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22 September, 2014

Scotch whisky exports decline in first half of 2014

Exports of scotch in the first half of the year were £1.77 billion, down 11% from £1.99bn in the same period of 2013, according to the Scotch Whisky Association.

Bombay Sapphire’s long-awaited brand home, Laverstoke Mill, opened its doors to the trade on Wednesday to reveal a vast visitor centre that includes a glasshouse of botanicals, heated by the distillery’s stills.

SWA welcomes stability

19 September, 2014

Scotch Whisky Association chief executive David Frost has welcomed stability following the Scottish vote in favour of staying in the United Kingdom.

Rabobank, the Dutch-based cooperative food and agricultural bank, believes the short term impact on the scotch whisky industry will be negative.

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William Grant & Sons' new €37 million distillery in the small Irish town of Tullamore, officially opened on September 17.

DJ Limbrey Distilling Co has announced that its self-styled super-premium gin, D1 London, is launching in Hong Kong on September 25.

Hine, the cognac house that does things differently by specialising in vintage cognacs, has gone one step further and launched a single estate cognac.

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) has announced shipments of cognac have fallen by 6.7% in volume and 10.2% in value from August 2013 - July 2014.

Sazerac - the New Orleans-based company – has announced the addition of Bond & Royal Spirits to focus on developing brands within the specialty and craft spirits space. 

Despite a challenging year Siobhan Thompson, CEO Wines of South Africa (Wosa) is optimistic that South African wines are on the up.

Pernod Ricard UK managing director, Denis O’Flynn has been elected as the next chairman of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), succeeding Nick Hyde in January 2015.

Australian brewery Redoak was named the Supreme Champion at the International Beer Challenge awards ceremony on Monday. 

 Bacardi has announced the limited release of The Facundo Rum Collection in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.

Diageo and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs have announced the newest addition to its ultra premium Cîroc vodka flavour portfolio.

The Glenlivet has unveiled The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection, the second permanent expression in its Nàdurra range. 

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