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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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Rum set to break £1 billion barrier

Published:  26 August, 2017

Hot on the heels of gin, rum is the latest spirit set to reach sales of £1 billion later this year.

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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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New look limited edition for Sailor Jerry as spiced rum continues soar

Published:  10 August, 2017

William Grant & Sons has unveiled a new limited-edition bottle design for premium spiced rum, Sailor Jerry.

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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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Castro’s rum heads to London

Published:  19 July, 2017

London-based agency Spirit Cartel has been taken on to distribute Isla del Tesoro rum, which for 50 years was made for controversial Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro’s personal consumption.

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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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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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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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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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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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Social media data helps create the perfect holiday rum

Published:  26 January, 2017

Virgin Holidays has partnered with IBM and global rum ambassador Ian Burrell to create a rum "scientifically manufactured" to evoke the feeling of a Caribbean holiday.

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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 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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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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First rum festival to launch in Manchester

Published:  06 January, 2017

Manchester is to host its first city-wide rum festival, run by event curator and drinks consultant, Dave Marsland, also known as the Drinks Enthusiast.

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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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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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"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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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#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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Insights: More women working in rum is helping the category thrive

Published:  04 February, 2016

The number of women in the rum industry is rising and it is happening across all levels of distilleries from top management to master blenders.  The increased diversity within the workforce and at the top level is helping to build stronger businesses long-term.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Packaging overhaul for Zacapa super-premium rum pair

Published:  01 September, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Davna vodka and Skipper rum brands joins Mangrove spirits agency line-up

Published:  01 July, 2015
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Write-down of Brugal rum value puts dent in Edrington figures

Published:  30 June, 2015

Famous Grouse producer Edrington has written down the value of its Brugal rum brand to reflect revised future expectations of the brand's performance.

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Pernod Ricard ups focus on Jacob's Creek & Havana Club for summer

Published:  13 April, 2015

Pernod Ricard is ramping up activity on Jacob's Creek and launching new campaigns for Malibu and Cuban rum brand Havana Club.

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Diageo puts innovation 'at the heart' of its UK commercial strategy

Published:  23 March, 2015

Diageo is stepping up its commitment to innovation as part of a commercial strategy that will see levels of npd boosted across its drinks portfolio. 

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Pernod Ricard shakes up Havana Club rum's look and recipe

Published:  17 February, 2015
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Christmas Report: how rum is spicing things up

Published:  10 November, 2014

Like the other spirit categories, the growth in rum is mainly driven by the premium sector. Spiced rum that is the latest big thing, with sales growing by more than 21% year on year, making it worth an annual £80m. It appears to be particularly popular in Scotland, where it accounts for over 21% of value sales, and at the younger end of the market, while well-aged rums are finding favour with a more discerning, 30-plus audience. Helen Arnold reports.

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Chief of the week: Ian Burrell - the world's rum ambassador

Published:  17 October, 2014

As job titles go global rum ambassador is one to brag about with your mates down the pub. Really? Your job is to go around the world talking about and tasing and drinking rum?

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RumFest attracts industry's biggest names to London's two day event

Published:  16 October, 2014

 

Last weekend's RumFest event in London saw rum fans from across the UK join some of the industry's biggest names in a two day celebration of all things rum.

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Diageo's Parrot Bay rum ad 'appeals to children' says ASA

Published:  15 October, 2014

Diageo's latest TV ad for rum brand Parrot Bay has fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which deemed it to be irresponsible as it appealed to children and breached the code. The advert must not appear again in its current form.

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RumFest aims to break rum tasting world record

Published:  22 September, 2014

RumFest in London is aiming to break the record for the world's biggest ever rum tasting with over 700 people tasting a selection of six rums on October 9.

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On-trade hit by decline in spirits sales across all venues

Published:  17 September, 2014

Declining year-on-year spirits sales in the on-trade will have brand owners hoping for a substantial pick up in the last few months of the year leading up to Christmas.

