New shoots

08 February, 2018

Finally getting its own craft segment, vodka is taking cues from wine and championing the terroir of its base as a flavour provider. Shay Waterworth grows the theory.

Brands Report: Vodka

04 January, 2018

There’s been little change in the best sellers, with the top brands all holding, says Hamish Smith

The Stoli Group has announced the appointment of Cellar Trends as the exclusive distributor for its portfolio in the UK, effective January 1, 2018.

Two Australian women have created vodka made from carrots alongside winemaker Jason Hannary, which aims to reduce waste created by supermarkets.

Tito’s Handmade vodka is celebrating the 4th of July by partnering with US embassies and on-trade customers around the world for themed festivities where Tito vodka cocktails will be served.

Black Cow Vodka has announced the appointment of Harry Roper and Georgia Billing as its first UK brand ambassadors.

The final of the 42Below Cocktail Earth Cup starts on Monday (August 22) in Queenstown, New Zealand.

UK distributor Cellar Trends has added the bitters brand Underberg and Grasovka Vodka to its portfolio.

Emporia Brands has appointed Dainius Kazlauskas as UK brand ambassador for the super premium Ukrainian vodka brand, Staritsky & Levitsky.

Caap fits

07 January, 2016

Åsa Caap is the mastermind behind the Our/Vodka brand concept. Christian Davis Caught up with her in London to get the lowdown on how it all started

The Stoli Group has announced the appointment of two new distribution companies - Premier Wines & Spirits as its Czech Republic distributor and Panna Cocktail as its Hungary distributor, both for Stolichnaya and elit by Stolichnaya.

The Stoli Group has announced the appointment of Lars Vestbirk as its international marketing director, effective immediately.

Pernod Ricard defends results

02 September, 2015

A senior Pernod Ricard management team were in London this week (Sept 2) to clarify, explain and defend its recent 2014/15 full year results.

U’Luvka, the premium Polish vodka brand, has appointed Robert Zajaczkowski as its global brand manager.

The SPI Group has announced the appointment of Patrick Piana as Stoli Group USA's new CEO, effective August 2015.

Pernod Ricard has unveiled a new Absolut bottle design with a reduced glass weight in a bid to ‘create an icon for the future’. 

Global Spirits, a privately held international manufacturer and marketer of wines and spirits, intends to expand its global presence by establishing an Americas Business Unit which will be based out of the company’s New York office.

Blavod gets TTB approval

26 February, 2015

Distil has announced that its Blavod Black vodka has been approved for sale in the US by the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Ferrari moves to Montenegro

23 September, 2014

Marco Ferrari has been appointed CEO of the Montenegro Group, an Italian spirits and food manufacturer.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits is to distribute Karlsson’s Gold vodka worldwide, except in the US.

Shekhar Grover of Royal Caribbean International has been crowned Diageo Global Travel’s ‘Best Cruise Line Bartender’ at a Diageo Reserve World Class final held last night in Miami.

Hite-Jinro’s soju brand, Jinro, remains the world’s best-selling spirit, according to this year's Drinks International’s million-case brands survey.

Smirnoff retains its title as the largest selling vodka in the world in 2013, according to Drinks International’s Millionaires’ Club 2014.
  

Vestal, the vodka made from small relatively unprocessed potatoes from single regions and bottled by vintage, is to be distributed in the UK by Maverick Drinks.

Edrington, , has announced the establishment of Edrington Americas, a wholly-owned sales, marketing and distribution company for the US.

Edrington has announced the establishment of Edrington Americas, a wholly-owned sales, marketing and distribution company for the US.

Pernod Ricard’s net sales for the first nine months of the 2013/14 financial year totalled €6,186 million – down 7% on the same period last year. The company says the results are in line with the first half-year and sales were stable excluding foreign exchange and group structure effects.

Vodka: Premium Bonds

17 March, 2014

Lucy Britner finds top-end vodkas are flavour of the month – even if some flavours are floundering

Altia, the Nordic and Baltic wine and spirits company, has announced the appointment of 44-year-old Pekka Tennilä, who has been poached from Carlsberg.

on 18 February, 2014

The Pernod Ricard team were in London today (February 18) to flesh on the bones for their half year interim results which were announced last week.

Diageo Reserve has announced that its ‘World Class’ mixology competition will be held in the UK from 28 July to 1 August.

on 31 January, 2014

Playing the numbers game Diageo’s interim results for the six months to December 31 which were reported yesterday (January 30), make bleak reading.

Pernod Ricard has announced the appointment of Doron Friedman as director global travel retail at The Absolut Company (TAC).

Anders Olsson has decided to resign as director of the Absolut Company’s Global Travel Retail (GTR) division.

SPI sells Kremlyovskaya

07 October, 2013

The SPI Group has announced that it has sold Kremlyovskaya vodka to the Classic International Group.

Nemiroff exports are blocked

19 September, 2013

Ukrainian vodka producer Nemiroff is in the middle of a boardroom struggle which has resulted in some exports, including to Russia, being stopped.

