Six ways the drinks industry can support racial diversity

The spirits industry plays as big a role as any other sector in the effort to support racial diversity and eradicate racism, and there’s plenty that can be done at all levels. Since the death of African-American George Floyd three months ago while in police custody in Minneapolis, the Black Lives Matter movement has snowballed, sparking a ripple of action from every corner of society. But for the movement to be successful, that momentum has…

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Plantation Rum to change name over slavery links

Maison Ferrand will rename its Plantation Rum brand to support racial equality in light of recent events. Founder Alexandre Gabriel originally named the brand ‘Plantation’ due to its meaning – a large farm. Gabriel grew up on a farm and founded family business Maison Ferrand, which also produces Cognac, in 1989. However, the conversations around racism following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis in the US while being arrested…

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