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William Grant toasts successful 2013 as sales and profits rise

Published:  08 September, 2014

William Grant & Sons boosted operating profits by 10% to £138 million in 2013 while turnover rose by 5.2% to £1.12 billion.

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Boutique RumFest returns to London with over 400 rums on show

Published:  02 September, 2014

RumFest is set to return to London for its eighth year next month and will include the trade only Boutique RumFest that takes place on October 10at London's ILEC Centre.

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Bacardi produces cult graphic novel to tell its story of Cuban history

Published:  11 August, 2014

Bacardi has teamed up with cult writer Warren Ellis and artist Michael Allred to produce its very own graphic novel - The Spirit of Bacardi - that tells the stories behind the famous rum, the Bacardi family and its origins in Cuba.

 

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Authentic Caribbean Rum Marque expands to 18 members with three new recruits

Published:  01 August, 2014

Three new rums have been granted approval to carry the Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR) Marque as the initiative widens its portfolio and presence in its key international markets including the UK.

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Diageo's Captain Morgan advert once again banned by the ASA

Published:  23 July, 2014

Diageo, for the second time this year, has had a Captain Morgan advert banned by the Advetising Standards Authority (ASA) for a Facebook adve which stated that alcohol could combat boredom.

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The rum doctor: Dr Frank Ward of WIRSPA

Published:  04 July, 2014

Harpers.co.uk caught up with Dr. Frank Ward of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers' Association (WIRSPA) to find out what the association is currently doing to raise the profile of Caribbean rum in the UK.

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Miguel Smith on why life is so much better with a Mount Gay rum in your hand

Published:  20 June, 2014

Douglas Blyde meets the UK and international brand ambassador for Mount Gay rum who oversees the brand's maturation facility in Barbados' parish of St Lucy. Miguel Smith joined the business in 1991, and was instrumental in the development of the award-winning Extra Old blend.

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Berry Bros switches distribution of King's Ginger and Pink Pigeon rum to Mangrove

Published:  30 May, 2014

Berry Bros & Rudd has decided to switch the UK distribution of The King's Ginger liqueur and Pink Pigeon Mauritian rum from Cask Liquid Marketing to Mangrove, the specialist spirits company. The brands move over on June 1.

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Merchant House to open specialist gin and rum bar in London

Published:  13 May, 2014

The London Bar Consultants are opening Merchant House in the City, which will stock super premium and rare rums as well as 250 different gins.

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US approval of powdered alcohol in doubt

Published:  22 April, 2014

Approvals for sale of powdered alcohol in the US were issued in error, a federal representative has stated.

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Future of global rum category up for debate

Published:  17 April, 2014

Two of the leading personalities within the spirits industry will openly debate the future of the global rum category in London next month for the latest annual Distillers Debate organised by the Worshipful Company of Distillers.

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Bacardi's chief abruptly retires

Published:  09 April, 2014

Bacardi's chief executive Ed Shirley is to retire and will leave the role after just two years and with no successor named.

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Bacardí launches multi-million pound marketing campaign

Published:  18 March, 2014

Bacardí has launched a multi-million pound marketing campaign in the UK around its "irrepressible spirit".

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AB InBev launches rum-flavoured beer Cubanisto

Published:  06 March, 2014

The world's largest brewer AB InBev is launching a rum-flavoured premium beer - Cubanisto - in the UK.

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Diageo slapped on wrist by ASA over Captain Morgan ad

Published:  26 February, 2014

Diageo has been rapped on the knuckles for its Captain Morgan ad which "links alcohol with daring and toughness".

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Giraffe restaurant designer set to launch London BBQ and rum shack

Published:  19 February, 2014
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Rum Experience University becomes annual event

Published:  09 January, 2014
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'Decade of Rum' report shines spotlight on authentic Caribbean rum

Published:  28 November, 2013

The global rum category has grown by 40% over the last 10 years and 24% in the UK, according to a new trade report, The Decade of Rum, produced by West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers'Association (WIRSPA).

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Calvados announces sales expected to increase by 50% this year.

