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In 2019, Babco UK had one product listed on Amazon. Now, it has 64 SKUs. By year-end 2020, the company’s Amazon sales were up by 440% on the previous year and they say year-to-date sales for 2021 are up 496% - with Black Friday still to come. Drinks Retailing caught up with Lewis Bowen, group strategic director of the Sheffield-based drinks development and distribution business, to talk all things Amazon.

Glenlivet Iain Stirling

The Glenlivet has partnered with comedian Iain Stirling to release an episode of MTV Cribs, which centres around the distillery's new visitor experience.

Trade organisation the Bourbon Alliance has welcomed the announcement of an agreement between the US and EU to remove the EU’s tariffs on American whiskeys. The 25% tariff was a retaliatory measure as part of a steel and aluminium trade dispute.

Trade charity The Drinks Trust has announced a partnership with Equal Measures – an organisation dedicated to helping create opportunities in the drinks industry for ethnic minorities and marginalised groups.

Glengoyne Wetlands Highlands scotch whisky

A new study commissioned by Ian Macleod’s Glengoyne distillery has outlined several threats to Scotch whisky as the climate continues to change.

Halewood Artisanal Spirits has rolled out the first TV ad for its Whitley Neill gin brand.

Aldi has partnered with TV mixologist and World of Zing pre-mixed cocktails founder Pritesh Mody to create a range of festive cocktails. Mody, who has worked with the supermarket on previous projects, has come up with five cocktail ideas featuring Aldi products, as the retailer looks to tap into home cocktail making. The products, from the 2021 Autumn Winter spirits range, include The Infusionist Gold Flake Gin Liqueurs (£13.99/70cl), Cassario Black Spiced Rum (£14.99/70cl) and Ballycastle White Chocolate Cream Liqueur (£6.99/70cl).

Cognac importer and bottler Hermitage has launched a trade unit to import other spirits and liqueurs.

Online sales of beer, wine and spirits maintained good growth in September, against a backdrop of falling online retail sales.

James Martin Drambuie

Whisky liqueur Drambuie has partnered with chef James Martin in a campaign to showcase the brand in at-home entertaining occasions.

New research has suggested that a third (34%) of consumers have or are considering stockpiling for Christmas before the end of October.

Nielsen client team leader Rob Hallworth makes some predictions for how shoppers are likely to behave this festive season.

Boatyard sloe gin

Here’s the low-down on this month's beer, cider, wine, spirits, no/low and RTD product launches:

The world of at-home drinking has become more sophisticated, driven by locked-down consumers in improved home surroundings. But Lucy Britner asks, will it continue?

The co-founder of Masons of Yorkshire has highlighted both flavoured gin and home cocktail trends as key drivers for the company's launch into the vodka category.

Ivan Menezes Diageo

The chief executive of Diageo has said off-trade sales remain strong in Europe.

A spokesperson for HMRC has told Drinks Retailing that rules around duty stamps are being reviewed, as the government looks for ways to support industry innovation.

Ian Burrell RumFest

RumFest will take place as an in-person event this year, alongside an online element for those that can’t attend.

Scotland’s Kylin Spirits Group has announced plans to launch a drink that combines Chinese spirit baijiu with Scotch single malt whisky.

Quintessential Brands has launched a Black Lemon Arabian Edition of its Opihr spiced gin.

Diageo has made a minority investment in Japanese single malt whisky producer Komasa Kanosuke Distillery, through incubator company Distill Ventures. 

Speciality Brands has added a number of new Caribbean rums to its portfolio, with another to come later in the autumn.

Campari-owned Scotch whisky producer Glen Grant has produced a luxury single malt to mark 60 years in the business for master distiller Dennis Malcolm.

Malt whisky brand Tamdhu has produced a whisky with a profile designed to complement the aromas and flavours of the world’s finest cigars.

Campari has launched its first NPD for the Aperol brand in the UK market.

Aber Falls single malt welsh whisky

Halewood-owned Welsh distiller Aber Falls has launched a second whisky.

Jameson Orange Pernod Ricard

The managing director of Pernod Ricard’s UK division has said flavoured spirits are helping to drive at-home cocktail making, with the trend set to continue in the future.

Diageo is to launch a nationwide promotion for its Smirnoff vodka brand, as it looks to standout in a busy vodka market.

The ready-to-drink cocktail brand Laiba has launched a pair of products in partnership with mixologist Maxim Schulte.

Bacardi has joined forces with the alcoholic ice pop brand Poptails by LAPP to produce two frozen cocktail kits.