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Hamish Gillespie: Dealing with currency in the pre-Brexit world

Published:  06 December, 2017

The impact of Brexit on sterling has been a major factor in 2017 trade. Industry insider Hamish Gillespie, finance director at North South Wines, explores how best to mitigate the downsides. 

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Fever-Tree turns focus on US with North American office

Published:  06 December, 2017

Fever-Tree has announced its intention to open an office in North America as part of a strategy to focus on the US.

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WSET appoints first dedicated on-territory US team

Published:  05 December, 2017

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has appointed its first dedicated on-territory team for the US wine and spirits market.

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Berry Bros & Rudd ups stake in Anchor Distilling Company

Published:  05 December, 2017

Berry Bros & Rudd has increased its shareholding stake of Anchor Distilling Company (ADC).

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Mezcal and English sparkling tipped as the top tipples for 2018

Published:  24 November, 2017

Rising popularity of premium Languedoc Rousillion, Tequila and Mezcal as well as soaring sales of English sparkling have puts these tipples at the head of the race to be named some of the top trends for 2018.

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Connecting with Generation Z

Published:  24 November, 2017

A new generation coming up behind the Millennials is presenting new challenges to the drinks trade. Andrew Catchpole reports from the Global Drinks Forum in Berlin

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UKs first Cognac Show launched by Whisky Exchange

Published:  22 November, 2017

The UK’s first ever Cognac Show tasting will take place next April 2018, Harpers can reveal.

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Crown Cellars push to highlight spirits portfolio with Thinking Drinkers

Published:  22 November, 2017

In response to what it describes as “massive changes” in the market, Carlsberg’s wine division Crown Cellars has teamed up with the Thinking Drinkers to bring its premium spirits portfolio to greater prominence alongside its wines with the launch of Spirits.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond labelled “scrooge”

Published:  21 November, 2017

Philip Hammond is being labelled a “scrooge” after it was revealed he will be one of the worst Chancellors to tax the wine and spirit sector if he pursues the planned increase in the Budget tomorrow (Wednesday, 22 November).

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Vindependents sets date for spirits launch

Published:  16 November, 2017

Vindependents has confirmed it will start importing spirits to the UK for the first time from January 2018.

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Small Cognac producers raise the spirit to a new audience

Published:  16 November, 2017

A new generation of Cognac producers has raised the double-distilled spirit to a new audience in the UK, providing the on-trade and independent wine merchants with a fresh alternative to the handful of big brands that dominate the buoyant global cognac market.

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Global Drinks Forum: a taste of future on-trade trends

Published:  13 November, 2017

Immersive experiences, category blur and premium drinks were hot topics at the recent Global Drinks Forum in Berlin, where the trends shaping the on-trade were put under the spotlight.

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Former Matthew Clark director and Hammonds launch drinks agency

Published:  08 November, 2017

Chris Jones, former commercial director of Matthew Clark’s brands distribution business, has joined forces with wholesaler Hammonds of Knutsford to launch a UK drinks agency with the aim of uniting bars and brands that “dare to be different”.

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Fever-Tree anticipates FY results to be ‘materially’ ahead

Published:  07 November, 2017

Fever-Tree has anticipated that its full year results for the year ending 31 December, 2017 will be “materially ahead” of current market expectations.

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LWC Drinks acquires HT White & Co

Published:  02 November, 2017

Southern-based wholesaler LWC Drinks has confirmed it is in the process of acquiring HT White & Co of Eastbourne.

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Echo Falls launches vodka to replicate success of Fruit Fusions in spirits aisle

Published:  01 November, 2017

Accolade Wines has expanded its Echo Falls brand with a flavoured vodka, marking the wine brand’s first foray into spirits.

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Litmus Wines expands international trail for Ginking

Published:  26 October, 2017

Litmus Wines has expanded the international reach of its hybrid wine and gin Ginking brand to Switzerland just a year after launch.

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EU and UK wines and spirits chiefs launch joint Brexit proposition paper

Published:  19 October, 2017

European and UK bodies responsible for the wider wine and spirit industry have joined together to publish a joint position paper to outline their stance on Brexit.

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WSTA warns of further hefty price hikes if duty is not frozen

Published:  16 October, 2017

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned of further wine and spirit price hikes if the Chancellor fails to freeze duty in the November Budget.

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Berlin bar show breaks records ahead of NYC launch

Published:  13 October, 2017

As a barometer of the spirits and cocktail world, this week’s edition of Bar Convent Berlin revealed a sector in rude health, with record numbers of visitor and exhibitors attending a heavily over-subscribed event.

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Scotch Whisky sales dive on the back of hiked spirits tax

Published:  12 October, 2017

Scotch whisky sales fell by one million bottles in the first half of 2017 in the UK following the hiked spirits tax in the March budget.

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Global Drinks Forum 2017

Published:  10 October, 2017

Less formal education key in a fast evolving global drinks market as categories and occasions blur for modern consumers.

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Marussia Beverages UK Ltd: Business Development Manager – Scotland

Published:  06 October, 2017

Great opportunity with a fast growing Premium Spirits Business.

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Gin: A larger slice of the pie

Published:  02 October, 2017

The boom in gin start-ups and thirst for premium brands is driving growth at all levels of production. But is there room for everyone? Jo Gilbert reports

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BI and Michael Spencer acquire 25% stake in Battersea’s Gilpin’s gin

Published:  28 September, 2017

Fine wine and rare spirits merchant BI, and its chairman, Michael Spencer, have acquired a joint 25% stake in Westmorland Spirits, the owner of London-based premium gin brand, Gilpin’s.

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ProWein 2018 to focus on ‘craft’

Published:  27 September, 2017

ProWein, the must-attend premier wine and spirits business show in Europe, has revealed it’s turning the spotlight on craft spirits, beer and cider in 2018.

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Waitrose brings back ‘Drinks Festival’ for the second year running

Published:  26 September, 2017

Waitrose has announced it is bringing back its ‘Drinks Festival’, which the retailer ran for the first time last year.

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WSTA calls on Labour MPs to champion gin industry

Published:  26 September, 2017

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) last night called on Labour MPs to champion the booming British gin industry at its 'Fringe' event.

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Tullamore on the campaign trail

Published:  22 September, 2017

William Grant owned Irish whiskey Tullamore DEW has launched a campaign to champion ‘blend’ as part of a “major” investment.

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Durham secures £250,000 investment

Published:  21 September, 2017

Craft distillery Durham has received a £250,000 investment from the Finance Durham fund managed by Maven Capital Partners.

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Beam Suntory gives Cruzan rum premium revamp

Published:  13 September, 2017

Beam Suntory has given its ‘super’ premium Cruzan Distiller’s Collection a makeover designed to set it apart from its cheaper, fruit-flavoured stable mate.

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Brexit boosts Scotch whisky tourism

Published:  08 September, 2017

Scotch whisky distilleries has posted a record 1.7 million visits during 2016 – an increase of almost 8% compared to the previous year, according to new research from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

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Strong FY17 results boosts acceleration at Pernod

Published:  31 August, 2017

Pernod Ricard, the world number two in spirits, has forecasted accelerated net profits for the current financial year thanks to a strong performance in 2016/2017.

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British liqueur gains national listing

Published:  24 August, 2017

UK-made blackurrant liqueur, British Cassis, has secured its first national listing with Waitrose and will also be appearing on the shelves of Majestic.

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Pernod aims to grow "massive" uplift in Christmas spirits with two premium focused campaigns

Published:  17 August, 2017

Pernod Ricard kicked off its Christmas briefing strategy this morning with a reminder of why Christmas is the most important period in the trade’s calendar.

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Design Wars

Published:  17 August, 2017

As the battle for shelf standout continues apace, Lisa Riley quizzes the experts on what matters most

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Hine appoints Speciality Brands as UK distributor

Published:  16 August, 2017

Hine Cognac has appointed premium spirits agent Speciality Brands as its new UK distributor.

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IWSC Spirits Communicator of the Year Award shortlist revealed

Published:  15 August, 2017

The International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) has unveiled the shortlist for its Spirits Communicator of the Year Award.

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My Café Group: Sommelier – Kingdom of Bahrain

Published:  14 August, 2017

Are you interested in working in the Kingdom of Bahrain if so read on. The My Café Group are opening 2 new venues before the end of this year to add to their award winning all day dining restaurant My Café (mycafebh.com). We are looking for a 2-3 year qualified sommelier who would like to join our team. You will be working closely with our wine consultant, Joe Fattorini. Your main duties will be selling wines and spirits across the 3 outlets, guiding our guests in their choice, organization of the storage and inventory of the wines and spirits.

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Maker’s Mark launches 'bartender engagement' programme

Published:  14 August, 2017

Premium bourbon brand Maker’s Mark has revealed a new ‘bartender engagement’ series of workshops hosted by new ‘brand diplomat’ Amanda Humphrey.

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Bombay Sapphire reveals campaign partners

Published:  14 August, 2017

Bombay Sapphire has partnered with ten bars across Europe as part of its recently launched ‘A Gin Of Ten Journeys’ campaign.

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Quintessential Brands wins Cockspur distribution deal

Published:  10 August, 2017

Quintessential Brands has signed a deal as the UK distributor for Cockspur rum.

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Edinburgh Gin unveils new look for fruit liqueurs

Published:  10 August, 2017

Edinburgh Gin has unveiled a new design for its fruit gin liqueurs in a bid to bring the the range in-line with the brand’s core portfolio.

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Diageo Reserve sponsors new Edinburgh Cocktail Festival

Published:  07 August, 2017

Edinburgh’s newest cocktail celebration has teamed up with global spirits producer Diageo for its inaugural outing.

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Mangrove launch takes inspiration from the West Country's literary past

Published:  01 August, 2017

Premium spirits distributor Mangrove has released a new rum which draws on the setting which inspired a Daphne du Maurier novel.

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Stock Spirits acquires 25% stake in Quintessential Brands Irish whiskey division

Published:  18 July, 2017

London-listed Stock Spirits Group has signed a deal to buy a 25% stake in the Irish whiskey division of Quintessential Brands Group for up to €18.3m (£16m) in cash.

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Inver House Distillers promotes Martin Leonard to managing director

Published:  13 July, 2017

Inver House Distillers, the Scotch whisky subsidiary of global drinks business International Beverage Holdings, has appointed its current operations manager, Martin Leonard, to managing director.

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Pernod continues to streamline spirits with whisky sale

Published:  13 July, 2017

Pernod Ricard has sold Glenallachie Distillery and its associated brands as part of its ongoing strategy to consolidate its portfolio.

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Gin Mare brings Med Rooftop to London

Published:  06 July, 2017

Premium gin brand Gin Mare is offering those not able to escape the hustle and bustle of the city this summer a place to unwind with a Mediterranean-inspired rooftop pop up bar.

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Tuaca to broaden appeal with heritage makeover

Published:  27 June, 2017

Hi-Spirits has unveiled a new heritage-inspired look for Tuaca Liquore Italiano, also designed to celebrate the spirit’s authentic credentials.

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Diageo Reserve creates ‘global cocktailian’ role

Published:  13 June, 2017

Diageo Reserve has created a new ‘global cocktailian’ role in a bid to forge a stronger link between the Reserve business and the wider luxury industry.

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Ketel One signs deal as exclusive London Food Month spirits sponsor

Published:  09 June, 2017

Diageo Reserve has partnered with London Food Month for its Ketel One vodka brand to be the sole spirits sponsor of the event. 

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Southern Comfort receives ‘New Orleans’ makeover

Published:  07 June, 2017

Southern Comfort has gone back to its roots with a revamp focused on the whiskey’s connection to New Orleans.

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Lidl adds trio to Whisky collection

Published:  07 June, 2017

Lidl has extended its Abrachan Triple Oak Blended Malt collection with three new single malt editions – Speyside, Islay and Highland (rrp: £17.49).

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Previous Proximo colleagues join forces to establish distribution and marketing agency

Published:  06 June, 2017

A new sales, distribution and marketing agency for spirits has been set up with a focus on helping smaller, premium suppliers.

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Spirit revenues top beer for the first time

Published:  05 June, 2017

Sales of spirits brought more money to the Treasury than beer for the first time ever, according to the latest HMRC figures released this morning.

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Vindependents poised to add spirits and beers to its portfolio

Published:  02 June, 2017

Vindependents, the drinks agency for independents run by independents, is going from strength to strength but the buying group is far from resting on its laurels.

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Sales of Lidl’s own label Pimm’s alternative soar

Published:  30 May, 2017

Lidl has reported a surge in sales of its own label Pimm’s alternative boosted by the sunny weather prior to the bank holiday weekend.

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Halewood presents 'unique' tonics alternative

Published:  22 May, 2017

Halewood Wines & Spirits is hoping to shake up the premium mixer category with a range of flavoured tonic waters.

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Amber Beverage acquires stake in Cellar Trends

Published:  15 May, 2017

Amber Beverage Group has acquired a stake in Cellar Trends – a move that marks the Baltic company’s first entrance into the UK.

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Diageo challenges £107m tax bill

Published:  12 May, 2017

HMRC has ordered spirits giant Diageo to pay a whopping tax bill of £107m as part of an investigation into ‘diverted profits’.

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Rio Ferdinand captains new Captain Morgan push

Published:  10 May, 2017

Diageo has signed ex-England football captain Rio Ferdinand to head up a new global TV campaign for the rum brand. 
The commercial, which kicks off today in the UK, features Ferdinand and brand ambassador Captain Morgan, and is focused on the former’s insatiable appetite for ‘fun and infectious’ humour. T

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BrewDog prowls into spirits market with LoneWolf

Published:  27 April, 2017

Leading craft brewers BrewDog are aiming to take craft distillation to “new levels” with the launch of their first spirits range.

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Mixers see highest growth of soft drinks driven by health trend and premiumisation

Published:  29 March, 2017

The Fever Tree effect is responsible for the rapid growth of mixers over the past 12 months.

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Nickolls & Perks invests in new software to double online sales

Published:  28 March, 2017

Independent wine and spirit merchant Nickolls & Perks has invested in new wine specific software as part of a strategy to double its online sales in the next two years.

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WSTA warns of potential bootleg booze flood ahead of Article 50

Published:  27 March, 2017

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned that if Brexit blocks borders bootleg booze could flood Britain.

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Strong spirits performance boosts Adnams sales

Published:  23 March, 2017

Adnams has reported a 7% jump in annual sales boosted by a particular strong distillery performance in addition to healthy brewery growth.

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Brand Ambassadors: Spreading the gospel

Published:  22 March, 2017

Glenfiddich's UK brand ambassador, Mark Thomson, is introducing the brand's new IPA beer-infused expression at a trade event in central London. "When I tell people I'm a brand ambassador they usually say: 'Yes, but what's your real job?'"

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Distell extends partnership with Stock Spirits to boost its UK spirits portfolio

Published:  21 March, 2017

South African alcohol producer Distell has extended its partnership with Stock Spirits to enhance its spirit range in the UK.

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The drinks world takes action over alcohol misuse

Published:  17 March, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) announced this week it is calling for entries for this year's Scotch Whisky Action Fund - an initiative set up in 2013 to help tackle alcohol misuse by offering grants for related projects across Scotland. 

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Sustainable gin which uses by-products of Sussex winery releases second batch

Published:  16 March, 2017

A British gin distilled with grapes from a Sussex vineyard is gearing up to release of its second batch following its launch in September.

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Pernod rolls out standardised nutritional info across its major brands

Published:  14 March, 2017

Pernod Ricard has committed to publishing nutritional information across its strategic brands by including 'smart' codes across it major labels.

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Gin replaces spirit-based drinks in ONS inflation basket

Published:  14 March, 2017

The ONS, which has not included the price of gin in inflation calculations for 13 years, today unveiled it had re-introduced it in light of "increased expenditure" on the popular tipple, which has replaced spirit-based drinks in the basket.

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Jameson makes its first move into RTDs

Published:  14 March, 2017

Pernod Ricard has poured Jameson into cans in a bid to up the Irish Whiskey brand's relevance among younger drinkers.

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Marie Bizard makes its first foray into frozen cocktails with low-calorie line

Published:  14 March, 2017

The range, rolling out in the UK and other European countries from May this year followed by a worldwide launch in 2018, comprises seven variants, including more unusual cocktails such as Rosé Grapefruit, White Peach, Elderflower Lime & Mint and apple liquor Manzanita.

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Think Gin 2017 Awards: Winners announced

Published:  10 March, 2017

This week Harpers' held its third Think Gin event to celebrate the growth of this versatile, yet undeniably British spirit.

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The International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show set for UK debut

Published:  10 March, 2017

The International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show (IBWSS) is poised to make its London debut next year.

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Halewood secures £50m debt facility

Published:  10 March, 2017

Halewood Wines & Spirits has secured a £50m debt facility from Royal Bank of Scotland as part of its strategy to develop a balanced portfolio of spirits.

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What the Budget means for wine and spirit prices

Published:  08 March, 2017

Wine and spirit duty is set to increase from 8p for a bottle of wine and by 43p for a bottle of gin as a result of the Chancellor's decision to make alcohol subject to inflationary rises.

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Trade bodies "disappointed" by the Chancellor's decision not to cut alcohol duties

Published:  08 March, 2017

The Chancellor's decision not to cut duties on alcohol and tobacco has been meet with dismay by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Snapshot of gin as it's crowned the king of Christmas spirits' growth

Published:  08 March, 2017

The gin renaissance has been in full swing for some time now, but new data has confirmed its position as the major cause of excitement - and growth - in the spirits category.

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Pure Milk Vodka rapped by ASA

Published:  08 March, 2017

Pure Milk Vodka has been rapped by advertising watchdogs following a quartet of complaints in relation to ads for its Black Cow spirit.

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Bacardi CEO successor announced

Published:  07 March, 2017

Spirits giant Bacardi will have a new CEO by 2018.

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Halewood and Pernod Ricard show commitment to flavoured spirits

Published:  07 March, 2017

The trend for flavoured spirits is showing no signs of slowing down with further launches this week from Halewood and Pernod Ricard.

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Think Gin 2017: Mapping out gin's future

Published:  06 March, 2017

When something gets too big or grows too fast, it's only a matter of time before the wolves gather, waiting for it to fall - or trying to knock it - off its pedestal. This is true of gin, where the spirit's unprecedented rise has made it a target for gleeful mutterings that it's finally past its peak.  

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The SWA issues final call for cut in duty

Published:  06 March, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has issued a final call for a 2% cut in spirits excise duty ahead of this week's Budget.

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Sales of bourbon predicted to explode in the UK over next five years

Published:  03 March, 2017

Sales of bourbon could rival those of Scotch in the UK over the next five to ten years new data has shown.  

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  03 March, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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London whisky fraudster could be the "Rudy Kurniawan" of UK spirits

Published:  02 March, 2017

A scuppered fraud operation has revealed "levels of sophistication never before seen in fraudulent spirits production", involving hundreds of counterfeit bottles of whisky and other spirits.

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SWA appoints its first female CEO

Published:  02 March, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has appointed a new CEO.