Published:  04 November, 2013

This year's National Calvados Week took place from October 14-20 and was organised in association with Père Magloire the leading Calvados exporter in France with the aim of raising awareness of the category in the UK.

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Ron Zacapa to release first Reserva Limitada

Published:  31 October, 2013

Ron Zacapa, considered to be one of the best premium rums producers in the world, based in Zacapa, Guatemala, is releasing its first limited reserve rum, Reserva  Limitada 2013. It will be hitting shelves in mid November at exclusive locations for the festive period.

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Fair spirits company brings Belize rum to the UK

Published:  03 October, 2013

The Fair spirits company has brought its premium rum to the UK, following success in France.

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La Hechicera rum launches bartender competition

Published:  30 September, 2013

La Hechicera, an aged rum from Colombia, is launching a competition called Wanderlust Columbia, which will give two bartenders from the UK the chance to live and work in the capital of Colombia, with accommodation and a month's salary.

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Santa Teresa rum branded cocktail bar opens in London

Published:  23 September, 2013

Mangrove has teamed up with London Venezuelan food specialist Arepa & Co to open a Santa Teresa rum branded cocktail bar in Shoreditch.

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O'Hara's Spiced Rum targets young adults in premium on-trade

Published:  14 August, 2013

New to the UK market following a soft launch in South Yorkshire, O'Hara's Spiced Rum is a mixture of unaged, three and five-year-old Guyana rums and a five-year-old Trinidad and Tobago rum.

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New recipe for Havana Club rum

Published:  13 August, 2013

Cuban rum Havana Club has changed the recipe for its Havana Club Añejo Especial expression to create a "sweeter taste profile".

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Pernod Ricard to digitise Malibutique experience

Published:  29 July, 2013

Pernod Ricard UK is introducing digital smartphone-enhanced technology to its Malibutique concept this summer.

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Rum Experience University offers intensive education

Published:  10 July, 2013

A five-day intensive course on rum is being launched in Spain this September offering both trade professionals and...

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UK RumFest returns for seventh year

Published:  07 June, 2013

As rum lays claim to being the fastest-growing spirits category in the UK, RumFest has announced its return...

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Angostura launches world's most expensive rum

Published:  24 April, 2013

A mere 20 decanters of Legacy have been produced, just two are available in the UK and the rum sports a price...

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Pernod Ricard adds to pricemarked Malibu rum range

Published:  02 April, 2013

Pernod Ricard is to extend its pricemarked Malibu range by introducing a £12.99 70cl bottle later this month.

Pernod Ricard is to extend its pricemarked Malibu range by introducing a £12.99 70cl bottle later this month.

 

The move follows on from the launch of a 35cl pricemarked bottle of the coconut-flavoured rum last year.

 

According to the global spirits giant, pricemarking helps independent retailers drive rate of sale as it offers customers value-for-money while still maintaining profit margins.

 

Chris Shead, Pernod Ricard off-trade channel director for spirits, claimed that in the current economic climate it is more important than ever for independent retailers to be seen by shoppers as delivering and communicating value for money.

 

He added: "Value does not always have to mean the lowest price - it is about offering a fair price. Pricemarked packs provide independent retailers with a trusted mechanic to offer this value to consumers, while driving profit for the channel through increased rates of sale."

 

With pricemarked packs becoming increasingly commonplace in the convenience sector, a recent Him! study found that 86% of shoppers would trust the price of a pricemarked pack over the shelf price.

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Mangrove to distribute Blackwell rum

Published:  12 March, 2013

Mangrove is to distribute Jamaican rum brand Blackwell. The rum was created by music entrepreneur Chris Blackwell who founded Island Records.

 

Mangrove is to distribute Jamaican rum brand Blackwell. The rum was created by music entrepreneur Chris Blackwell who founded Island Records.

 

Blackwell said: "I think Jamaica's somehow blessed as an island. And that's why I insisted my Blackwell Rum be a dark, Jamaican rum, made in Jamaica.

