Tito’s names new distributors in Switzerland and Cyprus

Texas-based Tito’s Handmade Vodka has agreed new distribution partnerships in Switzerland and Cyprus. Zurich-based Silverbogen and Nicosia, and Cyprus-based ACM Christofides will be the exclusive distributors of the vodka brand in their respective countries. Silverbogen was established 10 years ago and distributes brands including Aviation Gin, Compass Box Scotch whisky and Goslings Rum. ACM Christofides has been operating for 85 years and is the oldest distributor of The Famous Grouse blended Scotch whisky outside of…

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The biggest spirits stories of 2020

It’s been quite a year for the spirits industry, with a global pandemic and trade wars grabbing the headlines. The Spirits Business looks at the biggest breaking news from the past 12 months. Last year saw a number of big companies hit the headlines including Beam Suntory, which was hit with a US$19.6 million fine over a bribery investigation. The Covid-19 pandemic dominated the sector last year, with total alcohol sales predicted to decline by…

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How will travel retail cope with the fallout of Covid-19?

Global travel retail was one of the leading lights of the spirits industry. However, the Covid-19 pandemic hit the channel hard and the impact is expected to last for several years. The Spirits Business asks how the sector can adapt to survive the crisis. *This feature was originally published in the September 2020 issue of The Spirits Business Not a lot compares to the hum of excitement that vibrates through a busy airport terminal. Families,…

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The trends shaping the vodka category

Authenticity, provenance and natural ingredients are pushing vodka back into the spotlight. And the big players are responding to changing consumer tastes with flavour innovations and lower-ABV offerings. *This feature was originally published in the April 2020 issue of The Spirits Business Once upon a time, vodka was all about smoothness and neutrality, dressed in a gorgeous bottle. Then came the wacky flavours, swiftly followed by their widespread withdrawal. And while gin took the limelight,…

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Beam and Tito’s vodka donate $1m amid covid-19 crisis

A number of drinks producers, including Beam Suntory and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, have made huge donations to charities supporting on-trade members affected by coronavirus. Together, Maker’s Mark owner Beam Suntory and US distributor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (SGWS) have contributed US$1 million to the USBG Foundation Emergency Assistance Programme and the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation. “The people of Beam Suntory and our colleagues at SGWS are passionate about helping support the bartenders, restaurant workers…

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