Luxardo sambuca launches Pear and Cola to the UK

Luxardo has added to its range of flavoured sambucas with the launch of Pear and Cola variants to the UK market.

CEDC's Green Mark and Zubrówka to join First Drinks

First Drinks will be the new UK distributor of CEDC brands Zubrówka Bison Grass Vodka and Green Mark - the world's fourth largest vodka.

Chase and Mangrove go separate ways

UK spirits and liqueur agency, Mangrove, will no longer distribute Chase Distillery products. 

Beefeater 24 is now in 50 markets

Pernod Ricard’s super premium gin, Beefeater 24, is now available in 50 markets worldwide.

Australian Vintage recruits major UK multiple buyer

Australian Vintage has recruited the senior buyer of one of the UK’s major multiple retailers.

Pernod Ricard UK announces senior appointments

Pernod Ricard UK has announced the following senior appointments within its executive committee and senior management group with immediate effect.

French wine is the ideal

French wine is the favourite of regular wine drinkers in the UK and China and the second preference in Germany, says Wine Intelligence.

Plymouth is re-positioned as a super premium-plus gin

Chivas Brothers is introducing a new look for its Plymouth gin brand, re-positioning it above Beefeater 24, as a “super premium-plus”.

DI's Christian Davis attends a whisky love-in

Last night I went to Boisdale, that well known London haunt for whisky, cigar and red meat lovers, for the launch of The Balvenie Craftsman's Reserve No1, The Cooper...

Beefeater ‘Forever London’ pack to hit UK shelves

Pernod Ricard UK has announced the launch of a Beefeater ‘Forever London’ limited-edition pack, aimed at celebrating the brand’s heritage.

Monin tours UK to celebrate centenary

French syrup maker Monin will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year by embarking on a UK cocktail tour.

Sparkling sparkles in US

US consumption of imported sparkling wine will reach new heights in 2012 due to the increased penetration of prosecco and cava, says Wine Intelligence. 

Pernod pairs Jacob's Creek with Andre Agassi

Pernod Ricard has announced a marketing partnership between Jacob’s Creek and former tennis player Andre Agassi.

Czech Republic: Budvar toasts record exports

Budvar has reported record export results for 2011.

Codorníu makes new appointments

UK: Grupo Codorníu has made four appointments. Carolyn d’Aguilar and Susannah Bearne move internally to roles in the marketing department while Jake Crimmin and Tom Barton join the UK sales team.

Rémy launches new VSOP

Rémy Martin is to introduce a new expression of its VSOP cognac for the European market. VSOP Mature Cask Finish is to replace VSOP in Europe, while the rest of the world will continue to receive the original VSOP cognac.

Bacardi announces UK Legacy competition finalists

Bacardi has announced the finalists of the UK heat of its global  Legacy Cocktail Competition.

Direct Wines reshapes its buying and merchandising team

Direct Wines, the world's largest independent wine merchant with a turnover of £350 million, has announced major changes to its buying and merchandising teams.

Rok Stars thrash out Oval's UK debut

US consumer goods company Rok Stars has stuck a deal with Castle Trade Services to launch its recently acquired Oval vodka in the UK.

Dom Pérignon unveils 2003 vintage

Dom Pérignon has announced the global launch of its 2003 vintage, the champagne house’s first since last year's 2002 release. 

Fuller's posts half-year growth of 6%

London Pride brewer Fuller’s has announced half-year growth of 6% after registering a turnover of £128m.

Accolade receives £150m from GE Capital

Hardys and Banrock Station brand owner Accolade Wines is to receive a £150 million financing facility from GE Capital.

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.

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.

Rok Stars buys Oval and unveils lofty ambitions

New US consumer goods company Rok Stars, headed by Patron Spirits co-founder John Paul DeJoria, has acquired Austrian vodka brand Oval.

Halewood goes Down Under with Crabbie’s

The UK's Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer has touched down in Australia in the first stage of a planned global roll out.

Sogrape acquires Stevens Garnier

International wine producer Sogrape has acquired 100% of UK wine agency Stevens Garnier. The company previously owned 38% of Stevens Garnier and financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Scotland: Industry blasts minimum pricing

A minimum unit price for alcohol set out in today’s (November 1) Scottish government Bill is unlikely to reduce alcohol misuse, will threaten the £3.4 billion whisky industry and will punish moderate drinkers, according to the trade. 

Malta: Bartenders' Guild elects new president

Malta: The Maltese Bartenders’ Guild (MBG) has appointed a new president. Wine and spirits retailer Joseph Farrugia took the post in October.

Lindeman's launches NZ Sauvignon Blanc

Lindeman’s has added a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to its international Winemaker’s Discovery range. It's a UK launch, initially, but is expected to roll out across Europe. 

Carlsberg UK's Sheps to leave

Carlsberg UK chief executive Isaac Sheps is leaving to take over leadership of the brewer’s Russian business, Baltika, and its eastern European operations.

Auchentoshan flicks the switch

Glasgow-based whisky brand Auchentoshan completed the UK leg of The Auchentoshan Switch, a cocktail competition that offers two bartenders transatlantic internships.

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.

Jack Daniel's crowns UK champion

Jack Daniel's has crowned the UK champion of its Tennessee-based Birthday Cocktail Competition 2011.

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.

Has Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene gained a strong consumer franchise?

The head of the consortium that protects Prosecco sparkling Italian wine from Conegliano Valdobbiadene is to address delegates at the International Sparkling Wine Symposium (ISWS), which takes place at Denbies wine estate in the UK on November 1-2.

Pernod announces staff shuffle

Pernod Ricard has announced a number of staff changes.

New look for UK-destined Bud cans

Budweiser has revamped its cans in the UK, with a red 'bowtie' sitting behind the Budweiser logo on the new-look version.

Malibu launches snow globe bottle in UK

Malibu is releasing a limited edition coconut rum with coconut flakes floating inside to look like snowflakes.

Effect of deep discounting is on the wane in the UK

Deep discounting on wine by UK retailers may be having less impact on consumer behaviour, according to a new report

Buffalo Trace launches 2011 Antique Collection whiskeys

UK: Hi-Spirits is set to launch the Buffalo Trace Distillery 2011 Antique Collection this month.

Craft Japanese whisky launched

The first whisky from Japanese craft distillery Chichibu has been launched. Chichibu The First is three years old, 61.8% abv and limited to 7,400 bottles. The whisky is not chill-filtered.

Ara Wines launches One Estate in UK

New Zealand’s Ara Wines has launched One Estate, a sparkling wine made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, in the UK.

Latest Budweiser trademark dispute resolved

UK: AB InBev and Budějovický Budvar can continue to use the Budweiser name simultaneously.

Stella Artois anoints UK Draught Master

Stella Artois is gearing up for its World Draught Masters final in Buenos Aires, having anointed a champion from its UK heat.

Burn Stewart Distillers posts profits

Burn Stewart Distillers, producer of brands Bunnahabhain and Scottish Leader, has announced net profits of £3.7 for the financial year ending December 31 2010.

Kofi Annan speaks at TFWA Cannes

The Tax Free World Association’s World Exhibition in the famous French resort of Cannes opened today (Monday September 5). Christian Davis reports from Cannes. 

Drambuie announces annual results

Drambuie has reported operating profits of £2.81m – up 2% on last year.

Somerset Cider Brandy gets EU protection

UK: Somerset Cider Brandy has been granted geographical protection.

Baileys Biscotti ready for UK launch

Diageo has announced the launch of Baileys Biscotti to the UK.