Beam extends distribution deal with Alcobrands

Bowmore owner Beam Suntory has expanded its distribution partnership with Alcobrands in Belgium and Luxembourg to cover the firm’s entire portfolio. Based in Antwerp, Belgium, Alcobrands has managed the distribution of a large portion of Beam Suntory’s portfolio in the two markets since 2018. The new agreement between the two firms expands on the existing partnership, with Alcobrands taking responsibility for Beam Suntory’s entire portfolio from 1 April 2021. The initial deal saw Alcobrands distribute…

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Summit of the Americas names more speakers

The International Association of Airport and Duty Dree Stores (IAADFS) has confirmed the latest list of speakers for the 2021 Summit of the Americas – A Virtual Experience. The 2021 iteration of Summit of the Americas will take place online from 5-9 April as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to speak at the Knowledge Hub are: Martin Eurnekian, chief executive officer of Corporación América Airports; Roger Fordyce, Hudson CEO; Jackie McDonagh, ARI-North America…

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Covid-19 claims nearly 6,000 hospitality venues

Almost 6,000 licensed venues in Britain were forced to permanently close in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, sparking urgent calls for more financial help to support businesses and the wider economic recovery. The latest Market Recovery Monitor data from CGA and Alix Partners showed the number of closures last year was almost three times higher than in 2019. Lockdowns contributed to a net decline of 5,975 sites in 2020, according to the report. Karl…

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Limited edition Arrrrrrrdbeg! celebrates Mickey Heads

Islay Scotch brand Ardbeg has unveiled its first rye cask-matured whisky to commemorate the retirement of distillery manager Mickey Heads, called Arrrrrrrdbeg!. Heads had looked after the Ardbeg distillery since 2007 and retired in late 2020 after 13 years. Exclusively available to members of the Ardbeg Committee from 1 February, Arrrrrrrdbeg! is the distillery’s first whisky matured solely in ex-rye casks. Tasting notes include a spicy mouthfeel with fruit and gently smoke. The bottle design…

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Rémy Cointreau sales soar in Q3

French drinks group Rémy Cointreau saw strong double-digit growth in the third quarter of its fiscal year, boosted by Cognac sales in China and the US. Sales for the three months to December 2020 grew to €350m ((US$426m) on a reported basis, an increase of 20.6% compared with the same period in 2019. The group’s Cognac sales grew strongly in Q3, growing 33.1% to €278.7m (US$339m). This followed declines of 18.1% during the first half…

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