A new packaging facility which cost US$43 million has been opened at the Wild Turkey distillery in Kentucky.

Vodka Overview

30 August, 2013

It’s come a long way and there’s still plenty of opportunity for vodka to develop. Ian Wisniewski investigates the options

The SPI Group has appointed Chase International Inc. as its new exclusive distributor of Stolichnaya vodka and elit by Stolichnaya, in the US duty free market.

Cinnamon Smirnoff Gold

19 August, 2013

Diageo has introduced Smirnoff Gold – a blend of Smirnoff No.21 premium vodka with natural cinnamon flavouring, garnished with edible 23 carat gold leaf.

Absolut has announced new designs for its range of flavoured vodkas.

The CEO of SPI Group has written an open letter to the gay community in response to a boycott of its Stolichnaya vodka.

SPI Group, owner of Stolichnaya russian vodka, has appointed Romain Ambrunn as Asia Pacific regional director.

US: Beam has launched a "Rainbow Sherbet" flavour under its Pinnacle vodka brand. The company describes the taste as a "zesty, citrus taste of orange and sweet lime with a creamy raspberry".  

Diageo has unveiled a Smirnoff variant, Espresso Smirnoff.

Campari America is to roll out a Mosacato-infused vodka in the US.

Pernod Ricard has launched Absolut Denim, the latest version of the Swedish vodka brand.

Buffalo Trace is to launch its 159 times distilled vodka in the UK. The product first launched in the US in November 2011.

The Distilled Spirits Council (Discus), which represents the spirits industry in the US, revealed its 2012 findings in New York this week.

SPI has announced that its Stolichnaya flavoured variants, Stoli Hot and Stoli Sticki have been listed by Dufry Do Brazil, the largest travel retail distributor in Latin America.

Sazerac launches Epic vodka

23 January, 2013

The Sazerac Company is to launch a vodka brand called Epic.

Vodka

29 October, 2012

Vodka can be all things to all people. Christian Davis reports on the premiumisation of the most global of spirits

on 11 October, 2012

I’ve seen the beginning and the end of a lot of eras. That says it all about ‘King Cocktail’, Dale DeGroff. The great man is in London to co-host ‘The World’s 50 Best Bars’ event which was held in London last night (Oct 10) near Trafalgar Square...

Duffy new Absolut boss

10 October, 2012

Pernod Ricard has announced that Paul Duffy has been appointed chairman & CEO of Absolut.

Khlibniy Dar, Ukraine's best selling vodka, is celebrating 10 years in market today. 

Diageo has announced a £7 million media campaign in the UK for Smirnoff its leading vodka brand.

Online retailer Master of Malt has launched what it calls the world’s hottest chilli vodka, named 250,000 Scovilles – Naga Chilli Vodka.

Chivas Brothers has unveiled a 1.5 litre magnum of its flagshiop blended scotch whisky, Chivas Regal, aimed specifically at elite bars.

Moet Hennessy is rolling out its unfiltered Belvedere vodka to the UK market. Belvedere Unfiltered launched in the US in 2010 and it is now available in the UK, priced £43.99.

UK: Hi-Spirits is to distribute a vodka co-created by the owner of Harry’s Bar, Venice.

SPI Group has appointed Nigel Bath as Asia Pacific regional director.

US-based Rok Stars has appointed Dynamic Group Development Corporation distributor of Oval Vodka in central and South America.

Australia: Stolichnaya has signed a five-year distribution deal with island2island Beverage Company.

US: Beam has expanded its Skinnygirl range to include wine, a range of flavoured vodkas and a Piña Colada.

Travel Retail operator World of Patria International has reached agreement with Chase Distillery to offer its range of spirits and liqueurs.

Vodka Cocktails

24 February, 2012

Although vodka can be mixed with anything and everything, producers in eastern and central Europe prefer the light touch when it comes to cocktails. Patience Gould checks out the action...

English brewer and distiller, Adnams, has added Morello Cherry Liqueur to its range.

First Drinks will be the new UK distributor of CEDC brands Zubrówka Bison Grass Vodka and Green Mark - the world's fourth largest vodka.

Pernod Ricard has furthered its line of Absolut Vodka flavours with the launch of Miami and Gräpevine to the US market.

The SPI Group has announced a new distribution agreement with Findlater Wine and Spirit Group to distribute the Stolichnaya vodka portfolio in Ireland.

US consumer goods company Rok Stars has stuck a deal with Castle Trade Services to launch its recently acquired Oval vodka in the UK.

Vodka company Russian Standard has purchased a 9.9% share in CEDC (Central European Distribution Corporation) for $25.35 million.

US: Buffalo Trace has released a vodka that has been distilled 159 times.

Russian Standard Vodka, which claims to be Russia’s number one premium vodka, has announced the appointment of John Palatella as executive vice president of sales & distribution for the US.

