Laithwaite's works hard to meet high demand among self-isolating wine lovers

Leading online wine retailer Laithwaite’s has assured customers that it will continue to keep them well stocked after demand shot up amid the coronavirus lockdown.

California wineries continue to operate as "essential businesses" while retail sales soar

The Wine Institute of California has argued that wineries are an “essential business” and should be allowed to maintain operations during a lockdown.

Carbon negative vodka producer redirects entire capacity to hand sanitizers

An award-winning start-up that produces net carbon negative vodka in New York City has redirected its entire production capacity towards making hand sanitizer.

Diageo launches £1m fund to help cover bartenders' wages

Guinness producer Diageo has launched a £1m St Patrick’s Day fund to help bars pay their staff during these difficult times.

AB Inbev draws down $9bn loan facility as coronavirus pandemic sweeps the world

AB Inbev has drawn down the entirety of a $9bn loan facility from global banks as it bids to ride out the coronavirus outbreak.

Bacardí Legacy postponed over COVID-19 fears

As a precaution due to COVID-19 Bacardí has postponed the 12th annual Bacadrí Legacy Cocktail Competition until further notice.

British bar industry pleads for government support to save it from oblivion

The British pub and bar industry will be lost within days if the government does not take swift action to prop it up, leading operators have warned.

Spiritseurope warns against Luxembourg plans to raise legal age of buying spirits

Spiritseurope has written to the Luxembourg Ministry for Health and Economic Affairs to caution against prospective plans to raise the legal purchasing age for spirits, but not for beer or wine.

Coronavirus outbreak sparks bar closures across the world as St Patrick's Day looms

St Patrick’s Day could become a sombre affair this year as bars across the world have been forced to shut their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Franklin & Sons launches mixers for dark spirits

Franklin & Sons has launched two new mixers aimed at dark spirits fans that want to experiment with different long drinks.

TWFA Asia Pacific cancelled over Coronavirus

The TFWA board and management committee has decided to cancel the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference due to be held in Singapore on May 10-14.

Davis departs Drinks International after 13 years

Christian Davis has stepped down as editor of Drinks International after 13 years on the magazine.

World's Most Admired Wine Brands ceremony postponed over Coronavirus

ProWein 2020 is postponing its show in Dusseldorf this month due to Coronavirus fears.

UK distillery numbers up 22% in 2019

New HMRC figures show that the number of distilleries registered in the UK last year increased 22% to 441.

Asia's 50 Best Bars returns to Singapore in May

Asia’s 50 Best Bars will take place in Singapore for the third year in a row as it returns in 2020 on 14 May.

Women star at 2020 Class Bar Awards

The top major accolades at Tuesday night’s Class Bar Awards in London were presented to leading female members of the UK bar industry.

Brands Report 2020: Tonic water

The continued premiumisation of tonic has changed the level of expectation consumers have for simple serves such as the G&T.

Wall and Smith to roll out Homeboy with five new bars

Homeboy owners Aaron Wall and Ciarán Smith have decided to roll out their Islington-based Irish bar to other parts of London and even further afield, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

Buchan and Mclellan to open late-night Edinburgh bar

Edinburgh hospitality figures Sian Buchan and John Mclellan will open their debut bar in early February – Uno Mas Bar, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

Vinexpo Chief: Paris show to increase spirits presence

Vinexpo chief executive Rodolphe Lameyse says that Vinexpo Paris will have a bigger focus on spirits and bartending than any previous variations.

Chelsie Bailey to join Happiness Forgets

Chelsie Bailey will take over the management reins of Happiness Forgets in London, signalling an end to a nine-year bartending career in Bristol, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

Monica Berg launches online safe space

Monica Berg of London's Tayer + Elementary has launched a free online ‘safe space’ business tool for hospitality employees to anonymously flag concerns or issues of workplace discrimination.

NYC's Robitschek and Collina land in London for Davies and Brook at Claridge's

Davies and Brook opens today at Claridge’s, a restaurant bar that brings celebrated New York chef Daniel Humm and bartenders Leo Robitschek and Pietro Collina to London.

