The American Bar at The Savoy in London will reopen for business on October 4.

Italian winery Cantine Sgarzi had launched two canned wines into the European market under its Ciao range.

The former chairman of baijiu giant Kweichow Moutai has been sentenced to life in prison for taking 112.9 million yuan ($17.5 million) in bribes.

Royal Tokaji believes its 2017 Aszú wines are on a par with the greatest vintages in its history: 1993, 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2008.

London Cocktail Week has once again been extended to the whole month of October for 2021 and the full trade schedule has been released.

Tidal Rum aims to raise at least £150,000 after launching an equity crowdfunding campaign on the Seedrs platform.

Irish whiskey producer Bushmills has unveiled a collection of 12 rare single malts aged in a variety of casks.

Popular trade show Cape Wine will return to Cape Town from October 5-7, 2022.

On-trade sales in Canada have climbed 4% higher than pre-pandemic levels, according to new data from CGA.

DoorDash is taking on Uber and Instacart by launching an alcohol delivery service in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Spirits giant Pernod Ricard has signed an agreement to acquire The Whisky Exchange from founders Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh.

Glenmorangie has launched limited-edition packaging for its 18 Years Old variant to celebrate its partnership with botanical sculptor Azuma Makoto.

Diageo has announced plans to build a new research and development centre in Shanghai to further its product innovation and development in China.

UK craft brewer Vocation has invested in a redesign for its entire range.

Boston Beer Company saw its share price plummet by almost 10% yesterday after weak demand for hard seltzer forced it to pull its earnings guidance.

Irish Distillers has launched an experimental distillate called Method and Madness Rye and Malt.

French wine production will fall to its lowest levels since 1970 after late spring frosts ravaged several regions, according to the country’s agriculture ministry.

Diageo has opened its Johnnie Walker visitor centre on Princes Street in the centre of Edinburgh.

Pernod Ricard has taken a minority stake in the New York-based wine and spirits producer Sovereign Brands.

Celebrated wine writer Jancis Robinson MW has sold her eponymous website to U.S. digital media company Recurrent Ventures for an undisclosed sum.

Diageo North America has launched a campaign against impaired driving ahead of the Labor Day holiday.

South African wine and spirits producer Distell has withheld its dividend for 2021 financial year amid ongoing takeover talks with Heineken.

Wristbands are now available for London Cocktail Week 2021 which will once again be extended for the entire month of October.

Scotch whisky brand Aberfeldy will host a series of workshops designed to educate bartenders about the vital role that honeybees play in the environment.

Carlsberg has upgraded its full-year profit guidance after reporting that sales volumes have now exceeded pre-pandemic levels.

Jägermeister has launched a coffee-dispensing billboard in London to promote its Cold Brew coffee liqueur.

The man who helped establish Malbec as Argentina’s flagship grape is now bidding to showcase the country’s potential as a producer of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.

UK drinks public relations agency Domino Communications and The Drinks Community – the professional members platform from The Drinks Trust – have launched an internship for those working in the hospitality and drinks industry.

Douglas Ankrah, the inventor of the Pornstar Martini and creator of Soho’s LAB Bar has sadly passed away.

London’s Lyaness is due to host a Trailer Happiness-themed night on Tuesday 17 August in order to raise money for the iconic tiki bar’s refurbishment.

Leading Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro increased consolidated sales by 9.1% in the three months to June 30.

The World’s 50 Best Bars has created the Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu Award which will be announced at the live awards ceremony on 7 December at London’s Roundhouse.

Marlborough-based wine producer Indevin has signed a conditional agreement to buy Villa Maria from parent company FFWL.

Diageo expects direct-to-consumer sales to grow rapidly and emerge as an important part of the business in the years ahead.

AB InBev increased volume sales by 20.8% in Q2 as bars around the world started to welcome thirsty customers back into the fold.

Diageo has outperformed analysts’ expectations by reporting organic net sales growth of 16% for the year to June 30.

Hayman’s Distillery has created a special gin to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Singapore Airlines flight to London.

Campari Group has reported that organic sales increased 37.1% year-on-year during the first half of 2021.

Monica Berg of Tayēr + Elementary in London has been voted the most influential international bar industry figure in Drinks International’s Bar World 100 2021.

Distell halted all operations in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal after looters attacked its distribution centre in New Germany this week.

British bar operator Arc Inspirations has reported that sales have increased by 35% compared to 2019 since it resumed trading in May.

The Last Drop has made its first foray into spirits creation with the release of its 50 Year Old Signature Blended Scotch Whisky.

Moët Hennessy and Campari Group have joined forces to create an ecommerce business that will sell wine and spirits to consumers across Europe.

James Grant from Canada has been crowned the 12th winner of Diageo World Class following a first ever virtual event for 2021.

Foursquare Distillery in Barbados has won the coveted International Spirits Challenge 2021 Supreme Champion award for its Redoubtable 14 Year Old rum.

William Reed Business Media has announced that The World’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, will be unveiled as part of a live awards ceremony on Tuesday, 7 December 2021, at London’s Roundhouse.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has called for the UK government to swiftly remove tariffs on US whiskies.

Scottish producer Innis & Gunn is investing a six-figure sum in bolstering capacity at its innovation brewery in Perth.

Digital platforms that can predict your favourite cocktail, sustainable socialising and the rise of at-home mixologists will reshape the drinks industry, according to Diageo.

Online retailer Master of Malt has unveiled three key trends that could define the spirits industry during the next year.

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Nick Strangeway

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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