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Halewood makes its first foray into beer

Published:  02 March, 2017

Halewood Wine & Spirit has acquired a majority stake in Lake District brewery Hawkshead marking its first foray into beer.

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Jägermeister launches first super-premium product in eight decades

Published:  01 March, 2017

Jägermeister is aiming to move away from its shots-at-the-bar image by launching the first super-premium incarnation in the brand's 80-year history. 

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Jumping Juniper

Published:  01 March, 2017

Yes, I published a book about gin last year (I promise that's it for the shameless promotion), but I have no reservations about confessing that I didn't see this current trend for gin lasting so long. Whether it was an over-saturation of the market, familiarity-bred

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Campari posts 4.2% growth on the back of Grand Marnier acquisition

Published:  28 February, 2017

Gruppo Campari has reported 4.2% annual growth to €1.7bn boosted by a solid contribution from the Grand Marnier acquisition.

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Spirit sales across Western Europe in sharp decline

Published:  28 February, 2017

Spirit sales across Western Europe have been hit by poor performances from the majority of countries, with only the UK and four other countries showing growth.

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SWA helps to tackle alcohol misuse

Published:  27 February, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association is hoping to help tackle alcohol misuse by inviting related projects in Scotland to apply for grants from its Action Fund.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  24 February, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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By design: A message in a bottle

Published:  23 February, 2017

Start with a quote, is often the advice given when preparing for a presentation or seminar, and when it comes to design, there are lots to choose from. For example, Joe Sparano, graphic designer for American company Oxide Design Co, said: "Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent."

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Campari strengthens premium spirit range with acquisition of Bulldog Gin

Published:  21 February, 2017

Gruppo Campari has bought Bulldog Gin for £47 million.

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Think Rum 2017: The year for rum?

Published:  20 February, 2017

Rum may not be generating quite the column inches when compared with the ongoing explosive growth of artisanal gins and it remains a minnow when compared with the volumes of vodka consumed in the UK.

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Rising demand in the US following sterling slump drives Scotch exports to three-year high

Published:  16 February, 2017

In the wake of the Brexit vote and the subsequent slump of the pound, the only upside was that the UK's exports seemed poised to become more attractive to oversees buyers.

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CETA deal to boost spirits sales to Canada

Published:  16 February, 2017

Industry leaders have welcomed the ratification of the controversial CETA trade deal, which will eliminate almost all import tariffs on wines, spirits travelling from the EU to Canada. 

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Antiquated marketing practices and fraud on the agenda at Pernod Ricard

Published:  15 February, 2017

Pulling its marketing in-house and tackling fraud via a major change to its bottling practices were the two major announcements to be implemented by the French spirits giant in the coming weeks.

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Premiumisation driving cocktail trends at Be At One where cocktails sales have risen 400% in five years

Published:  14 February, 2017

The extent of the effect of premiumisation on consumers' out of home drinking habits have been highlighted in a new survey.

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Asia and the US drive 4% organic growth for Pernod Ricard

Published:  09 February, 2017

French spirits group Pernod Ricard has beaten analysts' expectations for its half year results, boosted by sales Irish whiskey in the US and overall sales in China.

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Industry calls for beers, wines and spirits duty cuts - but who will get what?

Published:  07 February, 2017

Voices across the trade are speaking out this week against "crippling" levels of alcohol duty in the UK - where consumers pay a quarter of all EU spirits tax.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  03 February, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Diageo announces plans for £18.6 million distillery and whiskey project in former Guinness Power House

Published:  01 February, 2017

Diageo has announced plans to re-enter the Irish whiskey market after selling Bushmills two years ago.

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R&D raising the bar on cork versus screwcap

Published:  01 February, 2017

As we take our first steps into 2017, the industry brings with it the old battle of cork versus screwcap as the two closures continue their struggle for supremacy. 

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Beyond spirits: Premium mixers and adult soft drinks

Published:  30 January, 2017

Premium mixers caught up with premium spirits in 2016. Where to next? 

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  27 January, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Diageo celebrates growth in 2017 interim results

Published:  26 January, 2017

Spirits giant Diageo has reported a better than expected rise in sales helped by improvements in its US business and its Scotch portfolio.

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Whisky adds £3.7bn to UK balance of trade, new report shows

Published:  25 January, 2017

The Scottish whisky industry contributes a massive £3.7bn to the UK's balance of trade in goods making it the singe largest net contributor, according to new research published by the Scotch Whisky Association.

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Arbikie adds wheat and honey gin to range

Published:  25 January, 2017

Premium Scottish field-to-bottle distillery Arbikie Highland Estate has added a second gin to its award-winning range.

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Fever-Tree to post 75% sales growth in 2016

Published:  24 January, 2017

Sales of premium mixer brand Fever-Tree were up 75% in 2016, the company expects to announce.

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Inside London's super distillery

Published:  24 January, 2017

In case anyone was in doubt, the opening of new London hotspot, Portobello Road's The Distillery, is proof that the gin renaissance is alive and well in London. 

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A look back at May's Brexit speech: What does it mean for the trade?

Published:  20 January, 2017

As we hurtle towards the hard Brexit scenario outlined by Theresa May in her speech earlier this week, there are two main concerns affecting our industry.

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WSTA calls on industry to help prevent wine being "singled out" at next budget

Published:  20 January, 2017

The body which represents the wine and spirits industry is calling on the industry to make sure that wine is looked on favourably at the next budget.

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Profile: Campari UK's Pietro Mattioni

Published:  18 January, 2017

After an ear-popping ride to the 27th floor of the Shard to meet the head of Campari UK, an obvious question springs to mind. 

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Cognac sales reach value and volume highs in 2016

Published:  17 January, 2017

Sales of Cognac reached their highest level in terms of volume and value in 2016, the body which oversees the Cognac industry has reported.

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Think Rum Awards winners 2017 announced for Harpers' inaugural event

Published:  17 January, 2017

Rum's top advocates were recognised for their contributions to this increasingly popular and sometimes misunderstood spirit when Harpers celebrated its inaugural Think Rum event yesterday (January 16).

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The teetotal trend: Beyond Dry January

Published:  16 January, 2017

As we've mentioned elsewhere in Harpers this month, we could be on the verge of the driest January on record. And no, we're not talking about the weather.

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Pinkster Gin follows Matthew Clark listing with first special edition bottle

Published:  16 January, 2017

With Majestic Retail and others reporting bumper sales of premium gin over the festive trading period, one gin brand in particular is looking to make the most out of the UK's next significant commercial holiday. 

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  13 January, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Majestic Retail has "biggest ever Christmas" during bumper trading period

Published:  10 January, 2017

Sales of sparkling and gin helped to put a skip back into Majestic's step over the Christmas period with total group sales up 15.3% compared to the previous year.

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Rémy Cointreau acquires Domaine des Hautes Glaces

Published:  09 January, 2017

High-end wines and spirits producer Rémy Cointreau has acquired 100% of the capital of a distillery in the Alps with the aim of strengthening its position in the premium single malt market. 

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Milk vodka brand expands with distillery tour and kitchen

Published:  09 January, 2017

Consumer tourism is becoming an increasingly important revenue stream and brand builder for BWSs, as vodka producer Black Cow will attest.

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Think Rum coming to London

Published:  09 January, 2017

Harpers and its sister titles are preparing to launch Think Rum in London next week, an inaugural event which will exhibit the best of this growing spirits category.

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Cocktail group reports record festive trading

Published:  05 January, 2017

Early reports show that the hospitality industry received a welcome boost over the Christmas period thanks in part to December 23, 24 and 25 falling over the weekend.

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Man reviews 366 drams in 366 days to build a mammoth beginner's guide to whisky

Published:  04 January, 2017

A North Yorkshire father-of-three is nearing the end of a year-long whisky-tasting marathon in order to educate whisky beginners and raise money for charity.

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Logistics: Coping with the cuts

Published:  21 December, 2016

The ability to cut supply chain costs while at the same time maintaining a high-quality distribution service has become a holy grail for many wine merchants and retailers.

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Glenmorangie unveils new vintage collection

Published:  20 December, 2016

Glenmorangie is to launch a new premium range of vintage whiskies under the Bond House No. 1 brand.

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Eden Mill is putting itself - and St Andrews - on the gin and whisky map

Published:  19 December, 2016

Visitors to the Scottish town of St Andrews will no doubt have heard of the university, its hallowed 18th green as the birthplace of golf and, as time goes on, Eden Mill.

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Diageo partners with Deliveroo for last minute Christmas orders

Published:  14 December, 2016

Diageo is the latest company to hop into bed with delivery start-up Deliveroo.

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Christmas could rescue the multiples from a dismal November

Published:  14 December, 2016

Shoppers might have been happy with their purchases but Black Friday failed to bring a boost to supermarkets when the shopping holiday landed on November 26.

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Around the World in 80 Drinks: Review of The Thinking Drinkers

Published:  12 December, 2016

Watching Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham at last nights Around the World in 80 Drinks at the Museum of Comedy in Holborn, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Fogg & Passepartout duo were embarking on nothing more than an hour long global booze fest; a kind of drinks pantomime that takes place from Italy to India and Korea to Venezuela.

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Top Tipples of 2016: The 12-month countdown

Published:  12 December, 2016

As the British electorate showed us in June - followed by Americans in November - 2016 has been the year to rip up the rulebook.

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Alan Sugar's big gin debate: Are coloured gins a big no-no?

Published:  09 December, 2016

The issues surrounding colouring usually clear spirits came to the wider public's attention last night with the latest episode of BBC1's The Apprentice.

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Record-breaking year for gin makes it the success story of 2016, says WSTA

Published:  09 December, 2016

2016 has proved to be a record-breaking year for gin, with end of year sales continuing to soar.

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French gin partners with London's hotel bars

Published:  07 December, 2016

Ethical spirits brand Fair has teamed up with 12 top London hotels to launch its Christmas marketing campaign. 

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New report backs minimum pricing as consumption rises 42% from 1980

Published:  05 December, 2016

The government department for public health has praised the benefits of minimum pricing after releasing a report which shows that UK consumers are drinking 42% more than there were in 1980.

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Pernod Ricard off-loads brandy to focus on spirits

Published:  02 December, 2016

Pernod Ricard is selling the Domecq brand and its related brandies and wines to Emperador Group and Gonzalez Byass.

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Arbikie launches limited edition strawberry vodka

Published:  30 November, 2016

Scottish farm-to-bottle distillery Arbikie Highland Estate is releasing a limited edition fresh strawberry vodka in the run-up to Christmas.

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Lucas Bols taps COLD's Michael Mann for UK brand ambassador role

Published:  30 November, 2016

Lucas Bols has appointed Michael Mann, formerly of the City of London Distillery, as its UK brand ambassador.

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Bacardi expands global leadership team

Published:  29 November, 2016

Spirit behemoth Bacardi has appointed a new senior vice president and global chief communications officer.

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Four Pillars joins up with Love Drinks for UK distribution

Published:  28 November, 2016

Yara Valley distillery Four Pillars Gin, has appointed a new distributor for the UK.

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Remy Cointreau re-bounds with 7% sales growth

Published:  24 November, 2016

Top Cognac producer Remy Cointreau has reversed its fortunes after a difficult 2015.

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Bottled tea range targets luxury mixer market

Published:  23 November, 2016

Luxury tea company Benjamin & Blum has launched a range of bottled teas designed to pair with spirits.

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SWA to challenge minimum pricing in Supreme Court

Published:  21 November, 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is set to appeal against the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) of alcohol in Scotland in the UK's Supreme Court, the organisation has announced.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  17 November, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Getting into the Christmas spirit

Published:  16 November, 2016

As the countdown begins to the most wonderful - and lucrative - time of the year, Harpers looks at how retailers can make the most of the opportunities presented by premium spirits.

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Scottish minimum pricing to impact over half of alcohol sales, while wine and premium spirits could benefit

Published:  15 November, 2016

Wine and premium brands could be the big winners of Scotland's impending minimum price legislation, it has been revealed.

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Legal clarity is overdue for Scotch whisky 'finishing'

Published:  14 November, 2016

Whisky and particularly Scotch is perhaps the most litigious subject of all spirits. Quite rightly its firm tradition and great export sales are protected by intellectual property rights. Yet a gap has emerged which is widening and worrying.

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Campari launches pre-mixed Negroni cocktail, as "in" becomes "the new out" for consumers

Published:  10 November, 2016

Campari is looking to capitalise on the trend towards premium cocktails in the off-trade with the launch of a ready-to-drink Negroni cocktail.

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Brexit minister begins talks with the WSTA to discuss how to manage leaving the EU

Published:  10 November, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) met Brexit minister David Jones last week to discuss how the industry can protect trade and the 600,000 of jobs currently supporting the UK wines and spirits industry.

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Fever Tree sees strong growth in demand for premium mixers

Published:  08 November, 2016

Premium tonic water producer, Fever Tree, is in line to jump ahead of predictions in the second half of 2016, with analysts predicting full-year UK sales growth of 95%.

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Anne Burchett to leave Sopexa

Published:  07 November, 2016

Anne Burchett has resigned as her role as MD of the UK & Ireland at food, beverage and lifestyle marketing agency, Sopexa.

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Jago looks to grow WSTA membership and "unite the trade" ahead of Brexit

Published:  07 November, 2016

New WSTA chairman Dan Jago has said he wants to strengthen the trade body by including more members in order to face the "monumental" challenge posed by Brexit head-on.

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Great Western partners to offer wine and vinyl subscription service

Published:  04 November, 2016

A Bath-based wine merchant is by teaming up with two craft businesses which will see their wines paired, not with cheese or olives, but with chocolates and vinyl records.

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Spotlight on Scottish gin inside the Scottish Parliament

Published:  04 November, 2016

Scotland's contribution to the UK's gin boom took centre stage at a meeting of MSPs and producers inside the Scottish Parliament, where it was recognised for being one of - if not the - biggest gin exporters in the world.

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New wine and spirits listings at Sainsbury's and Asda

Published:  03 November, 2016

Argentinean winery Bodega Argento is preparing to launch a new line of "fresh and fun" Buenos Aires-inspired wines to Sainsbury's this winter.

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Consumers looking to premium spirits to express themselves, says Waitrose report

Published:  02 November, 2016

Self-expression and defining "who you are through what you drink" were the key drinks trends to come out of Waitrose's Food and Drink Report 2016 released today.

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Wine and spirits hit £4bn in duty revenues for the Exchequer

Published:  31 October, 2016

Duty contributions for the wine and spirits industry has hit the £4bn benchmark for the first time, with alcohol sales hitting an all-time high.

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Conviviality signs two-year supply agreement with Palmer & Harvey

Published:  28 October, 2016

Leading independent wholesaler Convivality Plc is entering into a two-way supply deal with Palmer and Harvey McLane Limited (P&H), supplying beers, wines and spirits in exchange for tobacco.

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WSET to open first international office in Hong Kong

Published:  26 October, 2016

The leading education body for wines and spirits in the UK has announced plans to open a second administrative base in Hong Kong in order to meet growing demand from greater China.

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Co-op sets up European distribution hub in radical change to supply strategy for its continental wines

Published:  26 October, 2016

The words 'agility' and 'flexibility' are used frequently by Simon Cairns. As the Co-op's beers wines and spirits trading director, he has overseen a category enjoying buoyant growth this year, with a 4.3% increase in like for like sales across the sector, according to the latest Nielsen reports.

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Jack Daniel's unveils Scottish bartender competition

Published:  25 October, 2016

Iconic Tennessee whisky brand Jack Daniel's has launched a nationwide bartending competition across Scotland.

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First wine, now spirits set to take a hit with rise in inflation and duty to slap a further £60m on consumers

Published:  25 October, 2016

The price of a bottle of wine and spirits is facing a major hike if duty rises in line with inflation, industry experts have warned.

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The Epicurean launches in London this weekend

Published:  24 October, 2016

The team behind the London Wine Fair is gearing up to launch its first consumer event.

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Pernod Ricard beats expectations as Jameson drives growth in the UK and US

Published:  20 October, 2016

The world's number two wines and spirits producer has performed better than expected since April, with sales of Jameson emerging as the main growth driver.

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Distell breaks contracts as it moves to direct distribution

Published:  20 October, 2016

South African alcohol producer Distell has unveiled plans to bring the distribution of all its brands in-house so that it can directly manage the sales and marketing of its UK portfolio.

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Coravin becomes corporate patron of the WSET

Published:  20 October, 2016

Wine preservation company Coravin has been inducted into the WSET's Corporate Patrons programme.

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UK exports on the rise in H1 and H2 2016

Published:  19 October, 2016

Emphasis has been put on importers over the past week or so, as experts warn that the 'cushioning' of forward foreign currency buying ahead of the Brexit vote is about to run out.

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Wine from the EU could cost Brits an extra 29p per bottle

Published:  19 October, 2016

The cost of an average bottle of wine in the UK could go up by 29p as a result of Brexit, the WSTA has warned.

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Diageo looking for host of new travel show

Published:  17 October, 2016

Diageo Reserve is launching a new global travel show, which will follow a lucky drinks enthusiast on a journey to find the "best drinks in the world".

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Morrisons targets premium spirits segment with Ableforth's listings

Published:  14 October, 2016

Morrisons is to list two new spirits from Kent-based distillery Ableforth's across 300 of its stores.

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Analysis: What next for 'Brand Britain'?

Published:  14 October, 2016

Along with the monarchy, Aston Martin, the British sense of humour - and some would say, Downton Abbey - our drinks industry has helped to put Britain on the map and strengthen its image around the world.

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Stock Spirits acquires three new brands to bolster key markets

Published:  13 October, 2016

Major spirits producer Stock Spirits is incorporating three new producers to its arsenal.

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Dublin City Gin aims to replicate Irish success across the UK

Published:  12 October, 2016

The team behind the award-winning Dublin City Gin are targeting the UK market just months after launch.

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Majestic asks customers to choose new international craft beer

Published:  11 October, 2016

Majestic Wine is opening up its beer offering by asking customers vote for what they like and what they enjoy drinking.

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Wines and spirits continue to drive growth for LVMH amid luxury market slowdown

Published:  11 October, 2016

The wine and spirits division represented the second highest growth area for LVMH in its sales so far this year, with organic growth up 7%.

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Andrew Catchpole: Talking about a innovation revolution

Published:  07 October, 2016

Disruption is the new norm - and the experiential its freewheeling partner - as the fast-paced evolution of communications and other technologies continues to reshape how we interact with the world.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  07 October, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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LCW: Prepare to be dazzled

Published:  06 October, 2016

As London Cocktail Week takes the city by storm, we took a look at what spirit brands are doing to capitalise on this year's hottest trends in the on-trade.

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Campari launches limited edition art label

Published:  04 October, 2016

Campari has unveiled the latest version of its annual Art Labels.

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M Restaurants: Creating a community of investors

Published:  04 October, 2016

M Restaurants set Twitter alight yesterday as its crowd funding campaign to raise funds for a new Twickenham restaurant took off on social media.

