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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Halewood buys Ironbark Distillery as it expands to Australia

UK-based Halewood Wines & Spirits has acquired a majority stake in Australia’s Ironbark Distillery, at the same time as establishing an Australian import business. New South Wales-based Ironbark Distillery produces vodka, gin, rum and moonshine using local mountain spring water. The cost of the acquisition has not been disclosed. As part of the deal, the distillery’s leading brand Ironbark Dry Gin will enter the UK, US and China – marking the first time the gin is…

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Halewood Wines & Spirits sees FY profits triple

UK-based Halewood Wines & Spirits has disposed of its majority stake in West Cork Distillers at the same time as reporting a 319% increase in operating profit in the year ending 30 June 2018. The owner of brands including Whitley Neill Gin, Liverpool Organic Gin, Aber Falls Welsh Gin and Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer saw operating profit grow by 319% to £13.4 million (US$17.12m) from £4.2m (US$2.3m) in 2017. Revenue for the period increased by…

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