Beefeater #MyLondon Film Fest winner

Unhappy Hour by Jamie Sims was the winner of Beefeater #MyLondon Film Fest.

Diageo announces Distill Ventures

Diageo has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first accelerator programme, set up to encourage, nurture and mentor new and growing spirits brands.

Absolut announces new look for its flavoured vodkas

Absolut has announced new designs for its range of flavoured vodkas.

Diageo unveils Belgian chocolate Baileys

Diageo has announced what it claims to be one of its most innovative products for a decade - Baileys Chocolat Luxe.

Campari posts sales of €698.6 million. 13% up

Gruppo Campari has posted its half term results - sales of €698.6 million. 13% up but group net profit is down 26.1% to €57.6m.

WSET student numbers hit new record

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced that latest figures show that worldwide student numbers for the academic year 2012/13, just finished, stand at an all-time high of 48,434, up 12% on the previous year.

Bring on Christmas says Pernod UK

Christmas is £4 billion worth of business for beer, wines and spirits, according to Pernod Ricard UK.

Menezes steps up at Diageo

Listening to BBC Radio 4 this morning (July 31), I heard the voice of the new chief executive of Diageo. Ivan Menezes coped well with the busy, bustling questions from the Beeb’s city correspondent in the minute or so allotted to the interview.

SWA responds to minimum pricing opposition

The Scotch Whisky Association has responded to reports today (July 25) that there is major opposition from several European countries to Scotland’s yet to be enacted law a minimum price for a unit of alcohol.

Quintessential unveils Essential

Quintessential Brands, the independent European spirits group has announced the formation of new company, Essential Drinks.

Diageo takes over SJF Holdco

Diageo has received approval from the Chinese authorities to buy the remaining 47% stake in Sichuan Chengdu Shuijingfang Group Company Ltd. (SJF Holdco).

Diageo executive committee change

Diageo has announced that its corporate relations director is to leave the company.

Diageo Launches new online ‘Think How You Drink’ campaign

Diageo, the world’s largest premium drinks company has launched a pan-European online campaign ‘Think How You Drink’ to remind young people that drinking to excess can lead to shame and embarrassment.

SPI appoints Romain Ambrunn

SPI Group, owner of Stolichnaya russian vodka, has appointed Romain Ambrunn as Asia Pacific regional director.

London Wine Fair reports strong interest

London Wine Fair organisers Brintex has reported a “decidedly positive response” from existing exhibitors signing up for 2014.

Russian Standard goes to Borco

Russian Standard vodka, Russia’s number one global vodka, has a new distribution partnership with Borco-Marken-Import (Borco) to manage the brand’s distribution and marketing in Germany and Austria.

Lacassagne takes over at Chivas

Laurent Lacassagne has this week (W/C July 8) become chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard.

Diageo names World Class winner

A bartender from Spain has won Diageo's global bartender competition World Class.

Diageo announces United Spirits share purchase agreement

Diageo has announced that it has completed the acquisition of a further 14.98% stake in United Spirits Limited (USL), the leading spirits company in India.

Macallan Select Reserve raises £4,400

The rare and special bottle of The Macallan Select Reserve, donated by Maxxium UK, sold for £4,400 at the Masterpiece Midsummer Party Auction and will benefit Marie Curie Cancer Care; a charity that cares for terminally ill patients and their families. 

Macallan Select Reserve raises £4,400

The rare and special bottle of The Macallan Select Reserve, donated by Maxxium UK, sold for £4,400 at the Masterpiece Midsummer Party Auction and will benefit Marie Curie Cancer Care; a charity that cares for terminally ill patients and their families. 

Marblehead and Quintessential team up

Marblehead, the privately-owned UK-based, brand development and distribution company, has announced a new partnership with Quintessential Brands, the independent spirits company.

Brown-Forman to expand Woodford Reserve

Brown-Forman Corporation has announced that it intends to expand the Woodford Reserve distillery to meet expected growing global demand.

US Drinks Conference – event details

The US Drinks Conference will be held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York on Tuesday, September 10.

