In , it moved into Irish whiskey with the acquisition of Slane and its historic estate in County Meath. Brown-Forman again expanded its international distilling footprint after purchasing the BenRiach Distillery Company and its three distilleries from industry veteran Billy Walker in While BenRiach is arguably the better-known name among the three distilleries, which also includes Glenglassaugh, Brown-Forman was most drawn to GlenDronach, which Whiting believes can be a serious contender in Scotch and even reach a million cases at its relatively high price point.
The latest addition to the Brown-Forman fold is Fords Gin. But my passion really would be seeing the growth of Woodford Reserve. After launching in , it took the brand 10 years to reach , cases, and last year alone grew by , cases.
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Despite Bourbon becoming an increasingly crowded market, Woodford Reserve has managed to stay ahead of the curve with its focus on innovation. More broadly, Whiting believes the much-touted craft challenge in American whiskey never quite got off the ground. Despite the surge in micro whiskey distilleries in the US, large-scale producers such as Brown-Forman have retained their market share. A brand has to have personality and something more than a zip code. We also ran into a lot of craft whiskey makers that tried to accelerate the process by throwing staves in a barrel.
There was a lot of bad whiskey out there, and a lot of these brands have gone bankrupt. As well as American whiskey challengers and cross-category competition, much has been said of the potential for cannabis to eat into the market share of spirits. Whiting is, however, interested in continuing to explore innovation in the sector Brown-Forman knows best, and highlights the impressive growth of flavoured whiskeys.
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Its launch was followed by cinnamon-flavoured Fire in , while an apple version is set to roll out in the coming months. He says Brown-Forman avoids knee-jerk reactions to trends, and its majority family ownership means its focus remains on long-term growth. A merger such as that between Beam and Suntory therefore seems a distant possibility, but Whiting says continued industry consolidation means Brown-Forman does not take its position for granted. A key area of focus for Brown-Forman will be international expansion, says Whiting. We are so under-indexed in the places where a lot of our competitors are, like China, India, Brazil, Africa and all over Asia.
But to do this, he says, brave decisions need to be taken. They have been fired for not trying and not trying new things. Applbaum left his role with the Bacardi-owned brands at the end of last month August. At the same time, former Coca-Cola executive Philippa Classey has joined Surterra as its first international executive leadership team member and will act as managing director for Europe.
Johnnie Walker owner Diageo faces serious disruption to its Scottish operations from tomorrow 17 September as workers prepare to strike over pay disputes. Diageo faces strike action across its Scottish operations on numerous dates between September. We want our employees in Scotland to continue to be well paid for the great job they do and receive a rise above the cost of living. We want to finalise an agreement through meaningful talks with the union groups but have contingency plans in place in the event of strike action.
Diageo, which also owns Smirnoff vodka and Tanqueray gin, had proposed a 2.
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Strike action will affect the Shieldhall bottling plant from September and September. Workers will take strike action at grain distillery Cameronbridge and Leven on September and September. From whiskies inspired by period dramas to decanters designed to look like iconic blockbuster characters, there are a host of spirits out there aiming to grab the attention of film and TV fans around the world.
A number of new film- and TV-inspired spirits have hit the market recently, so SB has rounded up the top releases for film and TV buffs. Flick through our gallery to find out which of your favourite shows have a spirits range to match. In volume terms, the number of bottles of single malt Scotch sold at auction in the UK during H1 increased by Springbank claimed the top spot for the first time as the number one distillery in the investor rankings, closely followed by silent distilleries Brora and Glenugie.
The value of the Apex index, which tracks the best-performing bottles of rare whisky, set its first half-year loss, falling by 0. This was compared to an increase of 9.
Nora Fraser, who was born at the Linkwood Distillery in , was welcomed back to the Scotch whisky distillery to mark her 80th birthday. Fraser celebrated her milestone birthday on 4 September with a tour of the Diageo-owned site, where she recalled memories from her life growing up next to a working distillery.
