Pierre Pringuet to step down from Pernod board

Former Pernod Ricard CEO Pierre Pringuet has offered to resign from the French group’s board of directors as it looks to “improve governance”. Pringuet joined Pernod Ricard in 1987, becoming joint-CEO with Richard Burrows in 2000 and later group CEO in 2008. He was succeeded by Alexandre Ricard in 2015. Along with academic Martina Gonzalez-Gallarza, Pringuet has volunteered to resign from Pernod Ricard at the group’s next annual general meeting (AGM) on 8 November 2019.…

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Scotch H1 exports reflect ‘uncertainty of future trading conditions’

Scotch whisky exports grew 10.8% to £2.19 billion (US$2.66bn) during the first half of 2019, however a trade body warns that the growth reflects “uncertainty in future trading conditions”. According to HMRC figures released by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the volume of Scotch exports increased by 7.1% to 598 million 700ml bottles. Single malts “continue to grow in popularity”, up 18.8% to £652m (US$794m) during the period. The sub-category makes up 30% of the…

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Virginia Distillery drops ‘Highland’ after SWA lawsuit

American producer The Virginia Distillery Company will remove the word ‘Highland’ from its products after reaching an “amicable resolution” in its lawsuit with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). In June this year, the SWA took legal action against Virginia Distillery Company in the US district court in Delaware. The trade body argued that Virginia Distillery’s products are “being passed off as Scotch whisky” since the term ‘Highlands’ is “reserved exclusively for Scotch whisky under US federal regulations”.…

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High-end bars on pairing cocktails with food

Forget matching food with wine – the latest trend to hit top-end restaurants is exploring the marriage of gastronomy and cocktails. *This feature was originally published in the June 2019 issue of The Spirits Business The whole package of food and drink is ridiculously intertwined,” says chef Adam Handling. The two have always had a close relationship, with combinations such as red wine and steak or beer and burgers partnering perfectly. Cocktails have seldom shared…

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Sazerac Launches Two More Mezcals in Los Vecinos Line

The Sazerac Company, in partnership with Casa San Matias, has released two new expressions of Los Vecinos del Campo Mezcal to accompany the first expression released at the end of 2018. The newest releases are named Ensamble No. 1, and Tobala. Ensamble No. 1 is made with 90% Espadin, 5% Barril and 5% Madrecuishe agaves. Aromas include chamomile, dill pickle and roasted agave, the company says, with fragrances of green tea, hemp, palm frond, green pea…

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