Amázzoni Gin and Nomad Collection support NGO Vem do Xingu

Owner’s of Amázzoni, Brazil’s first craft gin, have arranged with their UK distributor the Nomad Collection, to donate £2 for every bottle of Amázzoni sold in the UK to NGO Vem do Xingu.

Fred Sirieix named UK ambassador for G’Vine French gin

G’Vine gin, the French gin made with grapes, has announced Fred Sirieix as their first ever UK ambassador.

Procera Gin releases 2022 vintage

Kenyan gin distiller Procera has launched the 2022 annual vintage of its ultra-premium Red Dot and Green Dot gin expressions both distilled using fresh Juniperus procera harvested in the nearby Kenyan highlands.

Brown-Forman confirms purchase of Gin Mare

Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman has confirmed the purchase of gin brand Gin Mare from Spanish premium drinks company, Vantguard.

Ukiyo Japanese Spirits launches in New Zealand

Japanese spirits brand Ukiyo has launched its Blossom Gin, Yuzu Gin, and Rice Vodka in New Zealand after agreeing a distribution deal.

Marcus Black: Capturing Harrogate’s spirit

Drinks International sits down with Spirit of Harrogate co-founder Marcus Black to talk heritage, sport, and how to create a gin that stands out from the crowd.

The UK drinks market key gin insights

The UK’s on-trade and hospitality outlets are preferring to serve leading brands of gin and tonic as their house products instead of supporting local and small-batch counterparts, as market researcher Shepper finds. 

Elephant Gin launches wildlife protection foundation

Gin-brand Elephant Gin has announced the launch of the Elephant Gin Foundation, an independent non-profit dedicated to protecting African wildlife.

France’s Citadelle gin comes to London’s OXO Tower this summer

Citadelle gin has come to London’s OXO Tower this summer, for its Summer Terrace, serving Citadelle gin cocktails inspired by southwest France.

Distell International launches new Amarula African Gin

Distell International’s Amarula African Gin is set to debut in Europe next month, starting with the UK, along with its Amarula Cream Liqueur, which has entered the European market for the first time.

Scapegrace to develop New Zealand’s largest-ever distillery

Craft spirit producer Scapegrace Distilling Company has announced plans to develop New Zealand’s largest-ever distillery project in the Central Otago region.

Rooster Rojo Tequila moves into movies

Rooster Rojo Tequila, the premium spirits brand owned by the fast-growing global beverage powerhouse, Amber Beverage Group, has announced the next stage in the development of its ‘SIP DON’T SLAM’ advertising campaign, which was first rolled out earlier this year. 

Brockmans Gin sales hit one million bottles in 12 months

Super-premium gin Brockmans has announced that one million bottles were sold within a 12-month period, a milestone for the brand.

Kenya’s Procera Gin announces partnership with Axiom Brands

Kenyan ultra-premium spirits producer, Procera Gin has announced a partnership with Axiom Brands to accelerate growth in the UK on- and off-trade.

Diageo India invests in premium gin producer Nao Spirits

United Spirits Limited (Diageo India) has announced an investment of INR 31.5 crores (US$ 4.1m) to acquire a strategic minority stake in Nao Spirits.

Hendrick’s launches limited-edition Neptunia gin

Hendrick’s have launched Neptunia, a limited-edition gin using Scottish coastal botanicals and the latest release from master distiller Lesley Gracie’s Cabinet of Curiosities collection.

The rise of quality RTDs

Last year’s launch of Panther M*lk, a vegan oat milk RTD made with gin, rum, brandy and overproof spiced rum, shows just how quickly the pre-mixed cocktail industry has evolved since the days of mediocre Gin & Tonics.

Adnams launches high-strength gin designed for low alcohol serves

Suffolk-based distillery Adnams has launched a high-strength gin distilled with ten times the botanicals to give the flavour of a full serve in a 2.5ml measure.

Brands Report 2022: Gin

Topping gin for seven of the last nine years, Tanqueray is once again king gin. The Diageo brand, famed for its juniper forward Tanqueray London Dry and Tanqueray No. Ten gins, was the house choice in 25% of the world’s best bars.

Illva Saronno launches Engine gin in the UK

Italian spirits company, Illva Saronno has launched the craft organic gin brand, Engine in the UK.

Maison Ferrand builds new distillery for Citadelle Gin

French spirits producer, Maison Ferrand, has built a new distillery at the Château de Bonbonnet to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Citadelle Gin brand.

Fok Hing Gin warned over offensive branding

Fok Hing Gin has fallen foul of the industry-funded UK drinks industry watchdog for using offensive language.

UK gin producers lobby for tax break

UK gin producers have called upon Chancellor Rishi Sunak to freeze duty on spirits after revealing that exports have plummeted 35% as a result of the pandemic.

