‘Craft’ gin from India enters UK market

India’s “first craft gin”, distilled in copper pot stills in Goa and made with local botanicals, has made its debut in the UK. Greater Than London Dry Gin first launched in India in 2017. It is the brainchild of two bar owners and entrepreneurs: Anand Virmani and Vaibhav Singh, who worked with gin expert and Bombay Sapphire master distiller Ann Brock to set up their distillery. According to the pair, their gin exemplifies the flavours…

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Kumar to lead Beam’s $1 billion sales ambition for India

Neeraj Kumar has been promoted to the role of managing director, India at Beam Suntory and will aim to increase the group’s sales in the country to US$1 billion by 2030. Kumar joined Beam Suntory in 2008 as marketing director, India, where he helped to build the leadership position of Teacher’s Scotch in India. In 2016, he assumed the position of marketing director, emerging Asia and helped establish new routes to market in China and…

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UK govt approves Vijay Mallya extradition to India

The controversial former chairman of United Spirits, Vijay Mallya, is fighting extradition from the UK after home secretary Sajid Javid signed the order for his return to India to face allegations of £1 billion (US$1.3bn) fraud. Mallya, who is also the former chairman of Kingfisher Airlines and ex-owner of the Force India Formula One team, left India in 2016 after allegedly defaulting on debts of more than £1 billion, most of which was associated with…

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Indian whisky: ‘Burgeoning interest’ in single malts

The Indian whisky sector is as vast and vibrant as the country itself, with gigantic brands battling for supremacy in their particular segment of the market. *This feature was originally published in the November 2018 issue of The Spirits Business India is the world’s third­-largest economy, and could eventually take the number two spot from the US, according to PwC’s World in 2050 report. The country’s GDP is growing by around 8% and is forecast…

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Sterling Reserve reaches 1m cases in nine months

Allied Blenders & Distillers-owned blended whisky brand Sterling Reserve has broken through the one-million-case sales mark nine months after it first launched. Owned by Indian spirits company Allied Blenders & Distillers (ABD), Sterling Reserve boasts two whisky expressions: Sterling Reserve Blend 10 (or B10), and Sterling Reserve Blend 7 (B7). B10 is a chill-filtered whisky comprising imported Scotch malt whiskies and Indian grain whisky. B7 is also a blend of Scottish malts and Indian grain…

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