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RumFest attracts industry's biggest names to London's two day event

Published:  16 October, 2014



Diageo's Parrot Bay rum ad 'appeals to children' says ASA

Published:  15 October, 2014

Diageo's latest TV ad for rum brand Parrot Bay has fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which deemed it to be irresponsible as it appealed to children and breached the code. The advert must not appear again in its current form.


RumFest aims to break rum tasting world record

Published:  22 September, 2014

RumFest in London is aiming to break the record for the world's biggest ever rum tasting with over 700 people tasting a selection of six rums on October 9.


On-trade hit by decline in spirits sales across all venues

Published:  17 September, 2014

Declining year-on-year spirits sales in the on-trade will have brand owners hoping for a substantial pick up in the last few months of the year leading up to Christmas.


William Grant toasts successful 2013 as sales and profits rise

Published:  08 September, 2014

William Grant & Sons boosted operating profits by 10% to £138 million in 2013 while turnover rose by 5.2% to £1.12 billion.


Boutique RumFest returns to London with over 400 rums on show

Published:  02 September, 2014

RumFest is set to return to London for its eighth year next month and will include the trade only Boutique RumFest that takes place on October 10at London's ILEC Centre.


Bacardi produces cult graphic novel to tell its story of Cuban history

Published:  11 August, 2014

Bacardi has teamed up with cult writer Warren Ellis and artist Michael Allred to produce its very own graphic novel - The Spirit of Bacardi - that tells the stories behind the famous rum, the Bacardi family and its origins in Cuba.


Authentic Caribbean Rum Marque expands to 18 members with three new recruits

Published:  01 August, 2014

Three new rums have been granted approval to carry the Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR) Marque as the initiative widens its portfolio and presence in its key international markets including the UK.


Diageo's Captain Morgan advert once again banned by the ASA

Published:  23 July, 2014

Diageo, for the second time this year, has had a Captain Morgan advert banned by the Advetising Standards Authority (ASA) for a Facebook adve which stated that alcohol could combat boredom.


The rum doctor: Dr Frank Ward of WIRSPA

Published:  04 July, 2014 caught up with Dr. Frank Ward of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers' Association (WIRSPA) to find out what the association is currently doing to raise the profile of Caribbean rum in the UK.


Miguel Smith on why life is so much better with a Mount Gay rum in your hand

Published:  20 June, 2014

Douglas Blyde meets the UK and international brand ambassador for Mount Gay rum who oversees the brand's maturation facility in Barbados' parish of St Lucy. Miguel Smith joined the business in 1991, and was instrumental in the development of the award-winning Extra Old blend.


Berry Bros switches distribution of King's Ginger and Pink Pigeon rum to Mangrove

Published:  30 May, 2014

Berry Bros & Rudd has decided to switch the UK distribution of The King's Ginger liqueur and Pink Pigeon Mauritian rum from Cask Liquid Marketing to Mangrove, the specialist spirits company. The brands move over on June 1.


Merchant House to open specialist gin and rum bar in London

Published:  13 May, 2014

The London Bar Consultants are opening Merchant House in the City, which will stock super premium and rare rums as well as 250 different gins.


US approval of powdered alcohol in doubt

Published:  22 April, 2014

Approvals for sale of powdered alcohol in the US were issued in error, a federal representative has stated.


Future of global rum category up for debate

Published:  17 April, 2014

Two of the leading personalities within the spirits industry will openly debate the future of the global rum category in London next month for the latest annual Distillers Debate organised by the Worshipful Company of Distillers.


Bacardi's chief abruptly retires

Published:  09 April, 2014

Bacardi's chief executive Ed Shirley is to retire and will leave the role after just two years and with no successor named.


Bacardí launches multi-million pound marketing campaign

Published:  18 March, 2014

Bacardí has launched a multi-million pound marketing campaign in the UK around its "irrepressible spirit".


AB InBev launches rum-flavoured beer Cubanisto

Published:  06 March, 2014

The world's largest brewer AB InBev is launching a rum-flavoured premium beer - Cubanisto - in the UK.


Diageo slapped on wrist by ASA over Captain Morgan ad

Published:  26 February, 2014

Diageo has been rapped on the knuckles for its Captain Morgan ad which "links alcohol with daring and toughness".


Giraffe restaurant designer set to launch London BBQ and rum shack

Published:  19 February, 2014