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British Gin exports to the US rises by 553% in a decade

Published:  03 October, 2016

British Gin accounts for a quarter of all UK spirits exported to the USA, according to figures released today.

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WSTA Part 1: How technology and innovation may shape the future

Published:  30 September, 2016

Innovation and technology, as we all know, has drastically changed business, primarily changing the ways we connect with our consumers and understand their needs. The pressure has never been higher on business leaders to innovate continuously and to do so quickly.

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Top ten future cocktail trends

Published:  30 September, 2016

Cocktail culture is becoming an increasingly global phenomenon, with forecasts showing that by 2020, there will be 400 million new consumers drinking luxury spirits (Future Labs Luxury Report 2015).

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  30 September, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Tequila leaders Jose Cuervo files for IPO

Published:  29 September, 2016

The world's largest tequila producer, which has been family owned and run by direct descendants of the actual Jose Cuervo since the 18th century, is filing for an initial public offering.

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10th annual Cognac auction raises record amount for charity

Published:  29 September, 2016

The 10th edition of charity auction of high-end cognacs raised a record amount for Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil, an organisation which has helped underprivileged young people and vulnerable families for 150 years.

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COPY: The Drinks Wholesaler: A little of what they like

Published:  28 September, 2016

Welcome to our autumn issue of Drinks Wholesaler, which is packed with the usual medley of analysis, insights, viewpoints and features, plus original research into the wine market, commissioned and shared by Crown Cellars, appearing for the first time here. 

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William Grant & Sons reports record profits

Published:  27 September, 2016

William Grant & Sons premium spirit business reported an 8.9% increase in profits after tax hitting record high of £147.4m.

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London Cocktail Week top picks

Published:  23 September, 2016

One of the biggest events on the London drinks calendar returns to the capital next month.

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Sipsmith launches quarterly subscription service

Published:  22 September, 2016

Artisanal gin company Sipsmith has launched a quarterly subscription service for consumers following a successful trial.

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New Diageo president for merged US and Canada spirits business

Published:  22 September, 2016

Smirnoff producer Diageo has named a new chairman for its North American and Canadian spirits businesses, uniting the two territories.

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The Drinks Wholesaler: A little of what they like

Published:  21 September, 2016

Welcome to our autumn issue of Drinks Wholesaler, which is packed with the usual medley of analysis, insights, viewpoints and features, plus original research into the wine market, commissioned and shared by Crown Cellars, appearing for the first time here. 

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Tesco on top as UK supermarkets fight back

Published:  21 September, 2016

For the first time in at least two years, the UK's leading supermarkets experienced two consecutive months of growth in both money taken at the till and volume of goods sold.

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Training with the WSET: Climbing the education ladder

Published:  20 September, 2016

As most people in the trade will tell you, learning about wines and spirits is the Mastermind specialist subject you never stop prepping for.

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Insights: Vodka's back and going premium

Published:  20 September, 2016

Vodka may have hung on to its crown in recent years, but the gin renaissance certainly tempted a few of its followers. But make no mistake: vodka is back and its returning to form with a more premium offer

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Edinburgh Gin purchased by Ian Macleod Distillers

Published:  15 September, 2016

Spencerfield Spirit Company and owner of the Edinburgh Gin brand has been acquired by Ian Macleod Distillers for an undisclosed sum.

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Clegg addresses "denial and disbelief" at Brexit Ipsos Mori debate

Published:  14 September, 2016

Brexit was at the heart of informative discussions at two leading institutions in London yesterday, at the WSTA's annual conference and Ipsos Mori's panel discussion featuring former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

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Dan Jago takes over as chairman as WSTA outlines Brexit strategy

Published:  14 September, 2016

Berry Bros. & Rudd MD Dan Jago will lead the WSTA through a tumultuous period in British politics and history and the association prepares to make Brexit its focus over the next two years.

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WSTA in talks with non-EU countries on post-Brexit free-trade agreements

Published:  13 September, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has begun talks with its Australian and New Zealand counterparts about how to ensure the UK remains the beating heart of global drinks industry.

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Speakers announced for WSTA Annual Conference

Published:  07 September, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has announced the business brains which will take part in the panel discussion at next week's conference.

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Wine to be hit hard by worst case Brexit scenario, says Euromonitor

Published:  06 September, 2016

Sales of wine and RTDs could be the worst affected categories if trade agreements collapse following a UK exit from the EU.

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Dalmore whisky legend marks 50 years with global tour

Published:  05 September, 2016

Richard 'The Nose' Paterson is celebrating five decades in the industry with a whirlwind whisky tour.

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Campari UK goes wild for new-look bourbon

Published:  05 September, 2016

Wild Turkey has launched its refreshed packaging into the UK.

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Boutique Bar Show finds a new home

Published:  02 September, 2016

The Boutique Bar Show London is returning to the capital with a bigger and better venue.

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Harpers Global Design Awards 2016 winners revealed

Published:  02 September, 2016

With seven trophies, nine golds, nine silvers, eight bronze and 13 commended, a total of 46 medals were awarded at the Harpers Design Awards 2016.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  02 September, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Diageo Reserve gin teams up with nine luxury brands for Perfect Ten campaign

Published:  01 September, 2016

Diageo gin brand Tanqueray No. TEN is launching a new on and off-trade campaign which will see it team up with nine luxury brands and craftsmen from across the UK.

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Brown-Forman Q1 sales slide due to currency headwinds

Published:  01 September, 2016

Brown Forman first quarter sales slide 5% to US$ 661m due to on going currency headwinds and challenges in emerging regions, but underlying net sales increased 2%.

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"Encouraging" growth at Pernod Ricard

Published:  01 September, 2016

French spirits maker Pernod Ricard has reported topline growth thanks to its presence in Spain and the US.

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COPY: Distell posts strong South Africa results

Published:  31 August, 2016

African wine and spirits conglomerate, The Distell Group, delivered solid results for the year to June 30, demonstrating its continued momentum in South Africa and growth in key offshore markets.

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Distell posts strong South Africa results

Published:  31 August, 2016

African wine and spirits conglomerate, The Distell Group, delivered solid results for the year to June 30, demonstrating its continued momentum in South Africa and growth in key offshore markets.

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"Irresponsible" Diageo Captain Morgan ad banned

Published:  31 August, 2016

Drinks giant Diageo has got itself into hot water over its May Captain Morgan TV ad for implying that drinking the rum could increase confidence and popularity.

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Part 2: The boom-and-bust cycle of tequila

Published:  31 August, 2016

With mezcal and tequila taking off in the UK, harpers.co.uk looks at what is driving the trend in a three part series.

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City of London Distillery joins Spirit Cartel

Published:  30 August, 2016
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Gin cocktail competition launches in four UK cities

Published:  26 August, 2016

The team behind Masons Yorkshire Gin are holding their first cocktail competition since their launch in 2013, with the winner launching their own limited edition batch of the spirit under the Masons label.

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Trade reacts to government's publication of CMO's new drink guidelines

Published:  26 August, 2016

Yesterday the government published the UK Chief Medical Officers' Low Risk Drinking Guidelines, which reflected the new moderate drinking guidelines that were introduced in January of this year.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  26 August, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Part 1: Popularity for tequilas and mezcals in the on-trade rises

Published:  26 August, 2016

With mezcal and tequila taking off in the UK, harpers.co.uk looks at what is driving the trend in a three part series.

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Gordon's gin switches up bottle for first time in decades

Published:  25 August, 2016

Gordon's gin has revealed a fresh new look for the first time in decades. 

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Boutique RumFest and RumFest unveil programme for October events

Published:  24 August, 2016

RumFest, which celebrates its tenth year this year, and the Boutique RemFest, which is a trade only event, will be hosted in London at the end of October.

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The Epicurean event signs three drink ambassadors

Published:  22 August, 2016

From the same team behind the London Wine Fair, The Epicurean, the first direct to consumer event for the group, has appointed three drinks ambassadors as part of the larger event set to be hosted at the end of October.

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The rise of rum Part 3: Shedding the "pirates and parties" image

Published:  19 August, 2016

While rum is making gains in the bar and club scene providing appealing highs for party-loving millennials, its image as a hip party drink needs to be balanced with its credibility as a quality spirit if it wants to surpass expectations.

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Cocktail craze responsible for soaring sales of gin at Waitrose

Published:  19 August, 2016

Sales of gin at Waitrose are up 17% on last year thanks to a new wave of millennials discovering gin-based cocktails.

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Kyoto Distillery granted production licence to produce Japan's first gin

Published:  19 August, 2016

Japan's first artisan gin producer, The Kyoto Distillery, has been granted a production licence, to begin producing its inaugural release KI NO BI Dry Gin.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  19 August, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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The Rise of Rum Part 2: Reaching a new generation

Published:  17 August, 2016

In an increasingly tough economic landscape, some have speculated that rum's rise in popularity could be down to something as simple as its ability to give consumers a taste profile allied to its appealing sugar cane origins

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Persie Distillery opens its doors to craft gin tourism

Published:  17 August, 2016

A new tourist attraction for artisanal gin lovers is hoping to put Scotland on the gin map.

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Insights: The rise of rum

Published:  17 August, 2016

Spiced rums and quality sipping products are driving the thirst for a taste of the Caribbean.

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The Rise of Rum Part 1: Spice is king

Published:  16 August, 2016

Today is National Rum Day, so what could be better than to bring the first installment of our three part Rise of Rum series which looks in depth at this growing category.

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SMWS creates test to match personality with whisky preferences

Published:  12 August, 2016

Scottish psychologist Dr Adam Moore and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) are trying to find out if there is a way to predict the perfect whisky flavour for someone with a new psychometic test.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  12 August, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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New venue for agave extravaganza

Published:  11 August, 2016

Tequila & Mezcal Fest, the UK's only festival dedicated to Mexico's most successful alcoholic exports, has found a new home.

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Stock Spirits hails turnaround and appoints permanent CEO

Published:  11 August, 2016

European spirits distiller Stocks Spirits has posted positive half-yearly results and appointed a new CEO after a "difficult" 2015.

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WSTA to support British Distillers Alliance through Brexit

Published:  10 August, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has pledged to advise, support and protect smaller producers through the current period of economic and political uncertainty.

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Gin to star in its first full-length feature film

Published:  09 August, 2016

Gin has become the runaway star of the spirits industry in recent times - and it now starring in its own movie.

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New HMRC spirit production guidelines drafted to help improve business licensing

Published:  08 August, 2016

New guidelines are being drafted by the HMRC to help distillers looking to apply to become a licensed spirit producers in the UK easier.

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DrinkSupermarket teams up with Debenhams for gifting service

Published:  08 August, 2016

Online retailer DrinkSupermarket will be supplying beers, wines and spirits to a leading UK department store as part of a premium gifting service.

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Lord Maude to speak on new trading arrangements post-Brexit at WSTA conference

Published:  04 August, 2016

The former Minister for Trade and Minister for Europe, Lord Francis Maude, will be the keynote speaker at this year's WSTA Annual Conference, which will take 'Brexit and the changing shape of the industry' as its theme.

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The Balvenie's David Stewart MBE talks 50 years in Scotch

Published:  04 August, 2016

Recent MBE recipient and The Balvenie master blender David Stewart has witnessed the full evolution of the modern Scotch industry throughout his 53 year career - and pioneered a few revolutionary production methods along the way.

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McConaughey to "reintroduce" Wild Turkey as creative director

Published:  02 August, 2016

Wild Turkey has announced a new partnership with Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey who has been brought onboard to introduce the bourbon brand to a new generation.

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On and off-trade: Ten tips on how to upsell

Published:  02 August, 2016

We all know how comfortable customers are with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Argentinean Malbec - and it can be easy to let these tried-and-tested favourites rule the roost.

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Rum taking centre stage at Wray's Jamaican festival

Published:  01 August, 2016

Wray's Jerk Fest, a free, one-day event celebrating Jamaican culture is coming to Peckham on August 6 where it be hosted by Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum.

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Diageo GB World Bartender champ prepares to launch NY pop-up bar

Published:  01 August, 2016

Aidan Bowie, Diageo Reserve's GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2016, is preparing to bring a taste of London to the Big Apple when he opens up his own pop-up restaurant there this week.

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New trade show dedicated to bars and pubs

Published:  29 July, 2016

A new trade show dedicated to the UK's bar and pub trade is launching this October with a focus on how the on-trade can evolve and adapt to changing consumer behaviours.

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Diageo boss urges UK to protect Scotch

Published:  28 July, 2016

The chief executive of drinks giant Diageo has made a plea to UK governments to keep the Scotch market "healthy and competitive" in a post-Brexit climate.

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Diageo GB net sales grow 4%

Published:  28 July, 2016

Diageo Great Britain has posted its third year of continuous growth with net sales up 4%.

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LVMH posts 7% revenue growth for wines and spirits in H1

Published:  27 July, 2016

Luxury wines and spirits producer LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has reported strong performance from wines and spirits in all regions, compared to flat profits in its fashion sector.

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UK loses €25 million in spirits and €62 million in wine sales thanks to counterfeiting

Published:  26 July, 2016

A new report has revealed that €87 million in sales across wine and spirits is lost each year in the UK due to the counterfeiting industry.

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First new New York whiskey makers since Prohibition looking to grow

Published:  26 July, 2016

An American Whiskey company is looking to expand worldwide after becoming the first American aged whiskey in New York since Prohibition.

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Fever-Tree's H1 revenue jumps 69%

Published:  26 July, 2016

Fever-Tree continues to grow on the back of the current gin boom that has been sweeping the UK with revenue up 69% according to interim H1 results out today.

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SMWS aims to remedy previous "laissez-faire" approach with push to drive US growth

Published:  25 July, 2016
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El Dorado Golden Rum wins Sainsbury's listing

Published:  20 July, 2016

El Dorado's five-year-old Golden Rum has won its first listing with Sainsbury's, bolstering the supermarket's growing rum portfolio.

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Rémy Cointreau Q1 sales suffer an expected slide

Published:  20 July, 2016

Famed cognac conglomerate Rémy Cointreau's first quarter reported sales slid -2.1% to €218.6 million for the three months ending on 30 June 2016.

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Whisky barrel-aged beers spark international interest

Published:  19 July, 2016

A Scottish beer producerd has attracted the interest of key international markets by combining two of Scotland's best-loved drinks.

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Current cocktail trends are crippling the RTD market in the UK

Published:  19 July, 2016

According to William Grant & Sons 2016 Market Report figures, ready-to-drink (RTDs) beverages may be falling out of favour with consumers.

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Deliveroo partners with Majestic and BrewDog to offer alcohol delivery service

Published:  19 July, 2016

Food delivery startup Deliveroo has partnered with eight Majestic Wines across London and 20 BrewDog locations nationally in order to start delivering beers, wines and spirits.

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Low and no-alcohol trend may be here to stay

Published:  15 July, 2016

According to the William Grant & Sons 2016 Market Report, the low-to-no alcohol trend is gaining momentum and alcohol producers will want to consider production of alternatives in their ranges to meet the growing demand.

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New cabinet members historically voted in favour of alcohol duty hikes

Published:  15 July, 2016

While trying to establish beneficial trading terms with the EU should Article 50 be enacted will be a top priority for the new government, how the new cabinet members voted on alcohol duty may be a bit worrying for the drinks trade.

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Premium spirits are driving growth in the category by offering unique experiences

Published:  15 July, 2016

Premium spirits are up 18.6% in the UK and are the primary driver of growth in the sprits category according to William Grant & Sons 2016 Market Report.

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Cocktail craze in the UK still has room to grow

Published:  14 July, 2016

New research released from CGA Strategy's International Cocktail Report, Great Britain's cocktail consumption has evolved, but there are still opportunities that may be available if trends in the US are anything to go by.

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New era for Distell whisky maker

Published:  06 July, 2016

Andy Watts is moving on from his role as distillery manager at South Africa's James Sedgwick after 25 years.

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The Balvenie's David Stewart awarded an MBE for services to Scotch

Published:  06 July, 2016

The Balvenie's Malt Master David Stewart has been presented with an MBE medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to the Scotch whisky industry.

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COPY: The Drinks Wholesaler: Intriguing Times

Published:  05 July, 2016

We've covered a far-reaching spread of issues, insights, interviews and profiles in these pages along with focuses on the sparkling wine category, gin, British beer and the contrasting, but in some ways complementary, wine offers of Chile and Argentina. We also examine what the word 'craft' means to consumers and ask whether it can be better applied to wine to engage millennials.

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Diageo announces first foray into non-alcoholic sector

Published:  05 July, 2016

Alcoholic drinks giant Diageo is set to offer consumers a no-hangover alternative with an investment in its first distilled non-alcoholic spirit.

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Brexit: "Scots need to drink more Scotch"

Published:  01 July, 2016

A leading figure in global spirits branding has issued some advice to ensure the future prosperity of the Scotch whisky industry in a post-referendum market - to drink more Scotch domestically.

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Government inquiry launched into licencing act which made 24-hour drinking possible

Published:  01 July, 2016

An inquiry has been set up to re-evaluate legislation which made it possible for consumers to buy alcohol "around the clock".

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Summer push for Diageo Reserve's super premium gin

Published:  29 June, 2016

Diageo Reserve's super premium gin brand, Tanqueray No. TEN, has partnered with a series of London venues to continue to seize on gin's forward momentum.

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Bacardi Brown-Forman liqueur launches new upsell campaign

Published:  29 June, 2016

Chambord liqueur is launching a new campaign to offer bartenders a "quick and easy way" to upgrade their sparkling serves.

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Beefeater gin launches newly designed bottle pay homage to London

Published:  29 June, 2016

Iconic London Dry gin brand Beefeater is launching a redesigned bottle which pays homage to the City.

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Jim Beam distributors invest £1m in new category vision

Published:  22 June, 2016

The UK's biggest whisky distributor is looking to capture a larger slice of the £90bn spirits category by turning their portfolio strategy on its head.

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Cocktail expectations are "on the march", says Matthew Clark

Published:  20 June, 2016

Pigs-in-blanket cocktails might seem like a bridge too far for most bartenders, but it this kind of far-reaching innovation which is capturing consumers imagination says Matthew Clark.

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Drinks business "needs to be better at talking to consumers"

Published:  20 June, 2016

Drinks authors and quasi-comedians Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham have made at a career out of communicating and talking to consumers about the world of alcohol.

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Escaping tequila's "aggressive" reputation

Published:  17 June, 2016

Despite it's growth in the on-trade, tequila still has a way to go before it shakes off its happy-hour, £1-a-shot towards midnight reputation.

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Alcohol continues to cast shadow over Euro 2016

Published:  15 June, 2016

French police are restricting the sale of alcohol in Lille ahead of England and Wales' Euro 2016 match in hopes to derail the violence over-shadowing the tournament.

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Glenfiddich announces new Global Brand Ambassador

Published:  14 June, 2016
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Glen Grant packaging and line-up overhaul to "re-awaken" the brand

Published:  14 June, 2016

Glen Grant has unveiled a complete re-brand of its range and added three new expressions in an attempt to "reaffirm" its position as a leading player in the premium whisky market.

