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29 March, 2015

Alcohol price increases have slowed

The WSTA says new research shows that price increases in the off trade have slowed since the Government scrapped the alcohol duty escalator, cut beer duty and froze duty on spirits in 2014.

The Suffolk brewer and distiller and retailer has reported sales of £66 million and a £3.8m operating profit, in its report and accounts for the 12 months to December 31, 2014.

Diageo will launch seven products across six brands into the UK on-and off-trade this summer. 

The Netherlands is emerging from a long economic hiatus, and is slowly dragging the wine market back into positive territory, thanks in no small part to Prosecco.

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Edrington, owners of brands such as The Macallan, Famous Grouse and Snow Leopard, has announced the launch of Edrington European Travel Retail.

Champagne Deutz is the sponsor of the Court of Master Sommeliers for the next three years.

Bacardi has launched a spirit distilled entirely from green tea leaves for the Asian market. 

Funkin is expanding its range of single batch syrups with two new flavours, ginger and earl grey. 

Diageo has become the first multi-national alcohol company to provide consumers with nutrition and alcohol content information per typical serve.

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced that all spirits duty will be cut by 2% in today’s Budget Statement.

Brown-Forman has announced the appointment of veteran employee Marshall Farrer to global travel retail managing director. 

Bottle your own Jameson

13 March, 2015

Lovers of Jameson Irish whiskey can now go to the Old Jameson Distillery visitor centre in Dublin and the Jameson Experience at the Midleton distillery in Cork and hand fill their own 70cl bottle of a new Jameson expression.

Buffalo Trace Distillery has launched a 17-year-old bourbon whiskey aged in cured oak barrels. 

The champagne shipments results released last week were in line with expectation and a cause for satisfaction, Comité Champagne told DI at the Annual Champagne tasting yesterday.

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