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18 November, 2017

SWA chief accepts DUP ruling

The chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, Karen Betts, has accepted the introduction of minimum unit pricing in Scotland but expects an ‘objective assessment’ to be carried through.

Asahi UK will see a new managing director take the helm from January 2018 as current MD, Gary Haigh retires at the end of this year.

Scotch whisky brand Ballantine’s invited DI to Linn House, its home in Keith, Scotland for a tour of its malt distilleries following the launch of its new Single Malt series.

Bacardi has announced that industry veteran Maurice Doyle, has rejoined the company as president - incubation brands and global commercial development.

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The 2017 Middle East and Africa Duty Free Associaiton (MEADFA) conference will proceed as scheduled in Beirut from November 20-21 at the Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut.

18 new Masters of Wine

08 November, 2017

The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed 18 new Masters of Wine (MWs) to its membership at the Institute’s Annual Awards ceremony in London.

Pierlot steps up at Pommery

03 November, 2017

Champagne Pommery has a new wine maker to oversee its September harvest this year. Clément Pierlot, follows in the footsteps of Thierry Gasco, who is now directing Pommery’s new sparkling wine adventures in California, England and the South of France.

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) has announced that Torres, the leading Spanish wine producer has joined its international supporter community.

Diageo has launched its World Class Bartender of the Year Competition, kicking off with a nationwide roadshow.

William Grant & Sons has made a significant investment in its Irish whiskey brand, Tullamore Dew.

The explosion in popularity of single malt whisky around the world has led to a boom in its price points, but now its American cousin, bourbon is beginning to capitalise in the UK and other parts of Europe.

Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections has been pushing its ranges of Armagnac and Calvados throughout Europe following the end of its 2017 harvest.

A new software has been developed for wine professionals to track the production process in real time, increasing the efficiency of large producers.

Vinexpo has announced the launch of a new event in Paris in 2020 and Vinisud has merged with Vinovision Paris

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