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The drink, despite overseas expansion, is still produced in Haiti. Image Source: 1001nights/Getty Images

Rhum Barbancourt: How a spirits brand weathers trials

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Haitian rum brand Rhum Barbancourt has a long history on the island. Despite being set back by 2010’s earthquake, and in spite of the political instability that Haiti contests with currently, it is still expanding, taking its wares to the UK through a...

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Ireland to ban TV alcohol ads before 9pm

By Rachel Arthur

Ireland will ban alcohol advertisements on TV before 9pm from 2025 in an effort to reduce children and young people’s exposure to alcohol products.

ADM predicts ramped up colours and flavours for 2024. Pic: ADM

Defiant consumer choice drives flavour and colour trends in 2024

By Gill Hyslop

The flavours and colours that ADM forecasts to trend in 2024 break with tradition and represent the consumer resolve to boldly choose products that appeal to their personal values - with an unapologetic abandon for the flavours they deem tasty and the...

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How can the wine industry tackle staff shortages?

By Rachel Arthur

Staff shortages continue to create a ‘worldwide challenge’ for the wine industry: affecting the whole chain from vineyards to hotels and restaurants. With no signs of shortages abating, how can the industry adapt?

Greasy Fingers launches in the UK this month. Pic: Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard UK launches ‘Greasy Fingers’ wine range

By Rachel Arthur

Hoping to attract younger drinkers to the category, Pernod Ricard’s new wine range is designed to match gourmet fast food and offer a ‘simple yet hugely effective pairing’ for burgers or takeaways.

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Guest article

Uncorking the dark side: How wine brands are embracing the allure of the macabre

By Rowena Curlewis, CEO, drinks design specialist Denomination

We love Halloween and the 'spooky season'. And up-and-coming wine brands are using our obsession with all things spooky to stand out from the crowd with their compelling brand stories and sinister tales. Rowena Curlewis, CEO of drinks design...

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Diageo sells Windsor Global whisky

By Rachel Arthur

Diageo has signed and completed the sale of Windsor Global, a subsidiary of Diageo which owns the Windsor business and associated intellectual property, to Korean company PT W Co., Ltd.

From cocktails to calvados casks: How St-Rémy is keeping brandy booming

From cocktails to calvados casks: How St-Rémy is keeping brandy booming

By Rachel Arthur

St-Rémy – a proudly French brandy that’s enjoying global success – has revealed its latest limited edition: St-Rémy Finished in Calvados Casks. And this latest launch represents exactly what the House stands for: an intriguing blend of tradition and innovation,...

The RTD alcohol category is maturing - and evolving. Pic:getty/asbe

RTD alcohol category to hit $40bn by 2027

By Rachel Arthur

The RTD alcohol category is expected to grow by +12% in volume between 2022 and 2027, hitting $40bn by 2027 across 10 key markets, according to new data from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis. As the category matures, premiumization will be a key driver moving...

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Molson Coors: 5 ways it plans to accelerate growth

By Rachel Arthur

Molson Coors says it has achieved the aims of its 2019 Revitalization Plan: now it wants to refine that strategy to accelerate growth. From digital transformation to ‘aggressive premiumization’, here’s how it’s going to do that.

Speakers at the event in Japan House believe that sake has potential to appeal to a greater range of UK consumers. Image Source: Eriko Koga/Getty Images

The appeal of Japanese drinks to consumers in the UK and North America

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Japanese drinks such as matcha and sake are being brought to ‘Western’ countries such as the UK and North American countries. Japanese sake is mostly drunk in restaurants the UK, although an event in Kensington, London stressed that it can be more versatile....

Beer accounts for the largest share of alcohol-free drinks sold in the UK. Pic: getty/humankg

England looks to change ‘alcohol-free’ definition

By Rachel Arthur

England currently considers an ‘alcohol-free’ drink as one containing less than 0.05% ABV – differing from a number of other countries that use 0.5% ABV as the definition. A public consultation is now seeking views on whether to raise the threshold for...

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Beam Suntory launches Beam Suntory France

By Rachel Arthur

Beam Suntory will establish its own route-to-market strategy in France with the launch of Beam Suntory France in January 2024: with a team across sales, marketing and corporate functions supporting the in-market commercial business.

Pic: From gourmet snacks to cosmetics, packaging machines for the ecommerce market will be in high demand. getty/3alexd

Robots, e-commerce and sustainability drive packaging machine design

By Rachel Arthur

US packaging machinery shipments in 2022 continued on 2021’s rapid growth trajectory. While economic uncertainty is now starting to hit the market, machines designed around sustainable packaging and those that cater for the boom in e-commerce will continue...

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