 

"I used to manage 63 jukeboxes in Jamaica, because it was a way of getting my records heard. A really good friend of mine was a liquor salesman, and many times we'd end up in the same little bar or club. I've always been good at picking things up, and I've learned so much about life from all my ventures. All businesses, in a way, are pretty similar. You must have a good product, know you have it, and deal with people honourably."

 

Nick Gillett, head of Mangrove said: "Mangrove's knowledgeable team and their hand-selling approach are the perfect fit to promote Blackwell Rum and we look forward to furthering their success in the UK market."

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New look for Malibu

Published:  20 February, 2013

Pernod Ricard has redesigned the bottles of Malibu in a bid to help the brand appeal to a wider audience.

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Brugal rum moves into the off-trade

Published:  11 January, 2013

Maxxium UK-distributed Brugal rum is now available in the UK off-trade after seeing an impressive uplift in the on-trade of 200% MAT volume growth.

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Captain Morgan celebrates 10 million case landmark

Published:  12 December, 2012

Diageo-owned Captain Morgan has reached a landmark 10 million cases sold, becoming only the sixth premium spirit to sell 10 million cases globally.

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Golden Rum Barrel Award winners announced

Published:  19 October, 2012

The winners of the third annual Golden Rum Barrel Awards have been announced as part of the UK RumFest celebrations.

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Malibu launches Snowcoco ahead of festive season

Published:  28 September, 2012

Malibu has launched limited edition Malibu Snowcoco in the off-trade ahead of the festive season.

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£2.2m marketing campaign unveiled for Captain Morgan's Spiced

Published:  21 September, 2012

Diageo GB is investing £2.2 million in Captain Morgan's Spiced rum's biggest marketing campaign to date which will feature its first TV ad.

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Pernod Ricard launches Malibu Red

Published:  05 September, 2012

Pernod Ricard has introduced Malibu Red to the UK market ahead of the run-up to the festive season.

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Campari acquires controlling stake in rum giant

Published:  03 September, 2012

Gruppo Campari has acquired an 81.4% stake in rum giant Lascelles deMercado.

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Rebellion Rum - the 'superior' alternative

Published:  10 August, 2012

Toorank Distilleries, the Netherlands-based company behind Sloane's Dry Gin, has launched the Rebellion Rum range into the on-trade.

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Mount Gay in Cowes Week link-up

Published:  06 August, 2012

Following several years of sponsorship, Mount Gay Rum will once again be the official regatta rum at this year's Aberdeen...

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RumFest returns to London for sixth year

Published:  31 July, 2012

Claiming to be the world's largest festival dedicated to rum, RumFest is back for its sixth successive year.

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RumFest returns to ExCeL for sixth year

Published:  31 July, 2012

Trade fair RumFest is to expand its concept as it returns to London's ExCeL in October for its sixth successive year.

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It's a rum do at Appleton

Published:  06 July, 2012

J. Wray & Nephew owned Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum has unveiled a 50 year old rum, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica's Independence.

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Toorank Distilleries launches Rebellion Rum range

Published:  06 July, 2012

Toorank Distilleries, the Netherlands-based company behind Sloane's Dry Gin, has launched the Rebellion Rum range into the on-trade.

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Malibu launches limited edition Summer '12

Published:  02 July, 2012

Malibu has launched the limited edition Summer '12 following its first release in 2011, which delivered a significant uplift in sales, according to owner Pernod Ricard.

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Appleton Estate launches 50 year old rum

Published:  11 June, 2012

J. Wray & Nephew owned Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum has unveiled a 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum, which is claimed by the company to be the world's oldest.

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Appleton Estate launches 'world's oldest rum'

Published:  10 June, 2012

J. Wray & Nephew owned Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum has unveiled a 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum, which is claimed by the company to be the world's oldest.

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Malibutique concept taken to new levels

Published:  21 May, 2012

Rum brand Malibu is joining forces with brand partners to expand its "Malibutique" consumer campaign that focuses on girls getting ready for a night out.

