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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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SMWS creates test to match personality with whisky preferences

Published:  12 August, 2016

Scottish psychologist Dr Adam Moore and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) are trying to find out if there is a way to predict the perfect whisky flavour for someone with a new psychometic test.

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

Published:  12 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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New venue for agave extravaganza

Published:  11 August, 2016

Tequila & Mezcal Fest, the UK's only festival dedicated to Mexico's most successful alcoholic exports, has found a new home.

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Stock Spirits hails turnaround and appoints permanent CEO

Published:  11 August, 2016

European spirits distiller Stocks Spirits has posted positive half-yearly results and appointed a new CEO after a "difficult" 2015.

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WSTA to support British Distillers Alliance through Brexit

Published:  10 August, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has pledged to advise, support and protect smaller producers through the current period of economic and political uncertainty.

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Gin to star in its first full-length feature film

Published:  09 August, 2016

Gin has become the runaway star of the spirits industry in recent times - and it now starring in its own movie.

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New HMRC spirit production guidelines drafted to help improve business licensing

Published:  08 August, 2016

New guidelines are being drafted by the HMRC to help distillers looking to apply to become a licensed spirit producers in the UK easier.

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DrinkSupermarket teams up with Debenhams for gifting service

Published:  08 August, 2016

Online retailer DrinkSupermarket will be supplying beers, wines and spirits to a leading UK department store as part of a premium gifting service.

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Lord Maude to speak on new trading arrangements post-Brexit at WSTA conference

Published:  04 August, 2016

The former Minister for Trade and Minister for Europe, Lord Francis Maude, will be the keynote speaker at this year's WSTA Annual Conference, which will take 'Brexit and the changing shape of the industry' as its theme.

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The Balvenie's David Stewart MBE talks 50 years in Scotch

Published:  04 August, 2016

Recent MBE recipient and The Balvenie master blender David Stewart has witnessed the full evolution of the modern Scotch industry throughout his 53 year career - and pioneered a few revolutionary production methods along the way.

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McConaughey to "reintroduce" Wild Turkey as creative director

Published:  02 August, 2016

Wild Turkey has announced a new partnership with Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey who has been brought onboard to introduce the bourbon brand to a new generation.

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On and off-trade: Ten tips on how to upsell

Published:  02 August, 2016

We all know how comfortable customers are with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Argentinean Malbec - and it can be easy to let these tried-and-tested favourites rule the roost.

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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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Diageo GB World Bartender champ prepares to launch NY pop-up bar

Published:  01 August, 2016

Aidan Bowie, Diageo Reserve's GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2016, is preparing to bring a taste of London to the Big Apple when he opens up his own pop-up restaurant there this week.

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New trade show dedicated to bars and pubs

Published:  29 July, 2016

A new trade show dedicated to the UK's bar and pub trade is launching this October with a focus on how the on-trade can evolve and adapt to changing consumer behaviours.

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Diageo boss urges UK to protect Scotch

Published:  28 July, 2016

The chief executive of drinks giant Diageo has made a plea to UK governments to keep the Scotch market "healthy and competitive" in a post-Brexit climate.

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Diageo GB net sales grow 4%

Published:  28 July, 2016

Diageo Great Britain has posted its third year of continuous growth with net sales up 4%.

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LVMH posts 7% revenue growth for wines and spirits in H1

Published:  27 July, 2016

Luxury wines and spirits producer LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has reported strong performance from wines and spirits in all regions, compared to flat profits in its fashion sector.

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UK loses €25 million in spirits and €62 million in wine sales thanks to counterfeiting

Published:  26 July, 2016

A new report has revealed that €87 million in sales across wine and spirits is lost each year in the UK due to the counterfeiting industry.

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