Speciality Drinks creates wellbeing packs for trade

On-trade wholesaler Speciality Drinks teamed up with Edrington-Beam Suntory UK to donate wellbeing packages to industry workers during the covid-19 pandemic – 1,000 of which were snapped up in one evening. The wellbeing packs were launched yesterday (25 March) and contained food and store-cupboard goods. The companies created an initial run of 1,000 packages, which have already been ordered by those eligible to receive a pack. Both companies said there was “scope to produce many…

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Rum will ‘get stronger’ with more regulations

The rum category will “only get stronger” with more regulations and transparency to give consumers “confidence” in what they are purchasing, according to a leading wine and spirits buyer. Dawn Davies MW, head buyer at wholesale business Speciality Drinks, led a collaboration with retailer The Whisky Exchange to design a new classification system for rum. Introduced in May 2019, the classification system aims to help consumers better understand the category and different rum styles available.…

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Whisky Exchange’s Singh brothers on 20 years of success

As groundbreaking company The Whisky Exchange celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, the indefatigable founders Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh tell The Spirits Business about their past – and their future. *This feature was originally published in the October 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Since its inception, The Whisky Exchange was always going to be a family affair – but its creation was never intentional. “It was never the plan. Completely accidental,” says Sukhinder Singh,…

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Is Japanese whisky a victim of its own success?

Age-statement Japanese whiskies are being withdrawn due to stock shortages, putting pressure on retailers. But with consumer interest at an all-time high, could the category become a victim of its own success? The Spirits Business investigates. *This feature was originally published in the January 2019 issue of The Spirits Business It has been 15 years since Sukhinder Singh became enamoured by Japanese whisky. The co­founder of retailer The Whisky Exchange can be credited with introducing…

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