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Gin now one in every three bottles of spirit sold at Waitrose

Published:  13 June, 2016

Waitrose has revealed that its top selling three spirits are now all gin - knocking out Pimm's from the top three - as the gin boom continues to gain ground.

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Eight annual World Gin Day set to sweeps UK tomorrow

Published:  10 June, 2016

The eight annual World Gin Day, which is tomorrow 11 June, 2016, is set to host more than 70 different events around the globe.

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Aidan Bowie crowned GB World Class Bartender 2016

Published:  10 June, 2016

Following three days of competition, Aidan Bowie of the Dandelyan bar in London was crowned the GB World Class Bartender 2016 and is set to represent the UK in World Class Global competition set to be held in Miami later this year.

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Rémy Cointreau annual net profits up following foreign exchange boost

Published:  09 June, 2016

Improved Cognac sales and a big boost from a favourable foreign exchange helped to drive profits for Rémy Cointreau, which saw annual 2016 net profits soar 10.6%, beating expectations for the business.

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Southern Comfort sale averts disaster as Brown-Forman's sales drop 2%

Published:  09 June, 2016

The sale of Southern Comfort and Tuaca has bolstered a 2% drop in net sales for Jack Daniels owner Brown-Forman.

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Halo effect in gin creating thirst for premium tonic

Published:  09 June, 2016

Premium brand 1724 Tonic Water has found a new UK distributor as it aims to gain ground in the growing premium tonic market.

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Glenmorangie launches Old Fashioned Week

Published:  07 June, 2016

Glenmorangie is launching a new initiative called Old Fashioned Week to promote its Extra Matured Range ahead of this year's British Open Golf Championship.

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More spirit brands are partnering with leading bars to create unique cocktail serves

Published:  07 June, 2016

Spirit brands partnering with leading bars to help create unique serves in some of the UK's cutting edge bars is helping to further fuel the cocktail craze in the UK and abroad.

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Insights: How glassware plays a strarring role in the cocktail craze

Published:  07 June, 2016

As the cocktail craze shows no signs of slowing Harpers.co.uk talks to some of London's top bartenders about creativity in serves and how the vessel is playing a starring role.

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Major work to be done in Diageo's emerging markets

Published:  06 June, 2016

Leading drinks producer Diageo has dropped its previous objective of obtaining 50% of its revenues from emerging markets by 2015 due to flagging growth in key emerging markets.

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Regulation changed shoppers buying habits in Scotland, says independent merchant

Published:  03 June, 2016

As with university fees and other devolved powers concerning health and education, Scotland has its own rules regulation when it comes to the drinks industry.

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Brown-Forman acquires The BenRiach Distillery Company for £281 million

Published:  02 June, 2016

Brown-Forman announced yesterday it has completed the acquisition of the single malt Scotch whisky conglomerate The BenRiach Distillery Company for £281 million.

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Can wine learn from gin's Meet the Maker approach?

Published:  02 June, 2016

The team behind next week's Junipalooza gin extravaganza is demanding that the producers and distillers physically attend the fair - otherwise they're not coming in.

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Size doesn't matter, says co-founder of new multi-million pound "mega" distillery

Published:  31 May, 2016

The co-founder of Portobello Road Gin has revealed that building a 'super-distillery' was never the intention behind plans to build a four-storey gin destination in the heart of Notting Hill.

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The Drinks Wholesaler: Intriguing Times

Published:  27 May, 2016

Welcome to our autumn issue of Drinks Wholesaler, which is packed with the usual medley of analysis, insights, viewpoints and features, plus original research into the wine market, commissioned and shared by Crown Cellars, appearing for the first time here. 

 

 

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Whiskey, rum and vodka triumph against the odds to beat gin in consumer poll

Published:  27 May, 2016

Vodka, whiskey and rum have dominated a campaign to find the nation's favourite craft spirits - despite gin making up 80% of the entries.

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Competition rivals working together to put Aberdeen on the map

Published:  26 May, 2016

Three bartenders from Aberdeen who have reached the final of a national bartending competition say that competitions have become a sure-fire way to turn a city into drinking hotspot.

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Jamaican rum's master blender witnesses technology revolution during 35-year career

Published:  26 May, 2016

Joy Spence, master blender at Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, has seen rum production revolutionised over the course of three-and-a-half decades in her chosen field.

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"Bartenders changed everything," says Wild Turkey master distiller as he celebrates 35 years in the industry

Published:  25 May, 2016

Eddie Russell, master distiller at Wild Turkey grew up in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, in the heart of bourbon-making country.

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Borough Wines launches eighth store with in-house gin distillery

Published:  23 May, 2016

Borough Wines & Beers' new Islington store will become the new home to a London-based gin company.

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Recent decline in Scotch whisky exports slowing

Published:  23 May, 2016

Scotch whisky export value was down 2.4% in 2015 totalling £3.86 billion in custom value, but it is good news as the decline in recent years is slowing.

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Halewood adds pre-mix cans to Red Square portfolio

Published:  23 May, 2016

Red Square Vodka is branching out into the pre-mixed category to extend its reach to a new, younger customer base.

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Asia to claim two-thirds of global beverage consumption by 2021

Published:  23 May, 2016

By 2021 Asia is predicted to consume two-thirds of the world's beverages, with China alone responsible for one-third of the additional volume.

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Daffy's partners with F1 Manor Racing team for limited edition gin

Published:  20 May, 2016

Daffy's gin has partner with F1 Manor Racing team and is releasing its first limited edition bottling of just 2,500 bottles being produced.

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Sainsbury's to simplify pricing as it prepares to axe multibuy deals

Published:  19 May, 2016

Sainsbury's are dropping multibuys from their in store promotions and rounding up 99p price points in a bid to encourage customers to trade-up.

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Pernod Ricard and Irish Distillers sell Paddy Irish Whiskey to US company

Published:  18 May, 2016

Pernod Ricard and Irish Distillers have finalised the sale of Paddy Irish Whiskey, to US family-owned drinks company Sazerac.

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WSET launches redesigned Level 1 Award in Spirits

Published:  17 May, 2016

As part of a major shake-up of its courses, which includes the separation of wine from spirits in its advanced qualification, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has unveiled a redesigned Level 1 (L1) Award in Spirits.

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Is "small-batch" and "craft" gin the same thing?

Published:  17 May, 2016

Since the gin renaissance took off with a vengeance in 2010, the terms "craft" and "small-batch" have, in many cases, become one and the same.

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Analysis: Brand equity is critical in an increasingly saturated gin market

Published:  17 May, 2016

In an increasingly saturated gin market building brands, like Sipsmith and Langley's Gin, with a long-term vision could not be more important.

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Third annual Ginposium 2016 sells out

Published:  16 May, 2016

The third annual Ginposium 2016 was hosted on the 12 May at the London Transport Museum in Convent Garden which sold out with 120 delegates attending the technical conference.

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Spike in gin and rosé sales at Waitrose as bbq season kicks off

Published:  16 May, 2016

A surprisingly warm early start to May was reflected in an increase in sales of gin (up 15%) and rosé wine (up 39 per cent) at Waitrose.

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Milk-based vodka to launch into US and Australia with new appointment

Published:  16 May, 2016

Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka has brought on board a new global sales director to help launch the spirit into new key markets worldwide.

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New Scottish gin brand smells its way to success

Published:  13 May, 2016

A new Scottish gin brand is hoping to unlock gin-lovers taste buds by appealing to their sense of smell.

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Amathus unveils fast-aged Bourbon

Published:  13 May, 2016

UK-based distributor Amathus is launching a new whiskey bourbon drink which uses a technique to accelerate the maturation process

 

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Debt dispute between Diageo and former United Spirits boss continues

Published:  13 May, 2016

British alcohol giant Diageo Plc has submitted details of its agreement with USL's former boss Vijay Mallya to a debt tribunal.

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Could leaving the EU apply the brakes to the gin boom?

Published:  13 May, 2016

Leaders in the gin industry gathered to highlight the dangers Brexit poses to the millions of bottles of gin exported to the EU each year if the UK leaves the single market.

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Launch of new Plantation rum into the UK with Pineapple Society

Published:  12 May, 2016

Maison Ferrand is expanding its range of premium Plantation rums by releasing its Plantation Pineapple Stiggins' Fancy 1824 Recipe into the UK.

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Az Valor supports Amaral in Stock Spirits row

Published:  12 May, 2016

AZ Valor Partners have come out in support of Western Gate's proposals to nominate two candidates to the board of Stock Spirits.

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Gruppo Campari Q1 results dampened by currency effects

Published:  10 May, 2016

Gruppo Campari results released yesterday show net sales remained flat at €327.4m for the first quarter of 2016, with organic growth offset by a negative exchange rate effects.

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Vestal Vodka partnership to drive growth in the UK and abroad

Published:  06 May, 2016

Drinks industry guru, Dave Steward, has partnered with Vestal Vodka to drive growth in the UK's most competitive spirits category.

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Sandeman: Port bottled with spirit attitude

Published:  04 May, 2016

Sandeman is showcasing its rebranded tawny port at the London Wine Fair - which has been bottled to resemble a whiskey bottle.

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Hendrick's "Cucumber Couriers" campaign pushes into the on-trade

Published:  02 May, 2016

Premium drinks brand Hendrick's is reminding bartenders how to order up 'the perfect serve' with an on-trade engagement campaign.

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Tourism and identity "vital" to independents says Isle of Arran

Published:  29 April, 2016

Independent whisky producers Isle of Arran Distillers is preparing to build a new site in response to increasing visitors numbers to the their Lochranza distillery.

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Birmingham Rum Festival to drive growth of "party" spirit

Published:  28 April, 2016

Birmingham's first full-scale festival of rum is coming to the city this summer.

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Seesaw effect in Tequila sales as customers trade-up on quality

Published:  27 April, 2016

"Unfairly maligned" Tequila is making a comeback with customers taking a less-but-better approach when it comes to selecting the Mexican tipple.

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Number of new distilleries in the UK jumps 50% in 2015

Published:  27 April, 2016

Forty-nine new distilleries came online in 2015 according to Nicholas Cook of the Gin Guild, which was based on HRMC's most recent data.

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London Wine Fair announces first consumer event

Published:  26 April, 2016

The team behind the of The London Wine Fair is set to launch a new event, which draws on the recent success of Esoterica and Brewhouse, and the influx of small, independent companies to exhibit at the fair over the past three years.

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Spirit Cartel announces new face of cult bourbon brand

Published:  26 April, 2016

After two months of searching, Spirit Cartel has crowned a "bourbon don" to become the face of cult bourbon brand Four Roses in the UK.

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Around the Globe cocktail menu at London's oldest hotel

Published:  25 April, 2016

The Donovan Bar in Brown's Hotel, Mayfair, is launching a jet-set new cocktail menu showcasing mixology innovations from around the world

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Anti-aging gin is the "alcoholic equivalent of a facial"

Published:  25 April, 2016

A new gin which claims to reverse the aging process and keep the skin looking fresh even after a night of drinking has been released in North Wales.

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Dip in Q3 sales at Pernod Ricard

Published:  21 April, 2016

Growth for the third quarter of the fiscal year at Pernod Ricard is down 3% due to shrinking demand in China and an earlier Chinese New Year.

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Maxxium UK launches Jim Beam Double Oak

Published:  21 April, 2016

Iconic US Bourbon Jim Beam has released the Jim Beam Double Oak, which is being launched into the UK later this month.

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New premium packaging for Wood's Old Navy Rum

Published:  20 April, 2016

Wood's Old Navy Rum has undergone an identity overhaul to update its "dated" packaging.

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Whisky Experience returns to Heathrow

Published:  20 April, 2016

Heathrow Airport is launching its month-long Whisky Experience to once again push one of its top-selling products.

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Poland row heats up as Stock Spirits urges shareholders to vote against Western Gate's recommendations

Published:  19 April, 2016

Stock Spirits is recommending that its shareholders vote against Western Gate Private Investment Ltd's recommendations, in an increasingly heated row over loss of market share in Poland.

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Over 14,000 gin and tonic pairings at London's "largest" gin bar

Published:  19 April, 2016

Holborn Dining Room's newly opened The Gin Bar is claiming to have London's biggest selection of gins and tonics.

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Rémy Cointreau year results show growth as Asian trading improves

Published:  19 April, 2016

Rémy Cointreau saw net sales grow 8.9% for the 2015/2016 financial year to just over €1.050 billion with strong growth being driven "on the back of improving trends in Greater China."

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CEO of Stock Spirits takes early retirement following pressure to step down over problems in Poland

Published:  18 April, 2016

Stock Spirits Group PLC has announced today that chief executive officer Chris Heath will be stepping down with immediate effect to take early retirement.

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Brown-Forman set to launch its first new bourbon in 20 years

Published:  14 April, 2016

Brown-Forman announced that it would begin rolling out its new Kentucky bourbon brand, Coopers' Craft, this summer in the US.

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LVMH Q1 miss expectations, but wine & spirits division shows growth

Published:  13 April, 2016

Luxury conglomerate LVMH first quarter results, which were released on Monday, missed analysts growth expectations, but the company's wine and spirits division Moët Hennessy did show sales growth of 4%.

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Armagnac Academies returns to London for one-day course

Published:  05 April, 2016

Drinks connoisseurs looking to increase their knowledge of one Europe's oldest spirits can sign-up for a professional one-day course, which is returning to London following a sold out event in New York.

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Pinkster gin launches £600,000 crowdfunding campaign on Growthdeck

Published:  04 April, 2016

Pinkster gin, the producer of raspberry flavoured and lightly coloured pink gin, has launched a crowdfunding campaign in an effort to raise a minimum of £600,000.

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#HotCraftSpirits campaign to partner with online drinks retailer 31Dover.com

Published:  01 April, 2016

Specialist online drinks retailer 31Dover.com has partnered with Twitter campaign #HotCraftSpirits, which is seeking to identify the most popular craft spirit brands in the UK.

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Halewood unveils new four-strong craft spirit range

Published:  31 March, 2016

Independent drinks manufacturer and distributor Halewood International is launching a new range of craft spirits to target younger millenniel drinkers thirsty for new flavour combinations and drink experiences.

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Poetic License gin plans national roll-out after strong regional launch

Published:  30 March, 2016

New Sunderland-based small-batch distillery Poetic License is looking to roll out nationally after a successful launch in the North East late last year.

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Chase Distillery marks eighth birthday with San Francisco double gold

Published:  30 March, 2016

Herefordshire-based Chase Distillery is celebrating its eighth birthday this week with a double gold award at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirit Competition for its Williams GB Gin.

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Matugga Rum launches into French market

Published:  29 March, 2016

British premium craft rum, Matugga Rum, has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Société Dugas, one of France's leading distributors of premium and artisan spirits.

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Amathus to distribute Michel Couvreur whiskies in the UK

Published:  29 March, 2016

Amathus Drinks is set to distribute Michel Couvreur's range of premium hand-crafted French-aged Scottish whiskies in the UK.

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Spirits business and retail outlets drive strong profit growth at Adnams

Published:  24 March, 2016

Adnams, the Suffolk-based brewer, distiller and retailer, saw profits rise 7.3% in 2015, despite flat sales growth.

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Premium Polish vodka Torunska launches in the UK

Published:  24 March, 2016

Polish premium vodka Torunksa is set to launch in the UK for the first time.

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Pirate's Grog expands range with new super-premium rum

Published:  23 March, 2016

Hackney-based boutique rum importer Pirate's Grog has added a new limited edition 13-year-old Central American rum to its range.

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Four Pillars wins second San Francisco Double Gold for Rare Dry Gin

Published:  23 March, 2016

Small-batch Australian distillery Four Pillars has taken home a Double Gold from the prestigious  San Francisco World Spirits Competition for its Rare Dry Gin.

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Award-winning Arran Distillery reveals expansion plans

Published:  22 March, 2016

The award-winning Isle of Arran Distillery has revealed plans to build a second distillery on the island to complement its original location on Lochranza.

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The Glenrothes rebrands Alba Reserve ahead of UK release

Published:  21 March, 2016

Award-winning Speyside distillery The Glenrothes has rebranded its Alba Reserve expression ahead of its release in the UK.

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Dunnet Bay launches limited edition Rock Rose seasonal gin range

Published:  21 March, 2016

Scotland's award-winning Dunnet Bay Distillery is to launch a series of Rock Rose Gin 'Seasonal Editions', kicking off with a Spring edition, which will be available by May.

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Diageo announces second phase of World Class bartending competition

Published:  17 March, 2016

Diageo Reserve has announced the launch of the second half of its World Class UK 2016 competition, which aims to find the best bartender in the UK.

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France takes top spot on world whisky-drinking table

Published:  17 March, 2016

French drinkers now lead the world in their whisky consumption, according to a new report by retail consultants Bonial.

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Four Pillars partners with Santamania on ultra-limited edition gin

Published:  17 March, 2016

Australia's Four Pillars distillery has collaborated with the Santamania Destileria Urbana in Madrid on a new limited edition release.

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Twitter campaign launched to find the UK's favourite craft spirits

Published:  16 March, 2016

Today sees the launch of a new Twitter campaign aimed at identifying the UK's best-loved independent spirit brands.

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UK launch for Barcelona Spirits Brands four-strong 5th Gin range

Published:  16 March, 2016

Barcelona Spirit Brands has announced the launch of all four of its 5th Gin range in the UK.

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ONS adds cream liqueurs to national shopping basket

Published:  16 March, 2016

Cream liqueurs such as Bailey's have been added to the nation's shopping basket by the Office of National Statistics.

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Campari strengthens premium spirit portfolio with Grand Marnier acquisition

Published:  15 March, 2016

Italy's Gruppo Campari is to acquire the producer of Grand Marnier as part of a friendly takeover which values the business at £537 million.

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Fever-Tree riding high on premium gin trend

Published:  14 March, 2016

Pioneering premium mixer supplier Fever-Tree continued its exponential rise in 2015 - its first full year of trading as a listed company - according to results announced today.

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Laphroaig honours 200-year legacy with latest release

Published:  14 March, 2016

The Laphroaig distillery on the Isle of Islay's southern coast is to launch a new single malt, described as its "richest ever".

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UK Scotch drinkers pay double in tax across EU

Published:  11 March, 2016

Research from the Scotch Whisky Association has revealed the full extent to which the UK's Scotch drinkers are over-taxed.

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Golden age for British gin as 49 distilleries open in 2015

Published:  11 March, 2016

The full scale of the gin boom underway in the UK has been revealed for the first time.

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Profits slashed at Stock Spirits as Polish market woes take their toll

Published:  10 March, 2016

FTSE-250 Central and Eastern European branded spirits producer Stock Spirits posted disappointing 2015 results today on the back of problems in the pivotal Polish market.

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Premium Malfy GDQI aims to bring Italian sunshine to UK gin category

Published:  10 March, 2016

Premium Italian gin Malfy GQDI has launched in the UK - backed the claim that Italy is the true homeland of gin.

