PHE: 10 million in England drink at harmful levels

    A major report from government agency Public Health England claims more than 10 million people in England currently drink alcohol at levels which increase risk of “health harm”

    Pernod sells Domecq brandies

    As part of Pernod Ricard’s strategy to focus on its priority brands, the firm has sold its Domecq portfolio of brandies and wines to brandy producer Bodega Las Copas

    James Van Der Beek stars in Belvedere ad

    Belvedere vodka has recruited Dawson’s Creek actor James Van Der Beek to star in a new advertisement for its #MakeTheDifference campaign, which aims to raise awareness of HIV/Aids

The week in pictures

In this week’s picture round-up, Hennessy welcomed a wealth of celebrity guests to the races, Latvia played host to an array of Riga Black Balsam cocktail creations, and SB made a bespoke Christmas cake gin with Half Hitch

Top 10 marketing campaigns in November 2016

Scotch whisky brand Bell’s recruited The IT Crowd actor Matt Berry for a tongue-in-cheek festive advert and Johnnie Walker “celebrated diversity” in the US with That ‘70s Show star Wilmer Valderrama

Unusual booze-filled Christmas gifts

Wondering what to buy for the eccentric spirits lover in your life this Christmas? For gin-filled Christmas baubles and boozy crackers, look no further than our guide of quirky gifts

WSTA: Drinks should ‘lead’ Brexit deals

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association is calling for Brexit ministers to let the drinks industry lead negotiations to ensure the “best possible” free trade agreements with the EU and beyond

Travel retail in focus: Rum

As rum brands large and small continue to push for premiumisation, SB questions whether consumers even understand the category and asks what barriers must be overcome to secure growth in travel retail

Cocktail Update

Speakeasy Group appoints head of mixology

Australian hospitality firm The Speakeasy Group has signed up noted bartender Andy Griffiths as head of mixology, working across its bar and restaurant network

St-Germain liqueur releases cocktail tome

French elderflower liqueur St-Germain has published its first cocktail book – ‘How To Drink French Fluently’

Cocktail competitions ‘vehicle for brand agenda’

Bombay Sapphire’s global marketing manager Julian Davies has said cocktail competitions are “often” a “vehicle for a brand to try and get an agenda driven home” as the brand’s Glasshouse Project gets under way


Riga Black Balsam Cocktail Challenge in pictures

Top bartenders from around the world arrived in the Latvian capital of Riga last week to battle it out in the Riga Black Balsam Global Cocktail Challenge 2016

Karuizawa: A brand history

Japanese whisky distillery Karuizawa is spearheading the upper echelons of the secondary whisky market – The Spirits Business tells its story

The week in pictures

Winter is well and truly underway with cocktails served in baubles, festive canapés at a five-star hotel and the advent of a snug Scottish-themed terrace

Top 5 bars in… Washington DC

Despite its inherent association with the political elite, there’s nothing stuffy and bureaucratic about Washington DC’s thriving bar scene

Ten of the world’s craziest cocktails

Cocktails infused with amputated toes, colour-changing drinks and diamond garnishes – content agency Kaizen reveals 10 of the world’s weirdest concoctions

Spirits Business Top 10

In this week’s picture round-up, Hennessy welcomed a wealth of celebrity guests to the races, Latvia played host to an array of Riga Black Balsam cocktail creations, and SB made a bespoke Christmas cake gin with Half Hitch

Scotch whisky brand Bell’s recruited The IT Crowd actor Matt Berry for a tongue-in-cheek festive advert and Johnnie Walker “celebrated diversity” in the US with That ‘70s Show star Wilmer Valderrama

Wondering what to buy for the eccentric spirits lover in your life this Christmas? For gin-filled Christmas baubles and boozy crackers, look no further than our guide of quirky gifts

Top bartenders from around the world arrived in the Latvian capital of Riga last week to battle it out in the Riga Black Balsam Global Cocktail Challenge 2016

Japanese whisky distillery Karuizawa is spearheading the upper echelons of the secondary whisky market – The Spirits Business tells its story

Spirits Business TV

In celebration of the 60th running of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury Racecourse, the Cognac house has launched a short film reflecting on the history of the race

With the US presidential election rousing heated debate across the world, Laphroaig has elected comedian Andy Daly to host a filibuster as part of its ongoing #OpinionsWelcome campaign

Diageo has unveiled the first TV advertisement for Haig Club’s first line extension, Clubman – a “bold and edgy take on traditional Scotch whisky etiquette” starring David Beckham

Upcoming Competitions

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The Spirits Masters Awards Lunch 2016

Closing date:08 December 2016
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The Distillery Masters 2017

Closing date:05 December 2016