Ian Macleod buys Speyside distillery

Ian Macleod Distillers has purchased the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside, from the Edrington Group.

Constellation officially becomes Accolade

Costellation Wines Australia and Europe has officially become Accolade Wines - as of June 27. Accolade brands include Hardy’s and Echo Falls.

Budweiser to partner The FA Cup

Budweiser has signed a three-year agreement with The Football Association to become the ‘lead partner’ of The FA Cup.

Aspall invests £4m and restructures business

UK cider producer Aspall is to restructure its business and invest £4m following “40% volume growth” last year.

Brown Brothers appoints UK brand manager

Australian winery Brown Brothers has appointed Rachel Herrig as brand manager to “drive the brand’s development in the UK and Ireland”.

Duvel swaps Green for Single Fermentation

Belgiun beer Duvel Green has been renamed Duvel Single Fermentation, in a bid to ease consumer understanding.

Chivas launches new Beefeater gin

Chivas Brothers has launched a new special edition Beefeater gin. Developed by master distiller Desmond Payne, Beefeater London Market Gin will be available for a limited period from June 2011 in key global markets, including Spain, UK, Turkey and Bulgaria.

Fledgling brands join Grouse flock

The Snow Grouse and The Naked Grouse have launched to the UK, as part of The Famous Grouse’s range of blended scotch whiskies.

Jura invests £100,000 in visitor centre

The Isle of Jura Distillery has opened a £100,000 visitor centre.

Stella's quest for draught master begins

Stella Artois’ seven-month quest to find its “draught master” has begun with the launch of the Quality Draught Masters Programme.

Lanson launches champagne education website

Lanson International has launched a website to educate trade and consumers about champagne, called L‟Académie de Lanson.

Cocktail Challenge results revealed

Drinks International has announced the category winners of the 18th annual Cocktail Challenge.

Bordeaux wine-students to train in London

The International Wine and Spirits Institute (IWSI), based in Bordeaux, is to open an eight-week spirits training programme in London next year.

Bacardi crowns global cocktail champion

Bacardi has crowned the winner of the first Superior Rum Global Legacy Cocktail Competition, in Barcelona.

France: Absinthe ban lifted

The absinthe ban in France has been lifted, according to absinthe brand La Fée.

Bartenders do duel for No. 209 Gin crown

Two of London’s bartenders drew swords in San Francisco in the final of the No. 209 Gin Duel.

Jim Beam's Red Stag comes to UK and travel retail

Jim Beam has launched its Red Stag bourbon-based drink in the UK market and in travel retail outlets across Europe.

Ian Macleod appoints business development manager

Ian Macleod Distillers has appointed Danielle Murphy as business development manager at its Scotland-based sales team.

Stock Spirits records double-digit growth

Stock Spirits recorded double-digit organic revenue growth and profit growth in 2010.

Prowein pulls them in: attendance up 5%

Prowein organiser Messe Düsseldorf has announced record attendance figures for the show held this week, 27-29 March 2011.

Linton Park launches Rhino range

South African winery Linton Park has announced the launch of The Rhino of Linton Park range.

DQ makes UK comeback

Swedish vodka brand DQ has re-launched to the UK, following the restructuring of parent company Nordic Spirit.

Gin Mare launches bartender competition

The owners of the Mediterranean gin brand, Gin Mare, have launched a bartender competition that culminates in a grand final on the island of Ibiza in September with a winner’s purse of £6,000.

Amorim registers double-digit volume growth

Cork producer Amorim recorded double-digit volume growth in 2010.

Havana Club posts double-digit growth

Havana Club grew by 15% in 2010, following strong performances in Cuba, Germany, France and the UK.

Asia-Pacific and Latin America spur AB InBev growth

AB InBev’s buoyant Asia-Pacific and Latin America markets have offset negative growth in North America and Europe, to spur overall revenue growth.

Greenall’s revamps gin for 250th birthday

UK gin distiller G&J Greenall has celebrated its 250th birthday by redesigning its Original London Dry Gin.

Clink! appoints operations manager

Clink! Wines, distributors to the UK and mainland Europe, has appointed Mariola Martinez as operations manager.

Stock posts impressive growth

The Stock Spirits Group has announced double digit organic volume growth with total sales volumes of 162.4 million litres in 2010.

Glengoyne spurs Ian Macleod growth

UK spirits group Ian Macleod Distillers has recorded a 41% profit, buoyed by the growth of Glengoyne single malt whisky.

BBPA and WSTA defend UK drinking record

UK: Trade bodies Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) and the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) have denied that UK alcohol consumption is rising.

Royal Salute accelerates polo drive

Scotch whisky Royal Salute has announced its sponsorship of the Sentebale’s Polo Cup in Dubai.

PLB to distribute Bodegas Navajas wines

UK importer PLB has been appointed by Rioja winery Bodegas Navajas, with effect from March this year.

AB InBev launches Stella cider

UK: AB InBev has launched a cider under the Stella Artois name. Stella Artois Cidre will be available from easter 2011 in 568ml bottles and 440ml cans and the company suggests serving the product over ice.

Constellation Wines renamed Accolade after Champ takeover

Constellation Wines Australia and Europe has been renamed Accolade Wines following the completed acquisition of an 80% share in the company by Australian equity group Champ.

ICS attempts to measure the pleasure of cognac

In its fourth edition, the International Cognac Summit (ICS) 2011, attempted to answer the question: can you quantify pleasure when tasting cognac?

Scotland: Deputy prime minister toasts whisky exports

UK: The deputy prime minister Nick Clegg MP raised a glass to scotch whisky exports – up 12% in the first ten months of 2010.

Jacob's Creek winemaker live chat

Join us for a live web chat with Jacob’s Creek chief winemaker Bernard Hickin on Wednesday January 19 at 1pm (GMT).

Diageo appoints senior execs

Diageo Gobal Travel Middle East (GTME) has announced three ‘key strategic leadership’ appointments to its senior executive management team.

Budvar bucks Czech beer decline

Czech beer Budvar bucked a 12% decline in Czech beer exports in 2010 to record growth of 4%.

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.

Brand Phoenix to distribute Angove wines

Brand Phoenix has been appointed distributors for Angove Family Winemakers in the UK off-trade.

Brown-Forman looking to offload Fetzer

Brown-Forman, the major US drinks company, has announced a strategic review with a view to offloading its Californina-based wine assets.

Constellation sells its Australian, UK and South African wine businesses

Constellation Brands, hitherto, the world's leading wine company, has announced that it has sold its Australian and UK business, (Constellation Wines Australia and Europe, CWAE), to CHAMP, an Australian private equity group.

Alcohol Concern calls for training against alcohol misuse

UK charities Alcohol Concern and the Children’s Society have called for “mandatory social work training” on the issues surrounding parental alcohol misuse.

Funkin decides on Fusion range

UK-based mixer brand Funkin has announced the launch of a new range of purées called Funkin Fusion.

Beefeater packs a punch in travel retail

Limited edition Beefeater Winter gin has made its European travel retail debut in the main World Duty Free store in London Heathrow Terminal 3.

First Cape to sponsor Lions rugby tour

First Cape Wines has announced it will sponsor the British and Irish Lions rugby tour of Australia in 2013.

Drinkaware calls for tougher measures on drinking

UK charity Drinkaware has said that tougher action is needed to counter UK binge drinking.

CEDC to purchase Kauffman vodka

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) is to purchase the global rights for Kauffman vodka.