Diageo launches The Balance Challenge to promote responsible drinking

Diageo has launched an Instagram filter that encourages social media users to moderate alcohol consumption by switching to water instead.

Portman Group announces new chief executive

The Portman Group has announced that Matt Lambert will replace John Timothy as chief executive in January 2021.

Welsh hospitality faces alcohol ban and 6pm curfew

The Welsh hospitality industry is to face tougher restrictions on trade with a ban on the sale of alcohol and its curfew brought forward to 6pm.

IWSR predicts 42% global rise in ecommerce in 2020

According to new research released by IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, the value of alcohol ecommerce is forecast to increase by 42% this year, across 10 core markets, to reach US$24bn.

UK tequila bar applies for religious status to remain open through lockdown

Tequila and mezcal bar 400 Rabbits in Nottingham, England has applied for its business to become a religion in order to stay open during lockdown.

China imposes 212% tariff on Australian wine

China has slapped a 212% tariff on Australian wine as diplomatic tensions between the two nations continue to mount.

Anne Le Naour: Interview with CA Grands Crus Executive Director

Drinks International caught up with Anne Le Naour, executive director at CA Grands Crus, to find out how the business has adapted to the challenging trading conditions of 2020.

Kojima Sohonten switchs to junmai sake production

Kojima Sohonten, the 13th oldest existing sake brewery founded in 1597, has changed its entire range to junmai (pure rice) sake.

Captain Tom launches charity gin

British national treasure Captain Sir Tom Moore has teamed up with Otterbeck Distillery in Yorkshire to launch a gin.

Bring Your Bar Home app launches in cocktail delivery sector

A new app called ‘Bring Your Bar Home’ has launched as the UK’s first cocktail takeaway and delivery guide which is personalised to your location.

Campari UK pleads companies donate unused Xmas party budgets

Campari UK has urged companies to donate a suggested 5% from their unused Christmas party budgets to its hospitality worker relief fund Shaken Not Broken.

Mermaid achieves Net Zero sustainability status

UK gin and vodka brand Mermaid has achieved Net Zero status after a year of being plastic-free.

London bar lands pre-batched cocktails deal with Coca-Cola

North London bar Ladies & Gents has created a range of 70s-style cocktails in partnership with Halewood and Coca-Cola.

Master of Malt relaunches #WhiskySanta campaign

Online retailer Master of Malt aims to spread some much-needed festive cheer by relaunching its popular #WhiskySanta promotion.

Wine.com reports 217% revenue increase

Leading US online retailer Wine.com has reported a 217% year-on-year revenue increase for the six months to September 30.

Diageo pledges to be carbon neutral and improve ethnic diversity by 2030

Diageo has unveiled a 10-year action plan designed to achieve net zero carbon emissions across all direct operations and boost ethnic diversity in the leadership team.

Martin Miller's Winterful celebrates the brand's 20th anniversary

Drinks International caught up with Martin Miller’s new brand ambassador to learn more about the brand’s new seasonal gin.

Naked Wines' James Crawford reflects upon H1 results

Drinks International caught up with Naked Wines’ chief financial officer James Crawford to discuss the firm’s impressive H1 results.

Sexy Fish cocktail menu set to dazzle customers

London hotspot Sexy Fish has unveiled a new cocktail book and menu called Surrealism to celebrate its fifth birthday.

Naked Wines revenues increase 79.6%

Naked Wines enjoyed 79.6% revenue growth in the six months to September 28 after demand for online wine purchases soared during the lockdown.

Former Campari chief executive fined over Grand Marnier tip off

The former chief executive of Davide Campari-Milano has been fined €50,000 for tipping off a friend about the Grand Marnier Group’s impending acquisition.

Hofmeister secures investment from beer industry veterans

The former managing directors of Greene King and Ei Group have invested in Hofmeister after growing excited by its potential to take the world beer category by storm.

Guinness forced to recall alcohol-free beer just two weeks after launch

Diageo has issued a product recall notice for Guinness 0.0 after revealing that a microbiological contamination may have left cans “unsafe to consume”.

IWSR forecasts alcohol industry to perform better than expected in 2020

The global drinks industry will enjoy a better than expected performance in 2020 as a result of dynamism in ecommerce and retail, according to new IWSR forecasts.

