Diageo is rolling out voluntary enhanced health warnings on bottles of Smirnoff, Gordon’s, Baileys and Captain Morgan as part of its broader responsible drinking campaign.

Annual sales of cognac are worth €2 billion thanks to a surge in XO and VSOP sales in the Far East, says the Cognac Bureau (BNIC).

Bacardi Brown Forman Brands has launched a new vodka under the Eristoff brand.

Drinks International and Euromonitor International have published the Millionaires Club 2011. The report lists spirits brands that sell over one million nine-litre cases. A record 172 brands feature in this year’s edition and figures are based on 2010 sales volumes.

SA: Spirits duty rises by 10%

25 February, 2011

The South African government has increased excise duty on spirits by 10% and wine by 8%.

Russia: Moscow is to ban sales of vodka between 10pm and 10am, according to reports.

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