Tonic and mixer brands on tackling the US

The rise in popularity of gin has led to a revolution in mixers, with flavoured variants coming to the fore. But can tonic producers convert their esteem in the UK and Europe to success in the US? *This feature was originally published in the November 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Hard as it is to believe, there was once a mere handful of gin brands out there, with effectively just Schweppes and Britvic tonic…

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Unmissable spirits brands at Vinexpo Paris

The spirits industry will be well represented at the debut Vinexpo Paris event – and if all goes well, next year could see a spin-off show solely dedicated to the distilled sector. It was November 2017 when Vinexpo revealed its intention to launch a wine and spirits show in the French capital. The inaugural Parisian event is now just around the corner, and a lot has changed in the past two years – with even…

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Fever-Tree sales hit by ‘challenging’ UK market

Tonic water producer Fever-Tree’s 2019 UK sales are predicted to fall 1% as the market witnessed a “challenging Christmas” period with a slowdown in consumer spending. The carbonated mixer producer has released its trading update for 2019 ahead of the group’s preliminary results on 24 March 2020. Fever-Tree expects full-year revenue for 2019 to increase by 10% to £260.5 million (US$339m) – a stark contrast to its 40% growth reported for 2018. Fever-Tree’s revenue was…

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Fever-Tree reports ‘encouraging’ H1 2019 sales

Tonic water producer Fever-Tree has reported a 13% revenue increase during the first half of 2019, boosted by the UK and US. In the group’s interim results for the first six months to 30 June 2019, Fever-Tree said revenues reached £117.3 million (US$145.9m) – up from £104.2m (US$129.6m) during the same period in 2018. Fever-Tree said it had been an “encouraging half” with all regions witnessing “continued growth despite lapping some exceptional comparatives”. The UK…

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Top 10 spirits launches in May 2019

The “world’s first” whisky made using artificial intelligence, a low-abv ‘spirit drink’ and the first line extension from Sailor Jerry rum were namechecked in our pick of top spirits launched in May. Last month saw a number of drinks producers move into new categories including Swedish cider maker Kopparberg with its new fruit-flavoured gins, and tonic producer Fever-Tree’s debut in the ready-to-drink market. Meanwhile, soft drinks giant The Coca-Cola Company also debuted its own range…

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