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27 June, 2017

Spanish wine producers need to add value

Spain, which claims to be the world’s biggest exporter of wine by volume, needs to add value to both bottled and bulk sales.

Bacardi has regained its status as the world’s best-selling rum, leapfrogging Indian brand McDowell’s No.1 Celebration.

Bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana (Mr Lyan) and his team have partnered with chef Doug McMaster, of Brighton’s zero-waste restaurant Silo, to launch Cub at the former White Lyan site in September.

The British Bartender’s Association (BBA) held its first monthly meeting at Dandelyan on Monday 19 June, hosted by William Grant & Sons.

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Aqua Shard bar in London has launched a Wind Up Wind Down summer cocktail menu created by bar manager Luca Missaglia.

Diageo has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Casamigos, a US super-premium tequila brand founded by Hollywood star George Clooney, for $1bn.

Manhattan bar in Singapore has won Asia’s 50 Best Bars competition 2017 with last year’s winner 28 HongKong Street, also from Singapore dropping to fourth.

Estonian drinks company, AS Liviko, says it has been hit by endless excise increases and the impact of various economic activities in the region.

Kokoro Gin, a Japanese-inspired London Dry Gin, has agreed an exclusive UK distribution deal with Mangrove, a specialist spirits agency.

Mobile wine app Vivino has discovered that the number of English wines being reviewed has increased by 83% since 2015.

Majestic Wine has appointed Cat Lomax as its new head buyer,taking over from Matt Pym, who has left the company.

The Finnieston Distillery Company in Glasgow will launch its canned scotch whisky cocktails across the UK in June and is currently in negotiations with supermarket retailers and on-trade outlets.

Chivas Regal has revealed the 15 national winners who will compete at the Chivas Masters Global Final taking place in Tokyo from July 1-5.

Marie Brizard liqueurs has launched a new marketing campaign alongside Purple Creative called Are You Liqueurious? aimed at promoting its own range of cocktails.

Berry Bros. & Rudd has announced that chairman Simon Berry will be replaced by Lizzy Rudd when he retires in December after 40 years with the business 

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