Ballantine's 7 Bourbon Finish launches at selected whisky retailers

Ballantine’s has honoured its founder by launching a seven-year-old blend finished in bourbon barrels.

Heineken enters hard seltzer market with Pure Piraña

Heineken has entered the hard seltzer category with the launch of Pure Piraña in Mexico and New Zealand.

Vinexposium chief executive Rodolphe Lameyse focuses on agility and resilience

Trade show heavyweights Comexposium and Vinexpo have now officially joined forces to create a new company called Vinexposium.

Templeton Rye ramps up focus on innovation

Templeton Rye has released a limited-edition Caribbean Rum Cask Finish expression into the domestic and export markets.

Focus on India: pandemic could usher in lasting change

India, one of the largest spirits consuming and producing countries in the world, has never had it easy when it comes to the matter of alcohol.

Champagne sales soar as Brits find cause for celebration

UK retailers enjoyed soaring sales of Champagne and sparkling wine as the country basked in warm weather during the four weeks to September 5.

Diageo World Class announces first three regional finalists

Three bartenders have surged through to the British regional final of Diageo’s World Class mixology competition after impressing judges with their portable cocktail creations.

Berg tops 2020 Bar World 100

Monica Berg of Tayer + Elementary has topped the list of Drinks International’s 2020 Bar World 100 with partner Alex Kratena coming second.

World's 50 Best Bars 2020 goes virtual in November

The annual list of The World’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, will be unveiled as part of a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, 5th November.

International Spirits Challenge 2020 announces results for whisky and premixed drinks

Judges at the International Spirits Challenge hailed the overall quality standards on display within the whisky category after issuing a remarkable medal tally.

Halewood opens distillery in St. Petersburg

Halewood has opened a £5 million distillery in St. Petersburg in order to boost production of its J.J. Whitley vodka.

Jack Daniel's master distiller steps down after 20 years in Lynchburg

Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnett is stepping down after a 20-year career at the world-famous American whiskey producer.

Accolade Wines purchases Katnook Estate

Accolade Wines has acquired the historic Katnook Estate in Coonawarra from Wingara Wine Group.

Australian winemakers count the cost following The Wine Society collapse

Australian winemakers look set to receive just $20,000 of the $2 million they are owed after The Wine Society plunged into administration.

Brown-Forman beats expectations by posting robust Q1 results

A strong domestic performance ensured that Brown-Forman net sales decreased by just 2% year-on-year in the three months to July 31, 2020.

BAME Wine Professionals aims to promote diversity in the wine trade

A new online resource is dedicated to shining a light on “wine talent in the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities”.

Isle of Man's Fynoderee appoints new master distiller

The Fynoderee Distillery in the Isle of Man has appointed Berle ‘Rusty’ Figgins Jnr as master distiller to lead its distillery operations.

Jameson launches Grow Your Own Cocktail challenge

Bartenders can win cash prizes by entering the Grow Your Own Cocktail web challenge launched by Irish whiskey brand Jameson.

The Drinks Drop cocktail delivery service goes national

Cocktail delivery service The Drinks Drop has increased its service to nationwide giving British consumers access to drinks from bars in London and Manchester.

Asahi announces $1.5bn share offering

Asahi aims to raise up to $1.5 billion in a share offering to repay loans taken out to buy Carlton & United Breweries from AB InBev.

Tito's Handmade Vodka appoints C&C Group as UK distributor

Tito’s Handmade Vodka has appointed C&C Group as its exclusive distributor for the UK market.

Brewdog to plant a million trees in bid for carbon negativity

Brewdog claims to be the world’s first carbon negative international beer producer after announcing plans to plan a million trees in the Scottish Highlands.

New York breweries discontinue Aqua Shiva beer after Hindu protests

Two New York breweries have apologized and swiftly discontinued a “highly inappropriate” collaboration beer named after a Hindu deity.

Ardbeg announces new distillery manager

Ardbeg has announced that Colin Gordon will take over as distillery manager after incumbent Mickey Heads retires in October.

Naomi Osaka invests in sake producer

Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka has been appointed as creative director for SOTO after investing in the premium sake brand.

