SB’s most read stories of 2019

Cannabis, celebrity endorsements and Game of Thrones-themed whiskies were among the most attention-grabbing stories in the spirits sector last year. Here, we count down our most read online stories of 2019. While the biggest stories in the spirits sector featured punitive tariffs, distillery investments and strike action, it was new and innovative product launches that dominated our list of most read stories online last year. Among some of the articles that missed out on a…

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Oscar-winning designer creates ‘animated’ Hendrick’s pack

William Grant & Sons-owned gin brand Hendrick’s has partnered with Isle of Dogs graphic designer Annie Atkins to create a limited edition “animated” gift tin. Atkins, who received an Oscar for Best Production Design for her work with director Wes Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel, took inspiration from Victorian London and the zoetrope for the design of the packaging. A zoetrope is named after the ancient Greek word meaning ‘wheel of life’ and is…

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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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