Coffee liqueur brand Tia Maria has received a packaging update. The new bottle design was unveiled at Lovebox music festival in London. Argentina, Holland and Canada are also set to receive the new packaging.

French actor Gérard Depardieu’s beer is heading to the UK.

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.

Heineken USA has launched a website for the on-trade.

Champagne GH Mumm has renewed its long term international partnership as ‘Official Champagne of Formula 1’.

Maison Lillet has released Lillet Rosé to the UK, its first apéritif launch in the market for 50 years.

Sales of Captain Morgan rum will one day catch up with Bacardi, according to Diageo.

Vergelegen, one of South Africa’s best wine producers, has unveiled a new wine, DNA.

The House Janneau has released some limited edition armagnacs, called the Dragon Vintages.

Grant's master blender Brian Kinsman has recreated William Grant's whisky - Stand Fast.

Chambord, the French black raspberry liqueur, has invested a “six-figure sum” in its first TV advertising campaign with a sponsorship of E4’s new US drama.

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

UK: William Grant’s distribution arm First Drinks has launched Icelandic vodka, Reyka.

US: Diageo has purchased Cabin Fever Maple Flavoured Whisky from the Robillard family. Diageo aims to capitalise on two growth trends in the US: flavoured whiskey and craft distilling.

Appleton 50 for $5K

08 June, 2012

Wray & Nephew, the Jamaican rum producer, last night (June 7) unveiled a 50-year-old rum to celebrate 50 years of Jamaican independence.

Halewood International has expanded the distribution of its Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer brand into the US and Canada.

Pernod Ricard USA will replace its pre-mixed cocktail Malibu Caribbean Cosmo with a lower calorie version.

Funkin has launched Agave Nectar to the global on-trade as a ‘skinny’ alternative to sugar syrup.

Coffee liqueur brand Kahlúa is adding 200ml “Cans-To-Go” in three flavours to its pre-mixed cocktail portfolio.

Jacob's Creek winemaker Bernard Hickin has said the 2012 Australian vintage is "the best in 20 years". 

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, based in Chico, California, is to build a second site in western North Carolina scheduled to open in 2014. 

Yellow spot is the latest single pot still whiskey from Irish Distillers.

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) has reported that a late frost has damaged more than 10% of Austrian vineyard area.

Speyburn Highland single malt 10 year old and Speyburn Bradan Orach have been repackaged. The distillery has also launched a members club for whisky fans called Clan Speyburn and a new website.

A museum for wine and spirits is to open in Stockholm this month.

UK: Charles Heidsieck champagne is to move to a "fine wine-orientated partner" in the UK. Distribution is to shift from First Drinks Brands to Liberty Wines from June 1, 2012 .

Islay single malt whisky Laphroaig is to launch a Diamond Jubilee commemorative edition.

Heaven Hill Distilleries is to launch a limited edition 20 year old bourbon.

Hungarian bartender Gabor Onufer has won the Bols Around the World cocktail competition.

Belvédère’s Polish vodka brand Krupnik recorded the largest growth of any spirit or liqueur brand in 2011, pushing it into the top ten of the world’s best selling vodkas, according to The Millionaires’ Club 2012.

UK distributor First Drinks is to invest £2m in marketing the Green Mark vodka brand in the UK.

Danny DeVito has partnered with Design Spirits UK for the launch of his eponymous limoncello brand this month.

AB InBev UK today announced the June launch of Stella Artois Cidre Pear to the UK on and off-trade.

Islay single malt Bowmore is launching a new expression in the UK - Bowmore Small Batch Reserve.

Meantime Brewing Company is to open “London’s biggest new brewery since 1936”. The new facility is to quadruple Meantime’s beer production capacity to 100,000 hectolitres and will host a visitor’s centre and shop.

Wodka heads for Canada

10 May, 2012

Panache Beverage is to launch its vodka brands in Canada. Wodka Vodka and Alchemia Infused Vodka are to be represented in Canada by OBH Wine and Spirits.

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands has announced a £2m first-year investment for the launch of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey in the UK.

Languedoc-Roussillon-based wine brand Abbotts & Delaunay has set its sights on the UK market following launches across global markets.

UK: Accolade Wines has launched a range of Ready to Serve (RTS) drinks under the Hardys, Banrock Station and Stone’s brands.

Seven Islands Vintage is described as a luxury single malt scotch whisky bringing together the best of India and Scotland.

Czech brewery Budweiser Budvar has announced record levels of exports amid volume growth of 5.5% and net profit increases of 9.2%.

Concha y Toro is the World’s Most Admired Wine Brand for the second year running, according to a survey by Drinks International.

Heaven Hill Distilleries is to open a bourbon tourist experience in Louisville, Kentucky.

Beam is to launch a White Peach Margarita under its premixed cocktail brand Skinnygirl.

English sparkling wine Nyetimber has revamped its packaging in time for the UK’s summer of celebrations.

UK: Chivas Brothers has signed a five-year partnership deal between its scotch brand Royal Salute and the royal gun salutes at the Tower of London. The first of which will be for the Queen’s Jubilee in June.

Diageo has opened a US$5m Captain Morgan visitors’ centre as part of of its new distillery in the US Virgin Islands.

Beam is to purchase Pinnacle vodka and Calico Jack rum from White Rock Distilleries for $605 million.

MyCocktails are frozen

20 April, 2012

The Manchester Drinks Company’s RTD line, MyCocktail, is set to be extended with the UK launch of frozen pre-mixed cocktail pouches.

InterLoire, the interprofessional body for Loire wines has announced that 18 wines from AOC Touraine and Vins de Pays du Val de Loire 2011 vintage have been selected as “Ambassador wines” for the Sauvignon Blanc de Loire project this year.

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