Trade coalition pleads against further EU tariffs on US spirits

A coalition of 20 trade associations representing the US, EU and UK wine and spirits sectors have warned against the introduction of new tariffs.

Bars and restaurants in the US added 192,000 jobs in October

Restaurants and bars in the US added 192,000 jobs in October, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The United Arab Emirates relaxes laws on alcohol

On Saturday, the United Arab Emirates announced new laws removing punishments for the consumption, sales and possession of alcohol for those 21 and over.

Bruce Jack discusses South African wine trade's challenges

Renowned South African winemaker Bruce Jack speaks to Drinks International about the challenges the industry has faced this year and its future prospects.

Rueda ramps up focus on exports

The Rueda wine region plans to significantly ramp up its focus on export markets after overhauling its Denomination of Origin regulations.

Caporale's ZEO hits UK market

New non-alcoholic spirit brand ZEO, which has been created in partnership with bartender Simone Caporale, has launched into the UK market.

Quintessential Brands promotes James Lousada to chief executive

Leading gin producer Quintessential Brands has promoted James Lousada to the role of chief executive.

DI's Global Bar Edition launches

Drinks International's Global Bar Edition, which includes the official guide to The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020, has launched in digital form.

Connaught triumphs at World's 50 Best Bars

London’s Connaught Bar has taken the crown at The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020, ending its 10-year wait for the industry’s most coveted prize.

Milestone Beverages eyes expansion across Asia Pacific

Joe Milner's Milestone Beverages has been driving expansion through Asia, and it is now eyeing new markets. Martin Green hears how the company plans to move forward.

Chivas Brothers Unveils 2020 Distillery Reserve Collection

Chivas Brothers has released a single malt collection featuring 48 single cask expressions from across its 13 Scotch whisky distilleries.

Aphria ties up $300m deal for SweetWater Brewing Co.

Canada’s third largest cannabis company has agreed a $300 million deal to purchase Atlanta-based brewer SweetWater.

Salcombe Distilling Co. predicts golden future for alcohol-free spirits

An award-winning distiller has tipped the non-alcoholic spirits category to enjoy strong future growth thanks to a raft of innovation in the years ahead.

Everleaf launches two varieties as part of rebrand

Non-alcoholic aperitif brand Everleaf has re-launched with new branding, bottle design and two extra varieties this winter.

Concha y Toro reports huge growth during Q3

Leading Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro managed to increase consolidated sales by 28% year-on-year during Q3.

Bacardi launches Twistails for home cocktail market

Bacardi has entered the home-cocktail market with the launch of pre-made cocktail pods called Twistails.

The World's 50 Best 51-100 list announced for 2020

The World’s 50 Best Bars has released its extended 51-100 list, presented in association with Mancino Vermouth, with London’s Scout at the top.

AB InBev reports sales increase in Q3

AB InBev reported a 4% revenue increase in Q3 after enjoying surging sales in Brazil, Mexico and the United States.

International Spirits Challenge 2020 Awards: Winners Announced

Dalmore 35 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky has been named the Supreme Champion at the International Spirits Challenge 2020 Awards. 

Australia grows wine exports by 4%

Strong demand in the UK and China allowed Australia to increase wine exports by 4% during the 12 months to September 30.

The Drinks Trust launches diversity and wellbeing survey

The Drinks Trust has launched a survey in order to better understand what the industry’s thoughts are on diversity and inclusion.

Carlsberg returned to sales growth in Q3

Carlsberg increased its forecast for full-year earnings after enjoying organic volume growth of 2.4% during the third quarter.

Renato Giovannoni wins Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award 2020

Renato ‘Tato’ Giovannoni has won the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award 2020 after building up an iconic reputation among his peers.

Harrods head of wine and spirits moves to Mocktail Beverages

Ed Gerard has left his role of head of wines and spirits at upmarket retailer Harrods to join Mocktail Beverages as global business development director.

Zing Zang launches RTD range in US

US pre-mixed cocktail company Zing Zang has launched a new line of spirits-based ready-to-drink (RTD) canned cocktails.

Heineken beats expectations in strong Q3

Heineken beat analysts’ expectations by reporting a volume sales decline of just 1.9% during the third quarter of 2020.