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10 December, 2016

Scotches worth £850,000 ruled fake

Rare Whisky 101 claims to have unearthed a valuable haul of forged rare scotch malt whisky, which indicates that professional fraud is more commonplace than previously thought.

Pernod Ricard has launched the first Martell non-chill filtered cognac.

Pernod Ricard has acquired a majority stake in Smooth Ambler Spirits, the West Virginia craft distiller, for an undisclosed sum. 

Boris Becker, the six-time Grand Slam tennis star, has been named as a brand ambassador for Anakena, the new Chilean wine brand in the UK. 

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Camden Town Brewery has announced its launch in the US.

This year has proved to be a record-breaking year for gin with end of year sales continuing to soar in the UK, according to the latest WSTA market report. 

Umbrella Brewing has announced the opening of its new brewery, headed by cocktail-expert and master brewer Matthew Armitage.

Wines of Chile, the Chilean wine industry’s official trade organisation has chosen Viña Santa Rita as its 2016 winery of the year.

A new competition for English wine which claims to be England’s first wholly independent wine competition has been launched.

Molson Coors has announced the appointment of Phil Whitehead as managing director, Molson Coors UK & Ireland.

Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled its Speyside Collection of six single malt scotch whiskies. 

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association is calling for Brexit ministers to let industry lead negotiations to ensure the ‘best possible’ free trade agreements with the EU and beyond.

Pernod Ricard has announced the sale of the Domecq brand and its related brandies and wines to Emperador Group and Gonzalez Byass. 

Budweiser and Uber have joined forces to launch their biggest UK responsible drinking campaign for Christmas. 

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