The Balvenie: One Scotch brand's love affair with rum

On 1 July The Balvenie launched the latest in its Stories range, a 27-year-old single malt finished in Caroni rum casks, Drinks International caught up with brand ambassador Alwynne Gwilt to talk about the distillery's unique relationship with rum.

Familia Torres set to self-supply 50% of energy at its Pacs del Penedès winery by 2023

Familia Torres expects to be self-supplying 50% of the energy at its Pacs del Penedès winery by early 2023, due to the renewable energy it will produce at its facilities.

Diageo announces preliminary results, year ended 30 June 2022

Diageo has announced its preliminary results for the year, ended 30 June 2022, with strong performance and investments into long-term growth.

Black Tot Rum’s annual celebration returns with new master blender’s reserve

Black Tot rum’s annual celebration is to return this year with a month-long programme of festivities and the release of the Black Tot Master Blender’s Reserve.

Glenmorangie unveils packaging redesign

Glenmorangie Highland single malt whisky has revealed its new packaging, set to be rolled out from August this year in the UK, transforming all parts of the original design. 

Comité Champagne harvest yield decision

Champagne growers and houses met in Epernay within the Comité Champagne to agree on the circumstances of the next harvest and on strategic directions for the sector.

Japanese Whisky: Pushing Premium

Japanese whisky continues to go from strength to strength as shochu producers turn to the category to make their mark in international markets.

The Pinnacle Guide founders to personally host round table

To mark the halfway point of its consultancy phase, The Pinnacle Guide’s founders are hosting its next round table personally, as they continue to gather information on what makes a great bar.

Bladnoch Distillery announces limited release whisky expression

Bladnoch Distillery has announced its newest expression, a 30-year-old single malt Scotch whisky with a limited release of 950 bottles.

La'Mel Clarke: Throwing shapes

Dancing, writing and making drinks are just some of the artistic elements to Seed Library’s La’Mel Clarke, whose reputation as one of the industry’s up and coming stars is gathering pace. Earlier this year the Londoner was nominated for Emerging Bartender of the Year at the annual Class Bar Awards.

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022 live ceremony to be held in Barcelona

The annual list of The World’s 50 Best Bars will this year be unveiled at a live ceremony in Barcelona on Tuesday 4 October.

Yellow Tail tops global wine brand power list

The Wine Intelligence Global Wine Brand Power Index 2022 has reported that Yellow Tail is again the world’s most powerful wine brand with Casillero del Diablo meaning an unchanged top two.

The Balvenie announces release of French Oak 16 Year Old

Speyside whisky brand The Balvenie has announced the launch of French Oak 16 Year Old, marking the first use of French oak in the distillery’s 129-year history.

Torres named World’s Most Admired Wine Brand 2022

Spanish producer Familia Torres has retained its crown as The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand after topping the list for 2022.

Premium sales drive growth for Viña Concha y Toro in 2021

Viña Concha y Toro has reported that profits rose by 26.7% in 2021 with sales of premium wines accounting for more than half of company revenues for the first time.

Waterworth named new editor of DI

Drinks International has announced the appointment of Shay Waterworth as its new editor to replace the outgoing Martin Green from April onwards.

South African Wine Rebounds

Strong demand from the UK, the US and China helped South African wine exports increase by 12.1% in value to R10.2bn in 2021.

Pernod Ricard reports strong H1 growth

Surging demand for premium spirits powered Pernod Ricard’s 17% year-on-year sales growth in the six months to December 31, 2021.

The Macallan launches 81-year-old single malt

The Macallan has launched its oldest ever singe malt called The Reach which was distilled during the Second World War.

Brands Report 2022: Vodka

Just as Ketel One was on the precipice of completing the perfect 10, in swoops Grey Goose to snatch the vodka crown.

Brands Report 2022: Gin

Topping gin for seven of the last nine years, Tanqueray is once again king gin. The Diageo brand, famed for its juniper forward Tanqueray London Dry and Tanqueray No. Ten gins, was the house choice in 25% of the world’s best bars.

Brands Report 2022: How We Did It

Brands Report editor Hamish Smith explains the methodolgy behind the report's polling system.

Cava sees significant growth in the first nine months of 2021

Sales in the first nine months of 2021 of sparkling wines made under the protection of the DO Cava have increased by 16.45% on the same period in 2020.

