A group of Ukrainian spirits industry professionals have launched a fundraiser calling on bartenders around the world to create a cocktail dedicated to Ukraine.

Panther M*lk, the world’s first ready to drink alcohol cocktail made from oat milk, spirits and liqueurs, has launched in the UK in two flavours.

Brands Report 2022: Mixers

13 January, 2022

Listening to the demands of bartenders, premium mixer brands have become increasingly experimental with their flavour combinations. To reflect this greater variety, the tonic water table of previous reports has been broadened to encompass all mixer brands.

Brands Report 2022: Sherry

12 January, 2022

Perhaps one of the smaller categories of the Brands Report, sherry is significant nonetheless. More than three-quarters of venues we polled stock sherry behind their bar. And most of those that do have two brands, while more than half will have three or more.

Cocktail Bitters are evocative of the Golden Age of cocktails – of brown and stirred-down drinks, braces, waistcoats and fine moustaches which went on to make an implausible comeback in the early 21st century.

Bacardi has announced the launch of a new non-alcoholic spirit brand created, in collaboration with Amsterdam-based bartenders, with cocktails in mind. 

Axia spirit, the world’s first extra-dry Mastiha spirit, has been released in the UK following launches in Greece and the US.

Korean Soju giant Jinro has topped Drinks International's The Millionaire Club for the 20th year in a row having added 9m 9-litre cases in 2020.

The exports of sake hit a record high in 2020 for the 11th consecutive year reaching a value of 24.1bn yen, a 3.1% increase on the previous year.

Brands Report 2021: Vermouth

06 January, 2021

Vermouth is the fortified wine of choice in the cocktail bar. We say choice, but when so many classics demand it (think Negroni, Dry Martini, Manhattan) there’s little choice about it – 100% of our sample stocked two lines of vermouth; 98% stocked three or more.

Brands Report 2021: Sherry

06 January, 2021

Sherry, while a category in historical volume decline, has a fresher demeanour behind the bar. Here sherry is among friends – friends who cannot get enough of fortified wines.

Right across the world Angostura Bitters plays a key role in cocktail menus and classics such as the Old Fashioned and Pisco Sour, and in 84% of the industry’s top bars it was the number one choice.

Brands Report 2021: Mezcal

06 January, 2021

Mezcal’s journey from exotic curiosity to established category in the world’s best bars is nearing completion. Ninety-seven per cent of our polled bars said they stocked at least one mezcal. Three quarters had two brands and two thirds said they stocked three lines or more.

Soju producer HiteJinro says it wants to become a leading global spirits company like Diageo and Pernod Ricard starting with the complete distribution of its soju around the world.

Corte Vetusto has launched a cocktail competition called the Cut Above Challenge to help, inspire and show solidarity to the UK bar industry.

Carpano Botanic Bitter has focused on connecting with bartenders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in order to further infiltrate the Negroni market globally.

Fernet-Branca has launched a Coin Challenge to help the UK bar industry during the uncertain times of COVID-19.

Cheng International, UK distributor of Fenjiu baijiu from China, is launching an eight-part livestream series on baijiu aimed at buyers and bar tenders working in the drinks industry.

In 2018 approximately 259m litres of vermouth were exported worldwide showing a decrease of -4.1% against the previous year, according research conducted by IndexBox estimates.

Brewdog Distilling master distiller Steven Kersely says its new shochu brand will further develop the low abv market in the UK.

Brewdog Distilling has launched its own shochu brand called Inugami Shochu which will be available in the UK through the company’s Brewdog bars.

Mancino Vermouth has launched a new coffee expression in collaboration with Barbera Caffè in Naples.

A Swiss court has ruled that the logo for Jägermeister is not religiously offensive to Christians.

If the bitters category was laid out like a Monopoly board then Angostura would have hotels on Mayfair and Park Lane.

Hendrick’s has launched its own absinthe to the UK on-trade with a vision to expand internationally in spring 2020.

Martini Racing Ciclismo is set to take on a 260km cycle ride in Italy this September to support the wellbeing of bartenders.

Baijiu brand Fenjiu has launched five varieties in the UK as it sets sights on international sales growth in Europe.

Martini has announced the UK launch of Fiero to the summer drinks market designed to attract a younger adult audience.

Pisco Waqar has launched a series of training seminars aimed at bartenders to improve the on-trade knowledge of pisco throughout Europe.

Botanical brewer Lowlander Beer has launched a genever distilled from its Lowlander I.P.A. – the first of its kind.

Chinese distiller Kweichow Moutai Co. has outlined plans to expand sales overseas using the UK as a launch pad into Europe.

Non-alcoholic spirit Borrago has launched in the UK as part of the new market for premium soft drinks.

Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collection has formed a new partnership with US-based importer, Biagio Cru and Estate Wines LLC.

Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections has been pushing its ranges of Armagnac and Calvados throughout Europe following the end of its 2017 harvest.

The harvest of Baco and Ugni Blanc grape varietals has started for this year's Armagnac vintage at Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections.

Olivier Goujon has been named director of the BNIA (Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac) following the departure of Sébastien Lacroix.

Cognac export figures boom

23 August, 2017

Cognac exports have increased for the third year running, with overall growth of +10.2% in volume and +15.2% in value.

French Armagnac brand Janneau has recorded an ‘exceptional’ year of sales in Europe, US and the duty free sector.

Armagnac producer Château de Bordeneuve has been made supplier for Caspian Crystal LLC in Azerbaijan.

Rémy Martin has introduced its first global mixed reality experience, which will be launched in Los Angeles on 15 June, before being rolled out to stores and events worldwide.

Angel Brown caught up with Lucas Bols CEO Huub Van Doorne in the Lucas Bols distillery in Amsterdam.

Lucas Bols has launched a special edition genever, called Bols Genever 100% Malt Spirit.

Altia, the Finish-based wine and spirits company serving the Nordic and Baltic countries, has opens a new distillery in Sundsvall, Sweden.

Stock Spirits Group has bought three spirits brands from Bohemia Sekt for €5m/ CZK135 million (Czech Koruna).

Fabiano Latham has been running around some of London’s best bars collecting cachaça-based cocktail recipes to send to Rio for the Olympics.

The four top performing bitters brands in The Millionaires’ Club 2016 all had an increase in sales in 2015, Drinks International can report. 

Spirit Cartel has announced that Benji Purslow is the face of bourbon brand Four Roses in the UK.

William Grant & Sons, makers of Glenfiddich and Hendrick’s gin has launched a promotion offering fans the chance to win tickets to Rugby World Cup matches, including the final

Stock Spirits Group, the leading central and eastern European branded spirits producer, is aiming to treble its UK business over the next two years with the roll-out of four of its brands.

Pernod Ricard has announced the completion of the sale of the Mexican ready-to-drink brand Caribe Cooler to Grupo Bepensa.

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