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WSTA and Benevolent appoint new members

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has appointed Jeremy Shepherd from Brown-Forman and Mark Riley from Edrington-Beam Suntory UK to its board.

Amsterdam to host Bacardi Legacy 2019

Bacardi has announced that Amsterdam will be the host city of the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition Grand Final 2019.

Zamora and W. Deutsch part ways for Licor 43

Zamora has announced that it and its US importer, W. Deutsch Family Wines, have mutually agreed to terminate its arrangement for Licor 43, effective September 1.

German Maxim Schulte takes top job at The American Bar

The American Bar at the Savoy has appointed Maxim Schulte as its 11th head bartender, a role considered by many to be the biggest job in bartending.

Olivier Dauga unveils sustainable French wine projects

Olivier Dauga was in London on 16 July to present new examples of his projects with wine producers in Bordeaux which focus on organic conversion and sustainability.

Alan Winchester wins ISC Lifetime Achievement Award

The Glenlivet master distiller Alan Winchester was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 International Spirits Challenge dinner on Thursday 12 July.

Cider Supply Co gets China distribution

Cider Supply Co has made an agreement with Craft Republic to distribute its French cider brand Galipette Cidre across mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan).

HMRC says 326 soft drinks hit by sugar tax

HMRC has confirmed that 326 soft drinks manufacturers have been hit by the sugar tax according to data held by national accountancy group UHY Hacker Young, while alcoholic spirits remain safe from such legislations.

Matt Deller joins Tor Wines

Matt Deller MW has joined Tor Wines in Napa Valley as chief operating officer, responsible for supporting owner Tor Kenward in all areas of the business.

Foursquare 2005 wins ISC Supreme Champion

Foursquare 2005 has become the first rum brand in history to win the Supreme Champion award at the International Spirits Challenge.

Rachel Barrie given honorary doctorate for whisky services

Rachel Barrie has become the first female master blender to be given an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh.

Irish Distillers wins legal case with brewer

Irish Distillers has won a trademark case with a British brewery over the name of its lager beer called Mideltone, created by Bucks Star Brewery.

Distell and Camus Cognac enter China distribution deal

Distell Group has appointed Camus Cognac subsidiary Yuanliu International Trade Co as distributor for three of its Scotch whisky bands in China.

Lion acquires Fourpure Brewing Co

Australian-based beer company Lion, has acquired 100% of London’s Fourpure Brewing Co for an undisclosed figure.

'Primary Scotch brands can dominate emerging markets'

Pat Venning, global marketing director for Chivas Brothers believes that its primary Scotch portfolio has a “good future” despite global premiumisation.

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