The Benevolent wins Tales grant for mental health campaign

The Benevolent has been awarded a grant from Tales of the Cocktail Foundation aimed at implementing mental health workshops for bartenders and hospitality workers within the UK drinks industry.

Glencairn Crystal records 15-year growth

Glencairn Crystal has now recorded 15 years of continued business growth following the release of its most recent financial results.

Spirits giants join to form World Spirits Alliance

Spirits producers and organisations from across the world met in Geneva on Tuesday (9 July) to form the World Spirits Alliance.

Tim Etherington-Judge calls for Run 424242 support

Tim Etherington-Judge, founder of Healthy Hospo, will launch his Run 424242 challenge on 20 July 2019 at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.

Ross Carter becomes new Benevolent CEO

Ross Carter, who was head of London Wine Fair between 2013 and 2017, is the new chief executive of The Benevolent, the UK drinks industry charity. 

Strryk gains £1m investment and distribution deal

Non-alcoholic spirits drink Strryk has gained a £1m investment from soft drinks company AG Barr, which also owns Funkin Cocktails.

Europe's first CBD cocktail bitters launch

Europe’s first CBD cocktail bitters launched this June by independent UK-based company OTO.

DI's Shay Waterworth wins young spirit writer award

Drinks International’s Shay Waterworth has been named the Alan Lodge Young International Drinks Writer of the Year 2019.

Vinexpo chief announces big changes to global shows

Vinexpo CEO Rodolphe Lameyse has announced big changes to the running of various shows over the coming years following his inception to the company in April.

UK cocktail market valued at £587m

In the space of a year, the value of the UK cocktail market has increased 9.5% to £587m according to CGA data released by Funkin Cocktails.

LVMH owner to donate €200m to Notre-Dame disaster

LVMH luxury goods company, which owns Glenmorangie, Ardbeg and Hennessey among others, will donate €200m ($226m) to help restore Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris after it caught fire on Monday evening.

P(our) Symposium moves to London with 'Understanding' theme

Not-for-profit organisation P(our) has announced that ‘Understanding’ will be the topic of this year’s Symposium, held in London on 24 June.

Funkin Innovation Labs returns for 2019

Fruit purée and cocktail mixer company Funkin Cocktails has announced a new series of its Innovation Labs, a training programme for bartenders across the UK, in association with London’s Crucible.

Milk & Honey owner slams modern London cocktail scene

Milk & Honey owner and Street Feast founder Jonathan Downey said the past decade of London’s bar scene has been a “desert in terms of change” and that hotel bars should not be named Best Bar in the World.

Liquid Intellect RTDs launch globally

Bartenders Charles Roche and Eleanor Holcroft have launched a range of ready-to-drink cocktails called Liquid Intellect which focus on ‘nostalgic flavours’.

International Women's Day gets London bar tour

In honour of International Women’s Day, DrinkUp.London is celebrating the female bartender talent in London with an International Women’s Day Cocktail Tour on 4-11 March.

Long Tail sets sights on international markets

Long Tail Mixers has targeted international expansion as the premium mixers category continues to soar gloablly.

Beluga cocktail competition set for Moscow final

Beluga Vodka has launched the fourth edition of Beluga Signature, a multistage bartender program in seven major markets across the world.

Franklin & Sons launches ‘Taste Collective’ ambassadors

Franklin & Sons has announced the launch of the ‘Taste Collective’ with the appointment of bartender Rich Woods, chef Sophie Michell and cookery writer and food stylist Rosie Birkett as ambassadors.

Funkin Cocktails undergoes redesign

Funkin Cocktails will mark its 20th anniversary with a brand redesign which will roll out across its entire portfolio of purées, syrups, shrubs, pre-batched mixers, garnishes and draught products.

Venning brothers star at CLASS Bar Awards 2019

The Venning brothers won three awards at the 2019 CLASS Bar Awards last night, February 12 at Lindley Hall, London.

WSET Diploma graduates up 21%

More than 500 WSET students graduated with a Diploma in 2018 from countries all around the world, highlighting the increased demand for wine and spirits education.

Fever-Tree records 39% revenue growth

Fever-Tree has released its trading update for the year ended 31 December 2018, with full year revenue expected to be reach £236m, up 39% on 2017.

Drinks Tourism Challenge 2019: Awards

Visitor centres are shop windows for drinks companies. They are an important opportunity to show o facilities, inform and educate guests and, if successful, they can be a significant profit centre.

