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BrewDog founder divides £1m between five ‘Next Unicorn’ competition finalists

BrewDog co-founder and CEO James Watt has announced that all five finalists of his ‘Next Unicorn’ competition will each be taking home a share of his £1million investment – backing an extra two firms who expected to miss out at the contest’s Las Vegas final. read more

Savoia Americano adds another award to its clutch of industry accolades

Newly launched vino aperitivo SAVOIA Americano has just picked up the top award in the ‘Lite with Bite’ category (0.5% to 18% abv) at the People’s Choice Drinks Award 2023. Judged by both the UK public (vetted spirits lovers) and respected drinks writers, buyers, retailers and distillers, the renowned competition prides itself on being inclusive and relevant to today’s spirits industry. read more

The London Essence Co. is named UK’s fastest growing mixer company

Having experienced exponential growth across GB retail and hospitality in the last 12 months, premium mixer brand The London Essence Co. has become the fastest growing mixer company in the United Kingdom. read more

Desi Daru wins World’s Best Flavoured Vodka title

Launched just seven months ago, Indian-inspired and British-made, ultra-premium, Alphonso Mango-flavoured vodka Desi Daru has been named World’s Best Flavoured Vodka in the recently announced World Vodka Awards. read more

Tropical alcohol-free drinks brand Caleño gains listing with Spinney’s

Tropical non-alcoholic spirits brand Caleño has launched in the UAE after gaining a listing with renowned supermarket chain Spinney’s. Containing two expressions in the range, Caleño brings joy to ‘not drinking' with sun-drenched alcohol-free drinks inspired by the vibrant flavours of Colombia. read more

The Art of ITALICUS Aperitivo Challenge returns for fifth edition

Launching in 11 countries worldwide, the unique competition challenges bartenders to create cutting-edge, innovative, art-inspired cocktails that represent the aperitivo experience using multi-award-winning ITALICUS Rosolio di Bergamotto citrus liqueur. read more

Award-winning Turkish winemakers gather with foreign guests at Lara Barut Collection

Selected guests, special wines and unique delicacies combined once again at the Winemaker's Dinner event by Lara Barut Collection. The seventh edition of the prestigious Winemaker's Dinner meetings, where Turkish winemakers meet with foreign visitors, was held on 13 November, accompanied by Selim and Pinar Ellialti, the Founders of Suvla Saraplari. read more

London Essence launches its exquisite mixers in Dubai

London Essence has announced the long-awaited arrival of its exquisite mixers in the Middle East. read more

Purcari acquires majority stake in leading Bulgarian winery

Purcari Wineries PLC – one of the largest wine and brandy groups in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region – has signed the Share Purchase Agreement for a 76-per-cent stake in Bulgarian joint stock company Angel’s Estate Winery. read more

Crag Spring Water becomes first British winners at international water tasting competition

Cheshire-based spring water brand Crag Spring Water has won Silver in the Sparkling Low Minerality category at The FineWaters International Water Tasting Competition Taste and Design Awards 2022, held recently in Los Angeles. read more

DrinkWell secures £1m investment to scale up in the low-calorie alcohol retail space

DrinkWell, the low-calorie alcohol retailer, has secured £1 million investment from a private investor to fuel its ambitious expansion plans. read more

Absolut Vodka and Tomorrowland festival launch limited-edition bottle

To mark their continued collaboration, leading premium vodka brand Absolut and Tomorrowland music festival have teamed up to launch a limited-edition bottle ahead of this year’s event in Boom, Belgium. read more

Extending returnable glass bottle life is crucial for brewers amid rising energy costs and glass shortages

Brewers throughout Europe face huge price increases and significant glass bottle shortages, with logistic and supply chain issues that took hold in the pandemic having been exacerbated by soaring energy bills. As a result, the cost of new glass bottles to the industry has risen 80 per cent over the past year. read more

End of retaliatory tariffs welcomed by US Distilled Spirits Council and Scotch Whisky Association

The Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. (DISCUS) and the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) have joined together to toast to the end of retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskey and Scotch Whisky in trade disputes “wholly unrelated to the distilling sector”. read more

Ellie Goulding’s hard seltzer brand SERVED launches UK-wide in Everyman venues

Premium British hard seltzer brand SERVED, co-owned by singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding, has just launched nationwide into Everyman cinemas, as the first hard seltzer brand to be stocked at all 37 entertainment venues across the UK. read more

