Nyetimber owner predicts English sparkling wine production will double by 2030

A leading English sparkling wine producer has predicted that the county’s production levels will double in the next decade.

WSET branches out into beer eduction

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has announced plans to branch out into offering dedicated beer qualifications for the first time.

Scottish alcohol consumption falls to record low

Public Health Scotland has revealed that alcohol sales fell to a record low for the second year running in 2019.

Bar Convent Brooklyn replaced with online conferences

Bar Convent Brooklyn has been called off after the organisers decided it would be too risky to host a trade show during this age of contagion.

Off-Piste Wines slaloms into gin production

Off-Piste Wines has launched a gin aimed at mountain lovers, fresh-air adventurers and fireside dreamers.

Big Interview: Amber Beverage Group CEO Seymour Ferreira

Amber Beverage Group has tipped Australia and China to lead the way as the global drinks industry emerges from the coronavirus crisis.

Licor 43 Bartenders & Baristas Challenge 2020 goes digital

Licor 43 has announced plans to host its fourth annual Bartenders & Baristas Challenge online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cape Wine pushed back to 2022 due to Covid-19 pandemic

Wines of South Africa has moved trade show Cape Wine from September 2021 to October 2022 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

British beer sales slump to a 20-year low

British beer sales have plummeted to a 20-year low after pubs and bars across the country were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Irish Distillers master distiller heads to Minneapolis to work for O’Shaughnessy Distilling Company

A craft spirits startup in Minnesota has secured the services of Irish Distillers’ master distiller Brian Nation.

Martin Miller's launches seasonal gin called Summerful

Martin Miller’s has launched a seasonal gin called Summerful to celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary.

Champagne Gosset launches non-vintage cuvée aged for 12 years

Champagne Gosset has launched a non-vintage cuvee that has benefited from more than 12 years of ageing on the lees.

Jägermeister to donate €1m from proceeds of limited-edition bottle

Jägermeister has launched a limited-edition #SaveTheNight bottle designed to support the bar trade in various key markets around the world.

Rémy Cointreau offers free training to hospitality workers

Rémy Cointreau has partnered with Flow Hospitality Training to launch a range of free online courses for bartenders.

Speciality Drinks and Edrington Beam Suntory offer wellbeing packs to bar staff

Wholesaler Speciality Drinks has teamed up with Edrington Beam Suntory to supply another batch of wellbeing packs to British bar staff.

Irish Distillers appoints new master distiller

Kevin O’Gorman will take over as master distiller at Jameson producer Irish Distillers after Brian Nation decided to move to a startup in the US.

Delhi scraps 70% "special corona fee" on liquor sales

The Delhi government has decided to withdraw the 70% “special corona fee” that it imposed upon alcoholic beverage sales from May 5.

Chinese alcohol industry suffers 8.6% revenue drop

China’s alcoholic drinks production sector decreased by 8.6% to 249.7 billion yuan ($35.2 billion) in the first four months of 2020, according to new government figures.

Zamora Company USA adds Don Papa rum to portfolio

Zamora Company USA has bolstered its spirits portfolio with the addition of Filipino rum brand Don Papa.

Norway's monopoly wine and liquor retailer reports strong sales growth for 2020

Norway’s wine and liquor monopoly retailer has reported 28% volume sales growth during the first five months of 2020.

Campari snaps up 49% stake in Italy's leading online retailer

Campari Group has tied up a €23.4 million deal to purchase a 49% stake in Italy’s leading online wine and spirits retailer.

Cask lands El Dorado rum deal in UK

Cask Liquid Marketing has expanded its marketing and distribution portfolio with  the sales of El Dorado rum in the UK on and off trade.

Diageo Australia launches $1.2m giveaway to help bar trade recover

Diageo Australia is giving away 130,000 free drinks to help bars across the country get back on their feet following the coronavirus lockdown.

Bristol Gin draws backlash for poking fun at race riots in social media post

A British producer has drawn a backlash for suggesting its 75% abv Turbo Island gin is perfect for rioters that want to hurl Molotov cocktails.

