Vodka will serve as a base for many Christmas cocktails, predicts Bacardi. Pic:getty/wmaster890

Vodka and gin cocktails can conquer Christmas, says Bacardi

By Rachel Arthur

Bacardi believes people will throw out the festive rule book this year and mix up their drinks choices: with over a third (38%) of people it recently surveyed looking forward to embracing ‘more modern’ Christmas customs.

Japan is the second biggest market in the world for RTD beverages, catching up to the US in sales.

'Premium level' RTD shots find new footing on-premise in Japan

By Beth Newhart

New York-based LIQS Cocktail Shots is taking its growth international with November’s launch into Japan. Its lines of liquor-based and wine-based shots build their audience first on-premise at concerts, stadiums and festivals.

Yumix cocktails land in Walmart

By Beth Newhart

Mix-your-own cocktail brand Yumix has launched its products in 400 Walmart stores across the US, featuring low-calorie and no added sugar formulas.

Nemiroff vodka cracks global duty free Top 10

Nemiroff vodka cracks global duty free Top 10


Ukrainian vodka brand Nemiroff expects to sell around 55m liters of alcoholic beverages in 2014 after it broke into the global duty free Top 10 of best-selling vodka brands in 2012.

Whyte & Mackay: Reports suggest Campari could be interested

Gruppo Campari sweet on $580m Whyte & Mackay?


United Spirits will reportedly fetch £350m for its Whyte & Mackay whisky business in the UK, with rumours spreading that Gruppo Campari could be interested given its sizable war chest.

Vodka war splits EU

Vodka war splits EU

By Chris Mercer

Squabbling over what ingredients can be used to make true vodka
threatens to hold up European Commission proposals to tighten the
definition of spirit drinks.

French spirits high

French spirits high

Spirits sales in France have dropped for the last few years as soft
drinks and water become more popular. But new product development
is strong, and sales should start to rise again this year.


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