Intrepid Spirits buys majority stake in Regal Rogue

Irish drinks firm Intrepid Spirits has acquired a majority stake in Australian vermouth brand Regal Rogue for an undisclosed sum. Mark Ward, Regal Rogue’s founder, will continue to be “heavily involved” in the brand’s development and will work closely with Intrepid’s marketing team to grow its distribution footprint globally. John Ralph, CEO of Intrepid Spirits, said: “Mark has created a world class brand and we look forward to bringing the infrastructure and resources required to…

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Malfy Gin founder launches aperitivo range

The founder of Italian gin brand Malfy has created a new range of aperitivos in a bid to bring the “forgotten” category back to life. Created by Elwyn Gladstone, founder of US distributor Biggar and Leith, the new Starlino brand consists of three variants: Rosé aperitivo, Arancione aperitivo and Rosso vermouth. Starlino Rosé was produced by blending rosé wine, spirit, pink grapefruit peel, orange peel and eight other botanicals, including wormwood and coriander. Starlino Arancione…

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Asterley Bros grows crowdfunding goal to £150,000

Vermouth and amaro producer Asterley Bros has extended its crowdfunding target to £150,000 (US$186,800) after reaching its initial goal of £100,000 (US$123,000) ahead of schedule. Asterley Bros launched a Crowdcube campaign on 9 September, securing 50% of its £100,000 goal in just 24 hours. The company will use the initial target funding to upgrade facilities and increase the company’s production capacity, as well as to support new product development. Some of the money will also…

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Innovation and classic cocktails drive vermouth’s revival

Vermouth is enjoying a resurgence, and Italian producers have banded together to ensure quality remains paramount. The Spirits Business looks at how a perfect storm of consumer trends means the time is ripe for the category to truly take of. *This feature was originally published in the July 2019 issue of The Spirits Business There’s a ‘national’ day to toast every spirit and cocktail you could imagine – and there’s even a World Cucumber Day,…

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Asterley Bros launches crowdfunding drive

London-based spirits producer Asterley Bros is hoping to raise £100,000 (US$122,000) through crowdfunding to increase production capacity and has hired bartender Joe Schofield to create a new range of “everyday” vermouths. Asterley Bros, which produces amaro and vermouth, has launched a Crowdcube campaign for the development of new products, and to support sales and marketing. Asterley Bros was founded in 2014 by brothers Rob and Jim Berry. In 2017, the producer launched its Dispense Amaro,…

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