Stoli Group has announced the launch of a limited-edition Ukrainian-themed vodka with all set to go to World Central Kitchen’s meals for Ukrainian refugees.

Premium vodka brand, Vodka 4 Peace, has launched in the UK pledging to donate 100% of profits until 2026 and £5 per bottle to NGOs in Ukraine.

Ukrainian vodka brand Dima’s has launched a fundraising initiative to support British-Ukrainian Aid and Come Back Alive, which see all proceeds from the purchase of four bottled cocktails going to charity.

Sweden’s alcohol monopoly, Systembolaget, has removed all Russian-made vodka and other types of Russian alcohol from its shelves with immediate effect, in protest of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Brands Report 2022: Vodka

06 January, 2022

Just as Ketel One was on the precipice of completing the perfect 10, in swoops Grey Goose to snatch the vodka crown.

Grey Goose has announced the launch of Duet, a pop-up cocktail bar series and martini cocktail kit.

Absolut Vodka has announced a new bottle, the brand’s biggest design update since 1979.

Crystal Head Vodka has launched a magnum bottle to celebrate Pride festival and support its relationship with Kaleidoscope Trust.

Belvedere has stepped into the organic category with a trio of flavoured expressions that infuse the Polish rye vodka with organic fruits and botanicals.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka has entered a new distribution agreement with Genova-based Velier S.p.A for the Italian market.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka has appointed new distributors for two of its European markets in Switzerland and Cyprus.

Brands Report 2021: Vodka

05 January, 2021

Vodka is the fourth most used spirit in the bars we poll. These days, bartenders want vodkas that can stand up to bold flavours (think the Espresso Martini) and against a wider trend towards flavour, the days of insipid neutral spirits are behind us.

Absolut has launched a global ad campaign that celebrates the importance of meaningful connections.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka has appointed Vienna-based Rudolf Ammersin GmbH as its exclusive distributor and representative in Austria.

Eight Lands Organic Speyside Vodka is now available for the first time in Canada having recently been launched in Quebec’s SAQ stores.

Amber Beverage Group is set to launch Tambovskaya Osobaya Silver Vodka and Tambovskaya Pink Vodka in Austria by the end of August.

Halewood-owned Vestal vodka has launch its first flavoured varieties including Black Cherry and Raspberry & Blackcurrant.

Fifth Generation, owner of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, has appointed Alex Borbolla as international commercial manager.

Black Cow has launched a new bottle design which will be introduced to markets throughout 2020 to reduce its price point and carbon footprint.

Brands Report 2020: Vodka

13 January, 2020

Ketel One has retained its position as the bestselling vodka brand in the world, with 32% of elite bars declaring it the number one choice.

Texas-based vodka brand Tito’s is now available onboard Irish airline Aer Lingus in 5cl bottles.

UK distribution company Speciality Brands has added Beluga Noble Russian vodka to its portfolio of premium spirits.

Tito's launches in Poland

08 November, 2019

Tito’s Handmade Vodka has entered an agreement with Coctail Bar Max & Dom Whisky (CBMAX) to distribute in Poland from November.

For the fifth year running Beluga Vodka will be returning to Bar Convent Berlin from 7-9 October to present a program of seminars and bar takeovers.

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.

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