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.

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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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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).

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