The Distilled Spirits Council of the US is urging China and the US to “continue negotiations” for a deal that removes tariffs on US spirits after the Phase One trade agreement between the two nations was signed yesterday (15 January). On Friday 23 August 2019, China’s Finance Ministry announced its intention to implement additional tariffs worth US$75 billion on 5,078 items, including American whiskey. The move was in response to US president Donald Trump’s decision
The number of pubs and bars in the UK grew by 315 to 39,130 in 2019 – the first increase in a decade. According to the Office for National Statistic’s (ONS) Economies of ale: changes in the UK pubs and bars sector, 2001 to 2019 report, the number of small pubs and bars – venues with fewer than 10 employees – in the UK increased for the first time in more than 15 years. In
Maker’s Mark owner Beam Suntory has appointed Lucozade Ribena Suntory Ireland (LRSI) as its official spirits distributor in the Republic of Ireland. LRSI will take over distribution of Beam Suntory’s spirits portfolio, including brands such as Jim Beam Bourbon, Courvoisier Cognac, Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Teacher’s blended Scotch whisky, Roku Japanese Gin and Sipsmith gin, from Irish distributor Barry & Fitzwilliam. Mark Aherne, general manager, LRSI, said: “I am delighted that LRSI has become the official
Bottle manufacturer Stoelzle Glass Group is hoping to expand its presence in the Cognac market with the opening of a sales office in France. The Austrian glass producer has opened an office in Cognac, France, where it aims to strengthen its “partnerships with current and future clients within the Cognac market”. Stoelzle Glass Group said the office will allow it to offer better “visibility, faster answers and amazing customer service”. Andrea Gherzi, global sales director,
The “world’s first” gin made with Pinot Noir grapes, a basil-infused limoncello and an American-Canadian hybrid whisky dominate the second chapter of our most innovative spirits launches list. In 2019, a number of producers unveiled innovative line extensions including Scotch brand Glenfiddich with its Grand Cru whisky, and Sweden’s Mackmyra Distillery, which created a single malt finished in ex-Calvados casks. A series of firsts saw the launch of the UK’s “first” hemp-infused gin, while English winemaker