Pippa Guy announces US move in 2020

Former American Bar senior bartender Pippa Guy will begin working in New York early next year.

Moore chooses happiness over Coupette

Chris Moore has left Coupette, one of London’s most celebrated bars, because it made him unhappy, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

Gary "Gaz" Regan dies aged 68

Author Gary Regan passed away on November 15 aged 68 due to complications with cancer.

Walmart launches 'drive thru' beverage service in US

US supermarket chain Walmart has launched Grocery Pickup in 2000 stores nationwide which allows customers to order and pickup alcoholic beverages without leaving that car.

Savage unveils Paris and London bar plans

Remy Savage is to become a partner at the bar group Le Syndicat in Paris and launch two new bars - one on either side of the Channel, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

Worshipful Companies to debate marketing role in spirits

The Worshipful Company of Marketers and The Woshipful Company of Distillers have come together to host a debate on the modern role of marketing within the spirits industry.

New menu 'game-changer' for Lyaness

The new menu at London’s Lyaness is the most significant launch since the bar re-opened in 2018, according to Mr Lyan global bar director Alex Lawrence.

Artesian appoints new head bartender as Savage departs

Marco Corallo will join The Langham’s Artesian on Monday, replacing Remy Savage, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

Dead Rabbit NOLA poised ahead of US roll out

The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in New York will open a site in New Orleans' French Quarter next year ahead of a US, then global expansion, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

UK cocktail industry surpasses £600m in 2018

The UK cocktail industry surpassed £600m in value according to the latest CGA data released by Funkin Cocktails.

Cullimore: 'Barometer key for eastern Europe'

Ukrainian bar show Barometer is now one of the most influential in eastern Europe according to Bacardí global brand ambassador Dickie Cullimore.

Dave Broom: World Class "huge" for Glasgow

Diageo World Class judge Dave Broom said having the finals in Glasgow was a “huge deal” for the city’s hospitality industry.

Roma Bar Show popular among industry elite

The Roma Bar Show has been hailed an important step for the Italian hospitality trade by industry leaders.

BCB to move in 2020

BCB, Europe’s largest bar show, will relocate from Station Berlin to Berlin ExpoCenter City in 2020.

Dante named World's Best Bar 2019

New York’s Dante was crowned World’s Best Bar 2019 at the World’s 50 Best Bars awards ceremony last night (3 October) in London.

London Cocktail Week: The dream team

On the eve of the 10th edition of London Cocktail Week Drinks International caught up with Siobhan Payne and Hannah Sharman-Cox, the dream team behind one of the industry’s biggest festivals.

Bartenders complete second Martini Racing Ciclismo La Classica

Fifty bartenders completed the Martini Racing Ciclismo La Classica at the inaugural Roma Bar Show last week.

Diageo World Class 2020 goes to Sydney

Diageo revealed on Thursday night (26 September) that the 2020 World Class Global Finals will be held in Sydney, Australia.

Bannie Kang wins Diageo World Class 2019

Bannie Kang from Singapore was named Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year 2019 at the global finals in Glasgow on Thursday, 26 September.

Tayēr + Elementary stars in World's 50 Best Bars 51-100

London’s Tayēr + Elementary has been named second in the 51-100 list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2019 just four months after opening.

Chivas Brothers opens new Glasgow office

Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard, has opened a new head office in Glasgow city centre.

Jägermeister cold brew coffee launches in the UK

Mast-Jaegermeister UK has announced the launch of Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee in the UK, available across the on-and off-trade nationwide. 

The Benevolent invites bartenders to mental health workshops

Following a grant awarded to the charity by the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation in July, The Benevolent is inviting bartenders and hospitality workers to their Minds Matter mental health workshops.

Barometer returns to Kyiv in 2019

From the 27-29 September Barometer International Bar Show 2019 will take place in the CEC ‘Parkovy’, Kyiv with around 15,000 people expected to attend.

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.