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Limited edition Ketel One release marks distillery's 325th birthday

Published:  09 March, 2016

Diageo Reserve Brand Ketel One Vodka is releasing a limited edition bottle to celebrate the Nolet family distillery's 325th anniversary.

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Funkin partners with Cocktail Trading Co on Cocktails in the City serve

Published:  09 March, 2016

Cocktail-mixer producer Funkin is partnering with the Cocktail Trading Co on a new cocktail at this year's Cocktails in the City event in London.

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Catalyst to launch Spanish best seller Larios Gin in the UK

Published:  09 March, 2016

Catalyst Brands is to take on Spain's Larios Gin in the UK as part of a partnership with Beam Suntory which begins on April 1.

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Isle of Arran releases 18 Year Old Single Malt as distillery turns 21

Published:  07 March, 2016

Isle of Arran Distillers is to release an 18 Year Old Single Malt as it celebrates its 21st anniversary this year.

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Taking a break from the mainstream

Published:  07 March, 2016

It's often said that Champagne sales are a pretty accurate economic barometer, their fluctuations closely matching the financial health of the nation, fast charting out the highs and lows of boom and bust.

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Profile: Denis O'Flynn, Pernod Ricard

Published:  07 March, 2016

intDenis O'Flynn, managing director of Pernod Ricard, brings with him a clear strategy, an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for the industry - what could be better?

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Maggie's Farm rum wins ACSA best in show second year running

Published:  04 March, 2016

Pennsylvania-based Allegheny Distilling has taken home the best-in-show medal from the American Craft Spirits Association's annual awards for its Maggie's Farm rum the second year in a row.

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Wolfburn distillery returns to life after 150 years

Published:  04 March, 2016

The first whisky to be released in 150 years from the Thurso-based Wolfburn distillery will hit the UK market next month.

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Gin Guild unveils line-up for third annual Ginposium

Published:  03 March, 2016

The Gin Guild has announced details of its third annual Ginposium one-day event.

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Diageo brings back Johnnie Walker Green Label to drive Scotch growth

Published:  02 March, 2016

Diageo Reserve Brands is to re-introduce its Johnnie Walker Green Label blended malt to the core Johnnie Walker range worldwide.

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Gatwick targets premium gin market with unique on-site distillery and bar

Published:  02 March, 2016

Gatwick's North Terminal has opened what is believed to be the world's first on-site airport gin distillery and bar.

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UK Scotch sales bounced back in 2015 after 2% duty cut

Published:  02 March, 2016

Sales of Scottish whisky in the UK returned to growth last year after years of decline, according to figures released today by the Scottish Whisky Association.

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Think Gin Awards: the winners

Published:  02 March, 2016

There was understandably tough competition for this year's Think Gin Awards, but the following category champions were singled out by our judges for their spirited and imaginative work with the gin category.

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Think Gin 2016 hailed a success

Published:  02 March, 2016

Oversubscribed and packed with members of the on-trade, independent merchants, multiple and wholesale buyers, the second annual Think Gin event at London's Hospital Club was a buzzing event. 

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Pernod Ricard taunts Bacardí with ultra-premium range for contested Havana Club brand

Published:  01 March, 2016

Pernod Ricard launched a new range of premium limited-edition Havana Club reserve rums yesterday, despite the recently re-ignited dispute for the brand's ownership with Bacardí.

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Global redesign for Jim Beam as UK sales thrive

Published:  01 March, 2016

Iconic US bourbon Jim Beam is to launch a global packaging redesign later this year.

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Enotria & Coe partner with key spirits brands to target regional on-trade

Published:  01 March, 2016
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Cointreau launches £20,000 creativity award

Published:  26 February, 2016

The Cointreau Creative Crew launched a £20,000 grant scheme to champion creativity and artistic innovation worldwide this week.

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SWA wins key passing-off victory for Scotch in India

Published:  25 February, 2016

The Scottish Whisky Association has won a key victory in the fight against passing off in India.

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Chivas Regal unveils £2,000 ultra-premium expression

Published:  25 February, 2016

Pernod Ricard's premium whisky brand Chivas Regal has launched a new ultra-prestige expression aimed at the luxury market.

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Wyborowa celebrates exploration with Pathbreaker app and competition

Published:  24 February, 2016

Polish vodka brand Wyborowa - also known as Wybo - has launched a new app named Pathbreaker which is part of a three-month competition to celebrate exploration, the new and the unknown.

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GlenDronach releases limited edition 1968 sherry-aged single malt

Published:  24 February, 2016

Aberdeenshire distillery GlenDronach has announced its oldest release yet, a 1968 single cask in a limited edition of just 301 bottles.

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BHA joins campaign for 2% cut in duty on spirits

Published:  24 February, 2016

The British Hospitality Association has joined the Scotch Whisky Association, the Wine & Spirits Trade Association and other industry bodies in calling for a 2% cut in excise duty on spirits in chancellor George Osborne's forthcoming Budget.

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Ron Zacapa celebrates art of slow dining at Lee Westcott's Typing Room

Published:  24 February, 2016

Premium rum brand Ron Zacapa is partnering with leading young London chef Lee Westcott to create a food-and-drink pairing menu that celebrates slow dining.

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Bimber Distillery launches with Polish-inspired flavoured vodka range

Published:  23 February, 2016

The Polish-inspired Bimber Distillery, based in London, is to launch a range of premium vodkas onto the UK market.

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Forest Gin partners with Staffordshire pottery on porcelain bottle

Published:  22 February, 2016

Macclesfield-based ultra-premium small-batch Forest Gin has launched a redesigned bottle in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent pottery Wade Ceramics.

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Instil bets on big year for premium rum with The Real McCoy listing

Published:  22 February, 2016

Instil Drinks has added premium Barbados rum The Real McCoy Rum to its portfolio ahead of the company's relaunch in London on March 1.

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Bulleit partners with Hop House 13 for London Beer Week

Published:  22 February, 2016

Kentucky bourbon brand Bulleit is partnering with Hop House 13 Lager, as an official boilermaker sponsor for London Beer Week.

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Think Gin award nominations revealed

Published:  19 February, 2016

The shortlists have been announced for the second annual Think Gin awards, which will be held in London on March 1.

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Chink & swig! Welcome to the Drinks Wholesaler

Published:  18 February, 2016

We hope you'll enjoy the mix of features, analysis and viewpoints in our launch issue. And, above all, find the content thought-provoking, informative and useful to you, this being the only publication solely dedicated to focusing on the business of wholesaling beers, wines and spirits.

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Inverarity Morton seals deal with Edinburgh Whisky

Published:  18 February, 2016

Scotland's Edinburgh Whisky, one the newest additions to the whisky scene, has signed a deal with Inverarity Morton, which now becomes the exclusive on-trade distributor throughout the UK

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Russian vodka exports collapse

Published:  16 February, 2016

Russian exports of vodka and other spirits slumped 40% in 2015, according to reports in the Russian media.

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Bacardi challenges US government as battle for Havana Club escalates

Published:  16 February, 2016

Bacardi has demanded that the US government reverse its January 11 decision to grant the Havana Club trademark to Pernod Ricard.

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anCnoc turns to fashion's Patrick Grant for limited edition release

Published:  15 February, 2016

Inver House Distillers has partnered with award-winning fashion designer Patrick Grant to launch a limited edition expression of its anCnoc Highland single malt.

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William Grant enters peated whisky market with Ailsa Bay launch

Published:  15 February, 2016
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UK businesses should follow whisky's lead in targeting Latin America, conference told

Published:  12 February, 2016

A rapidly expanding and young middle class in Latin America makes it an ideal target market for many UK businesses, an Edinburgh conference was told this week.

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Pernod Ricard outperforms Diageo with solid half-year profit growth

Published:  11 February, 2016

Global drinks giant Pernod Ricard has reported solid growth in the first half of its financial year 2015/16, with organic sales up 3% to £3.9 billion.

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Plans for first distillery on Raasay approved

Published:  11 February, 2016
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Weak euro offsets ongoing slide in French wine and spirits exports

Published:  11 February, 2016

The ongoing weakness of the euro in the global currency markets has proved a boon for makers of wine and spirits in France, according to figures released by the Fédération des Exportateurs de Vins et Spiritueux de France.

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Former Scottish secretary joins calls for 2% duty cut on whisky

Published:  10 February, 2016

Alistair Carmichael, secretary of state for Scotland in the 2010-15 coalition government, has written to the chancellor George Osborne calling for a further 2% cut in the duty on whisky and other spirits.

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Daffy's gin secures major national listing with Waitrose

Published:  10 February, 2016

Award-winning Scottish small-batch gin, Daffy's has won a national listing in Waitrose.

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Instil adds five craft gins as it readies for March relaunch

Published:  09 February, 2016

Instil Drinks Company, the beer and niche spirits trading arm of Bibendum PLB, has added five new artisan gin distilleries to its portfolio ahead of its relaunch in London on March 1.

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WSTA calls for 2% cut in duty as sector gives Treasury a £200 million boost

Published:  08 February, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has met with Treasury officials as part of its campaign for a cut in duty in next month's Budget.

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The Botanist attempts world record gin tasting

Published:  08 February, 2016

Manchester-based bar chain The Botanist is hoping the host the world's biggest gin tasting this Thursday.

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F&B Premium Brands launches Belgian Butcher's Gin

Published:  05 February, 2016

Premium Belgian food-and-drink importer F&B Premium Brands has launched a new gin based on the flavours of the Secreto 07 dry-aged beef created by luxury Antwerp-based butchery De Laet & Van Haver.

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Analysis: The gin craze rages on

Published:  05 February, 2016

Offering beguiling botanicals with classy cohorts to match, Alice Lascelles explores the gin and mixer revolution

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Rademon launches limited edition cask-aged Shortcross Gin through Fortnum & Mason

Published:  04 February, 2016

Northern Ireland's Rademon Estate Distillery has launched a limited edition cask-aged expression of its award-winning Shortcross Gin.

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LVMH posts strong 2015 results on back of healthy drinks sector sales

Published:  03 February, 2016

The wines and spirits division of luxury goods group LVMH posted sales growth of 16% in 2015, with organic growth at 6%, the company has reported.

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Benromach celebrates its past with rare 35-year-old expression

Published:  03 February, 2016

Moray distillery Benromach has released a 35-year-old whisky, one of its rarest single malts to date.

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Pinkster hires Diageo's van Buuren in on-trade push

Published:  02 February, 2016

Former Diageo on-trade director, Martjin van Buuren has joined the team at Pinkster Gin to help develop an on-trade strategy for the company as its pace of growth escalates.

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Successful launch for Ireland's Dublin City Gin

Published:  02 February, 2016

Dublin, Ireland's capital, is the inspiration behind the country's latest gin, recently launched in the city.

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Bacardi brings FOI suit against US government in Havana Club dispute

Published:  01 February, 2016

Bacardi has upped the ante in its longrunning fight with Pernod Ricard over the Havana Club brand by filing a Freedom of Information Act request with the US Department of Treasury.

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Pernod Ricard snaps up German premium gin brand Monkey 47

Published:  29 January, 2016

Pernod Ricard has bought a majority stake in leading German craft gin brand Monkey 47, the French drinks giant announced today.

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Warner Edwards reaps rewards of on-trade effort

Published:  28 January, 2016

Northampton-based gin distillers, Warner Edwards grew by 400% in the on-trade across 2015, the company has said.

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Diageo turns a corner with positive half-year results

Published:  28 January, 2016

Diageo posted a 1.8% organic rise in sales for the six months to December 31, 2015, according the figures released by the company today.

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Douglas Laing launches limited edition cask strength Rock Oyster whisky

Published:  27 January, 2016

Douglas Laing & Co has announced the release of its Limited Edition Cask Strength Rock Oyster Island Malt Scotch Whisky.

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Hunter Laing expands into production with first Islay distillery in ten years

Published:  26 January, 2016

Glasgow's Hunter Laing & Company, a family-owned whisky bottler and blender, has announced plans to open a distillery on Islay.

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WSTA launches Scotland Gin Trail

Published:  26 January, 2016

Following on from the hugely successful launch of its London Gin Trail last year The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has this week launched a Scotland Gin Trail.

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Oslo distillery launches with Marka Nordic bitters

Published:  25 January, 2016

Oslo Håndverksdestilleri (OHD), the first distillery to open in Norway since 1927, has announced the launch of its first product.

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Sales rocket at Fever-Tree

Published:  25 January, 2016

Sales at Fever-Tree, the premium mixer manufacturer, grew 71% in 2015, according to the latest trading update from the company, announced today.

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Glenmorangie adds seventh to award-winning Private Edition series

Published:  21 January, 2016

Glenmorangie has announced the release of the seventh in its award-winning Private Edition series of whiskies.

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Rémy Cointreau bounces back with third quarter growth

Published:  21 January, 2016

Rémy Cointreau returned to growth in its third quarter, driving sales for the first nine months of its financial year to some £616 million, the company announced this morning.

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Morrison Bowmore CEO Keiller joins board of The Last Drop

Published:  20 January, 2016

The Last Drop Distillers has appointed Mike Keiller to its board directors, the company has announced.

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Bulleit taps Tivey for north of England brand ambassador role

Published:  19 January, 2016

Bulleit Bourbon and Rye has appointed award-winning bartender, Joe Tivey as its first brand ambassador for the north of England.

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London café offers Speyside whisky for 1p a shot

Published:  18 January, 2016

A London café is selling a Speyside single malt whisky at 1p a shot this week.

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Bacardi and Pernod Ricard return to battle for Havana Club brand

Published:  18 January, 2016

The US Patent and Trademark Office has reignited the long-running battle between Bacardi Ltd and Pernod Ricard for the Havana Club rum brand by awarding the mark to Pernod Ricard.

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SWA backs EU moves to end market rigging in Colombia

Published:  15 January, 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association has welcomed moves by the European Union to end restrictive trade practices in Colombia.

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Second annual Think Gin event to showcase premier distillers worldwide

Published:  15 January, 2016

The second annual Think Gin event is to take place in London on March 1.

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Greenwood takes UK & Ireland helm at William Grant

Published:  14 January, 2016

Family-owned distillers, William Grant & Sons has appointed Rita Greenwood as its new managing director for the UK and Ireland.

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Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 scheduled for February release

Published:  13 January, 2016

Japanese drinks group Suntory has announced the release of its Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 whisky on February 1.

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Porter's Gin plans expansion after successful December launch

Published:  13 January, 2016

Porter's Gin, the first to distilled in Aberdeen for 100 years, has already sold out its first batch.

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Artisanal Forest Gin wins Virgin Trains first class account

Published:  11 January, 2016

Virgin Trains has chosen Cheshire small-batch artisanal Forest Gin to serve to its first-class passengers.

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Christopher Cooper: Bartenders versus sommeliers - who brings the 'cool' to the drinks industry?

Published:  08 January, 2016

Perception is everything in the battle of the elite drinks purveyors, so it's about time we factored "cool" into wine's appeal, says Christopher Cooper

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Andrew Catchpole: A promising year for the wine trade

Published:  08 January, 2016

Consumer confidence - and spend - is on the up, a stronger pound is easing the path for UK buyers, and time has seemingly been called by the multiples on an era of heavy discounting, with range cuts also playing into the hands of adventurous independents selling on the contrasting breadth of their portfolio.

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Sipsmith to open Swan on a Hot Gin Roof pop-up bar in Soho

Published:  08 January, 2016

London's award-winning Sipsmith gin distillery has partnered with Soho's Ham Yard Hotel for a winter pop-up bar on the hotel's exclusive fourth-floor roof terrace.

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Gin tourism comes to Manchester

Published:  05 January, 2016

Manchester gin lovers will soon be able to enjoy a tour of some the city's best bars fuelled by their favourite tipple, thanks to a new drinking experience launching in the spring.

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SWA survey finds huge public support for cut in UK whisky tax

Published:  04 January, 2016

British consumers are overwhelmingly in favour of a cut in the tax on a bottle of Scotch, according to a new survey sponsored by the Scottish Whisky Association.

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Scottish minimum unit pricing for alcohol hangs in balance against EU free trade laws

Published:  23 December, 2015

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the Scottish Government's case for minimum unit pricing [MUP] for alcohol could be in breach of free trade laws if tax-based measures could deliver a fairer and equally effective result with regard to protecting public health.

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Father Christmas set to enjoy a whisky-fuelled Christmas night

Published:  22 December, 2015

Over three-quarters of us will leave something out for Father Christmas this year, according to a survey of Tesco customers.

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Diageo promotes new US CFO to drive return to growth

Published:  21 December, 2015

Jakob Ripshtein has been appointed as chief financial officer of Diageo's North American business.

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Jameson spearheads AA Pernod Ricard anti drink-drive campaign

Published:  21 December, 2015

Pernod Ricard UK has again partnered with the AA on its Christmas anti drink-driving campaign.

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José Cuervo in £30 million plans to double capacity at Bushmills

Published:  21 December, 2015

The Bushmills distillery in County Antrim will double in capacity if new expansions plans meet with local planning approval.

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David steps down as William Grant chief executive

Published:  18 December, 2015

William Grant & Sons chief executive Stella David is to leave the family-owned business in February, it is reported.

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Young drinkers drive UK gin sales above £1 billion in 2015

Published:  18 December, 2015

Young drinkers will push UK gin sales above £1 billion for the first time, according to data from research giant Mintel, released today.

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SWA slams minimum unit pricing ahead of EU court ruling

Published:  18 December, 2015

The Scottish Whisky Association has reiterated its opposition to minimum-unit pricing (MUP) in Scotland, prior to a ruling on the subject from the Court of Justice of the European Union, which is due on December 23.

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Modern Australian Gin gets second release from Four Pillars

Published:  17 December, 2015

The award-winning Australian craft Four Pillars distillery has issued a second release of its Modern Australian Gin.

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Searcys St Pancras celebrates Christmas with Cocoflake hybrid

Published:  17 December, 2015
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The Dalmore launches Parisian luxury film trilogy

Published:  17 December, 2015

The Dalmore Highland Single Malt has launched the first in a series of three films in partnership with luxury Paris hotels.

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First private equity fund focused on craft spirits sector launches in US

Published:  16 December, 2015

Thoroughbred Spirits Partners and the Thoroughbred Spirits Group have launched a US private equity fund focused on the craft spirits sector.

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Diageo looks Starward for second major Distill Ventures investment

Published:  16 December, 2015

Distill Ventures has made its second major investment in a matter of weeks.

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Gordon's Dry Gin ad lands artist Jeff Koons with law suit

Published:  15 December, 2015

Controversial US pop artist Jeff Koons is being sued for copyright violation by a New York photographer.

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Matthew Clark predicts adventurous 2016 for consumers

Published:  15 December, 2015

Leading online distributor Matthew Clark is predicting that UK consumers will become yet more inquisitive in 2016.

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Manchester pub smashes own world record for varieties of gin

Published:  15 December, 2015

The Old Bell Inn in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, has added a 600th variety of gin to its list.

