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Bacardi acquires pre-batched cocktails company Tails

Published:  19 November, 2020

Bacardi has acquired pre-batched cocktails company Tails for an undisclosed sum.  

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Historic whisky up for auction

Published:  18 November, 2020

A bottle of The Macallan 50-year old anniversary malt whisky is to form the centrepiece of Brightwells’ November auction.

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Hard seltzers put function over form

Published:  16 November, 2020

The rise of hard seltzers in the US and, increasingly, the UK, is ushering in a new age of high functioning, health-focused drinks, which is comparable to the rise of vaping in the smoking sector. Hugh Jones weighs in.

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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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BWS supermarket sales rise 15%

Published:  10 November, 2020

Supermarket sales of beer, wines and spirits (BWS) rose 15% in the four weeks to 31 October as the category remained one of the fastest growing ahead of packaged grocery (11%) but behind frozen (16%). 

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Lousada steps up as CEO at QB

Published:  06 November, 2020

Quintessential Brands (QB) has announced changes for its senior team, with former MD James Lousada stepping up to take the role of CEO.

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Caribbean Export looks to unlock UK opportunity

Published:  30 October, 2020

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) is gearing  up to launch its first virtual event to tap increasing thirst for the spirit across Europe, including the UK, as  highlighted in a new report release by the body today. 

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Beale: ‘Supply chain must be eligible for cash grants’

Published:  26 October, 2020

The WSTA has urged the government to clarify that the cash grants promised as a support measure for the hospitality sector applies to the supply chain too. 

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Bacardi debuts biodegradable bottle

Published:  21 October, 2020

Bacardi has unveiled plans to develop the “world’s most eco-friendly spirits bottle” that will biodegrade in 18 months. 

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Medium and smaller brands take lead over private label

Published:  21 October, 2020

Private label sales are down across almost all European countries, with mid-sized brands and smaller companies performing best.

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WSET announces initiative in support of Scottish hospitality

Published:  16 October, 2020

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has launched a joint initiative in partnership with The Mixing Glass to support Scottish hospitality workers during the current two-week lockdown. 

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Think Spirits panel identifies lasting change in new drinks landscape

Published:  14 October, 2020

The pandemic has had a profound impact on all aspects of the business of drinks, reshaping how trade and consumers interact and behave, while delivering deep economic uncertainty.

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Supermarket BWS sales up 17%

Published:  13 October, 2020

Sales of beer, wine and spirits (BWS) through supermarkets increased 17% in the four weeks to 3 October, meaning the category remained the fastest growing, according to new Nielsen research.

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UK spirits exports face huge strain

Published:  13 October, 2020

The UK’s burgeoning spirits industry has taken a hit, with exports significantly down in the first half of 2020. 

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Cognac raises its game

Published:  06 October, 2020

As a younger generation of drinkers becomes increasingly interested in what Cognac has to offer, Lisa Riley looks at the innovation and diversity at work within the category.

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English Whisky Society officially launched as part of first festival

Published:  01 October, 2020

The English Whisky Society is gearing up for its official launch as part of the first English Whisky Festival to date. 

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Long Read: Does sustainability sell? The new factors driving purchaser decision-making

Published:  28 September, 2020

Drawing on data from a recent survey of over 500 wine and spirits drinkers, Callum Saunders, head of planning at brand activation marketing agency Zeal Creative, shows how that focus on sustainability is increasing, not decreasing, as a result of the pressures of Covid.

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Aldi to open 100 new stores as part of £1.3bn investment

Published:  28 September, 2020

Aldi has pledged to invest a record £1.3bn over the next two years with new and upgraded stores, distribution centres and “further innovations” planned across the business.

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Scotch whisky industry launches Diversity and Inclusivity Charter

Published:  28 September, 2020

The Scotch Whisky industry is this week launching its Diversity and Inclusivity Charter in a series of events led by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

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Raicilla: The new face of agave

Published:  23 September, 2020

From an almost complete unknown beyond the Americas, raicilla is now making inroads overseas, including markets such as the UK. David Furer reports on the new kid on the spirits block.

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