Scotch contributes £5bn on the UK

The scotch whisky industry, adds almost £5 billion in value every year to the UK economy, according to a report commissioned by the Scotch Whisky Association.

Bacardi launches Aultmore expressions

Bacardí has unveiled a new range of proprietary bottlings from its John Dewar & Sons’ Aultmore distillery. 

John Walker Private Collection 2015 edition unveiled

The 2015 edition of the John Walker & Sons Private Collection was unveiled in London yesterday (December 9).

New Macallan distillery started

Edrington has marked the official start of works on its £100 million distillery and visitor centre for its The Macallan single malt scotch whisky brand.

SWA makes Pernod's Pringuet its new chairman

The Scotch Whisky Association has appointed Pierre Pringuet, CEO of Pernod Ricard, as its new chairman.

Michael Owen endorses scotch whisky

Michael Owen, the former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester United and England striker is the latest footballer to sign up to a scotch whisky.

Diageo unveils Special Releases

Diageo has unveiled this year’s Special Release scotch whiskies.

David Beckham comes to Cannes

Football legend and global fashion icon, David Beckham, was in Cannes last Tuesday (October 28) for the the TFWA exhibition to promote Diageo’s new single grain scotch whisky, Haig Club.

Irish Whiskey Academy opens to the general public

Irish Distillers is opening the doors to its Irish Whiskey Academy to the general public with in-depth courses available to spirits enthusiasts from December this year.

Beam Suntory unveils peated malts range

Beam Suntory has launched a collection of whiskies from its Scottish and Irish distilleries.

Explorers Club and Diageo settle

The Explorers Club has announced that it has come to a settlement with Diageo over the use of its name in regard to the global number one scotch whisky brand, Johnnie Walker.

Scotch whisky exports decline in first half of 2014

Exports of scotch in the first half of the year were £1.77 billion, down 11% from £1.99bn in the same period of 2013, according to the Scotch Whisky Association.

SWA welcomes stability

Scotch Whisky Association chief executive David Frost has welcomed stability following the Scottish vote in favour of staying in the United Kingdom.

Rabobank says no to Scottish independence

Rabobank, the Dutch-based cooperative food and agricultural bank, believes the short term impact on the scotch whisky industry will be negative.

New Johnnie Walker houses at Mumbai and Taipei

Diageo Global Travel has announced the opening of two Johnnie Walker House retail showcase stores in travel retail – one in Mumbai, India and another in Taipei, Taiwan.

Kyndal to bottle, distribute and market Cutty Sark in India

Edrington and the Kyndal Group have announced a 50:50 joint venture to bottle, distribute and market Cutty Sark scotch whisky in India.

Wm Grant's Abrook to advocate whisky innovation

William Grant & Sons has appointed Kevin Abrook, currently global marketing manager innovation for whisky as its first ever global whisky specialist, innovation.

Rémy Cointreau promotes Sarantopoulos

Rémy Cointreau has announced the promotion of former LVMH boss Panos Sarantopoulos as CEO of its liqueurs and spirits division.

Chairperson of Scotch Whisky Action Fund announced

Leading academic Professor Dame Joan K Stringer DBE FRSE is the new independent chairperson of the Scotch Whisky Action Fund, set up last year by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) to tackle alcohol-related harm.

Gonzalez Byass unveils 'new whisky category'

Gonzalez Byass, the major sherry producer, has unveiled a new whisky which, it claims, is a first and could represent the beginning of a new spirits category.

Glenfiddich 26-year-old launches

William Grant & Sons has unveiled a new Glenfiddich expression.

Beam Suntory to distribute Suntory brands

Beam Suntory has announced that it will begin distribution of the Suntory Japanese and scotch whiskies and Midori liqueur in the US and Germany beginning July 1.

Jinro remains the world's best-selling spirit

Hite-Jinro’s soju brand, Jinro, remains the world’s best-selling spirit, according to this year's Drinks International’s million-case brands survey.

Campari completes Forty Creek deal

Gruppo Campari has announced the completion of its acquisition of Canadian distiller, Forty Creek.

