The biggest spirits stories of 2019

The industry has faced many pressing issues in 2019 and The Spirits Business has been there to cover the news in detail. Here, we highlight the most important stories that made headlines in the past 12 months. Last year saw a number of big companies hit the headlines including Diageo, which breathed a sigh of relief after it avoided strike action across its Scottish distilleries. However, the Johnnie Walker owner came under criticism after being…

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Charles Schumann returns 50 Best Industry Icon Award

The World’s 50 Best Bars has “accepted the return” of Charles Schumann’s Industry Icon award after widespread backlash over comments the German bartender made in an interview, saying “a bar is no place for a woman”. Schumann was recognised during the awards ceremony at London’s Roundhouse last week, but the move has been widely criticised on social media by bartenders and bar owners. During an interview with German Playboy Magazine several years ago, Schumann was…

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