Diageo sees a strong future for direct-to-consumer sales

Diageo expects direct-to-consumer sales to grow rapidly and emerge as an important part of the business in the years ahead.

AB InBev surpasses pre-pandemic sales

AB InBev increased volume sales by 20.8% in Q2 as bars around the world started to welcome thirsty customers back into the fold.

Diageo reports 16% organic net sales growth

Diageo has outperformed analysts’ expectations by reporting organic net sales growth of 16% for the year to June 30.

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.

Campari Group reports 37.1% sales increase

Campari Group has reported that organic sales increased 37.1% year-on-year during the first half of 2021.

Monica Berg named most influential after toping Bar World 100

Monica Berg of Tayēr + Elementary in London has been voted the most influential international bar industry figure in Drinks International’s Bar World 100 2021.

Distell building ransacked amid widespread rioting in South Africa

Distell halted all operations in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal after looters attacked its distribution centre in New Germany this week.

UK bar group reports record sales since reopening

British bar operator Arc Inspirations has reported that sales have increased by 35% compared to 2019 since it resumed trading in May.

The Last Drop Releases 50 Year Old Scotch Blend

The Last Drop has made its first foray into spirits creation with the release of its 50 Year Old Signature Blended Scotch Whisky.

Moët Hennessy and Campari Group form ecommerce partnership

Moët Hennessy and Campari Group have joined forces to create an ecommerce business that will sell wine and spirits to consumers across Europe.

James Grant wins Diageo World Class 2021

James Grant from Canada has been crowned the 12th winner of Diageo World Class following a first ever virtual event for 2021.

Foursquare Redoubtable Named Supreme Champion at International Spirits Challenge 2021

Foursquare Distillery in Barbados has won the coveted International Spirits Challenge 2021 Supreme Champion award for its Redoubtable 14 Year Old rum.

The World's 50 Best Bars returns live this December

William Reed Business Media has announced that The World’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, will be unveiled as part of a live awards ceremony on Tuesday, 7 December 2021, at London’s Roundhouse.

WSTA calls for immediate end to US whiskey tariff

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has called for the UK government to swiftly remove tariffs on US whiskies.

Innis & Gunn invests in innovation

Scottish producer Innis & Gunn is investing a six-figure sum in bolstering capacity at its innovation brewery in Perth.

Diageo reveals top three cocktail trends

Digital platforms that can predict your favourite cocktail, sustainable socialising and the rise of at-home mixologists will reshape the drinks industry, according to Diageo.

Bacardi identifies three key social groups as on-trade reopens

Bacardi has identified three key consumer groups after conducting an extensive survey on attitudes towards revisiting bars as lockdown measures are eased.

International Spirits Challenge 2021 Awards Set for July 8

The International Spirits Challenge 2021 will reveal trophy winners and the overall Supreme Champion via an online awards presentation on Thursday, July 8.

Asia Pacific beverage sales set to return to growth in 2021

Beverage alcohol in Asia Pacific markets is expected to gain more than +2% in volume and more than +4% in retail value by the end of 2021, according to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.

Praphakorn Konglee crowned Bacardí Legacy champion 2021

Praphakorn Konglee from Thailand’s Find the Locker Room bar has won the Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition 2021 with is drink ‘Out of Sight’.

Havana Club launches Tributo 2021

Havana Club has unveiled the sixth instalment in its prestigious Tributo series of limited-edition rums.

UK off-trade sales finally decline as bar trade rebounds

Sales of beers, wines and spirits have finally started to decline in the UK off-trade after bars were permitted to open their doors once again.

European spirits exports declined 19% in 2020

The European spirits industry has urged governments to rebuild transatlantic ties and fight protectionist measures following a 19% export decline in 2020.

South Africa imposes another ban on alcohol sales

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the country’s fourth ban on alcohol sales since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

VSPT Wine Group reports strong Q1 sales

South American wine producer VSPT Wine Group posted a 27.6% sales increase during the first quarter of 2021 in spite of poor exchange rates.

