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CUB Expands Spirits Portfolio for the First Time in Several Years

CUB Expands Spirits Portfolio for the First Time in Several Years

Australian brewer of VB, Cascade and Carlton Draught beer brands, Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), has expanded its spirits and RTD offering for the first time in several years with the release of four new products. The new products fall within the mid-strength RTD and premium categories and support CUB's Cougar and Black Douglas RTD ranges specifically. The mid-strength options will extend to Cougar...

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Australia's Top Performing Categories

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The latest figures from IRI (to 01/05/16) shows the top performing - and underperforming - categories in the Australian off-premise right now. Leading the market is beer, in particular Full-Strength beer, which currently represents 32.7 per cent of the total liquor sold in the off-premise. Shortly behind beer in terms of value is wine, accounting for $4,171,977 of the total industry's dollars, which is be...

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There's no Cheers without a Cause! Negroni Week back for it's Third Year

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Global charity event Negroni Week will be returning in June this year, stronger than ever. Made possible by Campari’s ongoing partnership with Imbibe Magazine, this will be the event’s third year running. Marketing campaign "There's no cheers without a cause" hopes to see this year's international involvement and fundraising efforts more successful than ever. First launching globally back in 2013 with a...

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Zuidam Distillery Avoids Legal Action

Zuidam Distillery Avoids Legal Action

The Zuidam Distillery in Holland has managed to avoid further legal action from Berry Bros. and Rudd by agreeing to change the name of its rum 'Flying Dutchman No.3'. The distillery was threatened by the UK-based wine and spirits supplier back in April . Lawyers  representing Berry Bros. and Rudd said the rum breached the company's international trademark of 'No.3'. TradeMarks Australia told Savant Spiri...

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The World's Biggest Beverage Brands

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The name ‘megabrand’ has an uneasy positioning in the alcoholic beverage market, and while many look on with envy at brands holding market leading positions, a mixture of Australia’s infamous tall poppy syndrome and nationals choosing the best known and most loved brands to lead on price with can cause even the world’s largest brands to feel the pinch. That being said, when a leader gets behind its own ca...

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Make Your Own Gin This World Gin Day

Make Your Own Gin This World Gin Day

This coming World Gin Day (11 June), Archie Rose Distilling Co. - Sydney's newest bar and distillery - will host a Tailored Gin session, in which members of the public will have the chance to make their own bottle of gin using a whole host of botanicals. Archie Rose Ambassadors will run through how to select and balance botanicals such as juniper berry, fresh apple, blood lime and river mint. The Tailored...

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Cash for Cans Scheme Raises Concerns for Drinks Industry

Cash for Cans Scheme Raises Concerns for Drinks Industry

The NSW Government's announcement of the introduction of a 10 cent refund container deposit scheme in the state has raised concerns for the drinks industry this week. On Monday, Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) responded with the release of an ASX announcement to reassure its investors that the scheme would not have any initial impact on the company's financials. The Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC) als...

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Campari Australia Launches New Rum Amid Group's First Quarter Results

Campari Australia Launches New Rum Amid Group

Campari Australia is set to launch a new premium spiced rum to the market this week amid the announcement of the group's first quarter financial results. On Monday, Gruppo Campari reported 21.1 per cent EBIT growth to EUR53.9 million (approx. AUD83 million) and 21.5 per cent organic performance growth in Australia, representing 5.5 per cent of the group's total sales and 78 per cent of the APAC region's. ...

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Maker's Mark Old Fashioned Week Commences

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As Sydney's fashionistas prepare to don their best glad rags at Sydney Fashion Week, bars across the city are stirring up a concoction of bourbon and bitters as Maker's Mark Old Fashioned Week gets underway. Over the next eight days - running 12-20 May - partnering venues will be showcasing their own take on the classic cocktail using Maker's Mark, with no two recipes allowed to be the same. Consumers wil...

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John Walker & Sons' Most Complex Blend Yet

John Walker & Sons

This week in Australia Diageo released the 2016 Edition of the John Walker & Sons Private Collection; a portfolio of rare and innovative blended Scotch whiskies from Johnnie Walker. The new release, named Fine Honeyed Notes, is the most complex whisky that has ever been made for the collection and will retail exclusively in Dan Murphy's. Constructed by Master Blender Jim Beveridge, the final blend dre...

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