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Who will buy Cutty Sark and Glenturret from Edrington? - Comment 17 Jul 2018

The opportunity to acquire an established, well-known Scotch whisky brand doesn't come along very often. So, you'll forgive our brown spirits commentator, Neil Ridley for being a bit excited right now.


Why The Macallan 2.0 is the ultimate challenge to its Scotch whisky rivals - Comment 22 May 2018

The opening this week of The Macallan's newly-"reimagined" Scotch whisky distillery by Edrington is a defining moment in the category, believes Neil Ridley. So, what is the knock-on effect for the rest of the Scotch industry?


How the sugar tax has transformed the soft drinks category - Comment 12 Apr 2018

Last week, the UK introduced its version of the sugar tax. But, as soft drinks commentator Richard Corbett explains, the fall-out from the move was becoming manifest long before its implementation.


Conviviality - Boy, that escalated quickly - Comment 29 Mar 2018

The remarkable speed of Conviviality's tumble from grace has surprised even the most seasoned drinks industry executive here in the UK. How could a company go from posting an 85% leap in full-year sales in May last year, to announcing the pending appointment of administrators in late-March. That's less than a year.


Five soft drinks growth drivers for 2018 - Focus 23 Mar 2018

Britvic has outlined several category trends to help boost soft drinks sales in the UK this year.

Latest News

Old Pulteney switches aged expressions in portfolio redraw 14 Aug 2018

Inver House Distillers has released details of the global roll-out of a revised, four-strong "core collection" for its Old Pulteney single malt Scotch whisky brand.


Bud Light joins Budweiser as official beer of England's national football team 14 Aug 2018

The UK & Ireland unit of Anheuser-Busch InBev has announced the latest part of its marketing tie-up with England's Football Association, with Bud Light becoming an 'Official Beer' of the England senior men's team.


UK gin exports in 2018 set to double over 2008 - figures 14 Aug 2018

Exports of gin in the UK continue to rise, according to figures released this week, with full-year shipments forecast to come in twice as high as ten years ago.


Heineken gives UK Maltsmiths range a US$5.8m TV push - video 14 Aug 2018

Heineken's introductory craft-style range, the UK-produced Maltsmiths, is to appear on TV for the first time in a new GBP4.5m (US$5.8m) marketing campaign.


New UK & Ireland chief announced for Anheuser-Busch InBev 13 Aug 2018

Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed that Paula Lindenberg will assume leadership of the UK & Ireland business unit when incumbent Jason Warner moves to become the group's zone president for Europe.


Accolade Wines lines up Kumala push in UK 13 Aug 2018

Accolade Wines has announced a GBP1m (US$1.28m) marketing activation for its South African wine brand Kumala in the UK.


Kilchoman Distillery to put contactless sensors on Scotch labels 10 Aug 2018

Kilchoman Distillery is hoping to put contactless microchips directly onto the labels of its Scotch whisky brands, after a recent campaign helped it reach more consumers.


The Glasgow Distillery Co's Makar Cherry Gin - Product Launch 9 Aug 2018

The Glasgow Distillery Co has added a cherry-flavoured expression to its Makar gin brand.


Whyte & Mackay’s The Woodsman blended Scotch - Product Launch 9 Aug 2018

Whyte & Mackay has launched a new blended Scotch whisky brand, designed to target younger consumers who have yet to try Scotch.


William Grant & Sons changes Ailsa Bay Scotch whisky liquid in brand overhaul 9 Aug 2018

A makeover for William Grant & Sons' Ailsa Bay single malt whisky includes new packaging and "modified" liquid.

Latest blogs

Feeling Blue on Monday? Help is at hand 15 Jan 2018

It may not be scientific, but the third Monday in January has been coined 'Blue Monday' - the most depressing day of the year. Dreamed up in the UK by a psychologist commissioned by a holiday company 14 years ago, there's method in the madness: Lousy weather, post-Christmas blues, last pay-day feels ages ago, next pay-day barely on the horizon...


Non-alcoholic beer fails the Bernstein challenge 14 Jul 2017

Crazy days in the Bernstein offices. Taking time out from being one of the world’s top beverage analysts, the Bernstein team, lead by its London-based veteran Trevor Stirling, held its very own taste test on a range of beers while researching a new report on the non-alcoholic category.


AG Barr launches Funkin innovation search 5 Jul 2017

AG Barr has lined up a Funkin campaign in the UK to find an 'innovation champion'.