Two New York breweries have apologized and swiftly discontinued a “highly inappropriate” collaboration beer named after a Hindu deity.

Ardbeg has announced that Colin Gordon will take over as distillery manager after incumbent Mickey Heads retires in October.

A leading English sparkling wine producer has predicted that the county’s production levels will double in the next decade.

The Edrington Group has launched a limited edition of its Cutty Sark 25 Year Old to global travel retail.

Costellation Wines Australia and Europe has officially become Accolade Wines - as of June 27. Accolade brands include Hardy’s and Echo Falls.

Dutch branding and packaging design consultancy Claessens/Cartils has changed its name to Cartils.

Diageo Great Britain (Diageo GB) has agreed a final settlement with Intercontinental Brands (ICB) in their dispute over ICB’s Vodkat product. The settlement sees the end of litigation between the two companies that has been ongoing since 2008.

Pernod Ricard has decided to dump the Montana brand name and re-name New Zealand’s flagship Sauvignon Blanc, Brancott Estate.

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Nick Strangeway

Sustainability: No more excuses

COP26 littered newspaper headlines throughout November. The focus was supposed to be on resolving the climate change crisis, but predictably turned into a game of political chess. In the absence of any authoritative leadership, our industry needs to set an example.

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