Online retailer Master of Malt has warned of a “potential breach” of customer data after its email marketing provider was hacked. In a letter to customers, Master of Malt managing director Tom McGuinness said some of its customer names and email addresses may have been accessed overnight via its Mailchimp account, which the company uses to manage its email list. McGuinness reassured customers that “no other personal data of any sort has been compromised”, and
Spirits expert Philip Duff is stepping down as director of education at the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTC) to spend more time working on his Old Duff Genever brand. The foundation’s education programme will now be managed by global education committees, recruited by Duff and its board of directors. The foundation and Duff together decided that “democratising and diversifying” TOTC’s approach to education would “position it for future growth and success”. TOTC, famous for
After its sell-out success in Ireland and the US, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) champion Conor McGregor has launched his Proper No. Twelve whiskey in the UK. McGregor first launched Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey in Ireland and the US in September last year. But demand “rapidly outpaced supply” and stock that was estimated to be enough for six months sold out in 10 days. To remedy the situation, McGregor shipped 25,000 cases to the US

Former MGP Ingredients CEO dies

Posted by Mike Time on  March 1, 2019

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The former CEO of third-party spirits producer MGP Ingredients, Cloud L ‘Bud’ Cray Jr, has died aged 96. MGP Ingredients said the company was “saddened” by the death of chairman emeritus Cray,  who died on Wednesday morning, 27 January. He was hailed for helping to “guide the transformation” of MGP from an “industrial alcohol manufacturer” to a “leading maker” of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches. Cray retired as a director of
Aldi UK buying director Tom Bradley on the supermarket’s in­-house spirits offering and demand for value. Where did your interest in spirits come from? I have always had a keen interest in the drinks industry, keeping a close eye on the trends and demands of the spirits world in particular. This passion was furthered by my time spent as a buying director in Aldi’s Scottish office. How long have you been working at Aldi? I’ve