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Remy Cointreau Sales Surged in Q3

Remy Cointreau has reported 25.1% sales growth for the final three months of 2020.


London Wine Fair announces virtual event for 2021

The London Wine Fair 2021 will now take place virtually between 17-19 May in light of the ongoing uncertainty around the Covid-19 global pandemic.


Gin Guild slams 'freeloading' brands in no/low spirits sector

The Gin Guild, the not-for-profit international gin industry body, has denounced spirits producers who describe low or non-alcohol products as ‘gin’ for “freeloading” on the success of the category.


A Shot In Time prints launch in aid of UK hospitality

A new hospitality support initiative has launched called A Shot In Time, which seeks to raise essential funding for the UK hospitality industry which has struggled financially since last March.


Colorado High CBD gin falls foul of watchdog

The Portman Group has warned the trade not to stock a CBD infused gin from Silent Pool called Colorado High.


Pernod Ricard launches Ballantine's Light and Beefeater Light

Pernod Ricard has ramped up its focus on the low-alcohol category by launching 20% abv variants of Ballantine’s Scotch whisky and Beefeater gin.


Limited-edition Michter’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye released in the UK

Michter’s has released its US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye 2020 in the UK.


Walsh Whiskey expands into eight countries in Eastern Europe

Walsh Whiskey has appointed six new distributors in Eastern Europe in a bid to capitalise upon strong growth in the region.


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Following the recent election of new president Jaya Singh, TFWA has announced its desire to widen its representation within its affiliate trade associations.


Ian Burrell one of four new appointments by The Drinks Trust

The Drinks Trust has appointed Troy Christensen as its new chair of the Board of Trustees as well as three new patrons in Ian Burrell, Becky Paskin and Jaega Wise.


IWSR purchases Wine Intelligence

Global drinks industry data provider IWSR has purchased consumer insights firm Wine Intelligence for an undisclosed sum.


Empirical lands Mangrove UK distribution deal

Copenhagen-based flavour company Empirical has appointed Mangrove as its new distributor to grow the sales of its spirits and RTDs portfolio in the UK.


Brands Report 2021: Tonic water

Fever-Tree has been named the number one tonic brand for the seventh year running and after a flurry of arrivals in recent years, the category is looking a little more settled. It’s always been the one mixer a bar can’t do without and in 2020, true to type, every bar polled stocked tonic water.


WSTA launches new labelling guidance for UK no/low sector

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has produced new guidance around the labelling of low and no alcohol drinks in the UK market.



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