The biggest spirits stories of 2018

Jaw-dropping auction prices, ambitious expansion plans and punitive Bourbon tariffs made for a dramatic year in the spirits world – we look back at the biggest stories to shake the sector in 2018. Last year, the US found itself embroiled in numerous trade wars, which began in March when US president Donald Trump revealed plans to impose a 25% import duty on steel and a 10% import duty on aluminium. The UK also hit headlines…

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Beam Suntory appoints North America president

Beam Suntory has promoted Greg Hughes to the role of president, North America, taking over from Albert Baladi, who was named incoming CEO of the drinks group last month. Hughes, Beam Suntory’s current general manager for North America, will step into the role on 1 January 2019. Baladi will take over from Matt Shattock as CEO on 1 April 2019. He will remain chief operating officer until that time. Hughes joined Beam Suntory in 2015…

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