Top 10 spirits launches in February 2021

A lower-ABV range from Grey Goose vodka, an alcohol-free Tanqueray and a new rum brand from Moët Hennessy made our pick of unmissable new spirits launched last month. February 2021 brought new product innovations from producers such as Diageo, Bacardi, Moët Hennessy and La Martiniquaise-Bardinet. Tapping into the trend for low-and-no alcohol was Diageo, which unveiled new expressions for Tanqueray gin and Baileys liqueur, while Bacardi unveiled a 30% ABV Grey Goose line. English gin…

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Top 10 spirits industry fines

From multi-million-dollar bribes to illegal ‘pay-to-play’ schemes, the spirits sector has been handed some hefty penalties in recent years. We look back at some of the industry’s biggest fines. The spirits sector has been hit with some major charges in the past decade, including fines for oil leaks, distillery fires and trademark violations. Some of the biggest fines have happened in the US, where companies have been ordered to pay out for moves such as…

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Ten leading Asian spirits executives

The drinks sector is seeking to drive change in the industry by ensuring that their workforces are diverse and inclusive. Here, we look at 10 Asian spirits executives at the top of their game. Across every industry, not just drinks, companies have pledged to support racial diversity and eradicate racism across their operations. Some companies have set ambitious goals to champion diversity in their workplace, including Johnnie Walker owner Diageo, which is striving to have 45%…

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UK distillers gain up to £75,000 to go green

The UK government has given up to £75,000 (US$101,200) for sustainability projects by producers including Bruichladdich and the Cornish Geothermal Rum Distillery as part of its £10 million (US$13.5m) green fund. The £10m funding to help distilleries go green was first announced by UK chancellor Rishi Sunak during the spring budget in March 2020. The Green Distilleries scheme aims to “kick-start green innovation” and will provide backing to UK distilleries to help them utilise energy sources such…

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Macallan collaborates with David Carson

The Macallan has partnered with American graphic designer David Carson on a new festive campaign. Texas-born David Carson is considered one of the world’s most influential graphic designers, The Macallan said. The ‘powerful and disruptive’ campaign features artwork in Carson’s signature iconoclastic style. The creative focusses on five of the Scotch brand’s single malt whiskies – The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old, Sherry Oak 18 Years Old, Sherry Oak 25 Years Old, Rare Cask…

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