Havana Club launches rums for bartenders

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

Havana Club injects Cuban culture into redesigned label

Havana Club has unveiled a new label for its Havana Club Añejo Especial rum that reflects the vibrancy of Cuba and aims to communicate the "quality and authentic" production process of the rum.

Cockspur is sold to Woodland Radicle

The Barbados rum brand Cockspur has been sold to Woodland Radicle, a company that specializes in brand creation and brand.

Malibu connects to smartphones

Malibu, coconut-flavoured rum brand, is claiming a world first by launching bottles that are connected to deliver content directly to a smartphone.

Alvino’s wins Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai competition

Emporia Brands has announced the winner of the Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai competition - Alvino’s from Newcastle.

Montenegro takes Cuervo brands to Italy

Gruppo Montenegro, the owner of Amaro Montenegro and Vecchia Romagna brandy, has finalised exclusive distribution agreements in the Italian market for Jose Cuervo, the world’s number-one tequila, Bushmills, Irish whiskey, The Kraken Black Spiced rum and Boodles British gin.

Havana Club: Pernod Ricard statement

Pernod Ricard has released a statement regarding the on-going battle with Bacardi over the Havana Club name.

Rum’s got punch

Not for the first time, a growing number of retailers, distributors and drinks experts are predicting a bright future for premium rum in the United States. Dominic Roskrow asked a panel of experts for their thoughts

Ron de Jeremy XO launches in UK

One Eyed Spirits - the makers of Ron de Jeremy Rum and Spirit Cartel - is launching Ron de Jeremy XO Rum in the UK.

Rum stuck in the middle

Rum has had a challenging time in major developed markets in recent years, according to a new report from Rabobank.

Bacardí announces new global vice president

Fabio Di Giammarco has been made global vice president for Bacardí rum. He is responsible for the Bacardí rum brand marketing efforts globally, including positioning, advertising, packaging and pricing.

Bacardi buys Banks rum

Bacardi has announced that it has bought super-premium rum brand Banks for an undisclosed sum. 

Bacardi is named most reputable company

Bacardi has been named among the most reputable companies in the world, according to the annual Global RepTrak 100 list recently released by the Reputation Institute and published in Forbes magazine.

Bacardi appoints VP of fashion

Akiko Maeda has been appointed Bacardi's VP of fashion, responsible for developing partnerships that further incorporate the group's portfolio of spirits brands into the fashion world.

Bacardi makes Vergara rum vice president

Bacardi has announced the internal appointment of Mauricio Vergara as global category vice president of rums.

Now Bacardi appoints CFO

Bacardi Limited has announced the immediate appointment of Kevin F. McNamara as Bacardi Limited senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), responsible for global financial operations.

Three rum producers join WIRSPA

The West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers’ Association (WIRSPA) has approved the incorporation of Hampden Estate Gold, Monymusk Plantation Special Reserve and Westerhall Vintage into its Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR) marquee.

Bacardi appoints new regional presidents

Bacardi Limited has announced the internal appointments of two new regional presidents.

Appleton looking for an ambassador

Wray & Nephew is looking for a London-based UK brand ambassador for its Jamaican rum brand, Appleton Estate.

Bacardi launches Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron

Bacardi has launched a super premium rum, Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron, exclusively for global travel retail.

Walker wins the Bacardi Legacy

Tom Walker of the American Bar at The Savoy hotel in London, has won the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition 2014.

Berrys switches to Marussia in Russia

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits has appointed Marussia Beverages RUS to distribute The Glenrothes Speyside Single Malt scotch whisky, No. 3 London Dry gin, The King’s Ginger liqueur and Pink Pigeon Mauritian rum from June 1.

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.

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.

Havana heaven

I have just returned from the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of Havana Club International. Standing in a huge hall with more than 1,000 people – mostly employees but also people associated with the company and the eponymous Cuban rum brand – it became obvious what a force for good an alcoholic drinks brand can be.

Havanista is formally launched

Pernod Ricard has launched formally the Havanista Cuban rum brand at the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of Havana Club International.

Berrys launches Penny Blue rum

Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits has launched a single estate XO aged rum from Mauritius, called Penny Blue.

The Rum Experience University launches

Self styled global rum ambassador, Ian Burrell has announced the launch of his Rum Experience University.

WIRSPA relaunches

The West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers’ Association has relaunched its ‘Authentic Caribbean Rum' campaign.

Dark Rum

Rum is known for its sunny disposition, but now is revealing hidden depths. Jaq Bayles gets in touch with its serious side

UK RumFest returns

The UK RumFest takes place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October at London's ExCeL exhibition centre in London’s Docklands

Campari posts poor results in first quarter

Davide Campari-Milano SpA has posted poor results in first quarter ending March 31, 2013 which it states is mainly due to the ‘one-off’ destocking in Italy.

Beam launches flavoured rums

US: Beam has launched two new flavours under its Cruzan rum brand. Key Lime and Passion Fruit are described by the company as "trend forward". 

Campari takes over US Appleton rum distribution

Davide Campari-Milano SpA has announced that it is taking over the distribution and marketing of its recently acquired Appleton rum brands from Kobrand from March 1.

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.

Bacardi announces job moves

Bacardi Limited has appointed Dmitry “Dima” Ivanov, 36, to the role of senior global category director of rums.

Rum cocktails

Lucy Britner mixes with the best

Campari buys Appleton rum brand

Campari is to acquire Wray & Nephew, Appleton Estate and Coruba rum brands for US$414.8m.

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.

Ferrand looks to the 3 Stars

Cognac Ferrand has extended its Plantation line of rums with 3 Stars, a white rum blended from stocks sourced from Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica and finished in Cognac.

Bacardí releases 150th anniversary rum

Bacardí has released its rarest rum to date to celebrate the 150th anniversary of founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó producing the light-bodied smooth rum.

Sailor Jerry rum gets $7m boost

US: William Grant has invested $7 million in a global digital marketing campaign for its Sailor Jerry rum brand.

Asian rum interest only a matter of time

Asian interest in the rum category is a question of when not if, according to the Havana Club CEO Jerome Cottin-Bizonne.

Cuban rum to gain geographical denomination

Havana Club owners Cuba Ron and Pernod Ricard are lobbying for the creation of a geographical denomination for Cuban rum.

Mount Gay European ambassador appointed

Mount Gay Rum Distilleries and UK distributor First Drinks have appointed Miguel Smith as European brand ambassador for Mount Gay Rum.

Bacardi to launch $2000 anniversary rum

Bacardi Limited is planning a raft of activity to celebrate its 150th birthday. Besides parties and commemorative gifts, the company is to launch a $2,000 limited-edition decanter of "rare" Bacardi rum.

DI September goes online

The September edition of Drinks International is now online and can be downloaded as a digital magazine by clicking here.

Foursquare takes top gongs at Golden Rum Barrel Awards

UK Rumfest has announced the winners of the Golden Rum Barrel Awards 2011, with Foursquare Distillery of Barbados taking home two of the top prizes.