Three Spirit extends zero-ABV line for ‘conscious hedonists’

Non-alcoholic drinks brand Three Spirit has extended its range with two new variants, which have been designed to “stimulate the palate, mind and body”. The first offering in the range, Three Spirit Social Elixir, was launched in December 2018 by Bar Chick co-founder Tatiana Mercer along with Dash Lilley, who has founded a number of wellness-focused beverage labels, and Meeta Gournay. A team of bar experts was also involved in its creation, including Fluid Movement…

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US slaps 25% tariff on Scotch whisky

The US is set to enforce US$7.5 billion of tariffs on exports from the EU, including Scotch whisky and liqueurs, over an ongoing dispute with the World Trade Organization (WTO). Yesterday (2 October), the US government announced it would impose a 25% import tariff on EU goods, including Scotch whisky, liqueurs, cordials and wine. The US has also imposed a 10% tariff on aircrafts. The US said it had the authority to increase the tariffs,…

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Irish spirit exports exceed €1 billion for first time

The value of Irish spirits exports increased by 10.2% in 2018 to surpass €1 billion (US$1.1bn) for the first time. According to the annual Irish Spirits Market Report, published by Drinks Ireland | Spirits, the value of Irish spirit exports increased from €916 million (US$1bn) in 2017 to more than €1bn (US$1.1bn) in 2018. Aoife Clarke, chair of Drinks Ireland | Spirits and senior director of public affairs, international, Beam Suntory, said: “This is the…

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Data: Wine and spirits perform strongly in GTR

Wine and spirits sales in global travel retail (GTR) increased by 7.2% to US$12.2 billion last year, according to preliminary industry data. Generation research figures provided by the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) shows that “the market is continuing to perform strongly”, particularly as demand in China ramps up. GTR wine and spirits sales in Asia Pacific – the largest travel retail and duty free region – increased by 10.2% to US$4.2bn in 2018. According…

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