Mr Lyan to launch three bars in 2019

Bar innovator Ryan Chetiyawardana will launch three new Mr Lyan venues across three countries in 2019, including Lyaness which replace Dandelyan, the reigning world’s best bar.

WSTA chief wants Brexit no-deal tariff plans

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association is calling for clarity from the UK government on its post no deal tariff plans, warning that any no deal Brexit will see wine prices hit an all-time high.

Brands Report: How we did it

Hamish smith has the lowdown on the who, what and how of the way the annual lists are compiled

Alex Kratena & Monica Berg unveil bar plans

Alex Kratena and Monica Berg will launch their first solo London venue in Spring 2019, it has been exclusively revealed to Drinks International’s sister publication Class.

Scout Sydney to launch in February

Matt Whiley has announced he will open a sequel to his London bar Scout in Sydney in February 2019.

Stryyk launches alcohol-free vodka

Stryyk, the zero-proof ‘spirit’ brand has launched Stryyk Not Vodka to its portfolio in time for Christmas and ‘Dry January’.

Glencairn gets Distilled Spirits Council deal

Glencairn crystal company has been selected by the Distilled Spirits Council of the US to be the official tasting glass for this year.

Today is World Mental Health Day

The Benevolent, the charity for the UK drinks industry, presents its recommendations to safeguard employees’ mental health on World Mental Health Day

Melbourne's Marzo wins World Class

Orlando Marzo from Melbourne’s Lûmé restaurant was named the world’s best bartender by Diageo World Class last night amid wild celebrations in Berlin.

Maverick Drinks brings Jerry to UK

Maverick Drinks has partnered with an online beverage learning platform called Jerry to bring the software to the UK.

Dandelyan named World's Best Bar

Ryan Chetiyawardana’s Dandelyan was named World’s Best Bar at The World’s 50 Best Bars awards 2018 which took place at Roundhouse in London, UK.

Obituary: Nicholas Faith

Legendary writer and journalist Nicholas Faith has died aged 84.

World's 50 Best Bars releases 51-100 list

The 2018 World’s 50 Best Bars 51-100 list has been released and involves 28 cities across 19 different countries and 19 new entries.

Data shows London has highest volume of bars

London officially has the highest number of bars than any other city in the world followed by Tokyo and then New York.

The World's 50 Best Bars date announced

The 10th edition of The World’s 50 Best Bars awards will take place on Wednesday 3 October 2018 at the Roundhouse in London, UK.

WSTA and Benevolent appoint new members

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has appointed Jeremy Shepherd from Brown-Forman and Mark Riley from Edrington-Beam Suntory UK to its board.

German Maxim Schulte takes top job at The American Bar

The American Bar at the Savoy has appointed Maxim Schulte as its 11th head bartender, a role considered by many to be the biggest job in bartending.

HMRC says 326 soft drinks hit by sugar tax

HMRC has confirmed that 326 soft drinks manufacturers have been hit by the sugar tax according to data held by national accountancy group UHY Hacker Young, while alcoholic spirits remain safe from such legislations.

Dead Rabbit to "bounce back" after fire

Dead Rabbit co-founder Sean Muldoon has vowed that the bar will “bounce back” after it was closed indefinitely following a fire in the early hours of Sunday, 1 July.

Thailand's Arron Grendon wins 2018 Chivas Masters Global Final

Arron Grendon from Tropic City in Bangkok has been crowned the 2018 Chivas Masters Global Champion.

Former champ backs Daniel Warren for World Class glory

Former Diageo Reserve World Class GB champion Jamie Jones has backed this year’s winner, Daniel Warren to flourish in the global final in Berlin later this year.

Bacardí Legacy is "life changing" for Eric van Beek

Dutch bartender Eric van Beek of bar TwentySeven in Amsterdam believes winning the Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition last month will be “life changing”.

Bartender John Lermayer found dead aged 45

Bartending icon and bar owner John Lermayer, was found dead in his apartment on Miami Beach on the evening of June 6, aged 45.

WSTA’s Gibbs goes to work for Government

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has announced that one of the longest serving members of staff, Carlo Gibbs, director of UK Policy and Social Responsibility, is leaving to take up a new role in the UK Government’s Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Diageo World Class GB finalists announced

Diageo Reserve has announced this year’s 10 World Class GB finalists, following the semi-final heats in London on May 16.

Exclusive: UKBG takeover promises revolution

The UKBG has been turned on its head by the appointment of an all-star team that includes bartending legend Peter Dorelli, Declan McGurk of the American Bar and Mia Johansson of Swift.