Tito’s overtakes Smirnoff as top-selling spirit in US

Texas-based Tito’s Handmade Vodka became the best-selling spirit in the US in 2019, knocking Smirnoff off the top spot for the first time in more than a decade. Preliminary figures from the IWSR US Beverage Alcohol Review (US BAR) database showed Diageo’s Smirnoff vodka was no longer the top-selling spirit in the US, with the top spot now occupied by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tito’s grew by more than 20% in volume in 2019. Vodka remains…

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Not-to-be-missed spirits events in 2020

Calendars at the ready because there’s a jam-packed itinerary of unmissable spirits events already lined up for 2020. These are the ones worth noting. The start of the year is the time that those in the spirits industry open their new diaries and mark the dates of some of the top trade shows and festivals to attend over the next 12 months. From the world’s largest cocktail festival in New Orleans to a new wine…

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The Spirits Business Awards 2019 winners

In its inaugural year, The Spirits Business Awards shone a light on best practice in retailing, distribution, tourism, product development and sustainability – and bestowed a very special Lifetime Achievement Award. Launched in 2019, the goal of The Spirits Business Awards was to champion the workforce of the spirits industry: the people and businesses essential to the success of brands consumers know and love so well. The new awards series, which was open to international…

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The biggest spirits stories of 2019

The industry has faced many pressing issues in 2019 and The Spirits Business has been there to cover the news in detail. Here, we highlight the most important stories that made headlines in the past 12 months. Last year saw a number of big companies hit the headlines including Diageo, which breathed a sigh of relief after it avoided strike action across its Scottish distilleries. However, the Johnnie Walker owner came under criticism after being…

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How the Tories’ election victory could impact UK spirits

What does the recent Conservative victory in the UK’s general election mean for the country’s spirits brands, especially with a Budget looming this year? The Spirits Business asks industry insiders what might happen next. The end of 2019 saw the UK take part in what was billed the most important general election in a generation. Run ahead of schedule, it was triggered after a period of parliamentary deadlock on how to proceed with Brexit –…

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