Hyslop: Royal Salute 51 is 'one-of-a-kind' expression

Royal Salute master blender Sandy Hyslop has declared its new 51-year-old a “one-of-a-kind” blend.

Brown-Forman raises sales guidance

Brown-Forman has raised its full-year sales outlook in anticipation of supply chain disruption easing in the months ahead.

AB InBev agrees 20-year deal to replace Heineken as JD Wetherspoon's largest supplier

AB InBev has signed a 20-year deal to replace Heineken as the main beer supplier to UK pub giant JD Wetherspoon.

Lucas Bols announces strong revenue returns

Lucas Bols has announced a return of revenues to pre-Covid times for the first half of the 2021/22 financial year.

Salmon Guru wins 50 Best Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award

Spain’s Salmon Guru has been announced as the winner of the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award ahead of The World’s 50 Best Bars ceremony in December.

Tackling the modern challenges of bulk wine distribution

Logistics companies within the global drinks industry have been battered by an unprecedented confluence of headwinds during the past 18 months.

Inflation looms for alcohol industry

Central banks are coming under increasing pressure to hike interest rates after inflation soared across the globe.

Two Schmucks 2.0

Taking over the reigns of The World’s 50 Best Bars would be a daunting experience for many, but not French duo Pom Modeste and Juliette Larrouy.

George T. Stagg will not be released this year

Buffalo Trace Distillery will not release a George T. Stagg expression this year after deciding that the 15-year-old barrels do not meet the right taste standards.

Bushmills unveils The Causeway Collection 2021

Irish whiskey producer Bushmills has unveiled a collection of 12 rare single malts aged in a variety of casks.

Vocation Brewery unveils major redesign

UK craft brewer Vocation has invested in a redesign for its entire range.

Pernod Ricard UK predict that lockdown trends will drive premium spirits and wine sales this Christmas

Pernod Ricard UK has highlighted the consumer trends accelerated by the last 18 months and urged retailers to “capitalise on the huge opportunity within premium spirits and wines this Christmas”.

Diageo invests in Komasa Kanosuke Distillery

Diageo’s drinks accelerator arm Distil Ventures has made a minority investment in Japanese single malt producer Komasa Kanosuke Distillery.

Distell withholds dividend as Heineken takeover talks persist

South African wine and spirits producer Distell has withheld its dividend for 2021 financial year amid ongoing takeover talks with Heineken.

Carlsberg sales surpass pre-pandemic levels

Carlsberg has upgraded its full-year profit guidance after reporting that sales volumes have now exceeded pre-pandemic levels.

STRANGER THOUGHTS: A place for members

The recent launch of Martinez members’ cocktail bar on Soho’s Greek Street struck a chord with me.

Concha y Toro increased sales by 9.1% in Q2

Leading Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro increased consolidated sales by 9.1% in the three months to June 30.

Chapel Down appoints new CEO

Andrew Carter is set to take over from Frazer Thompson as CEO of Chapel Down winery from September this year.

Diageo reports 16% organic net sales growth

Diageo has outperformed analysts’ expectations by reporting organic net sales growth of 16% for the year to June 30.

White Claw lays out international expansion plans

It’s been a sobering quarter for hard seltzer. Sales of the canned RTD that disrupted the US alcohol market when it burst onto the scene in 2016, have for the first time, stalled.

Campari Group reports 37.1% sales increase

Campari Group has reported that organic sales increased 37.1% year-on-year during the first half of 2021.

Rioja is on a roll

Brits love Rioja – they’re recognisable, affordable, easy to purchase, delicious to drink, and great with foods all year round. While Tempranillo is a core mainstay for Rioja, there’s so much more to the wines from this region, with winemakers working hard to develop more innovative premium wines at all price levels.

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.

The Last Drop Releases 50 Year Old Scotch Blend

The Last Drop has made its first foray into spirits creation with the release of its 50 Year Old Signature Blended Scotch Whisky.

Foursquare Redoubtable Named Supreme Champion at International Spirits Challenge 2021

Foursquare Distillery in Barbados has won the coveted International Spirits Challenge 2021 Supreme Champion award for its Redoubtable 14 Year Old rum.

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.

Praphakorn Konglee crowned Bacardí Legacy champion 2021

Praphakorn Konglee from Thailand’s Find the Locker Room bar has won the Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition 2021 with is drink ‘Out of Sight’.