In brief

24 April, 2009

l Wearside-based Alcohol Brands, which produces sugar-free wine?-based RTDs Pink and Blue, has merged with Glaswegian manufacturer Vodka Pom, which makes a vodka and pomegranate-flavoured RTD. Vodka Pom will come under Alcohol Brands’ stable of products from this month.

Hebridean distiller Bruichladdich has upped its sales by 15% in the year to Dec 31, 2008. Sales grew to £7.89 million from £6.86 million in 2007, and pre-tax profit increased by 42% to £1.07 million, according to the distillers’ latest results. “Despite the environment – economic climate change, global financial warming, and banking meltdown – we are forecasting continued growth,” said chief executive Mark Reynier.

Campari is to buy the Wild Turkey Bourbon brand and related businesses from Pernod Ricard for $575 million. The deal includes distillery facilities in Kentucky, a bulk aged-bourbon inventory and the American Honey liqueur brand.

Mixologist Antonio Simon?etti of the Hoxton Pony has won the 2009 Brockmans Gin cocktail competition with his Miss Sage cocktail – containing fresh sage leaves, lime juice, ginger & lemon grass cordial, caramel sugar syrup, cloudy apple juice and Brockmans Gin.




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