Suntory brings Irish spirits distribution in-house

Maker’s Mark owner Beam Suntory has appointed Lucozade Ribena Suntory Ireland (LRSI) as its official spirits distributor in the Republic of Ireland. LRSI will take over distribution of Beam Suntory’s spirits portfolio, including brands such as Jim Beam Bourbon, Courvoisier Cognac, Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Teacher’s blended Scotch whisky, Roku Japanese Gin and Sipsmith gin, from Irish distributor Barry & Fitzwilliam. Mark Aherne, general manager, LRSI, said: “I am delighted that LRSI has become the official…

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The biggest spirits stories of 2019

The industry has faced many pressing issues in 2019 and The Spirits Business has been there to cover the news in detail. Here, we highlight the most important stories that made headlines in the past 12 months. Last year saw a number of big companies hit the headlines including Diageo, which breathed a sigh of relief after it avoided strike action across its Scottish distilleries. However, the Johnnie Walker owner came under criticism after being…

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American whiskey brands to watch in 2020

Its been a tumultuous year for American whiskey as producers feel the full impact of punitive tariffs. We present the brands to keep an eye on in 2020. Similar to its beleaguered British cousin, American whiskey was dealt a severe blow after the EU imposed retaliatory tariffs on a list of US goods in response to Donald Trump’s taxes on metal imports – a separate set of measures to those involved in the aircraft subsidies…

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Beam CEO: ‘Big ambitions’ for House of Suntory

Albert Baladi is in the driving seat as Beam Suntory’s new president and CEO. He tells The Spirits Business about his ambitions to position Bourbon as the world’s foremost whisk(e)y and make his company the ‘most admired’ in the industry. *This feature was originally published in the August 2019 issue of The Spirits Business In 1795, three years after Kentucky became a US state, farmer and grain mill operator Jacob Beam filled his first barrel…

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Jim Beam offers one-night stay on Airbnb for $23

Jim Beam is giving Bourbon fans the opportunity to stay at its Kentucky distillery this autumn, which will include amenities such as a fully-stocked bar, fireplace and a barbecue. From 21 October, consumers aged 21 years and above will be able to book a one-night stay at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont through accommodation-sharing site Airbnb. “There’s no better time to experience Bourbon country than during the cool, crisp months of fall, so…

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