Bacardi has unveiled plans to put the world’s first 100% degradable spirits bottles on shelves and back bars by 2023.

Piper-Heidsieck has launched a limited-edition bottle and gift box to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition in the US.

Spanish producer Chivite has launched a barrel-fermented rosé made from Garnacha grapes sourced from the Legardeta estate in northern Navarra.

Borco has invested in a redesign for its Finsbury gin range and launched a Wild Strawberry variant to attract new consumers.

Jägermeister has launched a limited-edition #SaveTheNight bottle designed to support the bar trade in various key markets around the world.

Scotch whisky producer Jura has kicked off a new series of cask editions by releasing a whisky finished in red wine barriques.

Pernod Ricard launched Absolut Exposure last night at an event at TFWA Cannes.

Chivas Brothers has unveiled a 1.5 litre magnum of its flagshiop blended scotch whisky, Chivas Regal, aimed specifically at elite bars.

The Edrington Group has broken the world record for the largest bottle of whisky with the unveiling of a 228-litre bottle of The Famous Grouse.

Beam and Maxxium Travel Retail (MTR) have jointly launched a travel retail-exclusive Jim Beam bourbon at Frankfurt airport.

UK: The Chancellor has added another 41p to a bottle of spirits and 11p to a bottle of wine in the latest Budget.

Pernod Ricard UK is hoping the release of Absolut London in time for the Olympics and the Queen’s diamond jubilee will lift sales of the brand by 10%.

Rémy Cointreau has created a limited edition bottle for its Cointreau orange liqueur brand, especially for Dubai Duty Free.

Following a collaboration with whisky bloggers and journalists, Master of Malt has released St Isidore.

Online spirits retailer Master of Malt has released Rumbullion, an “old-fashioned“ rum under its Professor Cornelius Ampleforth brand.

Inver House Distillers yesterday announced the global release of Balblair vintages 1992 and '01 from the newly-opened visitor centre at the brand's Highland distillery.

Malibu is releasing a limited edition coconut rum with coconut flakes floating inside to look like snowflakes.

Diageo has extended the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project campaign with the release of city and country-themed bottles to selected global markets.

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Diageo has launched a cinnamon spiced vodka in travel retail.

Russia: Pernod Ricard has teamed up with DJ Ferry Corsten to launch a limited edition bottle of Olmeca tequila. The product will be exclusive to Russia, where Olmeca holds a 41% market share.

Champagne Jacquesson has announced the launch of two single-vineyard champagnes from 2002 to global markets.

A bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem has been sold for £75,000, setting a Guinness world record.

A 170-year old bottle of champagne salvaged from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea has fetched €30,000 at auction.

Chivas Brothers has introduced new packaging across its “core range" of The Glenlivet.

Finlandia vodka, part of Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands, has unveiled a new global packaging design dubbed ‘melting ice’.

Russian Distiller has launched two new ‘bread wines’, Rye Polugar and Rye Malt Polugar.

UK: Constellation Europe’s Banrock Station brand is to launch special edition wines to help preserve the British bee population.

Following a 2009 announcement that it would be moving its non-vintage and vintage cuvées to brown bottles, Roederer has started to roll out Brut Premier in brown bottles.

Diageo has redesigned its Smirnoff 21 packaging. The new bottles have launched in the UK and will roll out across the world from August.

Dutch beer Grolsch has announced a partnership with British Airways and has opened a bar in one of the airline’s lounges in Terminal 5.

Travel retail: Bacardi has launched a limited edition bottling of Bénédictine liqueur.

The South African wine industry has launched a new sustainability seal, as a guarantee of environmentally-sensitive production.

Maker’s Mark has won a trademark infringement case against Cuervo tequila. A judgment has confirmed that the whiskey’s free-form red wax seal coating is a well-known and valid trademark.

France: Hine is to roll our its new Antique XO Premier Cru cognac to markets around the world.

Portugal: Boutique port producer Andresen has released a 100 year old port.

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