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Masons of Yorkshire launches Cocktail Star of the North competition

Published:  16 September, 2022

The fully-independent gin business, Masons of Yorkshire, is leading a search for the next ‘bartending star’ in the North of England.


On-trade favours major gin brands over small-batch

Published:  12 August, 2022

According to market research by Shepper, the UK’s on-trade and hospitality outlets prefer to serve leading gin and tonic brands as their house products instead of supporting local and small-batch counterparts. 


New director general installed as Gin Guild’s international reach grows

Published:  11 May, 2022

The new director general of The Gin Guild has been inducted at London’s Guildhall alongside more than 20 new members from distilleries and brands in the UK, Italy, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, India and the USA. 


After the gin boom

Published:  22 April, 2022

The past two years have been tough for everyone and Britain’s gin distillers are no exception. The various lockdowns and general uncertainty hit the industry hard and, while retailers and direct sales helped alleviate the shortfall, “the on-trade could never be replaced by home consumption”, according to Nick Cook, director-general of the Gin Guild.


Ramsay moves into spirits with gin range

Published:  28 July, 2021

Gordon Ramsay has joined forces with Eden Mill to launch a gin range, marking the Michelin chef’s first step into the UK spirits market.


Saunders joins Didsbury Gin as non-executive director

Published:  22 July, 2021

Bibendum CEO Michael Saunders has joined Didsbury Gin as a non-executive director.


Court reserves judgement on Vinpro interdict application

Published:  22 July, 2021

The Western Cape High Court has reserved judgement on Vinpro’s urgent interim interdict application that would afford the Premier of the Western Cape the power to adopt deviations to the national ban to enable off- and on-consumption sale of alcohol in the province.


Retail gin sales hit all time high

Published:  10 June, 2021

Sales of gin in the retail sector have continued to soar during the pandemic, up 30% over the past 12 months.


Gin distiller denounces exploitation of the term 'craft'

Published:  05 May, 2021

The premium gin market is being threatened by unscrupulous distilleries bastardising the term 'craft', according to a leading niche brand.


Long Read: Gin's return as a sophisticated mature version of itself

Published:  29 April, 2021

Brits have welcomed the resurgence of gin with gusto, and while the market has been inundated with brands, flavours, colours, styles, bottle designs and fashionable labels, we’re now seeing a desire for classic, original, well-made gins – a return to gin, as it should be.   


Countdown to Think Gin digital day

Published:  13 April, 2021

The countdown is on for this year’s Think Gin digital day hosted by Harpers Wine & Spirit and Drinks Retailing News, and promising a full and exciting programme of content dedicated to the popular spirit. 


Gin exports hit by ‘time-consuming, complex' logistical Brexit difficulties

Published:  23 March, 2021

UK gin exports dropped by £100m in 2020 to £572m, according to new HMRC data.


Masons of Yorkshire unveils new gin

Published:  07 October, 2020

Masons of Yorkshire has added a new addition to its premium gin portfolio as part of a brand refresh. 


Aviation Gin takes off with Diageo in $610m deal

Published:  18 August, 2020

Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds’ Aviation Gin brand has landed a mega-deal with drinks giant Diageo, which has been acquired via parent company Davos Brands.


Relief as gin spared from US tariff hikes, but battle for Scotch continues

Published:  13 August, 2020

The US has backed down on its threat to expand a 16-year old trade fight with the European Union to impose tariffs on gin – a move which would have been “hugely detrimental” for the British alcohol industry.


58 Gin claims UK first with gin-based hard seltzer

Published:  30 June, 2020

London-based artisan spirits distillery 58 Gin has launched what it claims to be the first gin-based hard seltzer in the UK.


Gin best-selling online spirit during lockdown

Published:  10 June, 2020

Gin has been reported to be the best-selling spirit across online platforms during the Covid-19 lockdown.


Ginposium moves online

Published:  08 June, 2020

The Gin Guild has moved its annual gin industry seminar Ginposium online.


Gin revival vs survival

Published:  29 April, 2020

The current health crisis will hit the maturing gin market hard at time when competition is at its peak with buyers rationalising ranges and it may be only the very strongest that will survive, says Jo Gilbert.


Armit supports The Drinks Trust as overall industry coronavirus initiatives gather pace

Published:  07 April, 2020

Armit Wines is the latest in the drinks industry to pledge its support to The Drinks Trust’s coronavirus campaign as overall industry projects across the off- and on-trade continue to gather pace with Brockmans Gin, Bacardi and House of Champagne Henri Giraud also revealing new initiatives.