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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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Adnams Cellar & Kitchen retail sales up 6%

Published:  26 March, 2014

Adnams Cellar & Kitchen retail business saw a 6% increase like-for-like sales for the year to December 2013.

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?William Grant appoints Rob Allanson as global ambassador

Published:  21 March, 2014

Rob Allanson joins William Grant & Sons Ltd. as the new global ambassador for Grant's Blended Scotch Whisky.

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UK wine industry is not on same footing as beer, cider and whisky, says Wilson Drinks Report

Published:  21 March, 2014

The UK wine industry is unlikely to receive the same kind of duty cuts awarded to the beer, cider and Scotch whisky industries in this week's Budget as most of the wine drunk in this country is imported.

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Battle over Tennessee Bourbon whiskey intensifies

Published:  20 March, 2014

Both Diaego and Brown-Forman have made headlines in recent days over a battle that is brewing in the south of the US over what exactly is the appropriate definition of Tennessee Bourbon whiskey.

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Owners of Bladnoch whisky distillery go into liquidation

Published:  19 March, 2014

Scotland's most southerly distillery Bladnoch is up for sale as a going concern following news that its parent company has entered administration.

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Campari acquires Canadian whiskey brand for $170 million

Published:  13 March, 2014

Gruppo Campari has reached an agreement to acquire Canada's fastest-growing whiskey brand Forty Creek Distillery, for US$170 million.

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Duty escalator to blame for shrinking Scotch sales in UK

Published:  12 March, 2014

The UK market for Scotch whisky has contracted by 3% in the last year as duty increases put pressure on the industry.

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Indie rock band the 1975 to headline Bushmills gig

Published:  11 March, 2014

Irish whiskey brand Bushmills' third annual Bushmills Live gig will be headlined by up and coming indie rock band the 1975.

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