WSTA urges industry to lobby MPs before Budget

    The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has kicked off its latest campaign for a 2% cut to wine and spirits duty in the UK, calling for an “unprecedented effort from the industry”

    Dumbarton distillery tower to be torn down

    A tower once belonging to the distillery that made Ballantine’s Scotch – a landmark in the Scottish town of Dumbarton – is being torn down

    Diageo identifies key trends for 2017

    Drinks giant Diageo has launched its first ‘Future Series’ trend report to examine three key social trends that are expected to influence the spirits industry in 2017

The week in pictures

This week Sipsmith crafted hot gin cocktails at London’s Ham Yard hotel, a new world record was broken in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and the ‘first’ space-aged Negroni made its debut at Mr Fogg’s Residence in London

Unconventional Scotch whiskies for Burns Night

With whisky lovers’ favourite night of the year approaching, SB has gathered an adventurous selection of Scotch whiskies that are perfect for paying homage to renowned Scottish poet, Robert Burns

Top 10 most exciting bar openings of 2016

A London whisky den kitted out with a 185-year-old tree trunk and a Hong Kong hangout by famed bartender Salvatore Calabrese were among the hottest new bars to open around the world last year

Johnnie Walker remakes famous US folk song

Diageo-owned blended Scotch Johnnie Walker has joined forces with soul band Chicano Batman to re-release an American folk song as part of the brand’s Keep Walking America campaign

TFWA Asia Pacific targets 12% visitor gains

The TFWA has said preparations are well under way for its Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference 2017, with visitor and exhibitor numbers expected to be “equally as successful” as last year

Cocktail Update

Mac & Wild creates Scottish bottled cocktails

London-based bar and restaurant Mac & Wild has created a range of bottled cocktails containing Scottish ingredients ahead of Burns Night

One Aldwych rolls out ‘first’ Old Fashioned trolley

The Lobby Bar at London’s One Aldwych hotel has unveiled a handmade Old Fashioned cocktail trolley, claimed to be the world’s first

42Below recycles cocktail waste into soap

In an effort to curb waste, Bacardi-owned vodka 42Below has launched a free initiative enabling bars in Australia and New Zealand to turn used cocktail fruit into liquid soap


Experts predict top cocktail trends in 2017

With many consumers looking to ease back on their alcohol consumption in favour of a healthier serve, we round up the trends that will be hitting the drinks industry – but not livers – over the coming 12 months

Unmissable spirits industry events in 2017

It’s time to make plans for the rest of the year: The Spirits Business lines up the best exhibitions and events of 2017

The week in pictures

This week Bunga Bunga Covent Garden threw a star-studded bash, fashion design company Ralph Lauren opened an equestrian-themed bar in London and SB hosted The Tequila Masters 2017

Experts predict top spirits trends in 2017

If you’re curious about what the coming year has in store for the global spirits sphere, look no further than our comprehensive round-up of industry predictions

Top 10 biggest spirits stories of 2016

The Spirits Business looks back at the biggest stories to rock the spirits sector in 2016, taking in the Brexit vote, resignations, legal battles, acquisitions and more…

Spirits Business Top 10

This week Sipsmith crafted hot gin cocktails at London’s Ham Yard hotel, a new world record was broken in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and the ‘first’ space-aged Negroni made its debut at Mr Fogg’s Residence in London

With whisky lovers’ favourite night of the year approaching, SB has gathered an adventurous selection of Scotch whiskies that are perfect for paying homage to renowned Scottish poet, Robert Burns

A London whisky den kitted out with a 185-year-old tree trunk and a Hong Kong hangout by famed bartender Salvatore Calabrese were among the hottest new bars to open around the world last year

Entries are now open for the revamped 2017 Wenneker Swizzle Masters – in which one bartender will walk away with £1,000 as well as the coveted Swizzle Master 2017 title

With many consumers looking to ease back on their alcohol consumption in favour of a healthier serve, we round up the trends that will be hitting the drinks industry – but not livers – over the coming 12 months

Spirits Business TV

Diageo-owned blended Scotch Johnnie Walker has joined forces with soul band Chicano Batman to re-release an American folk song as part of the brand’s Keep Walking America campaign

Bacardi has joined forces with music trio Major Lazer to launch ‘The Sound of Rum’ – a creative partnership that aims to bring fans of reggae, dancehall, soca, hip-hop and electronic music together

Join the star of NBC comedy TV series Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman, as he says goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 at Lagavulin distillery