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Blavod launches Red Leg spiced rum

Published:  30 March, 2012

Blavod Wines and Spirits has launched premium brand Red Leg, a spiced Caribbean rum, to the on-trade.

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Diplomatico launches ultra premium rum

Published:  14 October, 2011

Venezuelan rum producer Destilerias Unidas has launched its first ultra premium bottling of Diplomatico rum.

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Diageo GB brings Captain Morgan to Morgan's Spiced

Published:  07 April, 2011

Diageo GB, is bringing the figurehead Captain Morgan to its Morgan's Spiced brand in a bid to give the golden rum based spirit drink a unique personality.

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Founder of Pusser's Rum awarded MBE

Published:  14 January, 2011

Founder and chairman of Pusser's Rum, Charles Tobias, has received an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List.

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Golden Rum Barrel Award winners announced

Published:  20 October, 2010

Winners of the inaugural international Golden Rum Barrel Awards have been announced by The Rum Experience.

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Super premium launch for Mount Gay Rum

Published:  03 August, 2010

First Drinks has extended its Mount Gay Rum range with an ultra premium addition.

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New Taste - a vodka, a rum and a Rioja

Published:  29 July, 2010

What happens when vodka companies run out of ideas for flavours - will they jump on the bandwagon like crisps and start producing the likes of fish and chip or hoisin duck flavours? We'll have to wait and see if that quirky initiative ever sees the light of day. In the meantime, Diageo GB is rolling out a new variant for its popular flavoured vodka range - Smirnoff Blueberry (rrp £14.79) in a bid to fuel further growth of the category. So far, so good - according to Diageo its Bristol trial saw "outstanding" results. Smirnoff Blueberry is promoted to be served with lemonade, making it easy for consumers to create a long, mixed spirit drink at home.

 

With an approach more akin to gin making due to its selection of "botanicals", creators of Elements Eight spiced rum (rrp £29.99) has included cinnamon, ginger, clove, star anise, vanilla, honey, nutmeg, orange, lemon and coconut in the mix. All are 100% natural and indigenous to St Lucia, where Elements Eight rums are distilled. Co-creator, Carl Stephenson said: "We wanted to replicate what we did with Elements Eight Gold and Platinum, but for the spiced rum category. This is a sector that is yet to feature a super-premium version and we took our time (18 months) to create what we feel is the perfect blend."
carl@e8rum.com

 

Are you a multiple looking to stock a straightforward, accessible-style, fruit-forward Rioja? If so, the Berceo Nueva Generación (rrp £6.99) is aimed at you. This is the latest release from Bodegas Luis Gurpegui Muga, one of the leading and oldest producers of wines from Rioja and Navarra, established in 1872. The family estate produces one of Spain's most successful high-volume, young, fruity Riojas, Vinadrian. It also produces one of its most premium, Los Dominios de Berceo Prefiloxerico (rrp £6.99), which comes from the only surviving pre-phylloxera red grape vineyard in Rioja from 2ha which were planted more than 140 years ago.
louise@phillips-hill.co.uk

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Appleton launches 30-year-old rum

Published:  27 July, 2010

Appleton Estate is launching a rare 30-year-old rum in the UK market that has a world wide distribution of less than 1500 bottles.

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Milk and Honey to represent UK in Appleton rum's world final

Published:  27 May, 2010

Josh Ivanovic of London's Milk and Honey bar is to represent the UK in the final of the Appleton Estate Bartender's Challenge in Jamaica after winning the British competition this week.

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Pusser's Rum awarded golds in USA and UK

Published:  15 April, 2010

Pusser's Rum, has won two world-beating awards in competitions held both in the USA and the UK.

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Diageo faces boycott over rum plans

Published:  07 December, 2009

Diageo is facing a boycott of its spirits brands in protest at its future production plans - in Puerto Rico.

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Diageo rum plant construction begins

Published:  07 May, 2009

Diageo has broken the ground on the construction of a state-of-the-art rum distillery in the US Virgin Islands.

