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The economics of the great British booze market – do we pay to play?

Published:  03 June, 2024

The UK spirits market, to many global producers, is one they want to be part of. It’s not the biggest by any means, nor is it the most fruitful – but there is an air of prestige about it. And yet many independent producers trying to break into the UK market, will struggle or worse, fail miserably. It’s a tough nut to crack but by understanding the nuances of the market, you’ll be better equipped to tackle the challenge – and hopefully reap a bit of great British success.  


Nick Gillett: Satisfying distributors – the secret sauce for spirits brands

Published:  13 May, 2024

I don’t think I have to preach about the benefits of working with a distributor when it comes to the UK spirits industry. It’s a complicated market at the best of times and currently full of challenges like cost-of-living pressures and hospitality closures, which in turn lead to more cautious buyers that are harder to access.


Nick Gillett: Why mezcal could cure the ‘tequila timebomb’

Published:  12 February, 2024

If you’re an avid agave fan or have been subject to any of my previous tequila musings of the last few years, you might have heard the phrase – ‘the tequila timebomb’. For a few years now, the boom in tequila’s popularity has been well documented, as have the numerous voices warning that, to keep up with this demand, producers are irresponsibly damaging Mexico’s agricultural and civil landscapes. In 2022, my article on the subject talked about monocropping practices of enormous agave cultivations, cloned plants, and the dangerous effect these were having on biodiversity, agriculture, and even water availability for local communities. So, 18 months later, have we managed to dispose of the tequila timebomb?


Nick Gillett: Education, education, education – hospitality’s secret weapon

Published:  15 January, 2024

When it comes to the spirits and hospitality industries, I harp on about education a lot. But with good reason. That dinner you had out the other week with the outstanding service – it’s thanks to education. Receiving a top new tipple recommendation from your local bartender – education. Formal training, cocktail masterclasses, category insight – it’s all helping to create better teams, better serves and ultimately an altogether better experience for the customer. So as someone who works for or is interested in the industry, here’s why you should care about it.


Nick Gillett: A festive ‘through the keyhole’ look at our columnist’s home bar

Published:  11 December, 2023

As MD of a spirits distribution company, you might imagine that my home bar is huge. And guess what – you’d be absolutely right. As someone who genuinely loves a good, stiff drink, learning about new producers and brands is one of the biggest perks of the job. And as a result of that perk, I’m now the proud owner of the best stocked bar in Woodford Green. So, in case it’s of any interest at all to the booze enthusiasts among you, here’s exactly what I’ve got stocked on my own bar at home.


Trade reflects on ‘mixed-bag’ Autumn Statement

Published:  27 November, 2023

Following rumours of a second duty hike in line with inflation, the government quelled fears by announcing a freeze on alcohol duty in the Autumn Statement last week.


Nick Gillett: Competitive socialising – novelty or here to stay?

Published:  17 November, 2023


Nick Gillett: Predicting the big Christmas spirits trends

Published:  16 October, 2023

When it comes to this point of the year, customers start turning their thoughts towards Christmas. I know we say this every year, but Christmas 2023 really is going to be one of the most important festive seasons of the last ten years. While a great season won’t solve the various problems put upon the industry by government (duty hikes, rail strikes, and soaring energy costs, to name but a few) it’ll certainly go some way to protecting against the inevitable quiet months in early 2024.


Mangrove expands spirits team following French buyout

Published:  10 August, 2023

Mangrove Global, the independent spirits distributor, has expanded its marketing team and collective expertise by appointing four new spirits specialists. The expansion of ‘team purple’ comes soon after Mangrove was bought by French conglomerate, Groupe Bernard Hayot (GBH), bringing it into the fold of the SPIRIBAM portfolio.


Nick Gillett on the rum renaissance: is it finally happening?

Published:  12 June, 2023

With the rum revival being forecast for the best part of 25 years, it’s great for us mystic megs of the industry to finally be able to say, it’s happening. But why now, after all this time, and is it here to stay? Whether you’re a professional in the on or off-trade, or just a seasoned spirits lover looking to learn – here’s how to navigate this brilliant and booming category.


Mangrove partners with Booker Marketplace to service smaller retailers

Published:  31 May, 2023

Premium spirits distributor Mangrove Global has announced a new partnership with Booker Marketplace, a digital platform that provides a direct-to-store delivery service.


New era for Mangrove following French buyout

Published:  13 February, 2023

Mangrove Global has been bought by the spirits branch of GBH, a French group based in Martinique, in a move which is set to usher in a new phase for the company. 


Nick Gillett: The big boozy, British brain drain

Published:  19 December, 2022


East London Liquor Co joins Mangrove Global portfolio

Published:  02 November, 2022

Mangrove Global, the premium UK spirits distributor, has announced the addition of East London Liquor Company to its portfolio.


Nick Gillett: Why sugar and spice don’t always add up to nice

Published:  17 October, 2022

In the latest of our new critical mini-series, Mangrove UK’s MD calls for clarity over rum.


Nick Gillett: How red tape is paralysing the industry

Published:  20 September, 2022

In the second of our new critical mini-series, Mangrove UK’s MD calls for a serious untangling of post-Brexit red tape.


Nick Gillett: Tequila’s dance with environmental vandalism

Published:  05 September, 2022

In the first of our new critical mini-series, penned by Mangrove UK’s MD Nick Gillett, tequila’s crumbling environmental credentials come under the spotlight.


Friday Read: The post-pandemic hangover for hospitality

Published:  12 August, 2022

Nick Gillett, MD at specialist spirits company Mangrove UK, talks challenges and opportunities for the still beleaguered on-trade.


‘It’s not the job of businesses to solve global problems’ says Mangrove MD

Published:  30 June, 2022

A new taxpayer-funded ad campaign will ask businesses to cut prices to help with the cost-of-living crisis from July.