Vodka: A clear winner?

21 August, 2018

Is it possible to apply the craft approach to vodka? Philip Duff could have had the recipe for success

Alexandrion Group, Romania’s largest spirits producer, has announced site plan approval by the planning board of the town of Carmel for the construction of its first US distillery in Mid-Hudson, Putnam County, NY.

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.

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Dominic Roskrow

Urban distilling could be the future

Over the past 12 months I have had the pleasure of spending a considerable amount of time in three of my favourite cities – Glasgow, Dublin, and Louisville.

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