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November 1, 2019

The craft and high-end gin segment in the UK is at risk of a "shake-out" in the coming years, Pernod Ricard executive Jonny Peacock has told GlobalData, with the boom set to continue for around two more years.

The UK has been a major driver of gin's resurgence in recent years, with the category’s high profile among consumers, combined with brand acquisitions, encouraging more entrepreneurial start-ups to enter the craft gin arena. Pernod has responded to the reinvigorated segment through its stake purchase of German craft gin brand Monkey 47 in 2016, and adding Malfy to its gin portfolio earlier this year.

Speaking this week at the Spirits Strategies & Innovation Congress in London, the groups' UK customer development, strategy and planning director forecast that the high proliferation of premium-positioned gin brands in the country will not be sustainable in the medium-to-long-term.

Peacock added: "With so many new entrants recently, I can see a shake-out coming in craft gin. The category has to organise itself, otherwise it's just going to be a race to the bottom.

"The barriers to entry in gin are low. The problem is, the barriers to exit are equally low."

When asked what advice he could give to those brands hoping to ride out the potential reduction of craft gin stock keeping units (SKUs), Peacock said: "You should consistently highlight your unique selling point (USP). Also, promote the substance of your brand."

 
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LONDON, Oct. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnnie Walker Master Blender, Dr Jim Beveridge, was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen today for his outstanding service to the Scotch whisky industry.

 

Recognising a remarkable career spanning almost four decades with the world's leading distilling company Diageo, Dr Beveridge was presented with his OBE medal by Her Majesty during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.

During his career Dr Beveridge has established himself as one of the most highly respected figures in the industry, renowned for his skill and dedication to quality, as well as his considered and unassuming manner.

The accolade comes as Johnnie Walker, the world's most popular Scotch whisky, prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2020. Dr Beveridge is only the sixth person in two centuries of the company's history to have held the position of Master Blender, the first being founder John Walker himself.

As part of the celebrations to mark his 40th year with Johnnie Walker, Dr Beveridge has been asked to work with his team on a unique 40 year old whisky using some of the rarest Scotch in the Johnnie Walker reserves.

Based at Diageo's blending rooms in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire, Dr Beveridge leads a team of 12 blenders responsible for the quality and consistency of all the company's Scotch whisky brands. He also works closely with distillers, coopers, coppersmiths and all the craftspeople involved in producing the finest Scotch whisky.

He has been the recipient of several industry accolades, including being inducted into the World Whisky Hall of Fame in 2015, and in 2016 he was named Master Blender of the Year by the International Whisky Competition for the second consecutive year, a first in the history of the competition.

Commenting on the receiving the award Dr Beveridge dedicated it to his colleagues across the Scotch whisky industry. He said: "It was a wonderful experience to receive this award from Her Majesty the Queen and it is an honour that I am delighted to receive on behalf of all the people I have worked with in Scotch whisky over the past four decades.

"Scotch truly is a team effort at every step from grain to glass and it is a privilege to work in such a special industry. I dedicate this award to all the women and men in our distilleries, coppersmiths, cooperage, warehouses and bottling halls across Scotland who are all responsible for making Johnnie Walker."

Congratulating Dr Beveridge on receiving his award, Diageo Chief Executive Ivan Menezes, said: "This is a very special day for Jim and his family and I am delighted to congratulate them on behalf of everyone at Diageo.

"Jim is renowned in the Scotch industry for his dedication to the craft of whisky-making and for the incredible whiskies he creates for Johnnie Walker, but he is also known as an exceptional colleague and friend to the people he works with. This is worthy recognition of an extraordinary career spanning four decades."

Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director John Williams added his tribute: "Everyone in the Johnnie Walker family is delighted to see Jim receive this recognition for the remarkable contribution he's made to Johnnie Walker and to Scotch whisky.

"Jim has not just been the guardian of almost two centuries of Johnnie Walker heritage, he has also been a restless pioneer, always learning and always seeking new frontiers of flavour in Scotch whisky."

Johnnie Walker is the number one selling Scotch whisky in the world with an average of seven bottles being exported from Scotland every second, making it the country's leading export product. The brand uses the best Scotch whiskies from Diageo's unrivalled inventory of 28 malt distilleries and more than 10 million casks maturing in Scotland.

Johnnie Walker is at the heart of a £150 million investment programme in Scotch whisky tourism by Diageo, including creating a global flagship visitor attraction in Edinburgh and transforming the company's 12 distillery visitor experiences around Scotland.

Please drink responsibly.

