Beam extends distribution deal with Alcobrands

Bowmore owner Beam Suntory has expanded its distribution partnership with Alcobrands in Belgium and Luxembourg to cover the firm’s entire portfolio. Based in Antwerp, Belgium, Alcobrands has managed the distribution of a large portion of Beam Suntory’s portfolio in the two markets since 2018. The new agreement between the two firms expands on the existing partnership, with Alcobrands taking responsibility for Beam Suntory’s entire portfolio from 1 April 2021. The initial deal saw Alcobrands distribute…

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Top 50 innovative spirits launches of 2020: 30-21

A gin finished in Tequila barrels, an agave-based vodka and a cherry-flavoured spiced rum all feature in the third chapter of our top 50 most innovative spirits launches of last year. The third part of our top 50 innovative spirits launches of 2020 was dominated by a series of firsts, including the first Irish whiskey finished in ginger beer casks and the first baijiu to be made in the UK. Producers continued to experiment with…

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Summit of the Americas names more speakers

The International Association of Airport and Duty Dree Stores (IAADFS) has confirmed the latest list of speakers for the 2021 Summit of the Americas – A Virtual Experience. The 2021 iteration of Summit of the Americas will take place online from 5-9 April as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to speak at the Knowledge Hub are: Martin Eurnekian, chief executive officer of Corporación América Airports; Roger Fordyce, Hudson CEO; Jackie McDonagh, ARI-North America…

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Cutwater Spirits Margarita RTDs, Frozen Tequila Pops

San Diego distillery Cutwater Spirits has expanded its presence in the tequila-based RTD space by adding several new fruit-forward margarita SKUs. These new products begin with this month’s California release of Mango Margarita, which then rolls out nationwide in early February. Soon after the release of Mango Margarita, Cutwater will introduce Strawberry and Peach Margarita cans — each made with real fruit puree — to the lineup in April. Cutwater will also roll out Frozen Margarita ice…

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What’s on this weekend

High West Distillery Après Ski Utah-based High West Distillery partnered with Park City Mountain Resort to create a snow globe-inspired après ski offering. At the distillery’s Nelson Cottage outpost in Park City, High West has created heated snow globes that can accommodate up to eight people. The spaces offer panoramic views of the Wasatch mountains, which can be enjoyed alongside the High West Manhattan fondue, smoked Rocky Mountain trout, and the High West Hot Toddy.…

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