Burleighs Gin almost doubles £250k investment target

English brand Burleighs Gin almost doubled its £250,000 (US$322,425) crowdfunding target to raise just under £500,000 (US$644,850) worth of investment in one month. The month-long fundraiser on Crowdcube received more than 291 investments ranging from £10 to £250,000. Burleighs Gin will use the funds to accelerate its global plans, expand the company’s staff numbers and establish the brand in the US and Asia. Matt Payne, managing director, said: “Crowdfunding has been an excellent opportunity for…

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Report shows decline in drink-driving deaths

The number of drink-driving fatalities has fallen in all countries except two where data is currently available, according to a new report from the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD). The number of drink-driving deaths declined in 34 out of 36 countries where official national data is available. In Europe, 24 out of 26 countries reported a drop in drink-driving fatalities between 2006 and 2016. A total of 14 European countries experienced a reduction of…

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Alcohol-free Highball Cocktails range launches in UK

The Original Free Drinks Company has released a range of ready-to-drink (RTD) non-alcoholic cocktails to meet growing demand for zero-ABV versions of popular serves such as the Aperol Spritz. Described as the UK’s “first” range of 0% ABV RTD cocktails, Highball Cocktails is said to offer “authentic, sophisticated alcohol-free companions to some of the world’s greatest cocktails in single-serve bottles, cans and on tap”. The range consists of six variants: Classic G&T, Pink G&T, Cosmopolitan,…

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Edinburgh Gin launches Bramble & Honey flavour

Ian Macleod Distillers-owned Edinburgh Gin has expanded its portfolio with the release of a bramble and honey-flavoured expression. The latest full-strength flavoured gin release from the Scottish brand follows the unveiling of a jasmine-infused expression and the release of its rhubarb and ginger-flavoured gin. Edinburgh Gin Bramble & Honey is said to be the brand’s “most decadent” flavour to date, combining the taste and aroma of dark fruits and honey with Edinburgh Gin’s signature flavour.…

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Gin 1689 makes UK debut

The Amsterdam Craft Gin Company has launched its Gin 1689 brand in the UK through importer Distilled Brands. The founders of the Amsterdam Craft Gin Company, Alexander Janssens and Patrick van der Peet, spent two years researching the archives of the British Library to create the gin. They discovered the receipt in the rare books section, which listed the original ingredients but withheld the exact quantities used. After acquiring the exclusive rights to the recipe,…

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