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The daughter of Henry Arthur Stephen and his wife Elizabeth, Fraser said she remembered being told to stay indoors whilst casks were being rolled, and wandering through the distillery as a young child whilst the stills were being worked. Alcohol and tobacco have been singled out for a return of duty-free shopping between the UK and EU.
Travellers returning to the UK from the EU would have the option to bring home unlimited quantities of alcohol and cigarettes — as is the case now — or purchase a limited amount duty free from shops in Europe instead. However, Donohoe outruled the introduction of duty-free shopping between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Under current government plans, the return of duty-free shopping between the UK and EU will only apply if there is no deal for the divorce.
go to site According to the withdrawal agreement previously negotiated by Theresa May, and rejected by MPs, the UK would stay in the single market and customs union for a transition period, meaning duty-free shopping could not immediately return. Duty-free shopping between the UK and EU stopped in with the creation of the single market, and the travel retail industry has long promoted the benefits of the return of duty free. The Spirits Business explores the travel market for spirits in depth in our upcoming September issue, out soon. Shoppers are spoilt for choice in travel retail with an abundance of high-quality spirits available at every price point.
SB presents award-winning expressions available in travel retail. Last month, The Spirits Business held its annual Travel Retail Masters , where an experienced panel of judges put some of the finest offerings available in duty free through their paces. Looking across multiple categories, from gin to Scotch whisky, rum to liqueurs, with entrants from producers of all scales, the competition saw a number of expressions awarded Master and Gold medals for their superior quality. The individual scores of each entrant have not been revealed, however these are 10 of the highest rated medallists in the competition — listed in no particular order.
More than rare Scotch whiskies will go under the hammer this week to raise funds for the Beatson Cancer Charity, including a Bowmore and a Rosebank The Scotch whisky industry has donated more than rare bottles for the charity auction. Run by Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer, the online auction will run from September. Whisky Auctioneer is waiving its seller fee and donating its buyer commission to the charity.
The auction was inspired by former Edrington chief executive Ian Curle, who was treated by the clinicians at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. The rare bottle is expected to fetch a record sum. In , the Queen requested that the cask was bottled to commemorate the Golden Jubilee.
To date, only 10 bottles have been seen at auction. It is the first release from the silent distillery since Ian Macleod acquired it in October The whisky was drawn from cask number for the auction. Having started a game-changing company with his Tyrrells crisps brand, William Chase then launched a vodka business, again with potatoes at its heart. Now Chase Distillery is aiming to become the cream of the crop. The Chase family: James, William and Harry. It was a bold move to launch into a category dominated by corporate giants and lifestyle advertising at a time when vodka was mostly generic booze or expensive bling.
There was little in between, and few consumers cared what it was made of or where it came from. Yet William Chase knew a thing or two about brands and how to escape the commodity trap that most farmers are caught in. They were too small to make into crisps and too wonky to sell to the supermarkets. Today, the Global Vodka Alliance lists 25 potato vodkas in its directory, but a decade ago there were precious few. Apparently, every bottle of Chase Vodka contains spuds. In the second year, the family began redistilling the vodka into gin.
The aim was to build Chase Vodka like a wine brand, with a clear sense of terroir and with strong green credentials. Getting the message through with vodka or standing out from the vast crowd of craft gins was never going to be easy. Being distilled on the farm, rather than merely compounded like most gins, matters a great deal to the Chase family. How much it matters to the consumer is something else, but James is convinced the tide is turning. This year Chase is hoping to attract 30, visitors to its corner of Herefordshire.
Inevitably, this homespun approach has been picked up by rivals. But whatever happens, the core is likely to remain vodka, gin and the unassuming spud. The astonishing rise of pink and flavoured brands is introducing the gin category to enthusiastic new audiences.
But could the trend that is boosting the spirit also be its downfall? Pink gin has become a burgeoning sub-sector of the gin category. Whether rose, fuchsia, bubble gum, coral or cerise — Instagram is flooded with eye-catching pink drinks, reflecting the coveted colour of its millennial user base. While the flavoured contingent represents just 5.
Part of the attraction of pink gin is its typically sweeter, fruiter taste profile, which is helping bring in new consumers to the category.