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26 April, 2018

Armagnac XO age guide increases to 10 years

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac (BNIC) has changed the minimum age limit of XO armagnac from 6 to 10 years, effective from 1 April 2018.

Beam Suntory has acquired the remaining 50% shareholding of its South African distributor, ABV Brands, from the company founders, Ross Calow, Daniel Hawkins and Igor Boyadjian.

Wine company Advini, owner of L'Avenir, Le Bonheur and majority shareholder in Ken Forrester Vineyards, has acquired a majority share in South African wine brand, Stellenbosch Vineyards for an undisclosed fee.

Diageo has announced a £150m investment over three years to transform its Scotch whisky visitor experiences.

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Heineken UK has unveiled The Greenpaper – a new initiative which aims to boost the on-trade by more than £1bn over the next three years.

Cocktail mixer brand, Funkin has launched its Innovation Lab in partnership with London’s Crucible, opening with workshops in Bristol and Manchester in May.

Two rare bottles of The Macallan 1926 have been sold for a record US$1.2m in Dubai airport duty free.

London-based brewery, The Five Points Brewing Company, has surpassed its crowdfunding target of £750,000 a week early.

The three port houses belonging to The Fladgate Partnership; Croft, Fonseca and Taylor’s, have each announced 2016 as a vintage year.

Brook House Hops has become the first British hop grower to sell direct to brewers through an online retail channel.

Australian wine exports to China (including
 Hong Kong and Macau) increased by 51% for the year to March 2018, totalling $1.04bn – a first for exports to a single country – according to data released by Wine Australia.

Crown Cellars, the specialist wine and spirits division of Carlsberg UK, has launched an integrated spirits offering, Distilled.

Organic beer is not just a marketing tool to gain bigger premiums, but a branch of the craft beer movement with integrity, according to UK-based Stroud Brewery.

Japan has overtaken Germany in export volumes of champagne for the first time in history, according to data provided by Comité Champagne.

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Whisky goes off-piste

If you want proof that alpine whisky is set for its place in the sun, then you need look no further than the 2018 alpine whisky competition held in February.

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