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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.

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.

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.

Dead Rabbit to "bounce back" after fire

Dead Rabbit co-founder Sean Muldoon has vowed that the bar will “bounce back” after it was closed indefinitely following a fire in the early hours of Sunday, 1 July.

Thailand's Arron Grendon wins 2018 Chivas Masters Global Final

Arron Grendon from Tropic City in Bangkok has been crowned the 2018 Chivas Masters Global Champion.

Former champ backs Daniel Warren for World Class glory

Former Diageo Reserve World Class GB champion Jamie Jones has backed this year’s winner, Daniel Warren to flourish in the global final in Berlin later this year.

Bacardí Legacy is "life changing" for Eric van Beek

Dutch bartender Eric van Beek of bar TwentySeven in Amsterdam believes winning the Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition last month will be “life changing”.

Bartender John Lermayer found dead aged 45

Bartending icon and bar owner John Lermayer, was found dead in his apartment on Miami Beach on the evening of June 6, aged 45.

WSTA’s Gibbs goes to work for Government

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has announced that one of the longest serving members of staff, Carlo Gibbs, director of UK Policy and Social Responsibility, is leaving to take up a new role in the UK Government’s Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Diageo World Class GB finalists announced

Diageo Reserve has announced this year’s 10 World Class GB finalists, following the semi-final heats in London on May 16.

Exclusive: UKBG takeover promises revolution

The UKBG has been turned on its head by the appointment of an all-star team that includes bartending legend Peter Dorelli, Declan McGurk of the American Bar and Mia Johansson of Swift.

Scotland faces competition law risk

In the wake of Scotland’s new minimum unit pricing policy, alcoholic drink manufacturers and retailers are being warned that they could risk breaching competition rules.

Funkin launches Innovation Lab

Cocktail mixer brand, Funkin has launched its Innovation Lab in partnership with London’s Crucible, opening with workshops in Bristol and Manchester in May.

Deglise to leave Vinexpo

Vinexpo has announced its chief executive, Guillaume Deglise will leave the company after the Hong Kong exhibition, which closes on May 31.

Budweiser and Beam come together

AB InBev and Beam Suntory have announced a marketing collaboration between their Budweiser and Jim Beam brands.

Erik Lorincz to leave American Bar

Erik Lorincz will leave his position as the head bartender of the American Bar at the Savoy – the World’s Best Bar 2017 - to open his own bar in London.

Winemaker programme opens for applications

A graduate programme known as The Pernod Ricard Winemakers has opened for this year’s applications.

Champagne exports boom

Champagne has recorded a turnover of €4.9bn, an increase of +6.6% due to improved export performances.

Man dies at Midleton Distillery site

Pernod Ricard has confirmed the death of an employee at its Midleton Distillery in Cork, who has been named locally as Dominic Knowles.

Scotch whisky trademark renewed in China

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has renewed its collective trademarks ‘Scotch Whisky’ and its translation ‘苏格兰威士忌’ in China until November 2028. So, Scotch Whisky is officially protected from locally produced copies for a further 10 years.

WSET annual awards

The Wine & Spirits Education Trust awards took place last night (January 22) at The Guildhall in the City of London.

The Benevolent launches mental health campaign

The Benevolent launched a new mental health awareness campaign #NotAlone at the Vintners’ Company Annual Wine Trade Lunch on 12 January at Vintners’ Hall.

Hyde named new WSET chairman

Nick Hyde has taken over from James Simpson MW as chairman of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) board of trustees. Simon McMurtrie has also joined the board.

Brands Report: How we did it

AS WE SEEK TO IMPROVE our research products, the Drinks International Brands Report has seen some fine-tuning but the objective – to provide a snapshot of the buying habits of elite bars around the world – remains the same.

WSET‘s Ian Harris gets MBE

Wine & Spirit Education Trust chief executive Ian Harris has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year’s Honours List 2018.

WSTA calls for UK chancellor to prove he’s not a Scrooge

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association is calling on the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer to freeze wine and spirit duty in tomorrow’s budget.