 
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October 25, 2019

With the launch of the delicious new Elderflower and Rosemary Limited Edition flavour, we wanted to share additional background on why RISE should be your go-to kombucha!

 

Whether it’s used as a cocktail mixer, a hangover remedy, or simply an afternoon pick-me-up, RISE Kombucha is the ideal go-to beverage for any occasion. With origins in China in around 221 BCE where it was typically referred to as the “Tea of Immortality”, Kombucha is a raw, fermented, sparkling tea filled with probiotics and healthy yeast that’s good for the gut. Benefits of a healthy gut aids in the maintenance of:

  • Digestive System: helps absorb nutrients and break down food in your intestines.
  • Immune System: help boost your immune system and protect against infections by discouraging the growth of harmful bad bacteria.
  • Skin health: Research studies showing how the gut and skin are intimately connected. Adding probiotics to your diet can lead to clearer and more radiant skin! Studies include improvement on acne, rosacea, eczema, and premature aging.
  • Mental health: a healthy gut leads to a healthy mind! Studies show the positive link between good gut health and mental health. A regular intake of probiotics can help improve anxiety / stress, depression, and even memory!

 

Tea, sugar, and scoby are the key ingredients in making Kombucha, while specific flavours are then created by adding different herbs, spices, and fruit for functionality and health benefits.

 

What Else Should You Know About Kombucha?

 

  • Kombucha can be a great cocktail mixer
  • Kombucha is a great hangover remedy
  • RISE Kombucha is gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO
  • Alcohol is an unavoidable but controllable side-product of fermentation
  • Kombucha should never be stored above 4 degrees Celsius to maintain the alcohol and CO2 levels

 

What Makes RISE Kombucha Different?

 

With low alcohol content, low sugar content, and the highest concentration of probiotics, antioxidants, and organic acids, RISE Kombucha offers all the benefits of this centuries-old recipe with new and innovative flavours without the vinegary taste. RISE Kombucha is flavour forward with 8 core collection and one limited-edition Elderflower and Rosemary flavour, packing all the health benefits and delicious taste into every unique flavour.

 
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October 17, 2019

“Pernod Ricard is well-placed in the US. As much as the company’s growth rate looks unimpressive, the first three months of Pernod's fiscal-2020 should not be looked at in isolation.

"On an organic basis, sales in Asia were flat. However, this was against a first quarter a year ago when one-off technical impacts drove a 10% jump in the region.

"What is of greater relevance to today's numbers is the 2% lift in sales from the Americas, with the US rising by 6%. For the full 12 months of fiscal-2019, the region on the whole was down by 4%. The coming months will show if Pernod has got the US spirits market right, but the first quarter bodes well."

 
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On Monday evening (October 7), The HOUSE OF ANGOSTURA® named Chad Lawrence of Comery Block in Calgary, Canada its Champion at the North American Finals of the bi-annual ANGOSTURA® Global Cocktail Challenge (AGCC)The competition, which took place at The Eleanor in Austin, TX, saw a group of North America’s best bartenders compete for an opportunity to represent the region at the AGCC Finals. Lawrence will join The HOUSE OF ANGOSTURA on the island of Trinidad to compete against regional winners from around the world for the title of Global Brand Ambassador and a cash prize of $10,000 during the island’s 2020 Carnival celebration in February.

 

The other competing bartenders included Lance Bowman of Chicago, David Alan Roth of New York, Jared Schmidt of Kelowna, British Columbia and Austin’s own Jarred Craven. They were judged by Matthias Merges, Chef and proprietor of Folkart Restaurant Management, internationally renowned bartender Tom Lasher-Walker and Alex Kirles, who represented North America during the 2018 AGCC Finals.

 

Lawrence won the judges over with his ANGOSTURA creations, Along the Banks and Jaguar’s Breath – I’ve enclosed the Jaguar’s Breath recipe below if interested! Also enclosed are photos from the event for use in any recap coverage. 

 

The Jaguar’s Breath

 

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 oz. Amaro di ANGOSTURA
  • .5 oz. Cherry Heering
  • .25 oz. Pedro Ximinex Sherry
  • 2 dashes ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters
  • 2 dashes ANGOSTURA orange bitters
  • Garnish: 3 Brandied Cherries

 

Method: 

    >Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir until chilled and diluted.</li> <li>Strain into a chilled coupe.</li> <li>Express an orange zest over surface of drink and discard.</li> <li>Place a skewer of 3 brandied cherries on rim of coupe.</li> </ol>"
 

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