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Britain’s multiple and discount retailers have taken home a total of 222 awards from Tranche One of the 2016 International Wine Challenge, including 21 gold medals.
Philippine-based brandy business Emperador is to buy the Jerez-based brandy and Sherry operations from Beam Suntory.
Chile’s Valdivieso winery, together with its distributor Bibendum PLB, have appointed Jonas Tofterup as brand ambassador and export manager for the UK and Europe.
Chilean wine brand Frontera is to become the official wine of The BRIT Awards, in a partnership between the wine’s producer, Concha y Toro, and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) announced last week.
The East London Liquor Company is offering customers the chance to lay down their own cask of whisky.
John Dewar & Sons, the whisky arm of global drinks giant Barcardi, is releasing a new 16-year-old expression for Aberfeldy.
Drinks writer, editor and presenter Andrew Catchpole has joined Harpers as acting editor.
Eight inter-linked companies that fraudulently sold wine investments and carbon benefit units have been forcibly wound up in the high court, following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.
Listings of US wine in the UK on-trade have doubled in the last year, according to a new report.
Martin Miller’s Gin has won the inagural Gin-Off competition final held by London’s Graphic Bar earlier this week.
South Africa’s Distell Group has announced a joint venture with the Terlato Wine Group in the US.
Sales at Rémy Cointreau rose to £353 million in the six months to September 30, the company has announced.
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