International Spirits Challenge 2020 announces results for gin, vodka and rum

Some of the world’s leading distillers are celebrating after securing impressive medal hauls in the International Spirits Challenge 2020.

Diageo to purchase Aviation Gin in $610m deal

Diageo will purchase Aviation Gin and several sister brands in a deal worth up to $610 million.

Burgess opens Ever After bar with all-day drinking and dining vibes

Renowned bar owner Ali Burgess says his new venue Ever After will deliver an all-day drinking and dining experience which is missing from the London bar scene.

US spirits industry reiterates pleas for tariff dispute de-escalation

The US government has announced that the existing 25% tariffs will remain on single malt Scotch for the foreseeable future.

Carlsberg suspends share buyback as profits dwindle

Danish brewer Carlsberg expects to report an organic operating decline of 10% to 15% this year as a result of on-trade closures.

Piper-Heidsieck launches Prohibition inspired bottle

Piper-Heidsieck has launched a limited-edition bottle and gift box to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition in the US.

Corona named world's most valuable beer despite pandemic name clash

The world’s most valuable alcoholic drinks brands could lose up to US$33bn worth of brand value as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to brand valuation company Brand Finance.

South Africa urged to end "devastating" alcohol prohibition

The South African government has been urged to scrap its alcohol prohibition in order to avoid “devastating consequences” at home and abroad.

Enotria & Coe secures £6m equity investment

UK on-trade wine and spirits supplier Enotria & Coe has secured a £6 million investment from a private equity group to help it navigate choppy waters ahead.

US hospitality industry revived almost 600,000 jobs in July

The US bar and restaurant industry revived 592,000 jobs across the country in July, according to new statistics from the Bureau of Labor.

Mr Lyan's Cub closes permanently

Cub, the Hoxton venue by Ryan Chetiyawardana (Mr Lyan) and Doug McMaster, will not re-open at its site following lockdown.

Angostura boosts production capacity with new facility

Angostura is poised to increase its daily production capacity to 13,500 litres after unveiling a multimillion-dollar water recovery facility.

Black Chalk makes inroads into Japanese sparkling wine market

English sparkling wine producer Black Chalk has announced plans to set up an office in Tokyo as it bids to crack the Japanese market.

Pernod Ricard reopens Beefeater and Plymouth Gin distilleries

Pernod Ricard will reopen its Beefeater and Plymouth Gin distilleries to the public for tours this week.

Loungers shares increase 21% after strong post-lockdown performance

British bar and casual dining group Loungers has seen its share price increase 21% this morning after it revealed strong trading figures since reopening post-lockdown.

US off-trade sales continue to surge throughout summer

Sales of spirits, wine and beer continue to soar in the US off-trade as shoppers shun bars and restaurants in favor of drinking at home.

Doña Sofía launches as UK's first CBD RTDs

Doña Sofía has launched the UK’s first CBD-infused ready-to-drink cocktails with a range of non-alcoholic varieties also on the horizon.

Ramón Bilbao unveils new range of single vineyard Lalomba wines

Ramón Bilbao has unveiled a collection of high-quality, single vineyard wines in order to showcase some of the best terroirs from across the Rioja region.

Heineken 0.0% takes over Europa League sponsorship

Heineken 0.0% will take over sponsorship of the Europa League when the tournament resumes on Wednesday night.

Concha y Toro reports strong sales and profit growth in Q2

Leading Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro has reported that Q2 consolidated sales grew 16.5% in difficult trading conditions.

50 Best For Recovery Grants deadline extended

THe deadline for applications to the 50 Best For Recovery Fund, a global initiative to provide financial relief for the hospitality sector, has been extended.

Shift6 PR offers free services to independent clients

London-based PR agency Shift6 has been offering its services free of charge to its independent hospitality clients since bars were permitted to open in the country on 4 July.

Campari reports H1 sales decline of 11%

Campari has reported that organic sales declined 11.3% in the first six months of 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

BCB Brooklyn launches legal support series

Bar Convent Brooklyn has launched a partnership with legal firm DiPasquale & Summers to offer support and act as a resource for the hospitality community.

Moët & Chandon supports on-trade footfall with online voucher

Moët & Chandon has teamed up with UK bar group The Alchemist to offer Champagne lovers complimentary drinks if they buy a bottle online.