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Pernod Ricard said it is “mobilising affiliates globally" to deal with the shortage of hand sanitiser. 

The British Distillers Alliance (BDA) has written to HMRC requesting duty relief for the increasing number of distilleries using their alcohol to create hand sanitiser, which they are then distributing free of charge to help in the fight to protect people from coronavirus. 

Think Spirits 2020 will now take place in September.

The Dubliner Irish Whiskey is unveiling a new look to tap into a potential £8.2 million opportunity for Irish whiskey, according to majority owner Quintessential Brands.

Pernod Ricard has added with Italian spirits brand Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto to its portfolio. 

Illva Saronno, best know for its Disaronno and Tia Maria brands, has announced plans to launch a UK subsidiary, Disaronno International UK.

Bacardi-owned gin brand Bombay Sapphire is launching a version flavoured with blackberries and raspberries on March 13.

Kopparberg is adding a Passionfruit & Orange flavour to its gin collection.

Diageo is launching a 25% abv version of Captain Morgan rum flavoured with pineapple and mango.

The Whisky Exchange has announced the second set of releases from under its own independent bottling label.

Zubrowka is the latest producer to innovate with vodka, as the category looks to tap into the ongoing interest in new styles of premium spirits.

Brewdog Distilling has created its own version of the popular Japanese drink Shochu, with "a Scottish twist”.

Think Gin 2020 will take place on April 28 and this year, for the first time, it will run alongside a number of spirits events as part of Think Spirits 2020. DRN caught up with Think Gin’s ambassador and gin specialist David T Smith, to have a chat about all things gin:

A new contender in the popular pineapple-flavoured rum sector has secured a listing in Sainsbury’s stores.

The Glasgow Distillery Company has launched a new range of vodka, which takes inspiration from gin.

Treasury Wine Estate (TWE) is expanding its Blossom Hill Gin Fizz range by introducing an RTD can format to the UK market.

Greenall’s is launching Blood Orange & Fig Gin, to add to its zero-sugar flavoured gin range.

The UK saw at least 80 new distilleries opened last year, an increase of 22% compared with 2018.

Foxhole Spirits has secured a national listing with Booker, whereby the producer’s Foxhole Gin and Hyke Gin will be available to the wholesaler’s customers in the convenience sector and the independent off-trade.

Pernod Ricard is investing in a multimillion-pound ad campaign designed to give leading Irish whiskey brand Jameson a boost in the build-up to St Patrick’s Day.

The team behind Thunder Toffee Vodka have now created Frejya’s Crema Custard Liqueur.

Think Whisky 2020 will take place on April 28 and this year, for the first time, it will run alongside a number of spirits events as part of Think Spirits 2020. DRN caught up with Think Whisky’s ambassador and whisky consultant Neil Ridley to have a chat about all things whisky.

Diageo has launched Gordon’s Sicilian Lemon in a bid to reignite growth in the UK gin category.

True British Spirit is launching Nectvs, which it describes as “a luxurious thoroughbred spirit for the truly discerning drinker”.

Global Brands has opened a new premium spirit division called Inspirit to capitalise on the growing trend for premium drinks.

Jawbox Gin has launched an on-pack promotion giving UK consumers the opportunity to win one of three trips to Chicago, with $500 spending money.

Dead Man’s Fingers is adding a Pineapple Rum to its collection.

Bimber Distillery has released its first distillery exclusive bottlings.