Brands Report: World Whisky

05 January, 2018

With Irish Whiskey stripped out, other countries get a chance to shine. Hamish Smith does the maths

The New Standard

16 March, 2016

Standard spirits sales are growing but small budgets mean its often up to the bottle to do the talking. Hamish Smith reports.

How do you make a Margarita? The World's 50 Best Bars know a thing or two about that. They also know what tequila to use. Here's the Brands Report.  

Pre-mixed drinks

21 December, 2012

Consumers are starting to really embrace the convenience of a pre-mixed drink in a portable format. Hamish Smith reports

David Cox, director – Europe for New Zealand Winegrowers has left the organisation to pursue other interests and projects.

German wine

28 May, 2012

German wines are world class but they are predominately white and the world wants red. It is a niche player in terms of volume, so how is it doing, asks Christian Davis

Wine journalist, Tim Atkin MW and d'Arenberg owner and winemaker Chester Osborn, were both named as recipients of the Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Award.

Black Grouse goes Alpha

18 April, 2012

The Edrington Group has unveiled a new version of The Black Grouse, the rich, spicy, sweet and smoky version of its mainstream Famous Grouse blended scotch whisky brand.

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

Heineken and Facebook have announced a global partnership, which will see the two companies collaborate on digital campaigns for Heineken’s brands around the world. 

Anheuser-Busch InBev is to extend its official beer sponsorship to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. 

Heineken has extended its sponsorship of the Rugby World Cup to remain its official beer supplier and worldwide partner for the 2015 tournament in England.

Czech lager brand Pilsner Urquell has anointed Dubliner Fearghus McCormack as its International Master Bartender 2011.

Pernod Ricard is pinning hopes of further growth on the US, central and South America to undermine Diageo’s position as the number one drinks company in the world.

Stella Artois is gearing up for its World Draught Masters final in Buenos Aires, having anointed a champion from its UK heat.

The Tax Free World Association’s World Exhibition in the famous French resort of Cannes opened today (Monday September 5). Christian Davis reports from Cannes. 

Sparkling wine brand Follador has launched its premium range of Proseccos to travel retail.

Budweiser has signed a three-year agreement with The Football Association to become the ‘lead partner’ of The FA Cup.

Prosecco winery Follador has appointed World of Patria as its travel retail and duty free distribution partner.

Diageo has announced a host city for the final of its World Class 2011 bartender competition. Delhi, India, will play host to the final of what has been dubbed “the Oscars of the industry”.

Cognac has reported record-breaking shipment figures for 2010. The region reported the value of 2010 shipments to be €1.86 billion.

Constellation Brands, hitherto, the world's leading wine company, has announced that it has sold its Australian and UK business, (Constellation Wines Australia and Europe, CWAE), to CHAMP, an Australian private equity group.

Limited edition Beefeater Winter gin has made its European travel retail debut in the main World Duty Free store in London Heathrow Terminal 3.

Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan will deliver the keynote address at the World Climate Change and Wine Congress 2011.

Best Bar in the World revealed

10 November, 2010

A London speakeasy has been named the best bar in the world, according to an industry poll.

Elitemarket.com has created a virtual cellar for online shoppers to view, research and buy single malt scotch whiskies.

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, producers of Jameson, is set to introduce Redbreast 15 Year Old Irish Pure Pot Still whiskey as a permanent expression within the range in key international markets including Ireland, USA, France and Germany.

Diageo has announced the winner of its global bartender competition World Class. Erik Lorincz from the Connaught Bar at The Connaught, London, was crowned champion at a ceremony in Athens, Greece.

The results of the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition are in. 

A record number of medals were awarded across the style categories by a judging panel of five Masters of Wine, chaired by Susan McCraith MW.  According to the organisers, results showed the quality of the 2009 vintage, particularly in the dry white and still rosé categories. Sparkling wines were consistently impressive.

Belgium: The European Spirits Organisation CEPS and The European Forum for Responsible Drinking (EFRD) have teamed up with the Belgian Federation of Wine and Spirits to launch a responsible drinking campaign during the World Cup.

Diageo has announced the return of its Arthur’s Day celebrations for stout brand Guinness.

Carlsberg, the official beer of the England football team, has launched its new TV advert in the build-up to this year’s World Cup.

UK: Stolichnaya vodka has linked up with the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2010, by supporting defending British champion Paul Bonhomme.

Appleton Estate Jamaica rum has launched a new website – www.appletonestate.com.

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