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New rum distillery to open in Barbados

Published:  10 March, 2009

Barbados sees the opening of its first new rum distillery in years. St Nicholas Abbey opens on Cherry Tree Hill in the north of the island at the end of March, the final part in a massive renovation project undertaken by local architect and rum aficionado Larry Warren, who bought the property in 2006.

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PLB brings Solera 7 rum to the UK

Published:  24 November, 2008

Solera 7 - the premium solera-aged rum from Matusalem - is now available in the UK for the first time via newly-appointed agent PLB.
Source: Solera 7

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Havana Club debuts new rum to UK market

Published:  05 November, 2008

Authentic Cuban rum maker Havana Club is pleased to announce the UK launch of its premium rum Havana Club Cuban Barrel Proof into leading style bars and specialist off-trade outlets.
Source: Havana Club

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PLB moves into spirits with Matusalem Rum

Published:  02 October, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: By Shirley Webb

UK distributor PLB Wines has set up a new spirits arm in a bid to diversify its portfolio.

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Bacardi opens retail store, launches reserve rum

Published:  31 July, 2008

Bacardi has opened its first retail store.

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Diageo to build new rum distillery

Published:  23 July, 2008

Drinks company Diageo has made public its intention to build a new rum distillery on the Virgin Island of St. Croix.

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Malibu Rum gets 14m shot in arm

Published:  23 July, 2008

Malibu will benefit from 14 million worth of marketing support from parent company Pernod Ricard UK over the next two years.

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Cockspur Rum investment sees label facelift

Published:  23 July, 2008

Cockspur Fine Rum has updated its bottle label for the first time in over two decades as it brings the European brand in line with the North American market.

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New Caribbean rum marque launches

Published:  23 July, 2008

The West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers' Association (WIRSPA) has unveiled a 'marque of provenance' to support and promote Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR) brands.

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Edrington acquires majority stake in rum company

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Edrington Group has acquired a majority shareholding stake in the Brugal Company.

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Rum producers seeks snap-happy sailors

Published:  23 July, 2008

Rum producer Mount Gay has called on sailing enthusiasts to share their memorable photos in the 2007 Red Cap contest.

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Halewood scrums down for Lamb's Navy deal

Published:  23 July, 2008

Halewood International has secured a sponsorship deal with rugby league's Super League for its brand Lamb's Navy.

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Plans for UK generic rum campaign

Published:  23 July, 2008

A group of rum producers are planning to front a generic campaign in the UK - with every bottle bearing the stamp Authentic Caribbean Rum'.

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Bacardi and Pernod step up rum war

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Ron Emler
The long-running row over who owns the Havana Club brand has reached a new intensity, with Pernod Ricard planning fresh legal action in the US against Bacardi.

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Rum producer backs Flintoff testimonial

Published:  23 July, 2008

He is the hot favourite for this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, and Andrew Freddie' Flintoff got his hands on another trophy - The Cockspur Cup - when the rum producer signed up as a partner for the all-rounder's testimonial year in 2006. The cup goes to the winner of the English Cricket Board's national knockout competition, and Cockspur is on course for a 500,000 investment in the English game. The brand is represented in the UK by Halewood International.

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THE RUM CONUNDRUM

Published:  23 July, 2008

Distributors are seeking to give rum an edge in the spirits market through innovative promotions and a greater range of flavours, but are supermarkets ready to vary their options? James Aufenast reports on the campaign to reposition rum

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IWSC SPEAKERS' FORUM AT THE LIWSF

Published:  23 July, 2008
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PERNOD RICARD LAUNCHES TWO NEW RUMS

Published:  23 July, 2008
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DIAGEO AND ALLIED CARVE UP RUMS

Published:  23 July, 2008
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A RUM DEAL OVER CAPTAIN MORGAN AND MALIBU

Published:  23 July, 2008
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Appleton Estate golden rum available from April

Published:  18 January, 2007

The Jamaican rum producer Appleton Estate will launch an eight-year-old golden rum product in April.

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