Diageo launches coffee flavoured Smirnoff

Diageo has unveiled a Smirnoff variant, Espresso Smirnoff.

Diageo announces global supply operations review

Diageo has announced that its global supply and procurement operation will be refocused to improve supplying its 21 key markets.

Absolut goes denim with Cronk

Pernod Ricard has launched Absolut Denim, the latest version of the Swedish vodka brand.

Gruppo Campari reports profits of €156.7m

The board of Davide Campari-Milano SpA, has reported group net profit of €156.7 million in its consolidated financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012. Sales were up 5.2% to €1,340.8m

Johnnie Walker's The Gold Route launches

Diageo has released the second blend in the Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club range, which is a duty free exclusive.

WSTA warning over new EU rules for made-wine products

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned that changes to customs classifications at EU level could lead to an increase in excise duty and VAT for some made-wine* products in the UK.

Bowmore launches whisky and water programme

Bowmore the single malt Scotch whisky from Islay, has launched The Bowmore Water Program.

Glenmorangie unveils Cask Masters

Glenmorangie has announced the launch of a whisky programme, which will involve its followers in the selection of a new limited edition whisky.

Cognac Camus celebrates 150th anniversary

The House of Camus, which claims to be the last major, independent and family-owned Cognac house, celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

Two new WSET trustees

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced two new trustees - Mentzendorff managing director Andrew Hawes and Jonathan Driver who, after leaving Diageo in 2006, has become a global consultant.

Highland Park unveils its Warriors

Highland Park last night (February 22) unveiled The Warrior Series, which will comprise a range of six single malt whiskies.

Campari takes over US Appleton rum distribution

Davide Campari-Milano SpA has announced that it is taking over the distribution and marketing of its recently acquired Appleton rum brands from Kobrand from March 1.

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5 award

William Grant’s Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5 has been voted the ‘Speyside Single Malt of the Year’.

New limited edition 1977 Jura whisky

Whyte & Mackay’s Jura distillery has added a new, limited-edition vintage expression – the 1977.

New Macallan Lalique Oscuro for Asia

The Macallan and the French crystal brand, Lalique have launched a a new presentation for The Macallan which is exclusive to a select number of duty free and travel retail outlets in Asia.

Discus review of US spirits industry

The Distilled Spirits Council (Discus), which represents the spirits industry in the US, revealed its 2012 findings in New York this week.

Irish Distillers announces Crockett retirement

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has announced the retirement of Jameson Irish Whiskey master distiller Barry Crockett.

Casa Sauza XA is given new look

Beam’s ultra-premium positioned limited edition tequila, Casa Sauza XA, has a new look.

WSTA asks the UK Government for help



The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) meets with Economic Secretary to the Treasury today (February 5), ahead of the Budget in March.

Stoli Hot and Sticki enter Brazilian TR

SPI has announced that its Stolichnaya flavoured variants, Stoli Hot and Stoli Sticki have been listed by Dufry Do Brazil, the largest travel retail distributor in Latin America.

Vintage Hine Cognacs to auction at Bonhams

A bottle of Hine Grande Champagne Cognac from 1952, to commemorate the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II, is among several lots of Cognac to feature in auctioneers Bonhams’ sale on February 14 in London.

Diageo to expand its archive

Diageo has announced plans to invest £1.5 million in expanding the its global brand archive.

Diageo announces interim results

Diageo, the world’s largest premium alcoholic drinks company, has announced its interim results for the six months ended December 31, 2012

Little is Funkin’s new sales director

Funkin has appointed Simon Little, formerly of Diageo, Percy Fox, SABMiller, Greene King and Gaymers, as its new sales director.

SPI makes Esposito its North America president

SPI Group, owner of the Stolichnaya Russian vodka brand, has made John Esposito president of its US operations.

Diageo fires new Bulleit

Diageo has launched a 10 year old expression of Bulleit Bourbon in the US.

Pre-mixed drinks

Consumers are starting to really embrace the convenience of a pre-mixed drink in a portable format. Hamish Smith reports

CDA challenges labelling on new spirits drink

The Craft Distillers Alliance has criticised a brewery in East Anglia for breaking the rules governing the production of whisky after it launched a new spirits product made with one of its beers.

SWA welcomes Latin American free trade deals

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced two trade agreements with Colombia and Peru and its Association Agreement with Central America.

Glenfarclas has new distillery manager

J&G Grant has announced the appointment of Callum Fraser as the new production manager at the Glenfarclas Distillery.

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select in Vegas Airport

Jack Daniel’s has launched its first installation of Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select’s 'The Sinatra Experience' in Las Vegas airport.

Diageo sponsors New Year’s Eve travel

Diageo the world’s largest premium drinks company in the world, is to sponsor public transport in London and Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve.

1789 Courvoisier on sale in Harrods for £95,000

A 233-year-old Courvoisier cognac, discovered in a Dutch Collection is on sale for £95,000 at Harrods in London

Adnams previews its English whiskies

Adnams, best known as a regional English brewer, has previewed two English whiskies which will be launched next year in time for Christmas.

One direction for LIWF

Brintex, the organiser of the London International Wine Fair, has announced new initiatives to reinvigorate the 2013 show.

First Drinks announces major investment in the UK on-trade

First Drinks, William Grant & Sons UK distributor, has announced a major investment to strengthen its presence in the UK on-trade.

Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind finalists

First Drinks has announced the finalists of the Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind cocktail competition.

Major scotch exhibition

A major exhibition about scotch whisky, Scotland’s national drink, will open on 29 November at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Guala buys MCG Industries’ Metal Closures for €20 Million

Guala Closures, a leading maker of aluminium closures for spirits and wines, has bought the Metal Closures division of South African company, MCG Industries.

Brands flock to MBS to access Russian market

Global spirits groups and aspiring brands were present at the second annual Moscow Bar Show (MBS) this week to capitalize on Russian bartenders and distributors’ growing interest in international spirits. 

TFWA and MEDFA announce conference details

The Tax Free World Association (TFWA) and the Middle East Duty Free Association (MEDFA) have released the programme for the 2012 MEDFA Conference.

Bacardi names new Asia Pacific regional president

Bacardi Limited, the largest privately-held spirits company in the world, has announced the appointment of Siddik Tetík as regional president of Asia Pacific.

Bacardi poaches Diageo high flyer

Bacardi has announced the appointment of Ron Anderson as senior vice president and chief commercial officer.

Absinthe

With all the bans on absinthe now lifted, the traditional French and Swiss producers are now free to re-invent the category for the 21st century. Hamish Smith investigates

Diageo launches a Chinese white spirit to the UK market

Diageo, has launched Chinese white spirit brand, Shui Jing Fang, onto the UK domestic market.

Distillers urge senate to pass Russian trade bill

Legislation granting permanent normal trade relations status (PNTR) to Russia has been introduced to the US Senate. The Distilled Spirits Council urged speedy passage in order for US distillers to gain many market access benefits of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

UK: Wine and spirits price rises double inflation rate

The price of wine and spirits has risen by more than twice the level of inflation, according to the latest WSTA Market Report.

Diageo buys Brazilian cachaça brand Ypióca

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, has announced that it has reached agreement with Ypióca Agroindustrial Limitada to buy cachaça brand, Ypióca, and certain production assets.

China holds key for global spirits brands

China is the key for any global company and it is as important now as the US was in the past, according to speakers at the inaugural Worshipful Company of Distillers' city debate.

Turkish delight for Patrón

Patrón Spirits has partnered with the Turkish importer BT to distribute the company's tequilas and XO Cafe coffee liqueur.