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.

Emporia Brands has halted imports of Legend of Kremlin, the official vodka of The Duma, the Russian Federation parliament.

Diageo has has partnered Smirnoff with Sahara Force India Formula One Team to promote the brand globally.

Film director Baz Luhrmann has created an Absolut limited edition bottle to celebrate Australia. Absolut Oz is to be available in Australia from March 2014.

Stoli Group (USA) and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center have announced a three-year partnership to fight inequality by investing in the development of LGBT leaders globally.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka, one of the pioneer products of the US’s craft vodka industry, will be available in the UK on and off-trade later this month through Hi-Spirits.

A New Zealand-produced vodka distilled from milk sugars has launched in the US through Leche Spirits.

Anders Olsson has decided to resign as director of the Absolut Company’s Global Travel Retail (GTR) division.

Siberian vodka Pyat Ozer – or Five Lakes – is set to launch in Canada. 

Nemiroff exports are blocked

19 September, 2013

Ukrainian vodka producer Nemiroff is in the middle of a boardroom struggle which has resulted in some exports, including to Russia, being stopped.

Smirnoff was the world’s best selling vodka in 2012, with more than double the annual volume sales of its nearest competitor, Absolut, according to Drinks International’s Millionaires’ Club 2013.

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Bar food's blurred lines

Once upon a time pubs and bars were somewhere you went with the sole purpose of getting pissed and there wasn’t a knife and fork in sight, just a packet of dry roasted nuts.

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