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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on

Published:  27 January, 2017

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


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.


Craft beer and gin exports follow in footsteps of Scotch

Published:  26 January, 2017

Scotch may be one of the UK's greatest export success stories, but craft beer and gin are fast catching up, according to figures released by Defra yesterday to coincide with Burns' Night.


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.


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. 


England's smallest whisky distillery to open in Yorkshire

Published:  23 January, 2017

A Yorkshire couple are to build a England's smallest whisky distillery in the North Yorkshire village of Sutton-on-the-Forest.


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. 


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.


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.


Sipsmith purchase by Beam Suntory brings welcome reaction from WSTA

Published:  16 December, 2016

Beam Suntory's purchase of a 100% controlling stake in Sipsmith, the artisanal London Dry Gin producer, points to the growing global reach of the renaissance in British gin.


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.


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.


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. 


WSTA outlines "the road ahead" for Brexit ministers

Published:  01 December, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is calling for Brexit ministers to let the drinks industry lead negotiations to ensure the best possible free trade agreements with the EU andfurther afield. 


Bacardi expands global leadership team

Published:  29 November, 2016

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.