Diageo becomes first spirits sponsor of the NFL

Diageo has become the first ever official spirits sponsor of the NFL.

How the industry has changed since travel limits

Nick Strangeway looks at how travel restrictions have left a permanent impression on the global bar trade.

Californian wine: Trouble in paradise

California is the latest major wine-producing region to struggle with Mother Nature after a drought emergency gripped the Golden State.

Pernod Ricard sees 1.7% organic growth for first nine months of FY21

Pernod Ricard’s global sales have seen a 1.7% organic growth for the first nine months of FY21 which totalled €6,941m.

The Savoy launches first outdoors terrace with Bowmore

The Savoy in London has partnered with Bowmore single malt scotch whisky to launch the hotel’s first ever pop up terrace called Solas.

Beam Suntory invests £6m in Glen Garioch distillery

Beam Suntory has announced a £6m investment in the Glen Garioch distillery in Oldmeldrum, which will see the reintroduction of floor matings and installation of direct-fired heating.

Remy Cointreau Sales Surged in Q3

Remy Cointreau has reported 25.1% sales growth for the final three months of 2020.

London's first absinthe distillery unveiled

Cocktail bar owners Allison Crawbuck and Rhys Everett have launched London’s first absinthe distillery in the heart of the East End.

Vermouth Day launched to champion the category

Renowned bartender and vermouth producer Giancarlo Mancino has created the world’s first Vermouth Day to celebrate the fortified wine.

Diageo rolls out advanced health warnings on key brands

Diageo is rolling out voluntary enhanced health warnings on bottles of Smirnoff, Gordon’s, Baileys and Captain Morgan as part of its broader responsible drinking campaign.

C.Gars brings Key West First Legal Rum to the UK

UK-based cigar and whisky merchant C.Gars has become the exclusive importer and distributor for Key West First Legal Rum for the UK and EU.

Bacardi unveils world's first biodegradable spirts bottle

Bacardi has unveiled plans to put the world’s first 100% degradable spirits bottles on shelves and back bars by 2023.

Chivas donates Old Trafford advertising space to charity

Chivas Brothers has donated its digital advertising slot at Old Trafford to a motor neurone disease charity for the upcoming clash between Man Utd and Sheff Utd.

Italy allows bars to reopen following coronavirus lockdown

Bars have reopened across Italy after the government eased lockdown restrictions that have paralysed the economy over the past 10 weeks.

Carlsberg reports first quarterly sales decline in two years

Danish brewer Carlsberg has reported its first quarterly sales decline in two years as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

William Grant & Sons unveils Hendrick's Lunar

Hendrick’s Lunar Gin is the second limited edition release from master distiller Lesley Gracie’s Cabinet of Curiosities at the Hendrick’s Gin Palace, launching in the UK first. 

Lakes Distillery to produce English whisky from December

The new £2.5m Lakes Distillery will become the first whisky operation in the Lake District in more than 100 years, when it opens in December.

Profile: Mikaël Silvestre

World Cup finalist, UEFA Champions League, FA and League Cup winner… and now rum brand owner. Christian Davis tackles French international footballer Mikaël Silvestre

The Macallan unveils new range

The Macallan has unveiled a new range, the 1824 Series, which is being rolled out into the UK market this autumn.

Charles Heidsieck champagne moves to Liberty

UK: Charles Heidsieck champagne is to move to a "fine wine-orientated partner" in the UK. Distribution is to shift from First Drinks Brands to Liberty Wines from June 1, 2012 .

Diageo launches two new Johnnie Walker whiskies

Diageo GTME Americas has launched two new products under the Johnnie Walker brand. Johnnie Walker Platinum Label and Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve will launch in the Americas first, followed by a global roll-out in travel retail in the first half of 2012.

Glenfiddich launches double-matured whisky

William Grant has launched a new expression of its Glenfiddich whisky brand: Glenfiddich Malt Master’s Edition.

Bowmore Tempest No. 3 launches

Morrison Bowmore has launched Bowmore Tempest Small Batch Release No. 3 to global markets.

Penfolds launches Bin 620 in Shanghai

Penfolds has launched Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz to global markets, the first release of the ‘special bin’ since 1966.

Pernod posts strong first quarter results

Pernod Ricard has announced net sales (excluding tax and duties) of €1.987 million for the first quarter of 2011/12 (July 1 – September 30, 2011).

Buffalo Trace launches 2011 Antique Collection whiskeys

UK: Hi-Spirits is set to launch the Buffalo Trace Distillery 2011 Antique Collection this month.

Craft Japanese whisky launched

The first whisky from Japanese craft distillery Chichibu has been launched. Chichibu The First is three years old, 61.8% abv and limited to 7,400 bottles. The whisky is not chill-filtered.

Nemiroff launches Distinct "eco-vodka"

Nemiroff Company has made its first step into eco-friendly spirits with the launch of Nemiroff Distinct, a vodka flavoured with aloe. 

Patron ramps up marketing in South Africa

South Africa: Patron has launched its first billboard campaign outside of the US. 

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.

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.

Australia head hits out

Paul Henry, outgoing general manager, market development for the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC), has accused retailers of being only interested in “volume and price” and described retailer consolidation and price compression as direct threats to proprietary brands.

Licor 43 targets UK growth

Spanish liqueur brand Licor 43 is targeting UK growth, after up-scaling its marketing operations with the appointment of a brand ambassador.

First Drinks appoints marketing boss

UK company First Drinks has appointed Una McCullough as marketing director.

India: Amrut launches 'intermediate sherry matured' whisky

Indian distiller Amrut is to launch its first ‘Intermediate Sherry Matured’ whisky. The product will be a limited edition of 275 cases.

First Cape launches low alcohol wine

First Cape wine is launching lower-alcohol (5.5% abv) extension of its First Cape brand.