Bacardi teams up with Deliveroo as part of £1.5m investment

Family-owned Bacardi has partnered with Deliveroo Editions to enable UK and Ireland bars to deliver cocktails to consumers during the coronavirus pandemic, and has also pledged £1.5 million (US$1.8m) to the on-trade in Western Europe. The investment is part of Bacardi’s Raise Your Spirits campaign, which was launched following the international temporary closure of bars and restaurants due to the covid-19 pandemic. As part of its partnership with Deliveroo Editions, more than 120 bars in…

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The Spirits Business launches Covid-19 Campaign

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Spirits Business magazine has launched The Spirits Business’ Covid-19 Campaign to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Drinks Trust. The campaign will see The Global Spirits Masters, the blind-tasting competition run by The Spirits Business magazine, donate 5% of entry fees made during the coronavirus pandemic to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Drinks Trust. People living with cystic fibrosis fall into the ‘high-risk’ group of those thought…

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WSTA: ‘overwhelming support’ for six-month alcohol duty cut

A survey by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has shown “overwhelming support” for a six-month freeze on alcohol duty in the UK, while 84% of respondents also backed a halt on new laws amid the pandemic. Trade body the WSTA surveyed its members to find out what key messages it can deliver to the UK government to support the industry during the covid-19 crisis. Nearly 95% of companies who participated agreed with the WSTA’s…

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Chase donates 30,000 bottles of hand sanitiser

English spirits producer Chase Distillery has become the latest distiller to make alcohol for hand sanitiser and has already donated 30,000 bottles to key workers in its local area. In a joint venture with the distiller’s sister brand, apple cider vinegar producer Willy’s, Chase has so far donated 30,000 units of World Health Organization-approved hand sanitiser in the Herefordshire and Worcestershire area. The brand’s sanitiser is also available to purchase online for trade customers through…

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What’s on this weekend

From quizzes to cocktail masterclasses, the drinks industry isn’t letting self-isolation stand in the way of its ability to have a good time. Here, we round up this weekend’s online events that are not to be missed. As bartenders and patrons are forced indoors as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, socialising has moved online. But, for those tired of video calls the drinks industry is here to brighten your week. From virtual whisky…

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