Zamora appoints Clamens as MD

The Diego Zamora group has appointed Thomas Clamens as its international managing director.

Some like it… with raspberry sorbet

You don’t often go to a whisky tasting and get given raspberry sorbet, half way through.  Sniffing strawberry and getting a vanilla stick stuck up your nose, isn’t common either.

WSTA reports negativity in UK drinks sector

Total alcohol sales continue to fall according to the latest Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) market report.

MBG buys Meyer‘s Bitter

MBG International Premium Brands GmbH has bought the liqueur maker E. Eduard Meyer GmbH from the Schwarze Schlichte group.

Tequila and Mescal: poor image

Tequila and Mescal have a poor image and there is a lack of understanding, according to a Mexican government body.

Glen Keith distillery re-opens

Chivas Brothers' Speyside distillery, Glen Keith, has re-opened, having been closed, or silent, since 1999.

George Grant appointed to J & G Grant’s board

J & G Grant, owners of the Glenfarclas distillery, has appointed George Grant to its board of directors.

WIRSPA relaunches

The West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers’ Association has relaunched its ‘Authentic Caribbean Rum' campaign.

Altia buys Larsen Cognac and Danish aquavit Brøndums

Altia, the Nordic-based alcoholic drinks group has bought the Larsen Cognac brand and the Danish aquavit brand Brøndums.

Diageo new appointments

Diageo has announced that Andy Fennell, chief marketing officer, will become president COO, Africa, reporting to Nick Blazquez, president Africa, Eastern Europe and Turkey.

Wemyss announces new distillery

Wemyss, owner of independent bottler Wemyss Malts and blended malt whiskies such as The Spice King, The Peat Chimney and The Hive, has announced that final planning permission has now been granted for its new single malt whisky distillery and visitor centre.

McDonnell steps down from Patrón

The announcement yesterday of the appointment of Dave Wilson’s as Patrón Spirits’ new president of international operations and global COO, follows the surprise decision by John McDonnell to step down.

Janneau to double capacity

Armagnac house Janneau has decided to double its capacity to distil in-house.

Scotch exhibition opens in Glasgow

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) exhibition, Scotch Whisky: From Grain to Glass, has opened in the Glasgow.

Patrón appoints new international president and global COO

Patrón Spirits has announced that Dave Wilson is its president of its new international operations and global COO, effective June 10.

Macallan 1824 - Colour me perfect

Standing listening last night to The Macallan’s brand ambassador, Joy Elliot, who was conducting a tasting of the new 1824 Series at the Whisky Shop in London’s Piccadilly, I could not resist a feeling of déjà vu.

Dron leaves William Grant

William Grant & Sons has announced that Gordon Dron, its managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has decided to leave the company.

Rusty nails Bols Around the World

Rusty Cerven, of the UK’s Connaught Bar, won the seventh annual Bols Around the World competition, beating 11 other finalists in a hard-fought competition at Amsterdam’s Escape nightclub.

New Indian whiskies

Two single malt Indian whiskies were unveiled in London last night (May 14).

Campari posts poor results in first quarter

Davide Campari-Milano SpA has posted poor results in first quarter ending March 31, 2013 which it states is mainly due to the ‘one-off’ destocking in Italy.

Gin Guild dinner

I became an honorary Gin Rectifier last night (May 9). I took an oath and now I am duty bound to promote the best interests of gin.

Bacardi unveils Glen Deveron

Bacardi Global Travel Retail (BGTR) has launched a Highland single malt Scotch whisky collection exclusive to travel retailers, World Duty Free.

Gin is extremely uninteresting

The global Gin sector is low price, low growth and extremely uninteresting, according to a top City of London analyst.

Diageo reports 5% growth

Diageo, has reported 5% organic and 6% reported net sales growth for the nine months to 31 March 31. Volume was up 1%.

European spirits exports smash €10bn

European spirits exports were worth €10.2 billion in 2012 - 20% up from €8.5 billion in the previous year.

New limited edition Beefeater gin

Pernod Ricard Chivas Brothers has released a new limited edition expression of Beefeater, the world’s best-selling premium gin.