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Remy Cointreau to buy U.S. single malt whiskey maker Westland

reuters.com

French spirits group Remy Cointreau (RCOP.PA) said on Thursday it had agreed to buy American single malt whiskey maker Westland Distillery to tap growing demand for higher-priced spirits and boost its profit margins. Click Here To Read More!

9 Incredible Holiday Gifts For Fans of Adult Beverages

By John Kell - fortune.com

Talk about your holiday spirits!

Liquor companies have again pulled out all the stops to get you to buy swanky gift sets this holiday season.

Each year, the industry’s biggest producers—including Diageo and Pernod Ricard—as well as smaller upstart brands, come up with innovative, wild, opulent gifts that can be paired with their brands. On this year’s list, we’ve even got a bourbon-kissed denim jacket, as well as a watch, a “whiskey wheel,” and a copper gnome. The idea is that shoppers will be enticed by some unique sets and partnerships, rather than just buy a simple bottle of vodka or whiskey.

The Distilled Spirits Council has estimated that around 40% of the industry’s nearly $72 billion in retail sales occur in the final three months of the year. That jolt is attributed to gift giving around the holidays. Champagne and wine producers, as well as some brewers, also see increased sales in the final months of the year. Click Here To Read More!

This is what a £16,000 bottle of single malt whisky tastes like

Samuel Fishwick - msn.com

Jutting out into the Atlantic headwind like a proud Scotsman’s jawline, the island of Islay — the Queen of the Hebrides as it’s called here — is known for smooth whisky and bumpy landings. It is a one-hour hop from Glasgow by tiny plane, a flight which dips low over the ocean, gliding over the beach and swooping onto the runway in the island’s Port Ellen.

Prince Charles had to give up piloting royal flights after he crashed a light aircraft here in 1994, skidding off the runway in high winds and planting the nose in the mud. If you’re not into flying, you’ll need a stiff drink beforehand, one after, and maybe another mid-flight. Fortunately, once on the ground, there’s a lot of the good stuff to go around. Click Here To Read More!

The Rise of Career Bartending: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Brittany Risher - vinepair.com

The face of tending bar is changing. Twenty or even 10 years ago, men and women got into bartending as a way to get somewhere else. It was a temporary job, “until you get a ‘real’ job or get through college,” says Kathy Sullivan, owner of Sidecar Bartending.

But that seems to be changing. Today, more people enter the industry seeking a career. And they need to start thinking of the job as a marathon rather than a sprint, says Jim Meehan, a bar operator and educator who opened the James Beard Award-winning bar PDT in 2007. In a speech about “responsible service” for P(our), a collective that connects drink professionals, Meehan talked about self-care. “On a daily basis, we all go into our jobs and our relationships with friends and family and loved ones in deficit,” he says. “We give too much to one thing and not another. If you do that too long, you will break down and those relationships will break down. We need to take better care of ourselves.” Click Here To Read More!

Heineken Establishes Int'l Umbrella Five Points Trading Company

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Heineken USA will launch its newest endeavor Five Points Trading Company on January 1, 2017. It will be aimed at incubating a range of popular international beers in the U.S. back in-house, utilizing the company’s long-established distribution network.

Named in reference to the five points of Heineken's iconic red star—as well as America’s very first melting pot neighborhood in lower Manhattan, immortalized in the Martin Scorsese film Gangs of New York—Five Points will embody the same energy, cultural diversity and entrepreneurial spirit of its historic namesake. The brands, now repped by Five Points, are established in the U.S market and currently imported and sold by other importing companies whose contracts are set to expire at the end of 2016. The new endeavor will be led by General Manager Charles Littlefield, who will manage the brands separately from Heineken USA’s current portfolio. Click Here To Read More!

They'll drink to that: Boost for Scotch whisky exports in 2016

Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com

There must be enough troubles in the world to turn everyone to drink if the latest figures from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) are anything to go by, with half a billion bottles being exported overseas in the first six months of the year.

The first half of 2016 saw Scotch whisky's global export volume grow by 3.1 percent, according to new analysis from the SWA. Click Here To Read More!

DOES US ELECTION THROW CUERVO IPO INTO DOUBT?

9th November, 2016 by Kristiane Sherry - thespiritsbusiness.com

Will drinks group Jose Cuervo further delay its planned IPO following Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential election and subsequent devaluation of the Mexican peso?

Last month, Reuters claimed the world’s largest Tequila producer postponed its IPO on the grounds of market volatility ahead of the US presidential election, which took place yesterday (8 November).

Despite polls forecasting as much as a five-point lead for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Republican nominee Donald Trump clinched a shock victory overnight. Click Here To Read More!

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