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Why whisky/whiskey can no longer ignore the allure of flavours - comment

15 Apr 2021

By and large, Scotch, Irish and world whisky/whiskey brands have seen the flavoured spirits trend unfold from their respective watchtowers, while American and Canadian players have advanced the frontline. As more brands now wade into the sub-category, spirits commentator Amy Hopkins asks if today's whisky consumers are ready to more widely embrace flavour innovation.

Diageo takes Haig Club into 'spirit drinks' with Mediterranean Orange launch

24 Mar 2021

Diageo has launched the first flavoured extension from its Haig Club grain whisky brand.

Diageo eyes permanent end to Scotch tariffs as UK secures suspension

4 Mar 2021

Diageo has hailed a "very good day for Scotch" after the UK Government negotiated a suspension of a damaging US tariff on single malt Scotch whisky.

Diageo leads praise as UK freezes alcohol duty

3 Mar 2021

Diageo has joined alcohol trade groups in hailing the UK Government's decision to maintain the current rate of duty on beer, wine and spirits.

Spirits brand owners look for associated environmental benefits - Sustainability Spotlight

22 Feb 2021

Recent developments at the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (DISCUS) point to how trade associations can support the environmental aspirations of member companies. By the same token, Ben Cooper writes, companies risk reputational damage if the lobbying activities of their trade associations are inconsistent with their own sustainability commitments.

Corporate Social Responsibility activations around the world - The IARD Digest - January 2021

10 Feb 2021

Once a month, the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, which covers alcohol policies worldwide, reviews some of the alcohol industry's recent CSR and environmental activities. Here, a little later than planned, is a look at what's been going on in recent weeks.

Why Scotch whisky could take years to rebound in the US - comment

9 Feb 2021

A protracted trade dispute has blocked single malt Scotch whisky's access to the all-important US market at a time when the category desperately needs to demonstrate its relevance. As trends rapidly accelerate, this lack of visibility could damage Scotch for years to come, warns spirits commentator Amy Hopkins.

Scotch whisky counts cost of US tariffs as exports fall 35%

2 Feb 2021

US tariffs have cost the Scotch whisky industry as much as GBP500m (US$680m), according to new figures from the Scotch Whisky Association.

Scotch whisky category commits to carbon neutrality by 2040

25 Jan 2021

The Scotch whisky industry has pledged to have net-zero emissions from its own operations in place by 2040 as part of a new sustainability commitment.

Sustainability decisions will shape the post-pandemic recovery - Sustainability Spotlight

21 Jan 2021

Ben Cooper looks at the likely predominating sustainability issues for drinks companies in 2021 as the world (hopefully) emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and the recovery begins.

US spirits industry calls for whiskey inclusion as UK suspends alcohol tariffs

9 Dec 2020

The US spirits industry has urged further action after the UK Government suspended some alcohol tariffs as part of a conciliatory move designed to quell an escalating trade dispute.

Why aged spirits should be wary of opaque low- & no-alcohol trend - comment

10 Nov 2020

The seemingly-unstoppable rise of the low- & no-alcohol movement has resulted in an abundance of new brands and line extensions. But, Amy Hopkins warns, aged spirits would do well to tread carefully, lest they lose the consumer's trust and respect.

Why the latest sexism row will be a watershed moment for whisky - comment

15 Oct 2020

The recent campaign against Jim Murray's 'Whisky Bible' has shone a light on sexism in whisky, and there's no turning it off now. Brands will need to take a proactive, as opposed to merely reactive, stance to show that their condemnation of misogyny and commitment to inclusivity goes beyond lip service, says Amy Hopkins.

Beam Suntory wades into "sexist" whisky guide row

22 Sep 2020

Beam Suntory and other whisky distillers have backed a campaign accusing the author of a leading industry guide of using crude and sexist language.

Pernod Ricard's Ballantine’s 7 Bourbon Finish blended Scotch whisky - Product Launch

9 Sep 2020

Pernod Ricard's Chivas Brothers Scotch whisky division has made use of last year's production rules change to produce a seven-year-old iteration of its Ballantine's blended Scotch finished in Bourbon barrels.

Pernod Ricard brings The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve to the UK

2 Sep 2020

Pernod Ricard has given a UK launch to the first Glenlivet Scotch whisky expression to be finished in rum barrels. 

Pernod Ricard’s The Glenlivet’s Caribbean Reserve - Product Launch

20 Apr 2020

Pernod Ricard has launched a new The Glenlivet expression that is finished in rum barrels.

UK trade unites in duty payment suspension call

24 Mar 2020

Wine and spirits companies across the UK have written an open letter to the country's finance ministry, calling for the suspension of duty payments amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Scotch Whisky Association calls for clarity on COVID-19 business support

23 Mar 2020

The trade organisation for the Scotch whisky industry has called for "urgent assurances" on aspects of the UK Government's COVID-19 business support package.

UK alcohol duties frozen in pub-friendly Budget - reaction

11 Mar 2020

The UK Government has frozen alcohol duties for one year in a Budget designed to spur growth for drinks companies and pubs.

Is Scotch whisky ditching evolution for revolution? - comment

10 Mar 2020

Following the emergence of two new Mexican spirit-influenced blended Scotch whiskies last week, our dark spirits columnist, Neil Ridley looks at how continued innovation can potentially bring new consumers into a weary category.

Ongoing spirits tariffs "causing rough seas on both sides of the Atlantic"

17 Feb 2020

The US Government has maintained the high tariffs on some European Union spirits imports, drawing the ire of trade associations on both sides of the Atlantic.

What's coming up in dark spirits in 2020? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - comment

14 Jan 2020

The dawning of a new decade will bring plenty of surprises, creativity and optimism. As we welcome 2020, then, what will be the first likely trends in dark spirits? Category commentator Neil Ridley takes a look.

Scotch whisky awarded GI protection in Cambodia

13 Dec 2019

Cambodia has become the latest market to acknowledge Scotch whisky's Geographical Indication.

Corporate Social Responsibility activations around the world - The IARD Digest - November 2019

26 Nov 2019

Once a month, the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, which covers alcohol policies worldwide, reviews some of the alcohol industry's recent CSR activities. Here's a look at what's been going on in recent weeks.

Single malt Scotch risks sales plunge as US tariffs kick in

21 Oct 2019

A US tariff on single malt Scotch whisky could see exports to the country drop by one-fifth in the next year, the Scotch Whisky Association has warned.

Distillers unite to condemn tariffs as US targets revealed

3 Oct 2019

Trade groups in the US and the EU have attacked a decision to impose a 25% tariff on European spirit drinks.

Scotland’s minimum unit pricing cuts alcohol purchases - study

27 Sep 2019

Minimum unit pricing has reduced the amount of alcohol per person bought in Scotland by 1.2 units a week, according to a new study that lends broad support to the policy.

Scotch Whisky Association names new international director

21 Aug 2019

The Scotch Whisky Association has appointed a former UK diplomat as its new international director.

Why the next chapter for Scotch whisky has its challenges - Comment

18 Jul 2019

The recent rule changes in Scotch maturation introduced by the Scotch Whisky Association go some way to appealing to the creativity of today's forward-thinking distillers. However, is the general public ready for Scotch 2.0 or, for that matter, does the consumer even want it? Neil Ridley delves into the casks to see what's slumbering away.





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