Molnar and Nagy launch Pink Pony Club in Budapest

Industry-renowned bartenders Balázs Molnar and Zoltan Nagy have opened a new cocktail bar underneath Boutiq Bar in Budapest called Pink Pony Club (PPC).

Bordeaux winemakers determined to provide en primeur campaign

Bordeaux winemakers are pulling out all the stops in a bid to present the trade with an en primeur campaign amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Automatic for the people

The future of the drinks trade will feature more ecommerce and greater use of robots.

WSET chief: Online exams are "game changer" for company

Wine and Spirits Education Trust CEO Ian Harris believes enhancing its online programmes in reaction to the Coronavirus pandemic will create more opportunities for the company after lockdowns are eased.

BCB replaces October show with virtual edition

Plans for Bar Convent Berlin 2020 have been rearranged due to the covid-19 pandemic with a virtual replacement a likely solution for the trade show this autumn.

AB Inbev rolls out Hoppy app for consumer downloads

AB Inbev has turned to gamification in a bid to whip up a passion for beer among younger generations of drinkers.

IWSR: Five years for global booze industry to recover from Covid-19

IWSR Drinks Market Analysis predicts it will be five years before the global industry rebounds from the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

Pernod Ricard launches free online bartender courses via UN partnership

Pernod Ricard has teamed up with the United Nations to offer a series of free online training modules to help budding bartenders become mixology maestros.

Carlsberg UK and Marston's merge to create £780m joint venture

Carlsberg UK will merge with Marston’s to form a British brewing giant worth around £780 million.

Jigger & Pony wins Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020

Jigger & Pony in Singapore has topped the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 which was announced online.

Italy allows bars to reopen following coronavirus lockdown

Bars have reopened across Italy after the government eased lockdown restrictions that have paralysed the economy over the past 10 weeks.

Nyetimber increases production capacity by expanding into Kent

English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber expects to increase its production capacity by 220,000 bottles per year after expanding into Kent.

British pub showcases revamped design to meet distancing guidelines

A British bar owner has created a prototype layout that would allow his pub to reopen this summer at around 75% of its usual capacity.

Redbreast Dream Cask Ruby Port Edition Unveiled

Irish Distillers has unveiled a limited-edition Redbreast expression finished in a single port cask to celebrate World Whisky Day.

Finland alcohol sales remain steady during pandemic

Alcoholic beverage sales have remained steady in Finland during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new stats from monopoly retailer Alko.

Jura Red Wine Cask Finish unveiled in time for World Whisky Day

Scotch whisky producer Jura has kicked off a new series of cask editions by releasing a whisky finished in red wine barriques.

TFWA 2020 cancelled due to Covid-19

The Tax Free World Association has been forced to cancel the duty free sector’s biggest annual networking event due to uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bars to reopen in South Australia on June 8

Bars in South Australia will reopen on June 8 after the number of active coronavirus cases in the state plummeted.

Seoul orders bars to close once again after virus cluster detected

More than 2,100 bars and clubs in Seoul were shut down this weekend after 18 new coronavirus cases were linked to a single reveller.

BrewDog unveils 10-point plan to keep visitors safe when bars reopen

BrewDog has unveiled details of the measures it will take to protect visitors to its bars once they are permitted to reopen.

AB Inbev reports 32% sales decline in April

AB Inbev has warned that Q2 trading will be “materially worse” than the previous three months due to brewery closures and supply chain disruption.

Drinktank provides paid work for bartenders during COVID-19 crisis

Drinktank, the world’s first global intelligence network for the drinks trade, has announced a series of initiatives to provide bartenders with paid-for work, which they can do from home.

50 Best for Recovery launches to support global bar industry

The World’s 50 Best Bars has launched a three-pronged campaign called 50 Best for Recovery to provide tangible financial relief to the hospitality industry.

Campari Group reports slight sales decline for Q1

Campari Group has reported a 5.3% decline in organic sales for the first quarter of 2020 after suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

India allows liquor stores to reopen during new phase of coronavirus lockdown

Liquor stores across India reopened this morning after the country moved into a new phase of its coronavirus lockdown.

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