Is Eastern Europe ready to ditch local spirits?

Glimmers are emerging in the tough Eastern European market for global brands as consumers seem to be ditching their local pours. But is this a trend that will last

Hendrick’s: a brand history

Hendrick’s is happy to play the long game and with a strategy of patience and inventive marketing, has pioneered the super-premium gin category

The Vodka Masters 2014 results

Is vodka shedding its chameleon character in favour of flavour? Becky Paskin finds that the focus on neutrality is dying out in The Vodka Masters 2014

The Glenlivet marks 1m case sales with NAS malt

The Glenlivet has released a new no-age-statement core expression as it last night celebrated reaching the one million case sales milestone

The Dalmore unveils new travel retail whisky collection

Whyte & Mackay is to release a no-age-statement travel retail exclusive range of The Dalmore single malt Scotch whiskies, named The Fortuna Merita Collection

Cocktail Update

Are drinkers turned off by bar dress codes?

Two bar group managers discuss whether imposing a dress code is necessary to create the ‘right’ image, or if doing so comes at the price of alienating customers

Busy bars to benefit from ‘affordable’ robot bartender

Bartender robots may seem like nothing more than a science fiction idea, but they could soon become more commonplace after a prototype received £2 million backing

Slovakian lady named world’s best bartender

A female bartender from the Slovak Republic has been named the 2014 International Bartenders’ Association (IBA) World Cocktail Champion at a global final held in Cape Town this week


Features

The Travel Retail Masters 2014 results

The exciting, high-tempo travel retail market has forged some fantastic spirits that left our judges at The Spirits Business’ Travel Retail Masters no less than very impressed

The world’s 10 most haunted bars

In celebration of Halloween we’ve listed the world’s most haunted bars full of ghoulish spectres, malevolent ghosts and downright terrifying occurrences

Top 5 bars in… Cape Town

Cape Town is becoming highly regarded as a hotbed for creative behind-the-bar talent, acting as a beacon for future star SA mixologists, as Barchick reveal

The week in pictures

A gin distillery pop-up, barrel aged cocktail launch, our very first Pre-Mixed Masters and a sweet offering to celebrate the Hindu festival of light all feature in our week in pictures

Are large distillers hijacking ‘craft’?

The term ‘craft’ has widespread marketing appeal, but with the absence of a legal definition, is the sector’s wholesome image being smeared by the big guns?

Top 10 most collectable Scotch whiskies

While distillers are investing heavily in increasing stocks of Scotch whisky, there’s continued soaring interest in historical and vintage expressions on the secondary market

Ten biggest moments in gin history

The storied history of gin has been shaped by many political, legal and cultural shifts such as the Prohibition Act to the global craft distilling boom

Confessions of a spirits retail buyer: Waitrose

Herchelle Perez Terrado, spirits buyer for UK supermarket Waitrose, discusses her penchant for gin and Tequila, what products the British public are buying and her busy inbox

Spirits Business TV

Martini is targeting a new generation of consumers with the launch of a new cross-media global campaign

Diageo has launched the first TV advert for single grain Scotch whisky Haig Club, directed by Guy Ritchie and featuring David Beckham

David Beckham celebrated the global roll out of his Haig Club whisky at a launch party attended by his business partner Simon Fuller, wife Victoria Beckham and Gordon Ramsay

Spirits Business top 10

Glimmers are emerging in the tough Eastern European market for global brands as consumers seem to be ditching their local pours. But is this a trend that will last

The exciting, high-tempo travel retail market has forged some fantastic spirits that left our judges at The Spirits Business’ Travel Retail Masters no less than very impressed

Hendrick’s is happy to play the long game and with a strategy of patience and inventive marketing, has pioneered the super-premium gin category

Is vodka shedding its chameleon character in favour of flavour? Becky Paskin finds that the focus on neutrality is dying out in The Vodka Masters 2014

In celebration of Halloween we’ve listed the world’s most haunted bars full of ghoulish spectres, malevolent ghosts and downright terrifying occurrences

Cape Town is becoming highly regarded as a hotbed for creative behind-the-bar talent, acting as a beacon for future star SA mixologists, as Barchick reveal

A gin distillery pop-up, barrel aged cocktail launch, our very first Pre-Mixed Masters and a sweet offering to celebrate the Hindu festival of light all feature in our week in pictures

The term ‘craft’ has widespread marketing appeal, but with the absence of a legal definition, is the sector’s wholesome image being smeared by the big guns?

Upcoming Competitions

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The Spirits Design Masters 2014

Closing date:04 November 2014
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The Spiritual 2014 Award

Closing date:05 November 2014
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The Tequila Masters 2015

Closing date:04 December 2014