Yorkshire distillery launches Sherry cask-finished whisky

English producer Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery has released its first Sherry cask-finished whisky, called Filey Bay Moscatel Finish. The whisky will be shipped to consumers once the UK lockdown is over, but the distillery is accepting orders for the new release via its website: spiritofyorkshire.com. David Thompson, Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery co-founder, said: “We’re in strange times at the moment. We’ve been planning this release since autumn last year. “We wanted to continue with the…

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Chase Distillery agrees distribution deal in Australia

English spirits producer Chase Distillery has signed a distribution deal with Stuart Alexander in Australia. Chase Distillery produces award-winning Chase Potato Vodka, which is redistilled with botanicals to create Chase GB Gin. The firm’s spirits portfolio is made from potatoes grown on the Chase family farm in Herefordshire,England. Andrew Carter, Chase Distillery managing director, said: “Partnering with Stuart Alexander is a great opportunity for us to step change our performance in the Australian market and…

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Altia considers temporary job cuts over covid-19

Koskenkorva vodka producer Altia is considering temporary staff lay-offs due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the company. Altia has had to adjust its operations due to the impact of coronavirus on the company’s travel retail and on-trade business in all countries, as well as the firm’s exports. Pekka Tennilä, Altia CEO, said: “Our working environment has changed radically and we must react accordingly. The adjustments are necessary in order to maintain our…

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Campari gives $1m to Another Round, Another Rally

Aperol owner Campari America has donated US$1 million to the Another Round, Another Rally charity, which is working to raise emergency funds for hospitality workers who have been left in financial hardship due to covid-19. Furthermore, Campari America is also calling on people to support the #AnotherRoundChallenge across the US. The movement encourages consumers to ‘tip their servers’ by donating to Another Round, Another Rally’s virtual tip jar via anotherroundanotherrally.com. They are then asked to…

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On-trade sales drop 71% amid covid-19 pandemic

Sales in UK pubs, bars and restaurants dropped 71% during the final week of trading before venues were ordered to close to stem the spread of coronavirus. On-trade venues in the UK were ordered to close their doors on 20 March by the government as it implemented strict social distancing measures to mitigate the spread of covid-19. Figures released by the Coffer Peach Business Tracker show that like-for-like sales in the week ending 22 March…

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