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3 December, 2020

Portman Group announces new chief executive

The Portman Group has announced that Matt Lambert will replace John Timothy as chief executive in January 2021.

The Famous Grouse has launched a global ad campaign encouraging viewers to focus on “occasions and the outdoors”.

Moradillo de Roa 2016 from the Legaris winery (DO. Ribera del Duero) has been named the Best Spanish Red and one of the 30 best wines in the world by the International Wine Challenge.

The Welsh hospitality industry is to face tougher restrictions on trade with a ban on the sale of alcohol and its curfew brought forward to 6pm.

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According to new research released by IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, the value of alcohol ecommerce is forecast to increase by 42% this year, across 10 core markets, to reach US$24bn.

Tequila and mezcal bar 400 Rabbits in Nottingham, England has applied for its business to become a religion in order to stay open during lockdown.

China has slapped a 212% tariff on Australian wine as diplomatic tensions between the two nations continue to mount.

Drinks International caught up with Anne Le Naour, executive director at CA Grands Crus, to find out how the business has adapted to the challenging trading conditions of 2020.

Glen Moray has launchd its inaugural whisky as part of the distillery’s new ‘Warehouse 1 Collection’ called Glen Moray Sauternes Cask Matured expression.

Kojima Sohonten, the 13th oldest existing sake brewery founded in 1597, has changed its entire range to junmai (pure rice) sake.

British national treasure Captain Sir Tom Moore has teamed up with Otterbeck Distillery in Yorkshire to launch a gin.

Campari UK has urged companies to donate a suggested 5% from their unused Christmas party budgets to its hospitality worker relief fund Shaken Not Broken.

A new app called ‘Bring Your Bar Home’ has launched as the UK’s first cocktail takeaway and delivery guide which is personalised to your location.

Stoli Group has agreed on a new distribution deal with Amber Beverage Group for its brands in Mexico through local distributor Bodegas La Negrita.

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Nick Strangeway

Bottled cocktails: The dos and don'ts

Pre-made cocktails have always carried a stigma, which I find odd. The romance of watching bartenders make drinks from scratch left pre-batched cocktails feeling cheap to many consumers, but lockdowns have forced this attitude to change.

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