Diageo has unveiled a 10-year action plan designed to achieve net zero carbon emissions across all direct operations and boost ethnic diversity in the leadership team.

Drinks International caught up with Martin Miller’s new brand ambassador to learn more about the brand’s new seasonal gin.

Drinks International caught up with Naked Wines’ chief financial officer James Crawford to discuss the firm’s impressive H1 results.

London hotspot Sexy Fish has unveiled a new cocktail book and menu called Surrealism to celebrate its fifth birthday.

Naked Wines enjoyed 79.6% revenue growth in the six months to September 28 after demand for online wine purchases soared during the lockdown.

The former chief executive of Davide Campari-Milano has been fined €50,000 for tipping off a friend about the Grand Marnier Group’s impending acquisition.

The former managing directors of Greene King and Ei Group have invested in Hofmeister after growing excited by its potential to take the world beer category by storm.

Diageo has issued a product recall notice for Guinness 0.0 after revealing that a microbiological contamination may have left cans “unsafe to consume”.

The global drinks industry will enjoy a better than expected performance in 2020 as a result of dynamism in ecommerce and retail, according to new IWSR forecasts.

A coalition of 20 trade associations representing the US, EU and UK wine and spirits sectors have warned against the introduction of new tariffs.

Restaurants and bars in the US added 192,000 jobs in October, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

On Saturday, the United Arab Emirates announced new laws removing punishments for the consumption, sales and possession of alcohol for those 21 and over.

Renowned South African winemaker Bruce Jack speaks to Drinks International about the challenges the industry has faced this year and its future prospects.

The Rueda wine region plans to significantly ramp up its focus on export markets after overhauling its Denomination of Origin regulations.

Caporale's ZEO hits UK market

08 November, 2020

New non-alcoholic spirit brand ZEO, which has been created in partnership with bartender Simone Caporale, has launched into the UK market.

Leading gin producer Quintessential Brands has promoted James Lousada to the role of chief executive.

Drinks International's Global Bar Edition, which includes the official guide to The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020, has launched in digital form.

London’s Connaught Bar has taken the crown at The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020, ending its 10-year wait for the industry’s most coveted prize.

Joe Milner's Milestone Beverages has been driving expansion through Asia, and it is now eyeing new markets. Martin Green hears how the company plans to move forward.

Chivas Brothers has released a single malt collection featuring 48 single cask expressions from across its 13 Scotch whisky distilleries.

Canada’s third largest cannabis company has agreed a $300 million deal to purchase Atlanta-based brewer SweetWater.

An award-winning distiller has tipped the non-alcoholic spirits category to enjoy strong future growth thanks to a raft of innovation in the years ahead.

Non-alcoholic aperitif brand Everleaf has re-launched with new branding, bottle design and two extra varieties this winter.

Leading Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro managed to increase consolidated sales by 28% year-on-year during Q3.

Bacardi has entered the home-cocktail market with the launch of pre-made cocktail pods called Twistails.

The World’s 50 Best Bars has released its extended 51-100 list, presented in association with Mancino Vermouth, with London’s Scout at the top.

AB InBev reported a 4% revenue increase in Q3 after enjoying surging sales in Brazil, Mexico and the United States.

Dalmore 35 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky has been named the Supreme Champion at the International Spirits Challenge 2020 Awards. 

Heineken beat analysts’ expectations by reporting a volume sales decline of just 1.9% during the third quarter of 2020.

Strong demand in the UK and China allowed Australia to increase wine exports by 4% during the 12 months to September 30.

The Drinks Trust has launched a survey in order to better understand what the industry’s thoughts are on diversity and inclusion.

Carlsberg increased its forecast for full-year earnings after enjoying organic volume growth of 2.4% during the third quarter.

Renato ‘Tato’ Giovannoni has won the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award 2020 after building up an iconic reputation among his peers.

Ed Gerard has left his role of head of wines and spirits at upmarket retailer Harrods to join Mocktail Beverages as global business development director.

US pre-mixed cocktail company Zing Zang has launched a new line of spirits-based ready-to-drink (RTD) canned cocktails.

Leading Spanish brandy producer Osborne has launched a limited-edition called Carlos 130 to mark the bestselling brand’s 130th anniversary.

Marussia Beverages has bolstered its spirits portfolio by taking on two Japanese whiskies from Hatozaki.

The extended closure of Scottish hospitality venues will have “devastating consequences” on the industry according to the Scottish Hospitality Group.

The registration of new spirits brands in the US has rocketed in the US in 2020 compared to the previous year.

Guinness has become the latest major beer brand to launch an alcohol-free variant in a bid to capitalise upon growing consumer demand for the category.

Resilient off-trade sales in the USA and Europe helped Pernod Ricard rally during the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

Bacardi has unveiled plans to put the world’s first 100% degradable spirits bottles on shelves and back bars by 2023.

Remy Cointreau has reported a 16.4% decrease in sales for the first half of its fiscal year after the pandemic ravaged its on-trade business.

Former Pernod Ricard executives Laurent Lacassagne and Patrick Venning have launched a botanical rum after setting up a micro-distillery in London’s Brixton Market.

Spanish drinks producer Zamora Company has reported that turnover increased 6.3% to €208 million in 2019.

Don Papa has celebrated the close ties between the Philippines and the United States by launching a rum aged for four years in American rye casks.  

Irish spirits maker The Boatyard Distillery has appointed Declan McGurk as commercial director to grow its international presence.

Leading bourbon producer Jim Beam has given the beleaguered travel retail sector a vote of confidence by launching an exclusive expression into the channel.

The Balvenie has released the seventh limited-edition bottling of its renowned and highly collectible Tun 1509 series.

Galaxy Bar in Dubai has been named this year’s Campari One to Watch by the World’s 50 Best Bars.

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