Crops grown within the exclusion area surrounding the abandoned town of Chernobyl in Ukraine has been used in the production of vodka.

Fifth Generation Inc, owner of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, has switched distributor in Taiwan to Sheng Feng Hang Group (SFH).

Tito’s Handmade Vodka has expanded its reach in Asia by launching in Mongolia this month.

Grey Goose’s new creative platform “Live Victoriously” aims to re-energise the brand in 2019 by encouraging consumers to celebrate small victories, says Grey Goose global CMO Lee Applbaum.

Newly built Glenrinnes Distillery has launched an organic gin and vodka range at Ben Rinnes, Speyside.

Scotland’s first potato vodka distillery has opened the doors to its new £150K visitor centre on the outskirts of Dundee.

Tito's expands to New Zealand

19 February, 2019

Tito’s Handmade Vodka has launched in New Zealand through Fifth Generation Inc and Hancocks Wine, Spirit & Beer Merchants.

Glen’s Vodka has released two new flavoured spirits, available now to the independent retail market.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka is now available at Dublin and Cork airports, thanks to its expanding partnership with Aer Rianta International (ARI).

De Kuyper Royal Distillers has been named the official distributer of Three Sixty Vodka in the Netherlands as part of the expansion of Friedrich Schwarze Gmbh & Co KG in Europe. 

Tito’s Handmade Vodka has launched in the Republic of Indonesia as it continues its global expansion.

Fifth Generation Inc has appointed Aspri Spirits to introduce US vodka brand Tito’s vodka to the Indian market.

Grey Goose has launched a limited edition summer bottle designed by French illustrator Quentin Monge.

Vodka has its own museum, opening tomorrow (June 12) in Warsaw, Poland. The Polish Vodka Museum claims to be the world’s first and only place dedicated to “honouring and celebrating the rich and centuries long tradition of crafting Polish vodka”.

Royal Dragon Vodka has released ‘The Eye of the Dragon’, the most expensive bottle of vodka in the world valued at US$ 5.5m.

The Global Vodka Alliance (GVA) has become the first collaborative ‘drinks body’ within the vodka category, which aims to educate and innovate the industry.

Ultra-premium vodka Cîroc has launched its French Vanilla flavour, specifically designed for Porn Star Martinis.

Grey Goose vodka has begun hosting a brunch club in London to encourage the emerging trend of pairing cocktails with food.

A leading Nordic wine and spirits producer Altia, has signed a distribution agreement with Infinium Spirits to enter the US market with Finnish brand, Koskenkorva Vodka.

Beam Suntory has deniedreports that US rapper 50 Cent has sold his shares in Effen Vodka for $60m.

Two Australian women have created vodka made from carrots alongside winemaker Jason Hannary, which aims to reduce waste created by supermarkets.

Tom of Finland Organic Vodka (40% ABV) is a new super-premium spirit distilled in Finland from organic wheat and rye and has been launched in the UK market.

Tito’s Handmade vodka is celebrating the 4th of July by partnering with US embassies and on-trade customers around the world for themed festivities where Tito vodka cocktails will be served.

Smirnoff remains the world’s best-selling vodka, having posted volume sales of 25.5m 9-litre cases in 2016, according to Drinks International’s Millionaires’ Club 2017.

The UK’s first alcoholic coconut water, Twisted Halo, wants to raise £450,000 via online crowdfunding website Seedrs, in exchange for 14% equity.

Bacardi-owned Grey Goose has launched a limited edition Riviera bottle to ‘compliment’ its Le Grand Fizz cocktail this summer.

DI Annual Bar Report: Vodka

09 January, 2017

There's no change at the top but 'craft' vodkas are mixing things up, says Holly Motion. Here are the top ten vodas from the world's best bars.

Pernod Ricard’s Gilles Bogaert has said the company will push the authenticity of its Absolut brand and reduce the number of flavour variants in a bid to stem the decline and improve sales in the US. 

The final of the 42Below Cocktail Earth Cup starts on Monday (August 22) in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the world's 30 best-selling vodka brands in 2015. 

SPI Group has vowed to demonstrate its ownership of Stolichnaya, in the wake of a trademark dispute in US courts. 

JSC Synergy has unveiled a limited series of Myagkov vodka with images of ten remakes of the ‘best’ Playboy magazine covers in each decade.

Beluga Vodka is working with family-run distributor Cellar Trends in a bid to build the brand within the UK. 

The Stoli Group has announced the appointment of Lars Vestbirk as its international marketing director, effective immediately.

Despite a year of down-trading Diageo’s Smirnoff has extended its lead over the rest of the vodka category, according to The Millionaires’ Club 2015.

The SPI Group has announced the appointment of Patrick Piana as Stoli Group USA's new CEO, effective August 2015.

Pernod Ricard has unveiled a new Absolut bottle design with a reduced glass weight in a bid to ‘create an icon for the future’. 

Blavod gets TTB approval

26 February, 2015

Distil has announced that its Blavod Black vodka has been approved for sale in the US by the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Brands Report 2015: Vodka

06 January, 2015

For the moment vodka is the best selling international spirit and, despite many bartenders’ snipes, it is also big business in the world’s best bars.

New artisanal Scottish distillery, Arbikie, has produced its first spirit, a super-premium potato vodka.

Diageo will re-launch Pimm’s No.6 Vodka Cup in the UK next summer in response to a campaign to reinstate the spirit drink.

Stolichnaya Premium Vodka has announced plans to unveil Night Edition 2014, the second in a range designed to target nightlife, at TFWA Cannes.

Diageo and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs have announced the newest addition to its ultra premium Cîroc vodka flavour portfolio.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits is to distribute Karlsson’s Gold vodka worldwide, except in the US.

Bacardi has repackaged its original Grey Goose brand in the US, making the bottle easier to use for bartenders.

Smirnoff is not a casualty of a global trend away from vodka, according to Ivan Menezes, CEO of Diageo.

SPI group has launched a global marketing campaign that partners Stolichnaya with lemonade this summer.

Diageo has unveiled Nola, a new brand line of RTD vodka spritzes aimed at British women.

Smirnoff retains its title as the largest selling vodka in the world in 2013, according to Drinks International’s Millionaires’ Club 2014.
  

Vestal, the vodka made from small relatively unprocessed potatoes from single regions and bottled by vintage, is to be distributed in the UK by Maverick Drinks.

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I know how wierd this might seem but I often think that the opening of a new distillery is like the launch of a new submarine. It is unveiled in all its pristine glory in a blaze of publicity and fanfare.

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