Super-premium gin Brockmans has announced that one million bottles were sold within a 12-month period, a milestone for the brand.

Kenyan ultra-premium spirits producer, Procera Gin has announced a partnership with Axiom Brands to accelerate growth in the UK on- and off-trade.

United Spirits Limited (Diageo India) has announced an investment of INR 31.5 crores (US$ 4.1m) to acquire a strategic minority stake in Nao Spirits.

Hendrick’s have launched Neptunia, a limited-edition gin using Scottish coastal botanicals and the latest release from master distiller Lesley Gracie’s Cabinet of Curiosities collection.

Suffolk-based distillery Adnams has launched a high-strength gin distilled with ten times the botanicals to give the flavour of a full serve in a 2.5ml measure.

Brands Report 2022: Gin

05 January, 2022

Topping gin for seven of the last nine years, Tanqueray is once again king gin. The Diageo brand, famed for its juniper forward Tanqueray London Dry and Tanqueray No. Ten gins, was the house choice in 25% of the world’s best bars.

Italian spirits company, Illva Saronno has launched the craft organic gin brand, Engine in the UK.

French spirits producer, Maison Ferrand, has built a new distillery at the Château de Bonbonnet to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Citadelle Gin brand.

Edinburgh’s Holyrood Distillery has created a new stripped-back gin, Height of Arrows.

Mermaid Gin, based on the Isle of Wight, has entered the RTD category with a canned Gin & Tonic.

Kirker Greer Spirits has launched a new Japanese spirits brand called Ukiyo which features two gins and a rice vodka coming soon.

London’s Wimbledon Brewery has taken its first steps into gin production with the unveiling of Wimbledon Garden Gin.

Scottish distiller Eden Mill has entered a new partnership with French drinks group La Martiniquaise-Bardinet for the UK distribution of its gin portfolio.

Mermaid Gin, produced by The Isle of Wight Distillery, has committed to support the restoration and protection of its local seagrass meadows.

The Isle of Harris Distillery in the Outer Hebrides Islands of Scotland has signed a new distribution agreement in the US with Misa Imports.

The Teasmith Gin has secured an £80,000 export deal with the biggest  independent wine retailer in the US.

BrewDog Distilling Co has launched LoneWolf Peach & Passionfruit gin as the latest expansion of its spirits portfolio.

Bombay Sapphire has announced that all of its 10 botanical ingredients will be certified sustainable in 2021.

Pernod Ricard has announced a new multi-million-pound marketing campaign for Beefeater starting on 19 April targeting 25-34-year-olds.

Aviation American Gin has launched a limited-edition Wrexham AFC bottle to celebrate the takeover of the National League club by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

The Gin Guild, the not-for-profit international gin industry body, has denounced spirits producers who describe low or non-alcohol products as ‘gin’ for “freeloading” on the success of the category.

Beefeater has launched a new bottle design which not only has a new shape and artwork, but uses more recyclable materials to reduce plastic use.

Brands Report 2021: Gin

04 January, 2021

The last time Bombay topped our gin list bartenders were wearing bow ties and gin was still being tipped as the next big thing. But here we have it, 10 years on, and like a phoenix (rising from a respectable fourth place) Bombay takes the juniper wreath.

Quintessential Brands is launching a marketing push across its leading gin brands in the run-up to the festive trading period.

The Gin Guild has threatened legal action against the producers of Red Storm and Ocean Storm for wrongly labelling the spirits as ‘gin’.

Louise Ryan, managing director of Pernod Ricard’s Gin Hub, believes that market share can be the measurement of success for the company during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yanina Suykens has won the Citadelle Design Competition with her ‘Favourite French Flavour’ illustration which will be printed on 300 bottles of Citadelle Gin.

Brewdog Distilling Co has launched Lonewolf Cactus & Lime gin to the global off trade adding to its growing portfolio of spirits.

Bombay Sapphire has launched its first flavoured gin variety called Bramble which will roll out globally to both on and off trade markets.

Pernod Ricard has bought a stake in Japanese gin brand Ki No Bi for an undisclosed fee.

Hendrick’s Lunar Gin is the second limited edition release from master distiller Lesley Gracie’s Cabinet of Curiosities at the Hendrick’s Gin Palace, launching in the UK first. 

Porter’s Gin has launched in the US through New York City-based importer and distributor partner Domaine Select Wine & Spirits.

Brands Report 2020: Gin

08 January, 2020

Tanqueray tops the gin pops this year, edging out old foe Beefeater.

Manchester Gin has launched Blackberry Infused - the distillery's sixth flavour which will run alongside its core range of gins.

Porter’s Gin has confirmed a deal with When We Are Giants to become its UK & Ireland distributor as the brand prepares to expand in its local market.

North Yorkshire-based Spirit of Harrogate has appointed international sales expert, Nick Dunning, as export manager to increase worldwide listings of Slingsby Gin.

Beefeater master distiller Desmond Payne defended the role of flavoured gin during a seminar in Ukraine on Saturday, 28 September.

Pernod Ricard has invested in a new still for Beefeater Gin at its distillery in Kennington, London.

Beefeater has added a third variant to its flavoured gin range with the launch of Beefeater Blackberry, exclusive to the UK market.

Slingsby gin has credited its flavoured expressions for reaching the £10m sales marker after three full years at market.

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association’s latest market report shows that the rise and rise of gin in the UK is continuing at an even greater pace.

Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin will be hosting seven global bar takeovers in seven days from 5 August 2019 as part of its ‘Week Well Spent’ campaign.

Northumberland-based Hepple Gin has gained its first supermarket listing through ocado.com.

Manchester Gin has appointed Justin Horseman as sales director to drive the brand’s growth strategy management of its UK and global sales.

Hayman’s of London has launched Small Gin, a full strength gin with stronger botanical flavours designed to reduce the amount of spirit required to serve a Gin & Tonic.

Angel Brown caught up with Mats Olsson, international director at Ramsbury gin.

Porter’s Gin has launched a new bottle design across its markets featuring an update to the gin’s branding and logo developed by design agency Stranger & Stranger.

Angel Brown caught up with 44°N Gin founder and CEO Bhagath Reddy. 

Following the recent launch of Kopparberg Premium Gin, the strawberry and lime-infused pink gin is now available in a premix serve with lemonade across the UK.

That Boutique-y Gin Company has announced that it is giving its 10 most popular gins, including nine flavoured, a resize from 50cl to 70cl at no extra cost.

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