Top 10 spirits launches in August 2020

From Jose Cuervo’s Tequila-based hard seltzer range to Diageo’s much-anticipated Special Releases series, there were plenty of innovative new products from spirits brands during August. In August, producers tapped into the hottest trends and unveiled their latest annual releases, including drinks groups Diageo and Distell. The burgeoning hard seltzer category welcomed a new entrant last month with Jose Cuervo unveiling its Playamar range, while Australian producer Four Pillars created an olive leaf-infused gin “perfect for…

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Distell unveils eight limited edition single malts

Spirits producer Distell has released eight new limited edition Scotch whiskies, including two from Islay distillery Bunnahabhain and three from Tobermory. The eight single malts were bottled from Distell’s three Scotch whisky distilleries – Bunnahabhain, Deanston and Tobermory, the latter of which also produces Ledaig. Each expression is bottled at natural colour and is non-chill-filtered. Julieann Fernandez, master blender at Distell, said: “Our annual collection of limited editions always bring the distillery team’s talent and…

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Distell FY sales hit by South Africa alcohol ban

South African drinks group Distell saw its fiscal 2020 revenue fall by 14.6% due to the alcohol ban in its home market. In the year ending 30 June 2020, the Amarula cream liqueur and Bunnahabhain Scotch whisky owner saw its revenue fall 14.6% to 22.37 billion rand (US$1.33bn). Distell CEO Richard Rushton said: “The resilience of our business and culture was severely tested during the pandemic and I’m proud of the way we are responding.…

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Top nine best-selling liqueur brands

Bartender collaborations and experimental flavours have added excitement to the liqueurs category in recent years. We analyse the performance of the sector’s biggest brands. The liqueurs category witnessed a slight uptick in 2019, growing by 1.5%, according to Euromonitor. The category has benefitted from new innovations, vibrant marketing campaigns and its use in cocktails. In the UK, liqueur sales reached £1.3 billion (US$1.7bn) in 2019 as consumers purchased 43 million bottles, according to figures from the…

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The impact of Covid-19 on the Scotch sector

Many Scotch whisky distilleries – and all visitor centres – have been shuttered to battle the spread of Covid-19. As the industry looks forward to getting back to work, The Spirits Business asks what happens next. *This feature was originally published in the June 2020 issue of The Spirits Business As one of the UK’s largest exports, Scotch whisky has enjoyed global success and was poised for further growth in 2020, despite challenges such as…

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