Angus McPherson joins Diageo Australia

Diageo Australia has appointed Angus McPherson as its new managing director, succeeding David Smith who will take up a new role with the company in Southern Europe. McPherson will take on the position from 20 April ahead of a formal handover period with Smith, who will become managing director for Diageo in Southern Europe. Reporting to Diageo president Greater China and Asia, Sam Fischer, McPherson will lead the firm’s Australia and New Zealand business, including…

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Jim Beveridge: ‘Today’s practice becomes tomorrow’s tradition’

Dr Jim Beveridge oversees liquid quality and innovation at world’s largest Scotch whisky brand, Johnnie Walker, which turns 200 this year. He recently received an OBE for his pioneering work, but his desire to experiment with endless flavour combinations is undiminished. *This feature was originally published in the January 2020 issue of The Spirits Business The skill of a great whisky blender lies in their ability to combine science and art. Blending requires advanced technical…

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Top 10 spirits launches in March 2020

A new Johnnie Walker bottling to celebrate women, Martini’s non-alcoholic aperitivos and a Dewar’s whisky finished in mezcal casks were among the top products unveiled last month. In March, a number of line extensions were revealed, including a new Bombay Sapphire gin, Martini aperitivos made without alcohol and a 27-year-old Redbreast Irish whiskey. It was a busy month for spirits as producers tapped into new flavour trends, the low-alcohol category and experimented with unusual casks.…

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Johnnie Walker celebrates Jim Beveridge with rare blend

Diageo has unveiled a Johnnie Walker bottling made from eight “exceptionally rare” whiskies to commemorate master blender Jim Beveridge’s 40 years in the whisky industry. Beveridge selected the eight whiskies used to make Johnnie Walker Master’s Ruby Reserve, all of which are at least 40 years old. John Williams, Johnnie Walker global brand director, said: “Jim is a giant of our industry and we wanted to make sure we marked this milestone with a truly…

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Youth club: Scotch targets new generation of drinkers

As its traditional fan base ages and consumers become more category-curious, the Scotch whisky industry is recruiting a new generation through flavour innovation, alignment with cocktails and digital marketing. *This feature was originally published in the December 2019 issue of The Spirits Business. Necessity may be the mother of invention but it is also the mother of reinvention; staying relevant to an evolving audience with changing values and interests is crucial to longevity. This is…

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