Prosecco: The sweet spot

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Prosecco producers are looking for ways to beat the ravages of climate change in the vineyards. Shay Waterworth reports from Italy

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

Gin

14 August, 2012

Gin is trading on the complexities of its flavour profile to cash in on the cocktail boom. Patience Gould finds a booming super-premium sector

First Drinks has outlined the continued importance of premium drinks brands in driving growth in the UK market.

Bacardi has announced the appointment of Ron Anderson as senior vice president and chief commercial officer.

Pernod raises the stakes

01 June, 2012

Pernod Richard is raising the stakes in scotch whisky after a week in which it hosted a ‘Capital Markets Day’ of presentations up at its flagship Glenlivet distillery on Speyside.

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, has announced that it has reached agreement with Ypióca Agroindustrial Limitada to buy cachaça brand, Ypióca, and certain production assets.

Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled an initiative titled ‘Building Premium Wine Brands’, to bring growth back to the UK light wine sector.

Pernod Ricard’s super premium gin, Beefeater 24, is now available in 50 markets worldwide.

Chivas Brothers is introducing a new look for its Plymouth gin brand, re-positioning it above Beefeater 24, as a “super premium-plus”.

Pernod Ricard will release Irish whiskey Redbreast 12 Cask Strength to the US in February, following the expression’s September launch to Ireland, Germany and France.

The SPI Group has announced a new distribution agreement with Findlater Wine and Spirit Group to distribute the Stolichnaya vodka portfolio in Ireland.

US consumer goods company Rok Stars has stuck a deal with Castle Trade Services to launch its recently acquired Oval vodka in the UK.

Drambuie’s premium expression Drambuie 15 is to be offered onboard all British Airways routes from December. 

Russian Standard Vodka, which claims to be Russia’s number one premium vodka, has announced the appointment of John Palatella as executive vice president of sales & distribution for the US.

New look Martell VSOP

12 October, 2011

Martell’s new look for its VSOP, which was recently launched in the Singapore and Malaysia domestic markets, is now being rolled out throughout the world.

SPI Group has agreed a new distribution deal with Velier, for the entire Stolichnaya portfolio in Italy.

Pernod Ricard is pinning hopes of further growth on the US, central and South America to undermine Diageo’s position as the number one drinks company in the world.

Sparkling wine brand Follador has launched its premium range of Proseccos to travel retail.

Indian distributor Radico Khaitan is to launch Japanese whiskies the Yamazaki 12 year old and Hibiki 17 year old in India.

DQ makes UK comeback

30 March, 2011

Swedish vodka brand DQ has re-launched to the UK, following the restructuring of parent company Nordic Spirit.

Diageo’s Johnnie Walker is the number one spirits brand by value according to Impact Databank’s Top 100 Premium Spirits list.

Diageo has announced the launch of super premium vodka Smirnov Titul to the Russian market.

AB InBev launches Stella cider

02 February, 2011

UK: AB InBev has launched a cider under the Stella Artois name. Stella Artois Cidre will be available from easter 2011 in 568ml bottles and 440ml cans and the company suggests serving the product over ice.

Slovakian spirits group Gas Familia has launched premium vodka Goral Master.

Chivas Brothers is taking its travel retail aged whisky campaign to the Americas.

Treasury Wine Estates brand Coldstream Hills has completed a $5m upgrade of its winemaking facilities

Havana Club International is to launch an ultra premium rum.

The results of the International Cider Challenge 2010 are in. This is the first year of the competition and it attracted over a hundred entries. Drinks International recruited a panel of cider experts to blind taste the ciders, which were then awarded trophies and medals.

Pernod Ricard has created a new brand company for its wines and made several organisational changes to its overall structure.

The Edrington Group has appointed a new area director for global travel retail.

Consumers are returning to premium purchases, according to global drinks giant Diageo.

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