HostMilano unveils report on global coffee trends and consumption

HostMilano’s recent analysis offers the global picture on coffee trends and consumption patterns. From Europe to Gen Z, the future of the most desired drink knows no borders, with the sector’s value expected to top €43 billion in 2025. read more

Plenish appoints Cordon Bleu chef Ravneet Gill as brand ambassador

Ravneet Gill – Le Cordon Bleu chef, author and presenter – has become the new face of Plenish, a leading producer of award-winning and organic plant-based milks, juices and shots. read more

RON SANTIAGO DE CUBA names Antonio Naranjo at Global Brand Ambassador

Cuban rum brand RON SANTIAGO DE CUBA has announced the appointment of award-winning bartender and innovator, Antonio Naranjo, as its new Global Brand Ambassador. read more

BLACKLION rare sheep’s milk vodka strikes gold at World Vodka Awards

Cotswolds-produced BLACKLION – Europe’s first sheep’s milk vodka – has been earning top reviews, including a Launch Design Bronze and Presentation Gold at this year’s World Vodka Awards, plus the competition’s top overall Gold for Best Presentation in 2022. read more

The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. wins 3 accolades at UK’s Best Business Awards

The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. has just been announced as winner of the ‘Best Innovation’ and ‘Disruptor of the Year’ categories at the 2022 Best Business Awards. Jay Bradley, Founder & CEO, has been named winner in the ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur’ category. read more

Premium plant-based drinks player Plenish unveils brand refresh and new packaging

Plenish, one of the UK's fastest growing plant-based drinks brands, has unveiled a full brand refresh and launch of new premium packaging across its range of plant-based milks, juices, and shots, as a key part of its strategy to further accelerate growth in the segment. read more

Courvoisier unveils new look, new Chief Blender, and new brand ambassador

Maison Courvoisier has unveiled its new look, alongside appointing its seventh Chief Blender. The most awarded Cognac house has also revealed creative visionary Yinka Ilori as the firm’s global ‘Ambassador of Joy’ as part of a new campaign featuring global creative. read more

Buzzed launches world’s first naturally uplifting energy tonic water

New UK drinks brand Buzzed has unveiled the world’s first energy tonic water. Tapping into the elevated consumer interest in health and wellness, Buzzed provides a refreshing new take on the traditional tonic. read more

Italian coffee brand Musetti enters GCC market with Dubai debut at 25hours Hotel One Central

Caffé Musetti – a traditional Italian coffee brand with a history spanning nearly nine decades – has entered the GCC market with a prestigious hotel debut in Dubai, expanding its reach to over 60 countries on five continents. read more

waterdrop raises €60m in Series-B funding led by Temasek

Austrian hydration company waterdrop® has announced its Series-B funding of €60 million (US$70m). The investment round was led by Singapore-headquartered global investment firm Temasek, with participation from existing shareholders Bitburger Ventures and Founders Future. read more

Monster enters alcoholic beverage sector with it enters deal to buy CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective

California-headquartered, NASDAQ-listed energy drinks brand Monster Beverage Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective LLC, a craft beer and hard seltzer company, for US$330 million in cash. read more

Non-alcoholic DaiquirISH sets the bar as it wins top prize – up against alcohol

The Pre-Mixed & RTD Masters 2021 winners were announced this month in London by The Spirits Business. One headliner was ISH from Denmark who took the top award for its non-alcoholic DaiquirISH, as it competed against conventional alcoholic brands. read more

Campari Group UK to distribute Champagne Lallier, including new iteration flagship cuvée, R.018

Following Campari Group’s acquisition of Champagne Lallier in 2020, Campari Group UK is to take on distribution of the well respected Champagne brand within the London M25 area in a phased approach, in combination with current distributor Boutinot wines. read more

Glenfiddich to be first partner to release rare whisky via NFT with BlockBar

Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky brand, has partnered with BlockBar, the premier non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace for luxury wine and spirits products, to launch a series of 15 limited-edition liquor NFTs. read more

GlobalData’s top 5 trends to watch in the spirits and wine sector this year and next

Supply chain disruptions, crop damage resulting from climate change, and a shift in consumer attitudes towards drinking will shape new trends and consumption habits in the spirits and wine over the coming years, according to GlobalData. read more

Latest issue – Vol 1/23
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