The Macallan Concept No.3 launches

Scotch whisky producer The Macallan has teamed up with esteemed graphic designer David Carson to launch a travel retail exclusive called Concept No. 3.

International Spirits Challenge 2021 results for liqueurs, Asian spirits, premixed drinks and spirits tourism

Dutch liqueur producer De Kuyper Royal Distillers earned an impressive haul of two double gold medals and three golds at the International Spirits Challenge 2021.

Regal Rogue targets indigenous communities with new charity

Australian vermouth Regal Rogue is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the launch of four new signature serves alongside a charity initiative.

Pernod Ricard increases profit guidance to 16%

Pernod Ricard’s share price increased 2% this morning after the firm raised its profit growth estimate following “greater than expected business dynamism”.

US scotch whisky tariffs suspended for five years

A deal has been struck between the UK and US to end retaliatory tariffs on malt whiskies for five years.

Diageo becomes first spirits sponsor of the NFL

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

Stella Artois to auction off NFTs of virtual racehorses

Lager brand Stella Artois is auctioning off NFTs of virtual racehorses on the Ethereum blockchain.

WEBB Banks launches CBD and wellness subsidiary

Leading Caribbean and Central American drinks distributor WEBB Banks has created a subsidiary that will focus on supplying CBD and wellness products to the trade.

Naked Wines shares drop 3% despite strong sales growth

Naked Wines stock decreased by 3% this morning after the online retailer posted an annual pre-tax loss of £10.7 million.

Guinness launches innovative dispense solution for smaller bars

Guinness has unveiled a new technology called “MicroDraught” that allows bars and restaurants to sell the popular stout without having to order whole kegs.

Ellie Goulding invests in seltzer brand Served

Singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding has acquired a ‘significant stake’ in premium hard seltzer brand Served.

Coa Shanghai layout revealed by founder Jay Khan

Coa founder Jay Khan has revealed further details about his new bar which is set to open in mid-July in Shanghai.

London Cocktail Week launches one-off Warm-Up festival

For the first time, London Cocktail Week has announced a one-off Warm-Up festival, taking place 05-11 July 2021.

Casillero del Diablo signs up Hollywood star Pedro Pascal

Hollywood star Pedro Pascal has signed up as the new global ambassador for Chilean wine brand Casillero del Diablo.

Heineken is in talks to acquire Distell

Heineken is in talks with South African wine and spirits producer Distell about acquiring “the majority” of its business.

European Union suspends tariffs on American whiskey

The European Union has announced that it will temporarily suspend its tariff increase on American whiskey in an effort to reboot transatlantic relations.

Edrington and Beam Suntory announce equity swap for UK and Spanish businesses

Spirits giants Edrington and Beam Suntory have agreed to an equity swap of stakes in their jointly-owned distribution companies in Spain and the UK.

Diageo shares surge after announcing improved profit forecast

Diageo stock increased by 4% this morning after it announced an improved profit growth forecast for the 2021 fiscal year.

Poland and Italy drive sales growth for Stock Spirits

Stock Spirits Group increased volume sales by 2% to 8.3 million 9-litre cases in the six months to March 31.

Coa tops Asia's 50 Best Bars 2021

Coa of Hong Kong has been crowned Asia’s Best Bar in 2021 following a virtual awards ceremony of Asia’s 50 Best Bars on Thursday, 6 May.

AB InBev announces Carlos Brito's successor following blowout quarter

AB InBev has announced that North America president Michel Doukeris will succeed veteran leader Carlos Brito as chief executive this summer.

Andrew Shaw appointed head of BWS at Marks & Spencer

Andrew Shaw has been appointed as head of beers, wines and spirits at high-end British retailer Marks & Spencer.

Campari Group reports 17.9% sales growth for Q1

Organic net sales at Campari Group increased by 17.9% to reach €397.9 million in the first three months of 2021.

Bordeaux wineries work collegiately to drive sustainability

Three organic wine producers in Bordeaux have joined forces in a bid to promote a sustainable future for the region.

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.