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Scottish whisky industry leads the way on green issues

Published:  14 December, 2015

The Scottish whisky industry is on track to meet a range of ambitious environmental targets, a new report shows.

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Cotswolds Distillery signs major Australian distribution deal

Published:  14 December, 2015

UK super-premium Cotswolds Dry Gin is to be distributed in Australia by Woolworths supermarkets and the Woolworth's Liquor Group.

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First finalists for Diageo Reserve World Class UK 2016 revealed

Published:  11 December, 2015

Diageo Reserve has announced the first five UK finalists for its World Class UK 2016 competition, which aims to find the best bartender in the UK.

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Speyside Distillery marks anniversary of Byron's marriage with limited edition release

Published:  10 December, 2015

Speyside Distillery is marking the 200th anniversary of Lord Byron's marriage with the launch of a new limited edition whisky.

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Jameson Experience recognised for contribution to Irish tourism

Published:  09 December, 2015

The Jameson Experience Midleton has won the 'Ultimate Ambassador Award' at the second annual #CorkNeedsYou Cork Conference Ambassadors Awards.

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Insights: What will blaze the way for on-trade trends in 2016?

Published:  09 December, 2015

From sipping tequila to shorter wine lists, Douglas Blyde asked leading figures in the on-trade what trends they predict will lead the way in 2016

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Distill Ventures invests £10 million in Denmark's Stauning whisky

Published:  07 December, 2015

Distill Ventures, the Diageo-funded accelerator programme for entrepreneurs in the spirits sector, has made its first major growth investment.

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Cotswold Distillery announces Angel's Share crowdfunding round

Published:  04 December, 2015

The award-winning Cotswold Distillery has announced its first equity crowdfunding round, which it has named the Angel's Share.

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Lagavulin finds viral fame in 45-minute YouTube hit

Published:  04 December, 2015

A 45-minute film of US actor Nick Offerman sitting by a log fire and sipping Lagavulin has become a global viral hit.

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Fine+Rare offers exclusive Arbikie single malt whisky Founder's Casks

Published:  03 December, 2015

Fine+Rare, the London-based international fine wine and spirits brokers, will be offering investors the opportunity to purchase exclusive first-release whisky barrels from award-winning new Scottish distillery, Arbikie.

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Whyte & Mackay goes with Gallo on US distribution for key brands

Published:  02 December, 2015

Whyte & Mackay has appointed E & J Gallo as the exclusive US distributor for its The Dalmore, Jura and John Barr whisky brands.

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Martin Miller offering daily prizes in Gin Advent Calendar promotion

Published:  01 December, 2015

Independent distiller Martin Miller has launched a daily Advent Calendar competition on Twitter.

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East London Liquor Company offers whisky lovers dram come true

Published:  30 November, 2015

The East London Liquor Company is offering customers the chance to lay down their own cask of whisky.

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John Dewar launches new Aberfeldy expression

Published:  30 November, 2015

John Dewar & Sons, the whisky arm of global drinks giant Barcardi, is releasing a new 16-year-old expression for Aberfeldy.

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Illegal alcohol kills 15 in Russia

Published:  27 November, 2015

Counterfeit alcohol has killed 15 people in the last two weeks, according to authorities in Russia.

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Martin Miller's beats Jensen's to win Graphic Bar Gin-Off final

Published:  27 November, 2015

Martin Miller's Gin has won the inagural Gin-Off competition final held by London's Graphic Bar earlier this week.

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Distell embarks on US spirits joint venture with Terlato Wine Group

Published:  27 November, 2015

South Africa's Distell Group has announced a joint venture with the Terlato Wine Group in the US.

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Sales up at Rémy Cointreau but organic growth down

Published:  27 November, 2015

Sales at Rémy Cointreau rose to £353 million in the six months to September 30, the company has announced.

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The Glenrothes unveils rare 1969 vintage at Abbey Road studios

Published:  26 November, 2015

Award-winning Speyside distillery, The Glenrothes, launched a new tasting platform at Abbey Road Studios this week.

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New premium gin brand targets luxury retail market

Published:  25 November, 2015

Givinity, a new ultra-premium gin brand, launched this week at the Corinthia Hotel in Westminster.

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Arbikie marks first birthday with Scottish chipotle vodka

Published:  25 November, 2015

Arbikie Highland Estate is celebrating its first birthday with the release of a Chilli Vodka.

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Johnnie Walker Blue in Xmas push to London on- and off-trade

Published:  24 November, 2015

Core Diageo whisky brand Johnnie Walker has revealed a festive drive in London's on- and off-trade for its premium Blue expression.

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Tia Maria partners with Grazia in pre-Christmas push

Published:  23 November, 2015

Tia Maria has partnered with leading women's magazine, Grazia, to produce a limited edition gift pack.

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Scottish scientists rewarded for work on retaining the angel's share

Published:  23 November, 2015

A team at Edinburgh Napier University has won Queen's Anniversary Prize for its work, which includes developing a whisky barrel that retains the "angel's share".

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Edinburgh Christmas Gin returns for second year

Published:  23 November, 2015

Edinburgh Christmas Gin is set to return to shelves for a second year, producer Spencerfield Spirit has announced.

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Community Alcohol Partnerships reduce underage drinking-related crime

Published:  20 November, 2015

Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) schemes have decreased alcohol-related crime among young people in many participating communities across the UK, according to a new report published this week called Progress through Partnership: Creating Safer Communities.

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Three Stills secures £10 million for Borders brownfield distillery site

Published:  20 November, 2015

The Three Stills Company has closed a £10 million funding round to build the first distillery in the Scottish Borders for nearly 200 years.

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Dunnet Bay Distillery adds Holy Grass Vodka to range

Published:  20 November, 2015

Dunnet Bay, the most northerly distillery in mainland Britain, is to launch its first vodka this month.

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Jägermeister rolls out £2.7 million Christmas TV campaign

Published:  19 November, 2015

Monday November 23 will see the premiere of a new TV advert from Mast-Jägermeister, as part of the most expensive promotional campaign the company has yet run.

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Cotswold Dry Gin wins listings in Oddbins

Published:  19 November, 2015

Cotswolds Dry Gin has expanded its distribution through listings in selected Oddbins stores.

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Drinks by the Dram releases new advent calendar range

Published:  18 November, 2015

Drinks by the Dram has extended its range of spirit-filled advent calendars as it returns for a fourth year.

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Whisky to push global spirits consumption to 3.2bn cases by 2020

Published:  18 November, 2015

By 2020, the global spirits market will climb above 3.2 billion nine-litre cases, the IWSR predicted today.

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Scotch is key to success, Menezes tells Diageo investors

Published:  17 November, 2015
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Missouri-based distillery buys Birmingham's Broker's Gin

Published:  17 November, 2015

The McCormick Distilling Company, based in Kansas City, has acquired Broker's London Dry Gin for an undisclosed sum.

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Eden Mill marks the twelve days of Christmas with a dozen gins

Published:  16 November, 2015

St Andrew's-based Scottish craft distiller Eden Mill is launching gins for each of the twelve days of Christmas.

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Japan's first craft gin distillery to open in Kyoto next year

Published:  16 November, 2015

What is believed to be Japan's first craft gin distillery will open in Kyoto next year.

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Rare new release from Ardmore

Published:  13 November, 2015

The Ardmore distillery has added a new expression to its portfolio.

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Ron Zacapa launches limited edition Reserva Limitada 2015

Published:  13 November, 2015

Ultra-premium Guatemalan rum brand, Ron Zacapa has launched its third annual limited edition blend, Reserva Limitada 2015.

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Durand takes helm at SAS Larsen

Published:  13 November, 2015

SAS Larsen, producer of Cognac brands, Larsen and Renault, has appointed Jérôme Durand as its new managing director.

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Roots taps rum ambassador Burrell for Caribbean restaurant launch

Published:  12 November, 2015

Entrepreneur, chef and musician Levi Roots has partnered with global rum ambassador Ian Burrell for the launch of his first restaurant.

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Benromach takes home top prizes from Hong Kong competition

Published:  12 November, 2015

Moray-based Benromach distillery won several two prizes at the annual Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition last week.

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Courvoisier launches Christmas campaign with major cinema ad buy

Published:  11 November, 2015

Courvoisier, the UK's best-selling brand of Cognac, has launched its 2015 Christmas campaign.

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WSTA launches London's first gin-focused tourist tour

Published:  11 November, 2015

Gin has made it onto the London tourist map, thanks to a new tour launched by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association this week.

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UKTI takes 23 UK distilleries across the US on major gin-trade initiative

Published:  10 November, 2015

The Arbikie, Portobello Road and Cotswold distilleries were among 23 UK producers invited to showcase their gins in the US by the government's UK Trade & Investment department last month.

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Glenturret steps into limelight with new single malt range

Published:  10 November, 2015

The Crieff-based Glenturret Distillery has launched a new range of single malts to mark the 240th anniversary of distilling on its site.

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Model Laetitia Casta helps launch Cointreau 'Creative Crew' campaign

Published:  10 November, 2015

Cointreau launches the 'Creative Crew' philanthropist programme focused on supporting the creativity of women.

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Lakeland Distillery partners with Cumbrian Wildlife Trust on juniper

Published:  09 November, 2015

Lakeland Distillery has partnered with the Cumbrian Wildlife Trust to source local juniper for its award-winning Lakes Gin.

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Iconic Artesian bar loses several key bar staff members

Published:  09 November, 2015

Is it the end of an era for the iconic Artesian bar, a four-time winner of the World's 50 Best Bars, which lost its two lead bartenders Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale and nine other staff members?

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Isle of Arran Distillery retains tourist attraction trophy

Published:  06 November, 2015

The Isle of Arran Distillery has been name Best Distillery Visitor Experience for the second year running.

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Scottish whisky exports on road to recovery

Published:  05 November, 2015

The Scottish whisky market is showing strong signs of recovery, according to new figures released today by the Scottish Whisky Association.

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Analysis: Is the flavoured whisky and Bourbon drinks boom offensive to purists?

Published:  04 November, 2015

As flavoured whisky and Bourbon drinks sales boom, Dominic Roskrow looks at their impact on the category and how purists are coping with their popularity.

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Super premium Mauritian rum gets limited edition first UK release

Published:  03 November, 2015

The Penny Blue super premium Mauritian rum is to receive its first cask release outside the island.

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The Glenrothes adds Peated Cask to new Reserve Collection

Published:  03 November, 2015

Speyside distillery The Glenrothes has launched a new expression, The Peated Cask Reserve, as part of its rebranded Reserve Collection.

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Insights: The 12 must have drams of Christmas

Published:  03 November, 2015

It's been another huge year for whisky, but how do you go about offering a comprehensive and exciting choice for your customers? Dominic Roskrow offers some advice.

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William Grant announces two rare new limited editions from Kininvie

Published:  02 November, 2015

William Grant & Sons has announced the launch of two prestigious new releases from its Dufftown-based Kininvie Distillery.

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Jura launches limited edition gift tins in push for Christmas sales

Published:  02 November, 2015

Jura Single Malt is targeting the UK Christmas market with limited edition gift tins for its core range.

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Analysis: Spirits brands set to make the most of Christmas trading period

Published:  02 November, 2015

With the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas the most crucial for all in the drinks trade, Erin Smith looks at how the spirits sector fares at this time of year.

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Master of Malt offers chance to win £1,500 bottle of rare bourbon

Published:  30 October, 2015

Master of Malt is offering Twitter users the opportunity to win a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle's 20 Year Old Family Reserve Bourbon as the culmination if its #BagThisBottle competition.

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National Majestic listing for award-winning Cotswold Dry Gin

Published:  30 October, 2015

The Cotswolds Distillery has secured a national listing for its Cotswolds Dry Gin in Majestic Wines following a successful regional trial.

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Is Britain's indigenous Juniper crop facing crisis?

Published:  28 October, 2015

Britain's stock of native Juniper could be endangered, according to a new report.

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World's first blend of Scottish and Japanese whisky launched

Published:  28 October, 2015

The Glover, a unique blend of Scottish and Japanese whisky, was simultaneously launched in Aberdeen and Tokyo this week.

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Martell selects London agency for Cordon Bleu cognac redesign

Published:  28 October, 2015

Martell has commissioned a new design for its iconic Cordon Bleu cognac from London agency Nude Brand Creation.

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New Amsterdam Vodka launches major millennial-focused campaign

Published:  28 October, 2015

E. & J. Gallo has unveiled an innovative new multi-million pound marketing campaign to support its US-distilled New Amsterdam Vodka brand.

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New UK release for One Eyed Spirits Ron de Jeremy brand

Published:  27 October, 2015

One Eyed Spirits and Spirit Cartel are to launch a new expression of Ron de Jeremy Rum in the UK.

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DJ Limbrey unveils premium vodka with Harvey Nichols exclusive

Published:  27 October, 2015

Premium craft distillery, D.J. Limbrey Distilling is to launch its first vodka brand.

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Edrington hires Leith to drive global marketing for The Famous Grouse

Published:  27 October, 2015

Edrington has appointed Edinburgh-based The Leith Agency to handle all global above-the-line, below-the-line and digital activation for its iconic The Famous Grouse brand.

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Pinkster launches gin-infused Boozy Berries brand extension

Published:  27 October, 2015

Cambridge-based premium gin brand Pinkster is releasing its first product extension.

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Lidl aims to lift Christmas spirits

Published:  23 October, 2015

Discount supermarket Lidl is expanding its spirits range ahead of the Christmas rush.

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Ex-Tanqueray star Nichol creates new gin for City of London Distillery

Published:  22 October, 2015

The City of London Distillery (COLD) has partnered with legendary ex-Tanqueray master distiller Tom Nichol to launch a new small-batch gin.

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Strong sales figures from Pernod Ricard add to pressure on Diageo

Published:  22 October, 2015

Pernod Ricard is reporting solid growth for the three months to September 30, 2015, according to figures released today.

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Dodd's Gin opens innovative pop-up investment shop in £1.5m crowdfunding campaign

Published:  21 October, 2015

Dodd's Gin has launched a pop-up investment shop in London's Soho as part of its current £1.5m crowdfunding campaign.

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"Mr Beefeater" recognised with Lifetime Achievement Award

Published:  20 October, 2015

Desmond Payne, master distiller at Beefeater, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Gin Guild's Annual Autumn Installation on Friday, October 16.

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Pinkster partners with Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre

Published:  20 October, 2015

Pinkster Gin has partnered with Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre for its 50th Anniversary season.

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William Grant adds Russian Standard to premium portfolio

Published:  20 October, 2015

William Grant & Sons is to represent Russian Standard Vodka in the UK.

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Grand Marnier launches limited edition Le Café Parisien bottle

Published:  20 October, 2015

Grand Marnier has announced the latest in limited edition collection range.

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Glenturret to mark anniversary with world-record whisky drinking

Published:  19 October, 2015

The Glenturret Distillery is hoping to bring together as many people as possible to set a world record for simultaneously raising a dram.

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Pernod Ricard pushes new look for Chivas Regal 12 Year Old

Published:  19 October, 2015

Chivas Regal has launched a comprehensive redesign of its 12 Year Old expression.

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ASA rules against Pickering's in Edinburgh gin dispute

Published:  19 October, 2015

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that Pickering's Gin's claim to be "Edinburgh's first gin distillery in over 150 years" is misleading.

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Limited edition Isle of Arran Bothy Quarter Cask launched today

Published:  19 October, 2015

The Isle of Arran Distillery launches its latest expression today, Monday 19 October.

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Rémy Cointreau reveals mixed half-year results

Published:  16 October, 2015

Sales at Rémy Cointreau were up 6.1% to £386m in the first half of 2015, according to results posted today.

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Portobello launches world's first asparagus-flavoured gin

Published:  15 October, 2015

Next week sees the launch of Director's Cut, the new iteration from craft gin distillery Portobello Road. It promises to be the first London dry gin to be made with asparagus.

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Speyside doubles down with second annual whisky festival

Published:  15 October, 2015

Speyside's distilleries are uniting to launch a second annual whisky festival.

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Bacardi's green initiatives win national US award

Published:  15 October, 2015

Bacardi USA has been recognised by the government for its work on reducing energy use in its distribution business.

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Cognac returns to solid growth

Published:  14 October, 2015

Cognac shipments continue to rebound quickly, according to the latest figures from the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC).

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Pernod announces slew of appointments and promotions

Published:  14 October, 2015

 Pernod Ricard has announced a number of key new appointments.

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Dewars pushes Scratched Cask with virtual reality tour

Published:  13 October, 2015

Leading blended whisky producer Dewar's has looked to virtual reality to promote its new Scratched Cask brand.

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Bacardi reveals UK finalists for Legacy Cocktail Competition

Published:  13 October, 2015

Bacardi has announced the UK finalists for its 2015 Legacy Cocktail Competition.

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LMVH drinks division rebounds with major third-quarter growth

Published:  13 October, 2015

Strong quarterly growth in the wine and spirits division has helped push luxury goods group LVMH to revenues of €25.3 billion for the first nine months of the year, according to figures released today.

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Stoli targets Scandinavia with new Nordic distribution partners

Published:  12 October, 2015

The Stoli Group has appointed two new distributors for its premium vodkas in Northern Europe.

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Matugga rum launch brings taste of East Africa to the UK

Published:  12 October, 2015

This week sees the launch of the first UK-distilled rum to be produced from East African sugar cane molasses.

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Glenlivet opts for peated cask finish for latest Nàdurra series release

Published:  07 October, 2015

Pernod Ricard's Glenlivet single malt has launched the third expression of its Nàdurra cask finish range.

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Warner Edwards revamps with 'gender-neutral' bottle design

Published:  06 October, 2015

Warner Edwards has brought out new packaging for its range of four gins.

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Mikells takes Xerox executive to become its chief financial officer

Published:  06 October, 2015

Diageo has appointed Kathryn Mikells as chief financial officer with effect from November 9, replacing Deirdre Mahlan.

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Glenmorangie gives UK-exclusive release to A Midwinter Night's Dram

Published:  05 October, 2015

The latest limited release from Glenmorangie is inspired by a special whisky traditionally given to the distillery's workers - the 16 Men of Tain - to see them through the winter months.

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Disaronno links with Roberto Cavalli for latest fashion-inspired limited edition

Published:  05 October, 2015

Disaronno links with Roberto Cavalli for latest fashion-inspired limited edition

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Inver House buoyed by profit rise on back of strong sales for focus whisky brands

Published:  02 October, 2015

Sales of Caorunn gin and Speyburn and Balblair whiskies helped Inver House Distillers post a profit rise of 23% in 2014.

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Finland's Teerenpeli joins the world of single malt whisky with release of 10-year-old

Published:  02 October, 2015

Finland is the latest country to make its mark in the world of malt whisky with the launch of a 10-year-old by the country's Teerenpeli Distillery.

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Laphroaig Islay whisky brings out 32-year-old malt to celebrate bicentenary

Published:  02 October, 2015

Islay's Laphroaig distillery celebrates its 200th anniversary this year and is marking the occasion with a special whisky release.

