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18 January, 2018

Non-alcoholic spirit market sees raft of NPD to kick off 2018

The non-alcoholic spirit market looks set to see a raft of activity through 2018, as newcomers and existing players reveal plans to tap into growth in this sector.

Global Brands has been appointed to handle off-trade distribution for Brewdog-owned whisky brand Uncle Duke’s.

The amount of distilleries in the UK has grown by 127% in the past five years, according to the latest data from HMRC.

New Zealand’s cuckoo brewing company Yeastie Boys has appointed former Buxton and Thornbridge brewer James Kemp as its head brewer.

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German brewery Krombacher has launched a campaign to drive the importance of perfectly pouring your beer, bolstered by the added incentive of an all-expenses trip to Germany.

Caorunn is set to release a new British-made bottle, which is designed to marry the spirit’s artisan roots with “seriously sleek aesthetics”.

North South Wines has appointed Kim Wilson as its new managing director.

Borough Wines & Beers has reported 19% year-on-year sales growth on the back of a strong ecommerce performance and two new store openings.

Morgenrot is giving its customers a real mouthful with its latest launch from New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay.

Broadland Wineries owner Mark Lansley has cooled talk of turnover growing to £100 million in two years after the sudden departure of chief executive Paul Schaafsma.

PASS proof-of-age cards are being redesigned to include the logos of the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Security Industry Authority.

Great Wines Estates will now represent Voyager Estate across the UK, where it will focus on independent wine shops and the premium on-trade sectors for the wines, which are produced in Australia’s Margaret River region.

The Benevolent has launched its new mental health awareness campaign #NotAlone, which aims to encourage members of the trade to speak freely about mental health issues within the workplace, creating a stigma-free environment.

Boutinot is now working with north-eastern Italian producer Cantine Riondo, becoming the exclusive agent for wines targeted at the UK multiple off-trade.

A former senior executive at the Paperchase stationery retail chain has become the first managing director of London’s Wimbledon Brewery.

Think Brands has launched a grapefruit-based drink, which can be used in a range of cocktails.

Blackwoods gin and Blavod vodka producer Distil has reported a 19% increase in revenue and volume sales in the last quarter of 2017.

Koshu of Japan has announced the date for its 8th annual trade and press tasting; the event is due to take place on 14 February at 67 Pall Mall in London. 

Balblair has unveiled the limited edition second release of its 2000 vintage and the third release of its 1991 vintage.

The Bestway cash and carry group has set up a van sales operation from the remnants of the Snacksdirect and Sweetsdirect businesses of the failed P&H Group.

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