Spirits & Cocktails

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Budget 2020

Budget 2020 – Duty increase on beer, cider, wine and spirits frozen

By MA Reporters

Freeze on alcohol duties and business rates on pubs with rateable value under £51,000 abolished. Plus, national living wage to rise to £10.50 per hour by 2024. Here is a blow-by-blow account of Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak's first Budget.

Berry cool: gin brand Bombay Sapphire has released its first coloured gin with a blackberry variant

Bombay Sapphire launches berry gin

By Emily Hawkins

Premium gin brand Bombay Sapphire has released a berry flavoured variant, as flavoured gins continue to drive growth in the category.

Growing portfolio: the new variant will be available this week (12 March)

Kopparberg launches new gin flavour

By Nikkie Thatcher

Swedish drinks supplier Kopparberg has announced a new flavour to its gin portfolio – Passionfruit & Orange – which will be available this month (12 March).

Sweet sales: new data reveals rum is becoming an increasingly popular tipple and could be in line to take the gin limelight

Rum on target to steal gin’s crown

By Alice Leader

New data shows rum is on course to hit the same heights as gin, as sales rose by 7% year on year in 2019, according to CGA.

Citrus hit: Gordon’s Sicilian Lemon is the latest variant in the brand’s gin portfolio

Gordon’s launches lemon gin

By Nikkie Thatcher

Diageo-owned Gordon’s has announced its new Sicilian Lemon gin variant, which offers “a Mediterranean twist on the original recipe”.

Previous experience: Gareth Bath counts BrewDog and Chapel Down as former workplaces

Ex-BrewDog and Chapel Down boss joins Distill

By Nikkie Thatcher

Ex-BrewDog and Chapel Down managing director Gareth Bath has been appointed as the boss of Distill Ventures – a business that gives entrepreneurial companies a foot up in the hospitality world.

Category growth: CGA research suggests a third of consumers tried a low or no-alcohol product in the last six months of 2019

What do pub-goers want to see on drinks menus in 2020?

By Emily Hawkins

Whether it is introducing a new range, cutting down on variants that don’t sell or lining up the latest in no and low-alcohol options, it’s time to review your drinks list and target your customer base better this year.

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