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An independent Scotland means higher costs, free trade risks and lack of global support for whisky

Published:  11 June, 2014

Scotch whisky producers face higher costs and EU tariffs, a loss of support from UK embassies, and increased uncertainty if Scotland votes for independence, according to a report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge re-open Glenturret Distillery in Scotland

Published:  30 May, 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge re-opened Scotland's oldest distillery Glenturret yesterday following a closure that allowed for a £250,000 investment to be made to develop a visitor's centre called The Famous Grouse Experience.

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Open golf sponsorship has helped Glenmorangie drive the brand in key international markets

Published:  22 May, 2014

Glenmorangie is capitalising on its sponsorship of The Golf Open Championship to build the brand in the US and Asia and other key international markets.

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Scotch whisky chief warns "Yes" vote may be "damaging" for industry

Published:  13 May, 2014

Despite "unprecedented" investment in the Scotch whisky industry expected over next two years, the Scotch Whisky Association chief executive David Frost warns that voting for an independent Scotland could bring risks that "would be damaging and difficult manage."

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Rich List: Laithwaite's Wine owners see personal wealth dip by £60m

Published:  12 May, 2014

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Albion Racing Club spiced malt launches first film: 'Méribel or Bust'.

Published:  09 May, 2014

The Albion Racing Club, a British spiced malt launched in March 2014, has brought back memories of Terry Thomas and Tony Curtis and the iconic film, Monte Carlo or Bust, with the premiere of its first hour long film in London this week, which centres around the Club's inaugural race, 'The Alpine Run 2014: Méribel or Bust'.

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Diageo in talks to sell Whyte & Mackay to Alliance Global Group

Published:  06 May, 2014

Diageo is reportedly in advanced talks with Alliance Global Group as a possible purchaser of the Whyte & Mackay spirits business, according to the financial press.

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Scotland's minimum price plan referred to European Court

Published:  01 May, 2014

The Scottish government's plan to introduce a minimum price for alcohol has been referred to the European Court of Justice.

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Beam Suntory US$16billion acquisition deal closes

Published:  01 May, 2014

Suntory's acquistion deal worth US$16 billion of Beam Inc officially closed yesterday making the renamed company Beam Suntory the third largest maker of distilled drinks in the world.

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Dewar's whisky gets new look

Published:  17 April, 2014

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Breakthrough in fight against Scotch whisky fakes in Australia

Published:  15 April, 2014

Scotch whisky has been registered as a certification trade mark in Australia, giving consumers and the industry better protection against the growing market for fake whiskies there.

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Scotch whisky exports hold steady, despite Chinese decline

Published:  11 April, 2014

Scotch whisky exports held steady in 2013 at £4.3 billion, despite a sharp drop off in China, according to figures the Scotch Whisky Association.

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Monkey Shoulder gets UK brand ambassador

Published:  09 April, 2014

Fast-growing malt whisky brand Monkey Shoulder has appointed bartender Grant Neave as its full-time UK brand ambassador.

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David Beckham gets behind new Diageo Scotch whisky

Published:  08 April, 2014

Diageo is launching a new Scotch whisky called Haig Club, in partnership with footballing great David Beckham and music mogul Simon Fuller.

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Brown-Forman may acquire Whyte & Mackay, not Rémy Cointreau

Published:  08 April, 2014

Last week Rémy Cointreau' stocks spiked on speculation that Brown-Forman was a possible interested buyer, however reports have surfaced that Brown-Forman is a possible bidder for the Whyte & Mackay business which is currently up for sale.

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

Published:  04 April, 2014

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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Quintessential acquires First Ireland cream liqueurs firm

Published:  03 April, 2014

Quintessential Brands has acquired First Ireland Spirits Company, Ireland's largest independent producer of Irish cream liqueurs, in a multi-million euro deal.

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?Chivas whisky's education programme drives growth

Published:  01 April, 2014

Scotch whisky brand Chivas Regal has seen strong growth over the past year thanks to an education programme on blended whiskies

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?Ardbeg to release limited edition 'Auriverdes' as its tribute to the Brazilian World Cup

Published:  28 March, 2014

Auriverdes is a 2014 limited edition Scotch whisky produced by Islay's Ardbeg Distillery that plays tribute to the World Cup taking place in Brazil this summer. It is being released to coincide with Ardbeg Day on May 31.

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Tennessee whiskey repeal bill shot down - for now

Published:  27 March, 2014

The proposed bill challenging the definition of Tennessee whiskey was temporarily laid to rest earlier this week as state lawmakers voted to shelve consideration of the bill until the summer.  

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