Top 10 spirits launches in November 2019

The “world’s first” gin made with artificial intelligence, the final whisky in Diageo’s Game of Thrones-inspired single malt range and the oldest Balvenie to date are among the top products to launch last month. November saw a number of brands release their oldest expressions to date including a 56-year-old single malt from The Balvenie and Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co’s 27-year-old Irish whiskey. Beam Suntory’s Canadian Club brand also released what is thought to be…

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William Grant reports double-digit revenue growth

Hendrick’s Gin maker William Grant & Sons has reported revenue growth of 11.6% for 2018, driven by “healthy” value and volume sales of its core brands. The Scottish group’s turnover hit £1.325 billion (US$1.631bn) in the year, while profit after tax increased by 4% to £260 million (US$320m) following a raft of “significant investments”. In 2018, William Grant & Sons opened its new distillery and ‘gin palace’ for Hendrick’s; relaunched the Grant’s blended Scotch range;…

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The week in pictures

During this year’s London Pride, Diageo-owned Smirnoff partnered with the Village Angels nightlife street safety agency. With funding from Smirnoff, Village Angels and the Soho Angels are able to provide volunteer teams to offer help and support to Soho and its LGBTQ+ community. The teams will also be out and about at other Pride events in the UK, including  Brighton Pride (3 August), Leeds Pride (4 August) and Manchester Pride (24 August). Smirnoff and the…

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Top seven best-selling gin brands

There seems to be little standing in the way of gin’s booming popularity – and it’s certainly not just ‘craft’ players bringing excitement to the category, as our list of the top-selling gin brands proves.   The last 12 months alone have seen gin exports from the UK and Ireland rise, with British gin exports surpassing £600 million for the first time in 2018. The category has also benefited from the rising tide of flavoured…

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How spirits producers are surviving in Venezuela

The volatile political and social situation in Venezuela has hit spirits brands. The Spirits Business examines how they are coping with the unrest, and looks at how drinks companies are faring in Latin America as a whole. Venezuela is the reverse tale of rags to riches. Once the wealthiest country in South America, crippling inflation rates and political turmoil have plunged the nation into a downward spiral of chaos and crisis. But how did one…

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