Europa League when the tournament resumes on Wednesday night.

Chivas Regal master blender Colin Scott reflects upon his illustrious career

Colin Scott has retired from his role as the custodian master blender of Chivas Regal after enjoying an illustrious 47-year career in the Scotch whisky industry. Drinks International caught up with the esteemed blender on his final day at the office.

How to grow beer sales in a challenging market

In America, the beer category has lost volume to wine and spirit in recent years. There are several reasons for this.

Maison Villevert snaps up Celtic Whisky Compagnie

Maison Villevert has acquired craft French distillery Celtic Whisky Compagnie for an undisclosed sum.

Champagne Gosset launches non-vintage cuvée aged for 12 years

Champagne Gosset has launched a non-vintage cuvee that has benefited from more than 12 years of ageing on the lees.

Rum from Isles of Scilly launched

A British family from the Isles of Scilly has created a new rum called Daymark 1683 Original.

Daou Vineyards bids to put Paso Robles on the global fine wine map

Iconic Californian producer Daou Vineyards is ramping up its focus on exports in a bid to put Paso Robles on the international wine map.

Havana Club launches rums for bartenders

Havana Club has unveiled The Havana Club Professional Edition range which has been specifically developed to target bartenders.

Brown-Forman’s Owsley Brown Frazier dies

Owsley Brown Frazier, the great-grandson of the distiller who founded Brown-Forman Corp and former vice chairman of Brown-Forman Corporation died yesterday (August 16) after a long illness. He was 77 years old.

La Hechicera rum docks in the UK

Columbian super-premium rum brand, La Hechicera, will launch to the UK this September, ahead of a roll out to the rest of Europe and the Americas in 2013.

Accolade Wines revamps Echo Falls

Accolade Wines has unveiled a new look for its Echo Falls Californian wine brand in key European markets, including the UK, Netherlands and Spain.

Brands by Value

We have teamed up with Brand Finance to reveal the world’s biggest wine and spirits brands by value. Christian Davis highlights trends in the sector 

Janneau releases limited edition armagnacs

The House Janneau has released some limited edition armagnacs, called the Dragon Vintages.

New Zealand announces Pinot Noir 2013

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced the dates and details of its Pinot Noir conference, 2013

Johnnie Walker takes 1st place in Brands by Value list

Johnnie Walker has taken first place in Brands by Value, a list of the world’s 50 most valuable drinks brands.

Asia-Pacific to become the fastest-growing alcoholic drinks region over the next five years

International Wine & Spirit Research (IWSR) says that Asia-Pacific will be the fastest-growing region for the alcoholic beverage markets over the next five years.

Screw-cap acceptance in the UK has doubled in eight years, says new report

Acceptance of screw-cap closures on wine bottles sold in the UK has risen to 85% of the regular wine-drinking population, according to a report on wine stoppers from Wine Intelligence.

Alcohol Concern loses its CEO

The board of Alcohol Concern, the anti-alcohol lobby group in the UK, has announced a restructuring of its senior management following the loss of core funding with the role of the CEO becoming part time for a year alongside the recruitment of a full time director of fundraising and campaigning.

Can firm to spend £68m on new plant

Packaging company Rexam is to build a new beverage can plant in Finland.

Glenmorangie Company appoints new president

The Glenmorangie Company has promoted chief operating officer Paul Skipworth to the post of president and managing director.

Constellation appoints new board member

Constellation Brands has added Keith Wandell, president and chief executive officer of Harley- Davidson to its board.

Glenmorangie launches £2500 whisky

The Glenmorangie Company has released a £2,500 whisky matured in Chateau d’Yquem sauternes casks.

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Chivas launches $200,000 whisky

Chivas Brothers has launched a US$200,000 whisky as a tribute to the oldest crown jewels in Britain - the Honours of Scotland.

DISCUS updates advertising guidelines

The Distilled Spirits Council in the US (DISCUS) has increased the demographic placement standard in its Code of Responsible Advertising Practices. The change reflects the 2010 Census data, which shows that 71.6% of the US population is 21 years of age and older. The previous demographic was 70%.

28 YO Glenmorangie set for July launch

The Glenmorangie Company has announced the release of Pride 1981, a 28-year old single malt whisky that has been finished in Sauternes casks for ten years.

Heinemann takes on Topping

Heinemann Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Germany-based duty free retailer and distributor Gebr Heinemann, has appointed Paul Topping to the role of director.

Foster’s pays tribute to England’s Ashes victory

Foster’s has launched an online tribute to England’s cricket victory, the first time for 24 years that England has won an Ashes Test Series in Australia.

New SABMiller president for Latin America appointed

SABMiller has appointed Karl Lippert as its new president of Latin America, following the announcement of Barry Smith’s retirement.