Private Collection on parade

Another one of those low key informal briefings this time revolving around the new Johnnie Walker expression: John Walker Private Collection 2014. As has become customary, held in London’s Soho, officiated over by Diageo’s head of whisky outreach, Nick Morgan and in the hot seat a jet and train-lagged master distiller, Jim Beveridge.

SWA to visit Mexico

Senior representatives of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) are visiting Mexico next week (June 4-7) to promote the industry and to sign an agreement with the regulatory body for tequila.

Diageo to build $115m distillery in Kentucky

Diageo has announced its intention to invest an estimated US$115 million to build a 1.8m proof gallon (750,000 9-litre cases) distillery and six barrel storage warehouses in Shelby county, Kentucky.

Special Lagavulin and Caol Ila for Islay Festival

Diageo has announced special cask strength bottlings of Lagavulin and Caol Ila for this year’s Islay Festival of Malt & Music.

Drambuie up for sale

Drambuie the scotch whisky liqueur is up for sale, according to the Financial Times newspaper.

Alliance Global buys Whyte & Mackay

The Philippines-based Alliance Global Group drinks group which owns the Emperador brand, has bought Whyte & Mackay US$726 million, including debt, according to unconfirmed reports.

Edrington completes Grouse Experience makeover

Edrington has announced that the £250,000 investment in the visitor facilities at the Famous Grouse Experience at its Glenturret Distillery, Scotland’s most visited distillery, in Crieff, has been completed.

Diageo GTME launches new John Walker

Diageo Global Travel and Middle East (GTME) has announced the launch of the John Walker & Sons Private Collection by Walker's master blender Jim Beveridge.

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.

Pernod Ricard Travel Retail Europe unveils The Glenlivet Kymah

Pernod Ricard Travel Retail Europe has unveiled the latest of its limited edition Single Cask Editions – The Glenlivet Kymah.

Edrington establishes Edrington Americas

Edrington has announced the establishment of Edrington Americas, a wholly-owned sales, marketing and distribution company for the US.

Chivas expands Glenlivet Nàdurra

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin division of Pernod Ricard, has announced it is expanding The Glenlivet Nàdurra brand.

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.

Jameson fit for purpose says Lundberg

Jameson is in a very good period right now. The momentum is there and there is room to go up, according to Jameson International brand director, Dan Lundberg.

Diego Zamora appoints Turner to Licor 43

The Diego Zamora group has appointed Matthew Turner as its global brand director for Licor 43.

Diageo is distiller of the year

Diageo has been named Distiller of the Year 2014 by Whisky Magazine.

Bushmills Live showcases The 1975

Bushmills Live, the music festival which is held at the Northern Ireland distillery on June 11 and 12, has secured The 1975 band as headliners.

Campari buys Forty Creek Canadian whisky

Gruppo Campari has bought the Canadian whisky producer Forty Creek Distillery (FCD), an independently owned Canadian spirits company.

UK market for Scotch shrinks

The UK market for Scotch whisky declined by 3% last year.

Johnnie Walker concept store in T4

Diageo Global Travel and Middle East (GTME) and the World Duty Free Group have opened an “exclusive concept store” in the departures concourse of London Heathrow Terminal 4, for Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Selection, a major global marketing initiative that GTME says represents one of Diageo’s most significant investments in travel retail.

Chivas launches Masters bartender competition

Chivas Brothers has launched a major international bartender competition called Chivas Masters.

Memorial services and special expression for Charles Grant Gordon

William Grant & Sons has announced at international memorial services in New York and Scotland and a special expression, for Charles Grant Gordon, the man who gave the world Glenfiddich Scotch whisky.

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.

Diageo World Class returns to UK

Diageo Reserve has announced that its ‘World Class’ mixology competition will be held in the UK from 28 July to 1 August.

Berrys launches Glenrothes Cask 1969 #11485

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits announced the release of the second in its series of single cask bottlings of The Glenrothes from the late 1960s and early 1970s.