William Grant & Sons has announced that it is the official spirits & champagne tournament provider to the Rugby World Cup 2015 which starts in September.

Martin Riley, Pernod Ricard’s former chief marketing officer, has joined brand marketing agency, Nude Brand Creation.

Jinro soju has retained its position as the number one selling spirit brand in the world, ahead of Emperador brandy, according to Drinks International’s Millionaires’ Club 2015.

Approximately 3.4 million middle aged people who drink regularly are going to have health problems, according to an alcohol education charity.

Dominic Roskrow has won Drinks Writer of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drinks Awards 2015 for articles published in Drinks International magazine.

It is the last call for entry to The Millionaires' Club 2015, the annual supplement from Drinks International that lists the best selling spirits in the world.

Distell has made two top management changes to accommodate expansion in global travel retail and Taiwan.

Drinks International’s regular spirits writer Dominic Roskrow has been short-listed for a coveted Fortnum & Mason Food and Drinks Award for work carried out for Drinks International.

Bacardi has launched a spirit distilled entirely from green tea leaves for the Asian market. 

Diageo has become the first multi-national alcohol company to provide consumers with nutrition and alcohol content information per typical serve.

Mast-Jägermeister has reported a 5.6% decline in annual sales volumes due to “challenging trading conditions” in the US market. 

Suntory Holdings has announced 2014 yielded sales of 2.5 trillion yen, up 20% year on year, and operating income of 165 billion yen, up 30%.

Pernod Ricard has reported sales and profit growth of +1% for H1 2014/2015, after declines in China and the US halted overall advances.

Bartending duo Thomas Aske and Tristan Stephenson launched a range of pre-mixed drinks yesterday at their London bar, Worship Street Whistling Shop.

Diageo has appointed a digital and e-commerce manager for Europe – a new role created to unify the company’s digital practices and develop a comprehensive digital presence.

Changes at Distil

30 January, 2015

Distil plc, owner of brands including Blavod Black vodka, Blackwoods gin and vodka, and RedLeg rum, has announced the appointment of Shaun Claydon, as finance director with immediate effect.

Bacardi has announced an internal appointment of a new regional president for Europe.

Diageo has reported negative trading for the first half of its 2014/2015 financial year, thanks to volume declines in all of its regions except Africa.

Data research company Euromonitor International has said Diageo’s upcoming six months results may not reflect the company’s long-term growth prospects.

The Cotswolds Distillery has announced it will launch its flagship Dry Gin in the US after securing a deal with MHW ltd. 

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IWSR to partner INSEEC

18 December, 2014

The International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR) has announced a partnership with the INSEEC Wine & Spirits Institute.

Diageo and Sean 'Diddy' Combs have unveiled an expanded DeLeón Tequila portfolio.

Asia remains the key region for the long-term development of the global alcohol market, according to the IWSR’s latest report.

The Avalon Group has released three spirits on the eve of TFWA Cannes. 

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s Spirits Committee has elected Finn O’Driscoll, managing director of SHS Drinks, as its new chairman. He replaces Chris Searle.

First unveiled to Drinks International in Cuba earlier this year, Havana Club has unveiled a new set of bitters, Essence of Cuba.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits has announced the inaugural release from the Exceptional Casks Collection. 

Cointreau has announced plans to unveil Cointreau Noir to the UK at London Cocktail Week.

Disaronno has unveiled a new bottle, designed by luxury fashion house, Versace.

Belvedere Vodka is opening a three-day ‘Drink, Eat, Live’ pop-up during London Cocktail Week. 

Ferrari moves to Montenegro

23 September, 2014

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

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) has announced shipments of cognac have fallen by 6.7% in volume and 10.2% in value from August 2013 - July 2014.

Distill Ventures - set up with investment from Diageo – will give up to 10 new and growing spirits brands the opportunity to take part in its Seed Programme 2015.  

Distell Group has agreed a deal to acquire a 26% stake in KWA Holding East Africa Limited (KHEAL), a leading spirits manufacturer, bottler and distributor in Kenya.

Crème de Cassis de Dijon was named Supreme Champion at the International Spirits Challenge awards ceremony last night at the Honorable Artillery Company in London.

William Grant & Sons UK, formerly First Drinks, unveiled Three Barrels Honey at its 2014 Market Report last night.

The 86 Company has launched a portfolio of four bartender-focused spirits in the UK. 

Emporia Brands unveiled a Polugar range at Imbibe Live yesterday, the first time the product has been available in the UK for more than 120 years.

Bacardi Limited has announced the internal appointments of two new regional presidents.

The Millionaires’ Club 2014, DI's annual listing of the world’s best selling spirits and liqueurs brands, has launched in digital version and is available free to download.

The Millionaires’ Club 2014, DI's annual listing of the world’s best selling spirits and liqueurs brands, has launched in digital version and is available free to download.

Rémy Cointreau has announced the appointment of Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet as CEO. 

Diageo has opened a £1.5m archive for its major brands in Menstrie, Scotland. 

Diageo has announced flat sales for the nine months ended 31 March 2014 due to weakness in emerging market sales.

British chef Jamie Oliver has entered the drinks industry with the launch of Drinks Tube, a free educational video channel on You Tube.

Diageo has launched its planned offer to acquire a further 37,785,214 shares in United Spirits, which represents 26% of total shares, taking Diageo’s total share to 54.78%.

Havana Club revamps rum bottle

26 February, 2014

Havana Club International has redesigned its Havana Club 15 Year Old bottle.

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