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P Diddy looks to grow wine and spirits business

Published:  21 November, 2014

Famed rapper and businessman Sean 'Diddy' Combs has recently grown his partnership with Diageo to include De León tequila as well as Ciroc vodka, and has plans to further boost the portfolio.

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Dia Simms, the woman behind P Diddy's drinks ventures, on why their spirits mean business

Published:  21 November, 2014

Starting off as Sean 'Diddy' Combs personal chief of staff, Dia Simms is now the executive vice president of Ciroc Vodka & Innovations, at the newly-formed Combs Wine & Spirits.Gemma McKenna catches up with Simms and finds out what the pair have planned for the expansion of the drinks empire.

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Arbikie, Scotland's newest farm-to-bottle distillery, kicks off with potato vodka

Published:  13 November, 2014

A super-premium Scottish potato vodka is to be the first spirit produced by Arbikie, Scotland's newest farm-to-bottle distillery.

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Christmas Report: how vodka can drive festive profits

Published:  10 November, 2014

Vodka commands the lion's share of the spirits sector, with over 30% of total sales; not only is it the most widely drunk spirit in the UK, but it is outstripping the overall spirits sector, with annual growth of 4.4%. Helen Arnold reports.

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Christmas Report: why premium spirits are key for festive sales

Published:  07 November, 2014

Premium spirits are a crucial selling feature of the festive season. Helen Arnold explains why:

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Matthew Clark sees British drinks soar in popularity

Published:  21 October, 2014

On-trade drinks supplier Matthew Clark has seen sales of English wines soar by 53% in the past year, with home-grown beers and spirits following suit.

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Limited edition Andy Warhol Absolut vodka bottle released

Published:  06 October, 2014

Absolut Vodka has produced a limited edition Andy Warhol bottle of which only 4 million bottles are available.

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Diageo's Smirnoff vodka launches £15m campaign

Published:  23 September, 2014

Smirnoff vodka has launched a £15 million marketing campaign - including TV advertising - in order to grow the category and make it more accessible.

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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.

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Chase Distillery launches marmalade ready to drink cocktail

Published:  08 September, 2014

Herefordshire's Chase Distillery has released its first ready to drink cocktail - the Marmalade Mule

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Berry Bros & Rudd takes on Sweden's Karlsson's Gold Vodka

Published:  02 September, 2014

The Swedish premium vodka, Karlsson's Gold Vodka, is the latest addition to Berry Bros & Rudd's growing spirtis portfoliio.

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EU and US sanctions unlikely to harm the Russian Vodka industry

Published:  14 August, 2014
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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  11 July, 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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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  04 July, 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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Edrington Group profits and turnover rise due to whisky boom

Published:  02 July, 2014

The Edrington Group, the Scottish maker of The Macallan, Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, and Highland Park whiskies, saw profits rise by 3% and turnover hit £730.4 million for fiscal year 2014 which ended on March 31.

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London distillery Sipsmith launches Sipping Vodka

Published:  01 July, 2014

Traditional London distillery Sipsmith has launched Sipping Vodka, made from English wheat.

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Stock Spirits trading in line with expectations for Q1

Published:  13 May, 2014

Central and Eastern European spirits producer Stock Spirits says it is trading in line with expectations for the first quarter of 2014.

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Russia's Legend of Kremlin vodka denies Ukraine tensions disrupted UK supply

Published:  07 May, 2014

Legend of Kremlin vodka has denied that tensions in Ukraine have disrupted its UK supply, saying instead it had a commercial disagreement with its distributor.

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Emporia halts imports of Russian Legend of Kremlin vodka as Ukraine tensions escalate

Published:  01 May, 2014

Drinks distributor Emporia Brands has called a halt to imports of the Russian Parliament's official vodka Legend of Kremlin as the dispute between the European Union and Russian Federation continues.

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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.

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