Farewell to a legend:

07 September, 2007

brewers, distillers, retailers and journalists are raising a glass this week to Michael Jackson, arguably the world's greatest beer critic, who has died aged 65. The self-styled Beer Hunter was also a renowned whisky writer and is remembered in our obituary on page 2.

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Lifting the spirits

I were to sum up alcohol sales over Christmas 2017 in one word, it would be “gin”. At Nielsen, we define the Christmas period as the 12 weeks to December 30 and in that time gin sales were £199.4 million, which means they increased by £55.4 million compared with Christmas 2016. There’s no sign the bubble is about to burst either. Growth at Christmas 2016 was £22.4 million, so gin has increased its value growth nearly two-and-a-half times in a year. The spirit added more value to
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