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Vodka: Back to basics

Published:  21 June, 2021

With the on-trade revving its engine post-lockdown, Aleesha Hansel delves into the bar world to find out where this enduringly popular spirit is heading next

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Master of Malt launches own-label spirits

Published:  16 December, 2020

Master of Malt has unveiled its first own-brand collection spanning blended Scotch whisky, London dry gin, rum and vodka.

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Brits set to mix up Christmas drink choices

Published:  11 November, 2020

Brits are gearing up to throw out the festive rule book this Christmas with new research showing a shift in festive consumer drinking trends.

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Rebranded Halewood opens vodka plant in Russia

Published:  08 September, 2020

Halewood Wines & Spirits, which is to rebrand as Halewood Artisanal Spirits, has opened a new vodka distillery in the Russian city of St Petersburg. 

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Brewdog teases Bad Beer Vodka as brewer celebrates carbon negativity

Published:  24 August, 2020

Beer powerhouse Brewdog is continuing to pave the way for sustainable action as it teases the launch of a zero waste vodka made from brews which are not quite in spec or too old to sell.

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Diageo GB’s full year results reveal impact of on-trade closure

Published:  04 August, 2020

Diageo’s full year results reveal a 47% fall in operating profits globally as a result of the pandemic, with net sales of spirits down 8% globally, and a 4% dip in the UK.

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Distil and BHC end new joint venture

Published:  31 March, 2020

British drinks companies Distil and British Honey Company have folded their recently launched joint venture.

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Former Blue Peter presenter jumps ship to head up Mangrove marketing

Published:  08 January, 2020

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Speciality Brands signs distribution deal for Beluga

Published:  20 November, 2019

Speciality Brands has signed a deal as the exclusive UK distributor for vodka brand Beluga.

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Gin: Ascending the throne

Published:  14 November, 2019

It’s been on the cards for some time. Back in 2014, there were rumblings that gin was poised to overtake vodka as the UK’s spirit of choice in time for the new decade.

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Gin months away from eclipsing vodka as the UK’s biggest spirits category

Published:  30 October, 2019

After years of forecasting and speculation, gin is poised to finally push ahead of vodka as the UK’s biggest spirits category in 2020, with flavoured variants pushing the category to ever greater heights. 

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Cocktail-drinking Brits are flavour-phobic, research suggests

Published:  10 July, 2019

British cocktail lovers are afraid to experiment with new flavours, research has revealed.

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Debunking the myth

Published:  24 June, 2019

Vodka has long had an image problem, says Nate Brown, but a new exploration of its natural flavours is helping consumers better understand the spirit

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Brits love Pornstars

Published:  14 June, 2019

Cocktails are now one of Britain’s fastest growing drinks categories in spirits, according to CGA.

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Grey Goose claims ‘world first’ with sub-zero draught tap

Published:  30 May, 2019

Premium vodka Grey Goose has launched a “pioneering” sub-zero draught tap system it claims puts it at the “forefront of innovation” within the drinks business.

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Żubrówka Biała to launch in the UK

Published:  08 May, 2019

Żubrówka Biała, the best-selling premium vodka in Poland and one of the fastest-growing vodka brands in Europe, has revealed plans to launch in the UK.

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Manly Spirits arrives in the UK

Published:  06 February, 2019

Manly Spirits has launched a range of spirits in the UK, following “huge success” in Australia since it launched in April 2017.

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Premium spirits worth 40% more to the on-trade at Christmas

Published:  17 August, 2018

The shift to premium spirits has happened and is here to stay, opening up a multimillion pound opportunity for the UK’s bars and restaurants this festive season.

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Tony Conigliaro mixes it up with new spirits brand

Published:  08 August, 2018

Mixology maestro Tony Conigliaro is releasing his first ever spirit brand, bottling the recipes he has used in serves across his bars for over a decade.

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Vodka: return of the king

Published:  23 July, 2018

Vodka may have been eclipsed in recent years by the gin boom. But Britain’s bartenders are rediscovering its charms. 

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