The week in pictures

Soon-to-open cocktail bar Cahoots Ticket Hall and Control Room has named Hattie Bee its honorary owner following an online competition. The London bar, which opens in November, will welcome Bee to the team for its opening week, where she will sample cocktails for its menu, attend a drinks-making masterclass, host a private party and take home the bar’s takings from its opening week. Bee said: “I was beyond excited when I saw the position advertised,…

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Diageo hires head of communications for Asia Pacific

Drinks giant Diageo has appointed Azmar Sukandar as its new head of communications and society for the Asia Pacific region. In her new role, Sukandar will offer strategic counsel and support to Diageo’s Asia Pacific unit. She will work closely with Sam Fischer, president of Asia Pacific and Greater China, and Paul Kelleher, corporate relations director for Asia Pacific. “Diageo has a clear ambition to be one of the best performing, most trusted and respected…

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Distill Ventures expands US team with brand search role

Diageo-owned investment unit Distill Ventures has added Gregorio Santiago Braga to its North American team as brand search and accelerator executive. Based in New York, Santiago Braga will hunt for the “brightest, most innovative” entrepreneurs across the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks categories in the US. He will also work closely with Distill Ventures’ existing portfolio of founders “to nurture and scale their drinks brands”. In addition, Santiago Braga will network at trade shows and ensure…

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Diageo launches gingerbread-flavoured Captain Morgan

Diageo-owned spiced rum brand Captain Morgan is preparing for the festive season with the release of a new gingerbread-flavoured variant. The limited edition Captain Morgan Gingerbread Spiced is available exclusively in the UK through supermarket chain Asda and selected Green King pubs. Gingerbread Spiced is said to boast “warming hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and black pepper” and can be served cold or warm. Bottled at 30% ABV, Captain Morgan Gingerbread Spiced carries a recommended…

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Diageo opens innovation centre in Scotland

Drinks giant Diageo has opened its new £6.4 million (US$8m) Innovation and Research Centre in Scotland, which aims to drive sustainable growth in distilling. Diageo first announced plans to open the technical centre in July 2018. The site was officially opened last Friday (11 October) by Roseanna Cunningham, cabinet secretary for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform. It is located in the village of Menstrie in Clackmannanshire. The facility will be home to teams working…

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