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.

Businesses urged to make Responsibility Deal pledges

The UK government has urged the drinks industry to back its Responsibility Deal aimed at countering binge drinking and alcoholism.

Belvedere launches charity edition

Belvedere has launched a new vodka in partnership with (RED) to raise proceeds for charity.

Jacquesson releases single-vineyard champagnes

Champagne Jacquesson has announced the launch of two single-vineyard champagnes from 2002 to global markets.

Eleven new masters of wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced 11 new masters of wine.

Nikka names 2nd finalist in Perfect Serve contest

Japanese whisky brand, Nikka, has named the second finalist of its international cocktail competition, The Nikka Perfect Serve.

Group Toorank launches Sloane’s Gin

Netherlands-based distillery, Group Toorank, has launched Sloane’s Gin to the UK market.

Rémy Cointreau GTR adds Eades

Rémy Cointreau Global Travel Retail (GTR) has appointed Lynsey Eades as key account manager for Europe

Lataille lands UK Olmeca role

Pernod Ricard has appointed bartender and 'tequila expert' Matthias Lataille as UK ambassador for Olmeca Altos.

Accolade launches low alcohol wine

Accolade Wines has launched a low alcohol wine under the Stowells brand. Stowells Light is 5.5% abv and a 125ml glass contains one unit of alcohol and 56 calories.

StarBev eyes international expansion for Staropramen

StarBev has announced ‘significant investments’ in its Staropramen brand, as it eyes international expansion.

Mangrove branches out into Asia

UK spirits and liqueur agency, Mangrove, has announced plans for expansion into the Middle East and south Asia.

Enigma to dispel absinthe myths

Liqueurs de France has rolled out the launch of its Enigma absinthe range to the UK, in a bid to change consumer perceptions of the spirit.

Glenfiddich mastermind search is on

UK: Glenfiddich has launched the 2011 Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind competition. The aim of the game is to find the “trade’s most passionate malt enthusiasts”.

Africa: Diageo to invest £225m in brewing ops

Africa: Diageo’s Guinness Nigeria has committed £225million (NGN 55 billion) to expand its brewing operations. The company has said this will create 200 permanent jobs for Nigerians.

Premiumisation driving UK spirits, says First Drinks

Premiumisation is driving UK spirits volume and value growth in the on and off-trade, according to findings by First Drinks.

Eristoff vodka goes for Gold

Bacardi Brown Forman Brands has launched a new vodka under the Eristoff brand.

Show some humility, says CEO of Renaud Cointreau

Owners of traditional products such as champagne and cognac need to show some humility in their dealings with new emerging markets, according to the president and CEO of Groupe Renaud Cointreau.

Monin in Sweet and Sour launch

Monin has launched Sweet and Sour, a cocktail syrup for the on-trade.

Glenmorangie launches £2500 whisky

The Glenmorangie Company has released a £2,500 whisky matured in Chateau d’Yquem sauternes casks.

Olmeca Altos gets the Estes approval

Pernod Ricard brand Olmeca has announced a partnership with tequila ambassador and Mexican restaurant-bar owner Tomas Estes.

Diageo launches £15m Tanqueray campaign

Diageo has launched a £15m global campaign for its Tanqueray gin brand.

Pilsner Urquell closes on 90,000 litres at The Open

Czech lager brand Pilsner Urquell poured an estimated 90,000 litres of beer during the 2011 Open Championship in Kent, UK.

Pernod launches Malibu pre-mixes

UK: Pernod Ricard has launched a range of pre-mixed serves for its coconut rum brand Malibu.

Campari quadruples Aperol sales

Campari's Italian aperitif brand Aperol is going from strength to strength according to its owners.

Absolut draws a Blank

Absolut vodka has launched a global creative campaign called Absolut Blank. The campaign involves 'blank' bottles that have been turned into pieces of art by 18 different artists.

Auchentoshan charters transatlantic internships

Scotch whisky Auchentoshan is looking for entries to The Auchentoshan Switch, a cocktail competition that offers bartenders transatlantic internships.

Gin Mare Cocktail Competition UK winners

The UK heat of the Gin Mare cocktail Competition took place this week at the Imbibe show in London.

€5m global Vinho Verde campaign unveiled

The Vinho Verde Wine Commission (CVRVV), in Portugal, has invested €5m on a three-year global promotion.

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.