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Absolut puts classics with a twist under spotlight in digital campaign

Published:  30 September, 2015

Absolut vodka is launching a new Taste Perfection brand marketing platform focusing on classic vodka cocktails such as the Bloody Mary and Cosmopolitan.

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Bartenders help to choose the recipe for Cardiff gin

Published:  30 September, 2015

Cardiff is the latest British city to have a gin named after it.

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Louis Latour Agencies secures UK allocation of latest Cognac Frapin limited edition

Published:  29 September, 2015

Cognac Frapin has released the latest in its Multimillésime series.

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Northumberland's Hepple is latest entrant into burgeoning gin market

Published:  29 September, 2015

World-renowned bartender Nick Strangeway and food writer and broadcaster Valentine Warner are the co-creators of Hepple, the latest British gin to hit the market.

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Old Pulteney sends 2005 vintage Flotilla across the Channel

Published:  28 September, 2015
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Courvoisier bigs up Paris links in global marketing campaign

Published:  28 September, 2015

Courvoisier is planning limited editions inspired by the golden age of Paris at the end of the 19th century as part of a global marketing push for the Cognac brand.

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Disaronno boss creates a whisky blend limited edition of his liqueur

Published:  25 September, 2015

Italian liqueur producer Illva Saronno has produced a limited edition blend of its Disaronno and blended Scottish whisky.

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Angostura French Oak expression is the second in Cask Collection rum range

Published:  25 September, 2015

A limited edition rum with an £89.99 UK rrp is being launched by Trinidad & Tobago rum producer Angostura.

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Barrel-aged genever from Bols hits the UK market

Published:  25 September, 2015

Maxxium is introducing a barrel-aged genever gin to the UK market.

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Jefferson's bourbon launches barrel-finished Manhattan and Groth Reserve mark in UK

Published:  24 September, 2015

A bottled Manhattan cocktail made by Jefferson's bourbon has been given a UK release through the brand's distributor Cellar Trends.

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Ex-Diageo executive launches online trading platform for still-maturing barrels of whisky

Published:  24 September, 2015

An online marketplace dealing in spirit from Scotch whisky distilleries that is still maturing in the barrel has been launched by a former senior executive at Diageo.

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This Is Not a Luxury Whisky: how Compass Box describes its latest release

Published:  24 September, 2015

 Luxury whisky blender Compass Box is to release a limited edition Scotch inspired by a 1929 surrealist artwork.

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Jameson links with craft brewer for limited edition Irish whiskey

Published:  23 September, 2015

An Irish whiskey from casks that have previously held a craft brewer's stout has been launched by Jameson.

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Warner Edwards bags gin listings with M&S and Booths

Published:  23 September, 2015

Award-winning gin distiller Warner Edwards is moving up through the gears after winning two major new multiple listings.

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London Cocktail Week in Spitalfields Market takeover

Published:  21 September, 2015

London Cocktail Week will have a week-long residency at the city's Old Spitalfields Market.

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Scotland's NB gin secures export deal in the US

Published:  21 September, 2015

A boutique Scottish gin producer is in line to be served in high-end New York cocktail bars and restaurants after signing a US distribution deal.

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Tavistock uses Poetic Licence to launch small-batch spirits range

Published:  18 September, 2015

A new small batch distillery will be making its first public appearance with its products at next week's Boutique Bar Show in London.

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Bols adds Pineapple Chipotle and makes a Date liqueur

Published:  18 September, 2015
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Catto's Scotch whisky blend gets a packaging update

Published:  17 September, 2015

International Beverage will introduce new packaging for its Catto's blended Scotch whisky next month.

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Diageo embarks on biggest ever marketing campaign for Johnnie Walker Scotch brand

Published:  17 September, 2015

Johnnie Walker has launched what is billed as the largest global marketing campaign in its history.

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Tanqueray looks to the past to inspire limited edition Bloomsbury gin launch

Published:  16 September, 2015

Diageo Reserve has introduced a limited edition version of Tanqueray gin based on a 19th century recipe from the company's archives.

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Insights: Why the super-premium and ultra-rare bottles spirits market is heating up

Published:  16 September, 2015

A growing demand for super-premium and ultra-rare bottles of whisky and Cognac has created a fiercely competitive market for the very best spirits. Why is it happening now?

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Premium Grouse whisky expression gets a makeover as Smoky Black

Published:  16 September, 2015

The Black Grouse Scotch whisky is being relaunched as The Famous Grouse Smoky Black.

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Scotch whisky wins legal recognition in 17 African nations

Published:  16 September, 2015

Scotch whisky producers are celebrating after the drink was given geographical indication protection by 17 African countries.

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Sparkling wine continues to fizz with on-trade sales up by more than half in a year

Published:  15 September, 2015

Sparkling wine is the star performer in the drinks trade with the value of on-trade sales up by more than half in the year to July 7, according to Nielsen figures in the third quarter market report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Peated 1989 single malt joins Old Pulteney Scotch range

Published:  15 September, 2015

Single malt brand Old Pulteney has added a new peated whisky to its range.

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Insights: How effective are sponsorship deals really?

Published:  14 September, 2015

As the Rugby World Cup fast approaches, Harpers.co.uk looks at the lucrative sponsorship deals and the drinks brands lucky enough to have landed them.

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Buffalo Trace outlines on-trade support programme

Published:  14 September, 2015
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Harpers Global Design Awards 2015: The Results

Published:  11 September, 2015

The competition to stand out not just on-shelf but also on-screen means there is intense pressure on wine producers, suppliers and, most of all, the creative and design agencies behind the labels to really up their game. Here are the results from the first worldwide Harpers Design Awards where we invited entries from around the world, attracting designs from the US, Australia and across Europe.

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Tomatin releases 35-year-old Antiquary blend

Published:  11 September, 2015

Scotland's Tomatin distillery has released a 35-year-old blended whisky under its premium brand The Antiquary.

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European plans could bring higher tax by the back door for RTDs says duty expert

Published:  11 September, 2015

A European Commission consultation could bring lower tax rates for small wine and spirits producers - but is threatening the UK's RTD manufacturers, a leading excise duty consultant has warned.

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Harpers Global Design Awards winners announced

Published:  11 September, 2015

The judges have spoken and the results are in. See the good-looking crop of winners in this year's Harpers Global Design Awards.

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Wemyss adds extra-peaty Kiln Embers blend to range

Published:  10 September, 2015

Independent whisky bottler Wemyss Malts is launching an extra-peaty blended whisky.

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Cold press coffee liqueur from Australia joins Love Drinks line-up

Published:  10 September, 2015

Love Drinks has added the Mr Black cold press coffee liqueur to its spirits portfolio.

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Glenfiddich delves into the archives to remake its original single malt

Published:  09 September, 2015

Glenfiddich is to launch a modern re-creation of the original whisky that it produced to kick-start the single malt whisky market in 1963.

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Buffalo Trace lines-up 2015 Antique Collection whiskey range release

Published:  09 September, 2015

The UK is to receive a small allocation of the 2015 Antique Collection whiskeys from Kentucky distiller Buffalo Trace.

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Ardbeg reveals results of mission to mature spirit in space

Published:  08 September, 2015

Cult Islay malt whisky distillery Ardbeg says the results of an experiment to spend its spirit into space could have far-reaching implications for the industry.

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Revamped Absolut vodka bottle heads to global markets

Published:  07 September, 2015

Pernod Ricard has unveiled a new-look bottle for Absolut vodka, the first redesign for the brand in over 30 years.

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The future of drinking lies in the cheesy cocktails of the past says top advertising agency in report

Published:  07 September, 2015
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European spirits body welcomes court statement on minimum pricing for alcohol

Published:  04 September, 2015

The body which represents spirits producers across the EU has welcomed yesterday's European Court of Justice statement that casts doubt on the legality of minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

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Bacardi unveils trio of The Deveron single malts

Published:  04 September, 2015

Bacardi has released three single malt whiskies from the MacDuff distillery on Speyside under the name of The Deveron.

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European Court says minimum unit pricing may be illegal

Published:  03 September, 2015
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Alcohol generates more in tax than it costs the government says think tank report

Published:  03 September, 2015

Free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs has produced a report which claims that alcohol revenue generates over twice as much tax revenue as it costs the country in health, policing, crime and welfare expenditure.

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Gordon & MacPhail unveils 75-year-old whisky with a £20,000 price ticket

Published:  03 September, 2015

Whisky supplier and retailer Gordon & MacPhail has launched what it believes to be the world's "most exclusive" single malt Scotch whisky.

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Mark Fiddes: Why every good drink deserves a ritual

Published:  03 September, 2015

Mark Fiddes weighs in on the link between drink rituals and the power of marketing spirit brands.

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£25m recycling plant will improve glass quality for Scotch whisky makers

Published:  03 September, 2015

A new £25 million glass recycling facility in North Lanarkshire could give a boost to Scotch whisky makers.

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Chilgrove adds vodka made from grape spirit to product range

Published:  03 September, 2015

English gin producer Chilgrove Spirits is adding a vodka made from grape spirit to the gin it launched last year.

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Counterfeit alcohol worth £30k seized at Notting Hill Carnival

Published:  02 September, 2015

The Metropolitan Police says officers seized counterfeit and "overproof" alcohol with a street value of around £30,000 at this year's Notting Hill Carnival in west London.

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Whisky broker says investment market is booming with auction sales up 35% in first half of 2015

Published:  01 September, 2015

A record number of bottles of rare Scotch whisky were sold at auction in the first half of 2015 according to figures from analyst and broker Rare Whisky 101.

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Packaging overhaul for Zacapa super-premium rum pair

Published:  01 September, 2015
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£2m plan to open malt whisky distillery in the heart of Edinburgh

Published:  28 August, 2015

A former master blender at Macallan is behind plans to open the first single malt whisky distillery in Edinburgh for 90 years.

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Champagne provides some fizz for Pernod Ricard as annual sales nudge ahead by 2%

Published:  27 August, 2015

Champagne and Irish whiskey were among the main drivers of global growth for Pernod Ricard in 2014/15, though the spirits giant turned in only a modest overall sales increase of 2%. The company described the performance as "solid".

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Brown-Forman sales take 2% hit in Q1 on back of currency woes

Published:  27 August, 2015

Jack Daniel's producer Brown-Forman reported a 2% decline in net sales to US$900 million (£581.2 million) in the first quarter, to July 31, after being hit by currency exchange fluctuations.

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Cotswolds Distillery invites whisky fans on maturation journey with new-make spirit pack

Published:  26 August, 2015

The Cotswolds Distillery has released a three-bottle pack of new make spirit.

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William Grant in Rugby World Cup ticket giveaway

Published:  26 August, 2015

William Grant has launched a social media campaign for consumers to win Rugby World Cup tickets and merchandise.

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Three age-statement single malts released by Bacardi's Royal Brackla distillery

Published:  26 August, 2015

Bacardi-owned John Dewar has unveiled a new range of whiskies from its Royal Brackla distillery.

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Study claims one in five over-65s drink at 'unsafe levels'

Published:  24 August, 2015

One in five over-65s who drink alcohol are consuming at unsafe levels according to a study by researchers at King's College London.

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Bowmore to release single malt aged in rare Japanese oak

Published:  21 August, 2015
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Stock Spirits faces profit slump after torrid spell in Poland

Published:  21 August, 2015

Market disruption in Poland in the first quarter brought about a slump in revenue and profits for Stock Spirits in the half-year to June 30.

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Quintessential Brands looks to ramp up presence in international markets

Published:  21 August, 2015

Greenall's gin owner Quintessential Brands is beefing up its presence in export markets and entering the global travel retail market for the first time.

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Spanish and French liqueurs to join Instil Drinks portfolio

Published:  20 August, 2015

Bibendum PLB's spirits division Instil Drinks is adding the Quenza and Combier liqueur ranges to its portfolio.

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Export markets 'tough' but South Africa's Distell posts 10% rise in annual revenue

Published:  20 August, 2015

The South African wine producer and owner of Scotland's Burn Stewart Distillers has posted a 10.4% increase in revenue in the year to June 30.

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Wray & Nephew rum ends the summer in Jamaican party mood

Published:  20 August, 2015

Wray & Nephew Overproof rum is hosting Jamaican themed events over the last two weekends of the summer to raise awareness of the brand among consumers.

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Own-labels top Which? white wine and gin polls

Published:  19 August, 2015

Own-label wines and spirits have beaten leading brands in blind taste tests conducted by consumer rights publication Which?

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Whiskey and glass pack for Jim Beam Apple as flavours lift producer's bourbon sales

Published:  19 August, 2015

Maxxium UK is looking to give its new Jim Beam Apple flavoured bourbon a boost with the introduction of a value added pack in Asda stores.

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Kingsbarns bottles new make spirit

Published:  18 August, 2015

New Scotch whisky venture Kingsbarns Distillery is giving visitors the chance to buy bottles of its new make spirit.

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Douglas Laing has grain expectations with release of four single cask Scotch whiskies

Published:  18 August, 2015

Independent whisky bottler Douglas Laing has released a range of four single cask whiskies from Scotland's pre-eminent grain whisky distilleries.

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Dalwhinnie releases Winter's Gold single malt whisky with a frozen perfect serve

Published:  18 August, 2015

A single malt whisky recommended to be served frozen has been launched by Diageo-owned Scotch whisky producer Dalwhinnie.

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Bourbon and Brewdog mix wins Bristol bartender Wild Turkey award

Published:  17 August, 2015

A Bristol bartender has won Wild Turkey's annual cocktail competition with a concoction containing the bourbon mixed with a Brewdog beer and egg white.

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Sourz gears up for sponsorship of Holi Festival of Colours

Published:  17 August, 2015

Sourz will have an LED bar showcasing its Rainbow Ice variant at the Holi Festival of Colours in London on September 12 and 13.

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Phone app suggests perfect tonic and garnish for 1,300 gins

Published:  14 August, 2015

A phone app has been created to help bartenders and consumers make the perfect gin and tonic.

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Bargain Booze waives franchise fees and offers free 24-hour refit for first 100 new recruits

Published:  13 August, 2015

Conviviality Retail is wooing potential new Bargain Booze franchisees with the promise of a free overnight refit.

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UK rises 11% as WSET sees global take-up of courses increase for 13th year in a row

Published:  13 August, 2015
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London bars and shops prepare for first ever Rum Experience Week

Published:  13 August, 2015

Gerry's Wines & Spirit's in London's Soho has been named official rum shop for a week of events under the banner of Rum Experience Week.

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Adnams revamps Copper House vodka under East Coast name

Published:  12 August, 2015

Suffolk brewer and distiller Adnams has renamed its Copper House barley vodka as East Coast Single Malt Vodka.

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Northern Lights inspire Aurora expression for Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head vodka

Published:  12 August, 2015

Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head vodka will launch a new expression in the UK in October.

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Release lined up for first single malt ever to be bottled in Shetland

Published:  12 August, 2015

The first ever whisky bottled in Shetland is scheduled to go on sale at the start of September.

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Gosling's rum owner Castle Brands sees sales surge by 37.8% in Q1

Published:  11 August, 2015

The owner of Gosling's rum and Jefferson's bourbon has reported a 37.8% increase in net sales in the first quarter of its financial year, to June 30.

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Whisky Show to host 'world's most expensive tasting' to raise money for Nepal

Published:  11 August, 2015

What is being billed as the world's most expensive whisky tasting will be held in London in October.

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Quiet Man opens Derry's first new whiskey distillery in 150 years

Published:  10 August, 2015

Cream liqueur manufacturer Niche Drinks is to open a distillery in Derry, Northern Ireland, the city's first in 150 years.

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'No reason' UK gin exports can't match Scotch whisky's £4 billion says environment secretary

Published:  10 August, 2015

The environment secretary Elizabeth Truss has said the UK government has ambitions to help the gin industry match the UK's whisky exports, which topped £4 billion in 2014.

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KWV plans export sales for Cruxland premium gin made from Kalahari truffles

Published:  10 August, 2015

South African wine and spirit producer KWV is planning an assault on export markets for a new craft London dry gin made with truffles.

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Indian whiskies dominate world's fastest-growing spirit brands

Published:  10 August, 2015

Four out of the five fastest-growing spirits brands in the world are Indian whiskies, according to new research from the IWSR.

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Analysis: The summer of gin

Published:  10 August, 2015

It's official: gin has gone global. No longer confined to English back bars, now the rest of the world wants a slice of the action.

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Indian whiskies dominate world's fastest-growing spirit brands

Published:  07 August, 2015

Officer's Choice, produced by Mumbai's Allied Blenders & Distillers, is the fastest growing brand. Last year it overtook Diageo's Smirnoff to become the world's leading brand by volume, selling 28.4m cases.

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William Grant invites London's leading bartenders to Highland fling

Published:  07 August, 2015
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McKinley adds award-winning Cognac ABK6 to portfolio

Published:  06 August, 2015

McKinley Vintners has announced the addition of Cognac ABK6 to its portfolio. The Cognac is made by the father-and-daughter team of Francis and Elodie Abécassis under the name Domaines Francis Abécassis.

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Gruppo Campari announces strong half-year sales and margins

Published:  06 August, 2015

Gruppo Campari has posted strong sales and higher margins for the first six months of 2015.

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Analysis: What you need to do to win in gin

Published:  06 August, 2015

Craft gin is hot. But what should craft distillers be doing to maximise their chances of success?

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Suntory explores space-aged whisky

Published:  05 August, 2015

Leading Japanese distillery Suntory is to send a batch of its whiskies to the International Space Station. The drinks giant wants to study the effect of zero gravity on the drink's maturing process.

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Chinese distillers caught lacing drinks with Viagra in police raids

Published:  04 August, 2015

Police in China have seized over 5,000 bottles of popular spirit baiju as part of an investigation into whether distillers are lacing their products with the drug Viagra, which is designed to treat erectile dysfunction.

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Quaglino's partners with Tanqueray to launch pop-up indoor garden

Published:  03 August, 2015
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R&B crowd-sources location for new Borders distillery

Published:  03 August, 2015

Scottish whisky producer R&B Distillers is asking its customers to choose a location for a new distillery in the Borders. If completed, it will be the first distillery in the region since 1837.

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Bacardí announces new global vice president

Published:  31 July, 2015

Bacardí has appointed Fabio Di Giammarco as its new global vice president. He will oversee the brand's global marketing, with a particular emphasis on improving the brand equity.

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Herencia de Plata's award-winning tequila returns to UK shelves

Published:  31 July, 2015

Premium tequila Herencia de Plata is set to return to the UK through an exclusive partnership with Meximport. Earlier this year, it was awarded a silver medal in the Tequila Masters 2015 competition.

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Arbikie launches Scotland's first single-estate gin

Published:  30 July, 2015

Arbroath-based farm-to-bottle distillery Arbikie has launched a new super premium Scottish gin. Kirsty's Gin takes its name from Arbikie master distiller Kirsty Black, who has spent the last two years developing it.

