Ran Van Ongevalle has been named the 2017 Bacardi Legacy champion in Berlin with his Clarita cocktail.

More than 200,000 Chinese residents tuned in to the Taiwan and China performances in the semi-final of the Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition in Berlin.

Global rum ambassador Ian Burrell has praised the standard of competition after the opening day of semi-finals of the Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition in Berlin.

BrewDog has launched a new spirits range called LoneWolf which will be available in all BrewDog bars and online.

Spirits company William Grant & Sons UK has appointed Neil Barker as commercial director.

Tickets have been released for the sixth annual Distillers’ City Debate on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, London.

WSTA chief executive officer Miles Beale believes the UK can use Brexit to boost spirit export numbers after 45 new distilleries emerged in 2016.

Dutch distiller, Toorank, has announced a full rebrand and new corporate name, Dutch Spirits.

Owner of Reàl, American Beverage Marketers, has teamed up with drinks consultant Giuseppe Gallo to create Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup.

US body the Distilled Spirits Council has launched a campaign to make April ‘Alcohol Awareness Month’, aimed at reminding adult consumers in the US to embrace moderation year-round.

Bacardi Limited has been named among the 100 most reputable companies in the world in Forbes magazine for the fifth year in a row.

Bombay Sapphire wants to ‘demonstrate a leadership role’ in the gin industry with the launch of Star of Bombay.

Armagnac Academies will make its debut in San Francisco on May 22 to educate members of the trade.

ZECA Cachaca will unveil its new hybrid sugarcane varieties at the Brazilian embassy in London on April 11.

Funkin is expanding its range of cocktail mixers with the addition of Funkin Bramble this month, bringing the classic English cocktail to the on-trade in an "easy-to-use" format. 

Diageo has unveiled the fourth John Walker & Sons Private Collection expression.

The Distilled Spirits Council has said it looks forward to working with the Trump administration to expand access for US agricultural exports, including distilled spirits, in foreign markets.  

The Drinks International Annual Bar Report looks to gauge the buying habits of the best bars in the world by conducting a survey of their owners, head bartenders and bar managers.

Freya, billed as the UK's first birch sap spirit, will launch this November.

Berlin Convent Berlin received record numbers of visitors this month, taking in 11,604 trade professionals over two days, an increase of 15% on last year.

The Global Drinks Forum

14 October, 2016

Leaders of the global drinks industry assembled in Berlin on October 10 to discuss the future of the industry. Here is a selection of what was said. 

Le Nechet wins World Class

30 September, 2016

France’s Jennifer Le Nechet has been crowned the world’s best bartender at the World Class Bartender of the Year Global Final 2016, the first female bartender to win the award.

Copenhagen By The Glass launches next month, in collaboration with Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival.

Gruppo Montenegro, the owner of Amaro Montenegro and Vecchia Romagna brandy, has finalised exclusive distribution agreements in the Italian market for Jose Cuervo, the world’s number-one tequila, Bushmills, Irish whiskey, The Kraken Black Spiced rum and Boodles British gin.

Hamish Smith gives us his take on the spirits market – things look better than last year but it’s far from plain sailing.

The Millionaires' Club, Drinks International's report on the largest selling spirits brands, is now available to download.

Millionaires' Club: Soju

10 June, 2016

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the world's best-selling Soju brands in 2015.

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the world's best-selling Bitter brands in 2015.

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the ones to watch for next year.

A rundown of the companies with the most million-case brands in the Millionaires' Club 2016.

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the world's fastest growing brands in 2015. 

The Indian Ocean Company and Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits have announced the launch of the first VSOP release from the Medine Distillery, a VSOP bottling of Penny Blue Mauritian Rum. 

Authenticity, heritage and craftsmanship – those were the keynote themes of this year’s City Debate hosted by the Worshipful Company of Distillers.

Diageo Reserve has unveiled the first citrus offering in its Cîroc UK portfolio, Pink Grapefruit.

Beam Suntory has released a ‘new take’ on Jim Bean Kentucky Straight Bourbon into the UK.

The Worshipful Company of Distillers’ City Debate this year tackles the controversial subject of ‘Craft Spirits – Friend or Foe of Global Brands?’

The Sazerac Company has announced a partnership with aquavit Lysholm Linie and ArcusGruppen as its sole importer in the US.

Whyte & Mackay and Cognac House Camus have entered into a new partnership to manage the distribution of Camus cognacs and Ungava gin in the UK.

Beam Suntory has unveiled its latest Booker’s Bourbon for the US market, Batch 2015-06 ‘Noe Secret’.

The global spirits market will pass the 3.2bn-case mark by the year 2020, according to the IWSR. 

Mezcal sales growing at 22%

12 November, 2015

Mezcal sales value is growing at 22% and now amounts to $88m a year, according to the Consejo Regulador del Mezcal.

Diageo is hoping to “re-imagine” Smirnoff as a true challenger rather than a tired leader by appealing to Millennials. 

Global Brands has launched House of Cocktails, a new range of premixed cocktails available to the UK off trade.

Drinks International is still accepting entries to its new-look Cocktail Challenge.

Diageo’s Turkish operation Mey Icki is under investigation by Turkey’s antitrust authority, according to reports.

After the release of The Millionaires' Club 2015, contributor and Euromonitor International's senior drinks analyst Jeremy Cunnington gives us his take on the spirits market's performance in 2014.

Jameson bitters launches

21 July, 2015

Pernod Ricard unveiled Jameson Wild Sloe Berry Bitters at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans last week.

The Millionaires' Club, Drinks International's report on the largest selling spirits brands, is now available to download.

Lejay Noir de Bourgogne was named Supreme Champion at the 20th International Spirits Challenge ceremony yesterday.

Bacardi buys Leblon

08 July, 2015

Bacardi has completed the acquisition of Leblon cachaça, having owned a share of the brand for several years.

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