Online retailer Wine Access has acquired Napa Valley merchant 750 Wines for an undisclosed fee.

Ibiza-based mobile bar company Southside Bars is now offering online cocktail masterclasses.

Ecommerce has broken into markets that barely knew it existed pre-pandemic - and forcasts for the alcohholic drinks sector are very positive. Martin Green reports.

Drinks International caught up with Naked Wines’ chief financial officer James Crawford to discuss the firm’s impressive H1 results.

Naked Wines enjoyed 79.6% revenue growth in the six months to September 28 after demand for online wine purchases soared during the lockdown.

Naked Wines has reported 81% year-on-year revenue growth during April and May as online orders spiked during the coronavirus lockdown.

Bar Convent Brooklyn has been called off after the organisers decided it would be too risky to host a trade show during this age of contagion.

Campari Group has tied up a €23.4 million deal to purchase a 49% stake in Italy’s leading online wine and spirits retailer.

Sales of beer, wine and spirits grew by a remarkable 67% in the UK off-trade during the week to March 21.

Digital happy hours, online mixology sessions and virtual tip jars are helping bartenders make ends meet amid the coronavirus lockdown. 

Entries are now being taken for the 14th annual International Finlandia Vodka Cup. The final is to be held on February 1, 2012 and the prize fund is $25,000.

DI September goes online

25 October, 2011

The September edition of Drinks International is now online and can be downloaded as a digital magazine by clicking here.

Diageo has announced that Madonna will partner Smirnoff in the next instalment of the Nightlife Exchange Project.

Bacardi has launched True Originals, an online hub for bartenders globally.

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Nick Strangeway

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Trade shows – remember them? Before the world stopped we’d have attended a number of them throughout the year and be able to look down the list of recognisable guest speakers with their seminar titles. They were a source of great education which had been curated by the organisers to provide a spread of credible, engaging information.

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