Doña Sofía has launched the UK’s first CBD-infused ready-to-drink cocktails with a range of non-alcoholic varieties also on the horizon.

Ramón Bilbao has unveiled a collection of high-quality, single vineyard wines in order to showcase some of the best terroirs from across the Rioja region.

Heineken 0.0% will take over sponsorship of the Europa League when the tournament resumes on Wednesday night.

Leading Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro has reported that Q2 consolidated sales grew 16.5% in difficult trading conditions.

THe deadline for applications to the 50 Best For Recovery Fund, a global initiative to provide financial relief for the hospitality sector, has been extended.

London-based PR agency Shift6 has been offering its services free of charge to its independent hospitality clients since bars were permitted to open in the country on 4 July.

Campari has reported that organic sales declined 11.3% in the first six months of 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bar Convent Brooklyn has launched a partnership with legal firm DiPasquale & Summers to offer support and act as a resource for the hospitality community.

McGurk departs The Savoy

27 July, 2020

Declan McGurk is to leave The Savoy in London, after seven years at the helm of the hotel's famed American Bar, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

Lebanese wine producer Ixsir is ramping up its focus on exports after the domestic market was hit by a double whammy of hyperinflation and Covid-19.

Bacardi has launched a number of initiatives to help bar owners and retailers make the most of a new era of summer socialising.

Pernod Ricard now expects the decline in full-year profits to be less severe than initially anticipated as a result of cost control and resilient sales.

The organisers of London Cocktail Week have announced that the festival will go ahead in 2020 and run for the entire month of October.

Rémy Cointreau suffered a 32.8% year-on-year sales decline in the three months to June 30 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Not long ago, India was known as a country that produced whisky from molasses, and the majority of sales came from the category of spirits called IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor).

Colin Scott has retired from his role as the custodian master blender of Chivas Regal after enjoying an illustrious 47-year career in the Scotch whisky industry. Drinks International caught up with the esteemed blender on his final day at the office.

In America, the beer category has lost volume to wine and spirit in recent years. There are several reasons for this.

Harrods has launched its first stand-alone concept bar called Baccarat Bar alongside Baccarat Crystal and Diageo World Class winner Cameron Attfield, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

Heineken has reported a 52.5% decline in first-half earnings after the Covid-19 pandemic took a toll on its on-trade business.

A vermouth lover aims to bring finesse and balance to the category with the launch of his small-batch Agora Vermouth.

Bartender Márcio Silva will join forces with chef Manoella Buffara in a New York venture early next year, bringing two of the most famous names in Brazilian hospitality under one roof.

A private barrel selection bottling of Michter’s 10 Year Old bourbon has sold for a record £166,000 ($209,462) at a charity auction in London.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered all bars to shut their doors after a spike in Covid-19 cases across the state.

The Prosecco DOCG will reduce the maximum permitted yield to 12,000 kilos per hectare for the 2020 harvest.

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has reinstated the country’s ban on alcohol sales in a bid to free up beds for Covid-19 patients.

A former Diageo marketing executive has launched the world’s first dedicated talent agency for influential bartenders.

Port producer Graham’s has released a commemorative edition of its 2015 Late Bottled Vintage to mark its bicentenary.

The Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG produced and sold a record 92 million bottles in 2019 after enjoying a large harvest the previous year.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro has launched a global ad campaign that urges viewers to appreciate the small pleasures they were denied during the coronavirus lockdown.

Pernod Ricard has become the latest major company to halt advertising on Facebook and Twitter in a bid to stop the spread of hatred and misinformation.

The 50 Best Recovery auction will go live on Friday in a bid to raise funds for the hospitality industry during these difficult times.

Soho cocktail haunt Swift will open its second site later this month, Drinks International can exclusively reveal, just weeks after the country’s hospitality industry starts to emerge from lockdown.

Spanish producer Chivite has launched a barrel-fermented rosé made from Garnacha grapes sourced from the Legardeta estate in northern Navarra.

Chase Distillery has launched a range of gin seltzers in a bid to appeal to health-conscious millennial consumers.

Horse Heaven Hills could be the next region from Washington State to take the wine world by storm, according to an industry expert.

Gin brand Beefeater has launched a global advertising campaign designed to celebrate the spirit of London.

William Grant has appointed Giles Wilson as its new chief financial officer and he will begin work on September 1.

Premixed cocktail specialist World of Zing has launched 18 new bottled cocktails and pouches in time for the summer.

Borco has invested in a redesign for its Finsbury gin range and launched a Wild Strawberry variant to attract new consumers.

Naked Wines announced that chief financial officer James Crawford will take over as managing director of its UK business when it delivered its full-year results this morning. We caught up with him to learn more about his plans for the business, the opportunities ahead and the challenges that must be overcome. 

Naked Wines has reported 81% year-on-year revenue growth during April and May as online orders spiked during the coronavirus lockdown.

Diageo has announced a $100 million support package to help the global bar trade get back on its feet as the coronavirus lockdown ends.

Camden Town Brewery will give away 260,000 pints to UK trade customers in order to help them get back on their feet when pubs reopen.

Spanish wine producer Codorníu has announced that Sergio Fuster will take over as chief executive in September.

AB InBev has become the UK’s number one brewer by volume sales since the start of 2020.

American whiskey exports to EU have decreased by a third since the bloc imposed a 25% retaliatory tariff in June 2018.

Maison Villevert has acquired craft French distillery Celtic Whisky Compagnie for an undisclosed sum.

BrewDog Distilling Co. has launched a limited-edition Distiller’s Cut spiced rum under its Five Hundred Cuts range.

Chivas Brothers has donated its digital advertising slot at Old Trafford to a motor neurone disease charity for the upcoming clash between Man Utd and Sheff Utd.

Sherry producer Williams & Humbert has launched a 12 Year Old Palo Cortado under its Don Zoilo range.

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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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