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Craft spirits shake-out will be just the beginning

As just-drinks white spirits commentator, Richard Woodard, noted earlier this month, we are experiencing a latter-day Gin Craze. But, here i...

Cognac and the new world order - Analysis

Wines from the region of Cognac have been distilled and exported since around 1549. It's fair to say the industry has seen - and survived -...

How to verify a gin boom - Comment

There is a definite scent of juniper in the air. But how long will it last? Richard Woodard takes a closer look at the rise and rise of gin....

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Latest Interviews

Interview, Hine Cognac int'l sales director 19 Jul 2016

Lucy Britner

Best known as a vintage Cognac specialist, privately-owned Hine last month released Bonneuil 2006, an expression that does not carry one of the category's traditional VS, VSOP or XO descriptors. As China - the most important market for Cognac in recent years - moves away from the XO-and-above Cognac segment, and the idea of 'craft' drives interest in the category's smaller houses, Hine's new international sales director, Per Even Allaire, tells just-drinks how the company plans to make the most of the new world order.

Interview II, Stewart Hainsworth, CEO, Halewood 14 Jul 2016

Lucy Britner

Having set out his strategy for Halewood Wine & Spirits and its international units in the first of this two-part interview with just-drinks, CEO Stewart Hainsworth today discusses getting the group's brands in order ahead of laying out plans for acquisitions and launches.

Latest News

Roust puts bison in frame for Zubrówka overhaul 24 Aug 16

Andy Morton

The Roust Group has unveiled new packaging for its Zubrówka vodka brand that uses a 3D window effect to improve shelf standout.

UK wary of damage to GI post-Brexit 23 Aug 16

Keith Nuthall

Several alcoholic drinks producers in the UK have voiced concern about the possible loss of Geographical Indication status for their products, once the country leaves the European Union.

Proof Drinks rolls out Estancia Raicilla to UK 23 Aug 16

Lucy Britner

UK spirits importer Proof Drinks has teamed up with retailer Amathus Drinks to launch Mexican spirit Estancia Raicilla in the country,

Takara Shuzo's Tomatin limited editions - NPD 23 Aug 16

Lucy Britner

Takara Shuzo has lined up three limited edition releases from its Scotch whisky distillery Tomatin.

Work begins on Glasgow distillery 22 Aug 16

Lucy Britner

A former Morrison Bowmore Distillers director has started work on a GBP10m (US$13m) Scotch whisky distillery in Glasgow's city centre. 

SHS overhauls WKD, plans lower-calorie variants 22 Aug 16

Lucy Britner

SHS drinks has redesigned its WKD brand in the UK as it looks to connect with 18- to 24-year-old consumers.

Latest blogs

Drinking & Driving? Ford and Jose Cuervo's Tequila cars 19 Jul 16

Lucy Britner

A couple of months ago, US-based Saltwater Brewery developed 'edible six-pack rings' in an effort to curb threats to wildlife.

I'll drink what I want, Stoli, but make it easy, yeah? 11 Jul 16

Olly Wehring

Last month, SPI Group unveiled its latest advert for Stolichnaya in the US. Its an amusing little number that caries the instruction: Drink what you want. The “I am man” ad looks to distance Millennial men from notions of manliness and encourages them to plough their own furrow.

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