Holyrood Distillery launches new gin created with ‘whisky in mind’

Edinburgh’s Holyrood Distillery has created a new stripped-back gin, Height of Arrows.

Kirker Greer Spirits launches Japanese brand Ukiyo

Kirker Greer Spirits has launched a new Japanese spirits brand called Ukiyo which features two gins and a rice vodka coming soon.

Distil invests in Ardgowan Distillery

Distil, owner of premium drinks brands including RedLeg Spiced Rum, Blackwoods Gin and Trøve Botanical Spirit, has announced a £5m investment into the new Ardgowan Distillery in Inverkip, Scotland.

Hayman's collaborates with Singapore Airlines

Hayman’s Distillery has created a special gin to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Singapore Airlines flight to London.

Refreshing summer cocktail inspiration from the world's best gin, No.3

Looking to add a splash of excitement to classic cocktails this summer? No.3 Gin’s refreshing balance of juniper, citrus and spice makes it the perfect addition to this season’s drinking occasions. 

Cazcabel tequila builds on brand success with ambitious growth plans and a new distillery

On the back of exponential international growth through 2020, Cazcabel Tequila is announcing exciting plans to build a new distillery in Atotonilco El Alto, Jalisco. 

Master of Malt predicts future drinking trends

Online retailer Master of Malt has unveiled three key trends that could define the spirits industry during the next year.

Wimbledon Brewery launches debut gin

London’s Wimbledon Brewery has taken its first steps into gin production with the unveiling of Wimbledon Garden Gin.

Edrington reports year-on-year profit decline

Edrington has reported that pre-tax profit decreased 21% year-on-year to £178.4 million for the year ending 31 March 2021.

Eden Mill extends distribution through La Martiniquaise-Bardinet

Scottish distiller Eden Mill has entered a new partnership with French drinks group La Martiniquaise-Bardinet for the UK distribution of its gin portfolio.

International Spirits Challenge 2021 announces results for gin, aquavit, world spirits and no/low

Pernod Ricard has claimed two double gold medals in the gin category at the International Spirits Challenge 2021.

Mermaid Gin commits to protecting seagrass meadows

Mermaid Gin, produced by The Isle of Wight Distillery, has committed to support the restoration and protection of its local seagrass meadows.

The New Thomas Henry Botanical Tonic

The Berlin mixer experts of Thomas Henry are always on the lookout for new flavours to inspire bartenders and bar lovers around the globe and catch up on trends within the industry. 

Isle of Harris gin lands US trade deal

The Isle of Harris Distillery in the Outer Hebrides Islands of Scotland has signed a new distribution agreement in the US with Misa Imports.

The Teasmith Gin gains US export deal

The Teasmith Gin has secured an £80,000 export deal with the biggest  independent wine retailer in the US.

BrewDog expands gin offering with LoneWolf Peach & Passionfruit

BrewDog Distilling Co has launched LoneWolf Peach & Passionfruit gin as the latest expansion of its spirits portfolio.

Covid-19 and Brexit hit UK gin exports

UK gin exports decreased by £100 million in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new figures from HM Revenue & Customs.

New home for Whitley Neill Gin

UK’s number one premium gin brand moves production of its London Dry Gin to award winning City of London distillery

BBC Spirits imports several leading British brands

French distributor BBC Spirits has bolstered its portfolio with several UK spirits brands as it bids to drive growth in 2021.

Diageo completes Chase Distillery deal

Diageo has completed the acquisition of Herefordshire-based craft spirits firm Chase Distillery for an undisclosed fee.

Diageo launches Tanqueray 0.0%

Diageo has launched a 0.0% abv version of its Tanqueray gin brand in a bid to capitalise upon soaring demand for alcohol-free drinks.

Ryan Reynolds launches Aviation Gin Wrexham AFC bottle

Aviation American Gin has launched a limited-edition Wrexham AFC bottle to celebrate the takeover of the National League club by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

Tanqueray launches Blackcurrant Royale variant

Tanqueray has kicked off a raft of innovation by launching a Blackcurrant Royale variant made with French blackcurrants, vanilla and black orchid.

Martin Miller's Gin launches "From Madness To Genius" campaign

Martin Miller’s Gin has unveiled a new ad campaign that tells the story of the brand’s “transformation from a mad idea to a genius gin”.

McQueen Gin unveils augmented reality labels

A Scottish gin producer has used augmented reality in a bid to create the “world’s coolest labels” for its range.

Tito's appoints new distributors in Cyprus and Switzerland

Tito’s Handmade Vodka has appointed new distributors for two of its European markets in Switzerland and Cyprus.

Ibiza-based Southside Bars offer online cocktail classes

Ibiza-based mobile bar company Southside Bars is now offering online cocktail masterclasses.