US: Polish vodka brand Sobieski is to launch three new flavours in the US. Espresso, Cynamon and Bizon Grass are to be imported and marketed by Imperial Brands.

Drinks group Sazerac has unveiled a line of flavoured vodkas under its Wave brand for the US market.

SPI Group has agreed a new distribution deal with Velier, for the entire Stolichnaya portfolio in Italy.

Nemiroff Company has made its first step into eco-friendly spirits with the launch of Nemiroff Distinct, a vodka flavoured with aloe. 

Belvedere has launched a new vodka in partnership with (RED) to raise proceeds for charity.

Absolut reports 6% growth

02 September, 2011

Absolut Vodka, part of the Pernod Ricard group, has revealed that its annual sales value and volume grew by 6% during the period July 1 2010 to June 30 2011. 

Rémy sets the Standard

31 August, 2011

Rémy Cointreau Global Travel Retail (GTR) is attempting to raise awareness of vodka brand Russian Standard, with its new campaign Vodka As It Should Be.

Poliakov goes red

22 August, 2011

French vodka brand Poliakov has extended its line in the European on-trade to include a ‘red fruit’ liqueur.

Mako Vodka makes US splash

08 August, 2011

Mako Vodka, a nautically themed spirit made using water from “ice-age aquifers” has launched to selected states in the US. 

Bacardi Brown Forman Brands has launched a new vodka under the Eristoff brand.

Brown-Forman has acquired the Maximus vodka brand from Altia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

on 05 July, 2011

Do you meet the Russian Standard? I recently met Russian Standard vodka founder Roustam Tariko’s college roommate. In fact, he works for the firm, too. Igor Galburt is the company’s global brand ambassador (though it also says on his business card executive VP corporate affairs – very American-sounding) and he came to give us a Russian Standard injection. Are you aware of the how the brand got its name, for example? I’ll tell you…

US: Heaven Hill has launched a liqueur called Hpnotiq Harmonie. The new product is an infusion of French vodka, natural fruits, flowers, and cognac.  The mix includes berries, violets and lavender.

Stock Spirits recorded double-digit organic revenue growth and profit growth in 2010.

DQ makes UK comeback

30 March, 2011

Swedish vodka brand DQ has re-launched to the UK, following the restructuring of parent company Nordic Spirit.

Diageo has announced the launch of super premium vodka Smirnov Titul to the Russian market.

Stock posts impressive growth

25 February, 2011

The Stock Spirits Group has announced double digit organic volume growth with total sales volumes of 162.4 million litres in 2010.

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) is to purchase the global rights for Kauffman vodka.

UK beer brewer Adnams has opened a small-scale distillery, producing vodka, gin and whisky.

Ukrainian vodka producer Nemiroff has started producing its vodka in Belarus. Nemiroff has partnered with Minsk Kristall in Belarus, which is part of national food processing company Belgospischeprom.

US spirits company Proximo has entered into a UK distribution agreement with Marblehead Brand Development.

Ukrainian brand Nemiroff has begun producing vodka in the Republic of Belarus.

The Absolut Company Global Travel Retail threw a swish party in Cannes last night (October 18) to unveil its latest limited edition Absolut vodka.

US: Diageo has launched a Swedish vodka in the US market.

SKyy Spirits, Gruppo Campari’s US-based subsidiary, has unveiled a new global ad campaign entitled Skyy Sexy to market its unflavoured vodka brand Skyy Vodka.

Russia: Moscow is to ban sales of vodka between 10pm and 10am, according to reports.

UK: Russian Standard Vodka has launched an on-pack music promotion. Consumers will have the chance to win free tickets to music gigs as part of the Russian Standard Vodka Originals brand campaign.

US: Diageo has launched two new flavours for its Smirnoff vodka brand – mango and peach.

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has announced that it has decided not to pursue the acquisition of Ukrainian vodka company Nemiroff.

US: Diageo has launched a range of brightly coloured flavoured vodkas called Ursus. The products feature a label that changes from white to blue when chilled in a freezer.

US: Heaven Hill Distilleries has launched the 21st flavour of its Burnett’s flavoured vodka brand.

Russian Standard has launched Russian Standard Gold into the travel retail market. The company launched the brand at TFWA Asia Pacific in Singapore.

Diageo has announced changes to its global marketing department following a review of its structure.

Ketel One vodka has introduced Ketel One Oranje, an orange flavoured vodka.

In honor of the 40th anniversaries of both Earth Day and Finlandia vodka, Finlandia is releasing limited edition charity water bottles. The bottles are to feature designs by Finnish graphic designer Klaus Haapaniemi.

US: Pernod Ricard and Russian Standard Vodka have reached a settlement of claims brought by Russian Standard against Pernod Ricard. According to Pernod Ricard, the dispute revolved mainly around the allegations brought by Russian Standard Vodka and Roust Trading Limited pursuant to which promoting Stolichnaya as "Russian vodka" resulted in false advertising.

Russian Standard is to launch its luxury Russian Standard Gold into the UK market.

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