Amarula launches vegan variant

South African cream liqueur brand Amarula has launched a vegan variant to serve the growing proportion of consumers that are adopting plant-based diets.

Graham Beck releases Yin & Yang Artisan Collection

Leading Cap Classique producer Graham Beck has released a double bill of South African sparklers called Yin & Yang.

Drinks Trust to host Cream of the Crop auction

Industry charity The Drinks Trust is holding its first annual charity auction, ‘Cream of the Crop’, to raise funds for those who produce and pour drinks across the UK.

The Dalmore fetches $1.1m at Hong Kong auction

A rare collection of six Highland single malts from The Dalmore fetched a record $1,124,000 bid at an auction in Hong Kong.

Berkmann Wine Cellars chair discusses vision for the agency

Alison Levett, the former chief executive of Enotria, was recently appointed to the role of non-executive chair at leading wine supplier Berkmann Wine Cellars. She discusses her vision for the company and the key traits and values required for a wine agency to thrive in the years ahead.

UK gin producers lobby for tax break

UK gin producers have called upon Chancellor Rishi Sunak to freeze duty on spirits after revealing that exports have plummeted 35% as a result of the pandemic.

George T. Stagg will not be released this year

Buffalo Trace Distillery will not release a George T. Stagg expression this year after deciding that the 15-year-old barrels do not meet the right taste standards.

Balmain x Chivas XV collection unveiled

Chivas Brothers has teamed up with luxury fashion house Balmain to launch a limited-edition Balmain x Chivas XV collection.

Prince Charles officially opens Johnnie Walker Princes Street

Prince Charles has officially opened the new Johnnie Walker store and global visitor centre in Edinburgh.

Hatch Mansfield appoints new MD after McGrath becomes chairman

Hatch Mansfield managing director Patrick McGrath MW is stepping up to the newly created role of chairman.

Women of the Vine & Spirits launches non-profit foundation

Women of the Vine & Spirits has announced a new non-profit arm which has awarded scholarships to 59 candidates, totalling $159,700 in 2021.

The American Bar at The Savoy set to reopen

The American Bar at The Savoy in London will reopen for business on October 4.

Cantine Sgarzi bolsters canned wine range

Italian winery Cantine Sgarzi had launched two canned wines into the European market under its Ciao range.

Kweichow Moutai former chairman sentenced to life in prison

The former chairman of baijiu giant Kweichow Moutai has been sentenced to life in prison for taking 112.9 million yuan ($17.5 million) in bribes.

Royal Tokaji hails 2017 as one of its greatest vintages

Royal Tokaji believes its 2017 Aszú wines are on a par with the greatest vintages in its history: 1993, 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2008.

London Cocktail Week 2021 trade schedule released

London Cocktail Week has once again been extended to the whole month of October for 2021 and the full trade schedule has been released.

Tidal Rum launches crowdfunding campaign

Tidal Rum aims to raise at least £150,000 after launching an equity crowdfunding campaign on the Seedrs platform.

Bushmills unveils The Causeway Collection 2021

Irish whiskey producer Bushmills has unveiled a collection of 12 rare single malts aged in a variety of casks.

Cape Wine to return in October 2022

Popular trade show Cape Wine will return to Cape Town from October 5-7, 2022.

Canada on-trade sales exceed pre-pandemic levels

On-trade sales in Canada have climbed 4% higher than pre-pandemic levels, according to new data from CGA.

DoorDash launches alcohol delivery service in the US, Canada and Australia

DoorDash is taking on Uber and Instacart by launching an alcohol delivery service in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Pernod Ricard buys The Whisky Exchange

Spirits giant Pernod Ricard has signed an agreement to acquire The Whisky Exchange from founders Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh.

Glenmorangie launches floral limited-edition packaging

Glenmorangie has launched limited-edition packaging for its 18 Years Old variant to celebrate its partnership with botanical sculptor Azuma Makoto.

Diageo to open R&D centre in Shanghai

Diageo has announced plans to build a new research and development centre in Shanghai to further its product innovation and development in China.

Vocation Brewery unveils major redesign

UK craft brewer Vocation has invested in a redesign for its entire range.

Boston Beer Co. share price tumbles due to weak hard seltzer demand

Boston Beer Company saw its share price plummet by almost 10% yesterday after weak demand for hard seltzer forced it to pull its earnings guidance.

Irish Distillers unveils Method and Madness Rye and Malt

Irish Distillers has launched an experimental distillate called Method and Madness Rye and Malt.

French wine production plummets to 41-year low

French wine production will fall to its lowest levels since 1970 after late spring frosts ravaged several regions, according to the country’s agriculture ministry.

Johnnie Walker launches eight-storey visitor centre in Edinburgh

Diageo has opened its Johnnie Walker visitor centre on Princes Street in the centre of Edinburgh.

Pernod Ricard invests in Luc Belaire producer Sovereign Brands

Pernod Ricard has taken a minority stake in the New York-based wine and spirits producer Sovereign Brands.

Jancis Robinson MW sells website to U.S. media company

Celebrated wine writer Jancis Robinson MW has sold her eponymous website to U.S. digital media company Recurrent Ventures for an undisclosed sum.

Diageo launches campaign against impaired driving

Diageo North America has launched a campaign against impaired driving ahead of the Labor Day holiday.

Distell withholds dividend as Heineken takeover talks persist

South African wine and spirits producer Distell has withheld its dividend for 2021 financial year amid ongoing takeover talks with Heineken.

London Cocktail Week adds new Covent Garden hub

Wristbands are now available for London Cocktail Week 2021 which will once again be extended for the entire month of October.

Aberfeldy launches Barrels & Bees cocktail competition

Scotch whisky brand Aberfeldy will host a series of workshops designed to educate bartenders about the vital role that honeybees play in the environment.

Carlsberg sales surpass pre-pandemic levels

Carlsberg has upgraded its full-year profit guidance after reporting that sales volumes have now exceeded pre-pandemic levels.

Jägermeister launches coffee-dispensing billboard to promote Cold Brew liqueur

Jägermeister has launched a coffee-dispensing billboard in London to promote its Cold Brew coffee liqueur.

Luigi Bosca focuses on producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon

The man who helped establish Malbec as Argentina’s flagship grape is now bidding to showcase the country’s potential as a producer of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.

Domino Communications launches intern programme with The Drinks Trust

UK drinks public relations agency Domino Communications and The Drinks Community – the professional members platform from The Drinks Trust – have launched an internship for those working in the hospitality and drinks industry.

Pornstar Martini inventor Douglas Ankrah passes

Douglas Ankrah, the inventor of the Pornstar Martini and creator of Soho’s LAB Bar has sadly passed away.

Lyaness undergoes Tiki makeover for Trailer fundraiser

London’s Lyaness is due to host a Trailer Happiness-themed night on Tuesday 17 August in order to raise money for the iconic tiki bar’s refurbishment.

Concha y Toro increased sales by 9.1% in Q2

Leading Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro increased consolidated sales by 9.1% in the three months to June 30.

50 Best launches new Best Cocktail Menu award

The World’s 50 Best Bars has created the Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu Award which will be announced at the live awards ceremony on 7 December at London’s Roundhouse.

Villa Maria finds buyer after nine-month search

Marlborough-based wine producer Indevin has signed a conditional agreement to buy Villa Maria from parent company FFWL.

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.