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17 June, 2019

Pernod Ricard acquires majority stake in Rabbit Hole Whiskey

Pernod Ricard USA, through its New Brand Ventures division, has acquired a majority share of Rabbit Hole Whiskey which is produced and based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Non-alcoholic spirits drink Strryk has gained a £1m investment from soft drinks company AG Barr, which also owns Funkin Cocktails.

The sale of Majestic Wines is at an “advanced stage” and is expected to be completed over the summer months.

De Kuyper Royal Distillers and Beam Suntory have expanded their distribution deal to the German market.

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Porter’s Gin has launched a new bottle design across its markets featuring an update to the gin’s branding and logo developed by design agency Stranger & Stranger.

Grey Goose’s new creative platform “Live Victoriously” aims to re-energise the brand in 2019 by encouraging consumers to celebrate small victories, says Grey Goose global CMO Lee Applbaum.

Newly built Glenrinnes Distillery has launched an organic gin and vodka range at Ben Rinnes, Speyside.

Angel Brown caught up with 44°N Gin founder and CEO Bhagath Reddy. 

Johnnie Walker master blender Dr Jim Beveridge has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the scotch whisky industry.

Employees from Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard came together last week to collect plastic from beaches and river paths in Scotland and London.

Champagne Taittinger has announced that two years after the first plantings at Domaine Evremond’s vineyard site in Kent, a further 8.5 hectares of vines were planted last month.

Hillhouse Capital Management, a global investment firm which describes itself as focusing on “innovative businesses in growth industries”, has bought scotch whisky producer, the Loch Lomond Group, from Exponent Private Equity.

The 13th edition of the Drinks International Travel Retail Awards has opened for entries through its new website in the build up to its annual awards night in Cannes, France.

Europe’s first CBD cocktail bitters launched this June by independent UK-based company OTO.

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