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22 July, 2018

WSTA and Benevolent appoint new members

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has appointed Jeremy Shepherd from Brown-Forman and Mark Riley from Edrington-Beam Suntory UK to its board.

Bacardi has announced that Amsterdam will be the host city of the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition Grand Final 2019.

Zamora has announced that it and its US importer, W. Deutsch Family Wines, have mutually agreed to terminate its arrangement for Licor 43, effective September 1.

The American Bar at the Savoy has appointed Maxim Schulte as its 11th head bartender, a role considered by many to be the biggest job in bartending.

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Olivier Dauga was in London on 16 July to present new examples of his projects with wine producers in Bordeaux which focus on organic conversion and sustainability.

The Glenlivet master distiller Alan Winchester was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 International Spirits Challenge dinner on Thursday 12 July.

Cider Supply Co has made an agreement with Craft Republic to distribute its French cider brand Galipette Cidre across mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan).

HMRC has confirmed that 326 soft drinks manufacturers have been hit by the sugar tax according to data held by national accountancy group UHY Hacker Young, while alcoholic spirits remain safe from such legislations.

Matt Deller MW has joined Tor Wines in Napa Valley as chief operating officer, responsible for supporting owner Tor Kenward in all areas of the business.

Foursquare 2005 has become the first rum brand in history to win the Supreme Champion award at the International Spirits Challenge.

Rachel Barrie has become the first female master blender to be given an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh.

Irish Distillers has won a trademark case with a British brewery over the name of its lager beer called Mideltone, created by Bucks Star Brewery.

Distell Group has appointed Camus Cognac subsidiary Yuanliu International Trade Co as distributor for three of its Scotch whisky bands in China.

Australian-based beer company Lion, has acquired 100% of London’s Fourpure Brewing Co for an undisclosed figure.

Pat Venning, global marketing director for Chivas Brothers believes that its primary Scotch portfolio has a “good future” despite global premiumisation.

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