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18 October, 2017

Wine and Spirit trade bodies sign up to a united approach to Brexit

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association says it has joined up with trade bodies from across Europe to agree a ground breaking Brexit position paper.

India, along with China, is a huge opportunity for spirits brands, according to two senior Pernod Ricard executives.

The fourth edition of the Spirits Strategies Congress will take place in London on 31 October – 1 November 2017.

Dutch distiller, Dutch Spirits, has announced the retirement of founder and owner Toon Blij from his role as CEO who will be replaced by Andy Mallows, former managing director.

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The TFWA World Exhibition & Conference drew to a close last week with attendance increasing +6% to 6,812.

RumFest 2017 ready to go

12 October, 2017

The 11th edition of The RumFest will take place this weekend in London, hosted by global brand ambassador Ian Burrell.

Napa Valley, California’s premium wine growing region has, along with neighbouring Sonoma, been severely hit by wildfires, fuelled by high winds last Sunday.

Bar Convent Berlin will be run over three days in 2018 after this year’s event sold out of tickets leaving hundreds of visitors watching live streams around the city.

Zonin1821 moves into hotels

11 October, 2017

Zonin1821, the major Italian wine producer, has created a wine library concept for boutique hotels, the first being in Edinburgh which opened this week (October 10).

Port Wine day 2017 took place in September and Drinks International was invited to the Douro wine region in Portugal to stay with Vieira de Sousa, a small producer known locally for its white ports.

Diageo has announced that Port Ellen and Brora, two of its ‘lost’ distilleries, are to be brought back into production.

The American Bar from London was named World’s Best Bar amid a dominant night for hotel bars at The World’s 50 Best Bars ceremony in London tonight.

Global premium spirits business William Grant & Sons has reported profits of £222.1m after tax for the year ended 31 December 2016.

A rare wartime cask from 1943 has been unveiled as one of the oldest single malt whiskies in the world.

John Dewar & Sons Fine Scotch Whisky Emporium Frankfurt Airport and Martell Cordon Bleu Intense Heat were named Supreme Champions at Drinks International’s 11th annual Travel Retail Challenge last night.

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We need to get serious on airport drinking

The thorny issue of airport drinking has once again hit the UK headlines at a particularly bad time for travel retail.

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