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The Pogues launch their own Irish whiskey

Published:  29 July, 2015

Legendary Irish band The Pogues have joined the select list of artists to have their own branded drink product. The group has collaborated with West Cork Distillers to create The Pogues Irish Whiskey.

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Silent Pool launches world's first gin cordial

Published:  29 July, 2015

Surrey-based distiller Silent Pool has released what is believed to be the world's first gin cordial.

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Plantation picks Identity Drinks for UK distribution

Published:  28 July, 2015

Maison Ferrand has appointed the newly established Identity Drinks Brands to distribute its Plantation Rum brand in the UK.

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Isle of Arran posts record growth despite slump of Scottish whisky sector

Published:  28 July, 2015

Independent whisky producer Isle of Arran Distillers has revealed record results for 2014.

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Bladnoch Distillery returns to production

Published:  27 July, 2015

Bladnoch, the southern-most distillery in Scotland is to start producing whisky again.

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Strong Fever-Tree results consolidate market position

Published:  27 July, 2015

Fever-Tree, the UK-based manufacturer of premium mixers, has revealed strong growth for the first half of 2015. Its results for the six months to 30 June showed revenue of £24.1m - up 62% on the same period for the previous year.

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Euromonitor: Global spirits grow at the slowest rate in 2014 since 2008

Published:  27 July, 2015

Euromonitor International's most recent report, Trends in the Global Spirits Markets, reveals that despite the hype around spirits, the category grew at the slowest rate in 2014 since the start of the global financial Crisis.

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Diageo facing scrutiny in US over claims of artificially inflating sales

Published:  24 July, 2015

Diageo is facing a probe from the US Securities & Exchange Commission into its distribution activities in the country.

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Retail volumes ahead by 4% over the year but price deflation holds revenue growth back says ONS

Published:  24 July, 2015

Retail sales volume grew in June on an annual basis for the 27th consecutive month according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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Suntory agrees sale of Louis Royer Cognac to Tullibardine whisky owner Terroirs Distillers

Published:  23 July, 2015

Japanese drinks giant Suntory has announced in Tokyo that it is to sell the Louis Royer Cognac brand to Terroirs Distillers.

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Gin Guild survey: Six out of 10 on-trade customers ask for a gin by brand name

Published:  23 July, 2015

A survey conducted for The Gin Guild by One Poll showed that almost two-thirds of on-trade customers (62%) ask for a specific gin by name rather than settling for the generic house gin when ordering a G&T. The results suggest half request tonic by name too.

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Brown-Forman starts work on new distillery for Old Forester bourbon

Published:  23 July, 2015

Brown-Forman has begun construction on a new distillery for its Old Forester bourbon brand in a return to West Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky - otherwise known as Whiskey Row.

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UK market strong for Rémy as China and Greece hit Cognac and liqueur group's sales

Published:  21 July, 2015

Rémy Cointreau enjoyed "healthy momentum" for its Rémy Martin Cognac brand in the UK as the French group reported an 11.2% increase in global sales for the brand in the quarter to June.

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Edinburgh gin revamped with bartender-friendly slimline bottle

Published:  21 July, 2015

Spencerfield Spirit has bought out a new slimline bottle for its Edinburgh Gin brand which it says makes it easier to handle for bartenders.

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UK release for Berry Bros & Rudd's Glenrothes Vintage Reserve

Published:  21 July, 2015
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Gosling's rum and ginger beer set sail with official drink status for the America's Cup

Published:  20 July, 2015

Gosling-Castle Partners has signed a deal for its Gosling's rum and Gosling's Stormy ginger beer to become official drinks of yachting's America's Cup in 2017.

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Alizé spirit brand links with Rinse FM in urban music marketing push

Published:  20 July, 2015

The Alizé French spirits brand is being supported by an international marketing campaign linked with contemporary music.

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Analysis: HMRC's crackdown on alcohol's black market

Published:  17 July, 2015

Tackling duty evasion and illicit activity within the drinks trade was a key message in last week's Budget, but what does it mean for the trade?

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WSTA chief critical of Welsh government move to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol

Published:  16 July, 2015

The Welsh government has been condemned by a drinks industry leader for following Scotland's lead in outlining plans for minimum unit pricing.

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Grant puts Monkey Shoulder and Hendrick's into cocktail kits in link-up with Shaken

Published:  16 July, 2015

William Grant has teamed up with cocktail kit company Shaken Cocktails to produce signature serve boxes for its Monkey Shoulder whisky and Hendrick's gin brands.

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Ex-News of the World journalist to head WSTA communications

Published:  15 July, 2015

A former News of the World journalist, who was acquitted of criminal charges of paying sources for information, has been appointed as the Wine & Spirit Trade Association's head of communications.

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Forecast for the next six months at London's Borough Market: cloudy with a chance of Buckfast

Published:  15 July, 2015

Self-styled culinary researcher and contemporary food designer Bompas & Parr has created a walk-in cloud of breathable cocktail which will go on display to the public in London at the end of this month.

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Tanqueray builds a gin garden in the middle of London's Quaglino's restaurant

Published:  14 July, 2015

Part of the famous Quaglino's restaurant in London's West End has been converted into a gin garden for guests to make their own cocktails in a promotion by Tanqueray.

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How consumers define 'value', the online channel and growth in spirits leading trends of 2015

Published:  10 July, 2015

This week William Grant & Sons UK released its annual Market Report highlighting key trends for 2015 including the current evolution of how consumers are defining value, the growth in online purchasing and the expansion of premium spirits.

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Hendrick's takes perfect serve training mainstream with online programme

Published:  10 July, 2015

Hendrick's gin has launched an online training tool in a bid to get mainstream on-trade outlets producing perfect serves of the gin with tonic.

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Bruichladdich will 'double output' after winning bid to build new warehousing on Islay

Published:  09 July, 2015

Remy Cointreau-owned Islay whisky distillery Bruichladdich could double production capacity after winning planning permission from Argyll & Bute Council to build six new maturation warehouses on the island.

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Bacardi adds to spirits portfolio with acquisition of Banks rum

Published:  08 July, 2015

Bacardi has bought the Banks rum producer and its brands for an undisclosed sum.

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Smirnoff pledges to fight ban after regulator rules ad breached code

Published:  08 July, 2015

Diageo has said it will fight to overturn a ban on an ad for Smirnoff vodka imposed by the Advertising Standards Authority.

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Beam Suntory marks launch of new Hibiki whisky with world first event in London

Published:  06 July, 2015

A London gallery is to be the first venue in the world to host an interactive tasting experience for a new Japanese whisky.

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F1 stars sign up with Johnnie Walker for anti drink-driving pact

Published:  06 July, 2015

Johnnie Walker has joined up with the Honda Formula 1 team to launch a campaign for consumers to make an anti drink-driving pact.

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Glenfiddich and Piper-Heidsieck supplier wins rugby World Cup deal

Published:  03 July, 2015

William Grant has been named as the official spirits and Champagne provider to this autumn's Rugby World Cup.

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Amazon Prime Now to offer one hour delivery on wine and spirits

Published:  01 July, 2015

Amazon yesterday launched one hour delivery in London on select products including several of its beer, wine and spirits offerings with its new Prime Now service.

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Davna vodka and Skipper rum brands joins Mangrove spirits agency line-up

Published:  01 July, 2015
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Hi-Spirits adds Lazzaroni amaretto to its liqueur portfolio

Published:  01 July, 2015

The Fireball liqueur and Buffalo Trace bourbon distributor Hi-Spirits has added an authentic Italian amaretto to its armoury.

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Tomatin releases first batch of 'ongoing' supplies of 36 Year Old single malt whisky

Published:  30 June, 2015
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Ambassador to Guatemala and Honduras will head London office for whisky body

Published:  29 June, 2015

The Scotch Whisky Association has recruited the UK's ambassador to Guatemala and Honduras to be its director of global affairs.

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The Benevolent seeks ambassadors to raise awareness in Buddies revamp

Published:  29 June, 2015

The Benevolent is calling for volunteers to become ambassadors to spread the word about the drinks industry charity and how it can help colleagues in need.

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Schreil to head Absolut production as Asplund steps down after more than three decades

Published:  25 June, 2015

For the first time in 33 years there's to be a change in the person in charge of making Absolut vodka.

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Off-trade brings growth for BWS, but wine and on-trade both decline as market stays 'fragile' - WSTA

Published:  25 June, 2015

A strong off-trade performance has dragged the UK alcohol market back into volume growth for the first time in five years, according to a report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Parisian history inspires rebrand for Courvoisier Cognac

Published:  24 June, 2015

Beam Suntory has rebranded the Courvoisier Cognac range with a look inspired by its links with fin de siecle Paris.

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Men spend almost twice as much as women on alcohol in the on-trade - report

Published:  23 June, 2015

Research by the online offers site vouchercodes.co.uk shows man spend on average twice as much as women on on-trade drinking and clubbing.

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Campari reveals Futurist art labels for 2015 limited editions

Published:  23 June, 2015

Campari has unveiled its 2015 limited edition art label bottles, continuing a tradition that started for the Italian aperitif brand when it celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010.

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Glasgow spirit shop branches out into wine and beer

Published:  22 June, 2015

Glasgow independent The Good Spirits Co has opened a second shop in the city.

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Drinks groups reject Scotland's plans for deposit return scheme on drinks bottles

Published:  19 June, 2015

An organisation supported by leading drinks trade associations has rejected plans to introduce a deposit return scheme for packaging in Scotland.

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Hawksmoor's Reynolds takes UK title in Diageo World Class contest

Published:  19 June, 2015

The UK final of Diageo Reserve's World Class bartending competition has been won by Ali Reynolds of Hakwsmoor in London's Spitalfields.

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Vinexpo: Spirits globally are bouncing back

Published:  18 June, 2015

Spirits globally are bouncing back according to the latest Rabobank Spirit Quarterly Q3 2015 report, which made Vinexpo's new "Spiritual" zone a big draw for attendees.

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Selfridges buyer Davies to leave after nine years for new challenge

Published:  18 June, 2015

Selfridges beer, wine and spirit buyer Dawn Davies is leaving the post after nine years.

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NB hopes world will take note of 'first' London Dry citrus vodka

Published:  17 June, 2015

A Scottish distiller has created what it claims is the world's first London dry citrus vodka.

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Edinburgh launches gin with flavours of the seaside

Published:  15 June, 2015

The plethora of premium gin launches has continued with Edinburgh Gin launching a product with botanicals sourced from the local coastline.

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Celebrate World Gin Day tomorrow June 13

Published:  12 June, 2015

Tomorrow June 13 people the world over will be celebrating the classic English tipple- gin.

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Industry collective takes a trip down Gin Lane with launch

Published:  11 June, 2015

A mystery cabal of drinks industry professionals is behind the launch of a new range of four gins.

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Pinkster Gin expands sales and brand team

Published:  09 June, 2015

The Pinkster gin brand has taken a further step on its expansion path by recruiting the retail director from Cambridge Wine Merchants.

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Fenavin wine fair has positioned itself as a gateway to Spanish diversity

Published:  08 June, 2015

Having emerged as Spain's pre-eminent wine fair, Fenavin has positioned itself as a gateway to Spanish diversity as well as value. 

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Gin producers eye up European growth

Published:  05 June, 2015

British gin producers are eyeing up new markets in Europe after a British gin tasting in Brussels yesterday hosted by Wine and Spirit Trade Association and the UKTI.

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Distil 'optimistic' following Blackwoods gin and vodka success, despite overall fall in turnover

Published:  04 June, 2015

Distil has reported a "satisfactory year" as it completed it transition from UK third distributor to brand-focus drinks company, despite a large fall in turnover.

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Jack Daniel's delivers another "superb" year of growth for Brown-Forman's 2015 year end results

Published:  04 June, 2015

Brown-Forman reported another year of growth with net sales increasing 4% to $4.096m and operating income increasing 6% to $1.027m for the fiscal year end of 2015.

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Brown-Forman to invest $50m to build a distillery on Slane Castle Estate

Published:  03 June, 2015

Brown-Forman the corporation that owns famed American Bourbon brand Jack Daniel's has purchased SlaneCastle Irish Whiskey Limited and plans to invest $50m into the site in Ireland.

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Pernod Ricard to overhaul business as it looks to boost profits 5% and overtake Diageo

Published:  03 June, 2015
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Sipsmith's Chiswick distillery 'disappointed' after it is refused a license for late night distillery tours

Published:  02 June, 2015

London distiller Sipsmith has been refused a late licence, after opposition from residents near its Chiswick distillery.

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Tanqueray master distiller Tom Nichol reflects on 42-years in the industry

Published:  02 June, 2015

Tanqueray's master distiller, Tom Nichol, who is retiring from Diageo after a 42-year career, has been awarded a lifetime award by the Gin Guild, at its annual dinner. 

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Waitrose reports boom in gin sales, as craft and artisan styles increase

Published:  01 June, 2015

Waitrose has seen a surge of gin sales, up 7% on the same time last year, boosted by the growing interest in new styles.

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Scotch whisky tourism hits record numbers and worth over £50m a year

Published:  01 June, 2015

Scotch whisky distilleries are attracting record numbers of visitors with over 1.5m people visiting Scotland last year generating more than £50m at distilleries.

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As many as 3.4m UK middle aged drinkers are at risk of health problems despite industry warnings

Published:  01 June, 2015

Drinkaware, the alcohol education charity, found that 3.4m middle aged drinkers are "regularly drinking about the lower risk limits despite many recognising the potential health arms" according to a new report.

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Diageo revamps Smirnoff bottles following launch of new ad campaign

Published:  27 May, 2015

Diageo is rolling out new packaging for Smirnoff following the launch of its £4.5m "We're Open' campaign across Europe earlier this month.

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Crystal head vodka launches in 50cl miniatures

Published:  26 May, 2015

The Crystal Head vodka has launched in 50cl miniature bottles, which supplier Bibendum says will open up new opportunities for a fast-growing brand.

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Isle of Harris Distillers launches this summer

Published:  21 May, 2015

This summer the Herbridean island's first commercial whisky distiller called the Isle of Harris Distillers is set to launch.

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Raising a dram for World Whisky Day celebrations

Published:  15 May, 2015

As World Whisky Day kicks of tomorrow, Diageo explains that the rise of social media has helped boost interest in the spirit. 

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WSTA members angered by lack of support and other "freeloading" businesses in the trade

Published:  13 May, 2015

The WSTA has called for more drinks businesses to take up membership and support the trade organisation as some members that have been contributing to the body feel that other business in the trade are "freeloading."

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General election: Stability good for the industry, WSTA claims

Published:  08 May, 2015

Following the political upheaval of the last 24 hours, the drinks industry has reacted to the news that David Cameron is returning to Number Ten with an increased majority.

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Brown-Forman launches "LBD" vodka-based spirit in the UK

Published:  07 May, 2015

Brown-Forman launched LBD, a vodka-base spirit with a range of flavours following the success of the brand in the US.

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Euromonitor predicts global drinks industry volume will grow nearly 10% by 2019

Published:  05 May, 2015

New data on the alcoholic drinks industry from Euromonitor International found that despite total volume growth for 2014 remaining relatively unchanged (0.8%) for the second year in a row, the industry is expected to grow by more than 20b litres in the next four years.

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Scotland's oldest distillery releases rare single cask malt

Published:  01 May, 2015

Perthshire distillery Glenturret has released a rare single cask malt whisky that will only be available online.

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Gin brand Langley's No.8 teams up with events business for summer marketing

Published:  30 April, 2015

Gin brand Langley's No.8 is ramping up its summer activity after signing an exclusive gin partnerships with Gorilla Events.

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Absolut vodka to modernise its iconic bottle

Published:  29 April, 2015

Absolut is making design changes to its iconic bottle that helped make the brand famous in 1979, "making it ready to face the future."

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Future of Scotch Whisky "sound", SWA says, but it warns of turbulent Scottish politics

Published:  28 April, 2015

The Scotch Whisky Association has insisted that the long term fundamentals for Scotch are "sound" and well-placed to return to growth once the economies of its export market strengthen

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American whiskey category sees 19% value growth in the UK according to Nielsen

Published:  28 April, 2015

American Whiskey is now worth £190m in the UK and saw growth last year of 19% according to Nielsen's most recent beer, wines and spirits data.

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Diageo mulls fate of United Spirits boss Vijay Mallya

Published:  27 April, 2015

Diageo is mulling the fate of United Spirits boss Vijay Mallya, after its Indian- based subsidiary issued a vote of no-confidence in him over the weekend.

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Bruichladdich distiller retires after more than 50 years in the industry

Published:  27 April, 2015

Bruichladdich's production director and master distiller is stepping down after 15 years at the Hebridean distillery.

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Conviviality Retail's franchise boss to consult customers on refit of GT stores

Published:  24 April, 2015

Jonathan James, the convenience store expert who has taken on the franchise of 36 Conviviality Retail's stores, is rolling out a customer consultation process to get customers' input on the refit of its new stores.

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Pernod Ricard's third quarter results shows sales improving

Published:  23 April, 2015

Sales are improving at Pernod Ricard according to its third quarter financial results, reporting a 2% increase in organic sales to €6.5b and a 6% rise in reported growth for the first 9 months of the financial year.

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Portobello Road Gin launches new limited edition

Published:  23 April, 2015

Artisan gin brand Portobello Road gin is to launch a new limited edition gin, after seeing strong growth and growing international demand. 

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Former Bibendum head of spirits launches new distribution business

Published:  22 April, 2015

The former head of Bibendum's beer and spirits division is launching his own spirits distribution business in May.

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Laphroaig to release limited edition 200th anniversary commemorative whisky

Published:  21 April, 2015

In celebration of Laphroaig's 200th anniversary the iconic Islay single malt scotch maker will be releasing a limited edition 15 year old.

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Alcohol trends now shifting at a rate similar to other lifestyle categories

Published:  20 April, 2015

Alcohol trends are evolving at much more rapid rate than in the past and while they don't follow the fashion industry's seasonal six month cycles, the on-going shifts within the drinks categories are changing at a similar pace as other lifestyle industries, according to Euronmonitor International.

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Diageo net sales slide in the third quarter as volumes fall

Published:  16 April, 2015

Diageo saw net sales fall 0.7% in the third quarter of this year, with volumes also down 0.8%.

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Slowdown in China affects growth in LVMH wines and spirits divison

Published:  15 April, 2015
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Remy Cointreau reports sales boost on back of liqueurs and spirit growth

Published:  15 April, 2015

Spirits company Remy Cointreau saw a "significant" boost to sales in the last quarter of 2014, and reported positive growth of 0.6% in the 12 months to 31 March.

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Premium Spirits Round table: Defining premium spirits

Published:  14 April, 2015

Artisanal spirits may be all the rage, but, at a recently hosted roundtable, a panel of leading buyers and producers debated whether that meant they were premium.

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Q&A: Chris Tomlinson, Tirril Brewery

Published:  14 April, 2015

Former pub owner turned brewer and distiller Chris Tomlinson of Tirril Brewery talks to Helen Arnold about the launch of Cumbria's first single malt whisky - the only malt in Britain made using a beer recipe

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