Altos Tequila challenges bartenders to share their sustainable ideas

“It’s not just about winning money. It’s about the ‘collective’ – making better, more sustainable bar culture together,” says Chris Meissner, South African brand ambassador for Altos...

Meet the Maker: Jacqueline Grobler

"I built the distillery from scratch," says Grobler proudly. "I designed the distillery and lab for myself. This is not a place where we make booze....

Meet the Maker: Triple Three Distillery

Triple Three distillery produce three gins, as their name would suggest. Each with a unique flavour that I was lucky enough to sample after being...

Johnnie Walker releases limited edition Blue Label ‘Ghost’ whisky

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen is made from a blend of whiskies from the brand’s blue label reserve and whisky from the...

Meet the Maker: De Vry Distillery

About the distillery The De Vry distillery is owned by three brothers who have, within their brand, two gins, a rum and a vodka. They began experimenting...

Diageo profits from gin boom to offset struggling vodka sales

The company – which owns brands such as Guinness, Don Julio and Captain Morgan – saw revenues rise to £12.16 billion, with operating profit up 3.7%...

Owner of Johnnie Walker to return £2bn to investors

Diageo plans to buy back up to £2bn of stock as earnings shift into higher gear at the world’s largest distiller. The latest move to return...

Current trends shaping the beverage industry in 2018

Protein drinks  Following the rise in conscious living and healthy eating habits, variations of protein drinks will see further growth, particularly with plant-based alternatives to animal protein. Protein drinks...

Distell honours Madiba’s legacy with commemorative product

Only 2,500 bottles of each of the two products were produced, intended as gifts for 2,000 prominent guests and luminaries who attended a Nelson Mandela Foundation...

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon releases limited-edition whiskey blend

Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye features a blend of two Kentucky straight rye whiskies and two Kentucky straight bourbon whiskies, which the brand claims have...

Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards Joins Forces with Checkers to offer...

Michelangelo is one of South Africa’s longest-running wine and spirits competitions and has been held annually since 1997. According to Lorraine Immelman, CEO and founder of...

KWV named Brandy Producer of the Year at global spirits competition

This award comes on the back of an earlier announcement that KWV Brandy had secured an impressive three gold medals for the KWV 10-Year-Old Potstill Brandy,...

Don Julio unveils limited edition Reposado, Double Cask

The product is described as Don Julio’s original reposado with ‘hints of whisky’. The new release will appeal to consumers who enjoy Buchanan’s Blended Scotch Whisky,...

Bacardi in global collaboration to reduce single-use plastic waste

The spirits company – which owns brands such as Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire – has announced a commitment to review its global supply chain, with...

Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail appoints Golin Hong Kong

In a competitive pitch, Golin won “because of its strategic thinking and quality of planning and proposal,” the press release said. Commenting on the appointment, Jane Morgan, Managing Director...

Diageo breaks ground on £6.4m centre of excellence in Scotland

The unit is being built on an area of unused land adjacent to the company’s existing technical centre in Clackmannanshire, which will continue to operate as...

KWV wins GOLD at International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2018

Such an accolade from the ISC in the Brandy, Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, Pisco, Grappa category is regarded to be the most respected and sought after...

Uptick in U.S. whiskey imports to South Africa

The growth was in line with an upward trend on all American distilled spirits imported to South Africa over the past year, reports Christine LoCascio, senior...