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.

UK: ASA bans Captain Morgan ad

26 February, 2014

A complaint against a Captain Morgan TV advert has been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Two major drinks companies are set to launch US-successful products into the UK market.

Alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware has called on parents to take the lead against extreme drinking challenges like NekNominate on social media sites. 

Molson Coors Brewing Company has promoted Brian Tabolt to the role of global corporate controller.

Diageo has launched a £5 million youth training and employment programme in Scotland. 

Chivas Brothers is to launch a marketing campaign, logo and website for its Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky.

Diageo’s sales volume declined in each of its global regions during the second half of 2013, while net sales slowed to +1.8%, impacted by downtrading in Asia-Pacific.

UK-based craft distiller Two Birds spirits has added a cocktail gin to its portfolio. Two Birds Cocktail Gin aims to deliver a stronger juniper profile but still at 40% abv. The launch is exclusively for the ontrade. 

Cool drinks brands

30 September, 2013

There are no alcoholic drinks brands in CoolBrands top 20 ‘A-Listers’ of 2013.

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