Vinexpo launches new Bordeaux show

Vinexpo has announced the launch of a new event in Paris in 2020 and Vinisud has merged with Vinovision Paris

Wine and Spirit trade bodies sign up to a united approach to Brexit

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association says it has joined up with trade bodies from across Europe to agree a ground breaking Brexit position paper.

Savoy's American Bar tops The World's 50 Best Bars

The American Bar from London was named World’s Best Bar amid a dominant night for hotel bars at The World’s 50 Best Bars ceremony in London tonight.

The Benevolent opens counselling hotline

The Benevolent, the drinks industry charity, has launched a confidential telephone helpline manned by professional counsellors.

Benevolent bike ride raises £13,000

The Benevolent, the charity for the UK drinks trade, has announced that a bike ride, in memory of Dan Townsend the Treasury Wine Estates’ European managing director who died in March while on business in Napa valley, raised more than £13,000.

WSET reports record demand

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust claims that demand for wine and spirits education is higher than ever, as more businesses recognise the return on investment in educated staff.

Quintessential raises €28m for Dublin distillery

Quintessential Brands has announced a €18.3m investment by Stock Spirits in its Dublin Liberties Distillery Company.

Hibiki 21 Year Old is the ISC’s Supreme Champion Spirit for 2017

The International Spirits Challenge’s Supreme Champion Spirit for 2017 is Suntory’s Hibiki 21 Year Old.

LVMH buys Washington’s Woodinville whiskey

LVMH Moët Hennessy has announced that it has bought the Woodinville Whiskey Company in Washington State. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

WSTA joins food and drink giants at government roundtable

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association was invited to attend Defra’s Food and Drink discussions at a roundtable led by secretary of state, Michael Gove, last week.

Trick Dog launches children’s book menu

San Francisco bar Trick Dog, a three-time member of The World’s 50 Best Bars, has launched its tenth menu today, a children’s book named: What Rhymes with Trick Dog?

Suzuki becomes Chivas Masters global champion

Atsushi Suzuki from Shanghai has taken the title of Chivas Masters global champion in Tokyo with his winning cocktail The Double Talk.

Vermouth di Torino Institute makes UK debut

The newly formed Vermouth di Torino Institute celebrated its UK debut last night with a tasting of 15 vermouths from the Piedmont region.

Campari sells Château de Sancerre winery for €20.5m

Gruppo Campari has announced that it has reached an agreement for the disposal of the French Château de Sancerre wine business to Maison Ackerman.

WSTA chief to join Brexit debate at Vinexpo

Miles Beale, CEO of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) and a former UK government advisor on agricultural policy, is to join the panel of experts debating the UK’s proposed exit from the European Union at Vinexpo Bordeaux on June 20.

Brexit pushes up the price of a bottle of wine, says WSTA

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s latest market report has revealed the average price of a bottle of wine has risen more in the last 12 weeks than it had in the last two years.

GONG Bar unveils Director’s Cut menu

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London has unveiled its new GŌNG Bar cocktail menu. Named the Director’s Cut, the menu is inspired by the greatest film directors of all time.

Glenmorangie launches Pride 1974

Glenmorangie has announced the launch of the oldest whisky it has produced to date.

Jägermeister appoints Christopher Ratsch

Mast-Jägermeister has announced the appointment of Christopher Ratsch as the third member of its executive board.

Vinexpo to try the US again

Vinexpo has announced that it is to try again to mount a successful exhibition in the US.

European Commission publishes report on labeling

The European Commission has published its long-awaited report on the exemption granted to alcohol products from certain mandatory labelling requirements.

Treasury mourns death of Dan Townsend

Treasury Wine Estates has announced the death of its European managing director, Dan Townsend.

Prosecco DOC commits to sustainability

The Prosecco DOC plans to obtain certification that will guarantee the sustainability of individual wines.

Scotch Whisky industry says excise increase is a blow

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) says the Chancellor’s decision to increase excise duty on spirits by nearly 4% or 36 pence a bottle in today’s Budget is a major blow to a key UK industry.