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Irish Comes of Age

Friday, January 24th, 2014

With distinctive brands and attractive line extensions, Pernod Ricard is revolutionizing the Irish whiskey category. It’s no secret that Irish whiskey is exploding. With revenues hitting $415 million in the U.S. last year, it’s grown 460% since 2002 according to DISCUS. However, Paul Di Vito, VP, Irish & North American Whiskey, Pernod Ricard USA, would ... read more>

Bar Talk: Just Fancy Enough

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Extra Fancy, the elevated seafood shack, churns out tempting, playfully named ... read more>

Up, Up & Away

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Operators need to mind quality & cost as cocktail prices creep toward a $12 ... read more>

TODAY’S FRANCE Cognac Courts Bartenders

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Cognac's history as a potent cocktail ingredient is ready for a ... read more>

Iberian Sangria Takes an Official Step

Friday, January 17th, 2014

There’s sangria, and now there’s Sangria. The European Parliament passed legislation in January establishing that true sangria comes from Spain or Portugal. Moving forward, if packaged versions of this popular mix of wine, brandy, sugar, chopped fruits, etc. come from other nations, they will have to clearly state their origin, as in Australian Sangria. So ... read more>

Suntory Holdings Set to Acquire Beam

Monday, January 13th, 2014

This past weekend, Suntory Limited and Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM) jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Suntory shall acquire all outstanding shares of Beam for $83.50 per share in cash or total consideration of approximately $16 billion, including the assumption of Beam’s outstanding net debt. The transaction consideration represents ... read more>

Justin Timberlake and Sauza Tequila Join Forces

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Sauza Tequila and Justin Timberlake have come together to launch Sauza 901 super premium tequila. This co-branded partnership brings together the unique personality of the 901 brand’s founder with the history and quality of Sauza Tequila to form a dynamic lifestyle spirits brand. Some additional information on Beam Inc.’s latest offering: Sauza 901′s name is ... read more>

Sean “Diddy” Combs and Diageo Announce New Joint Venture and Acquisition of Luxury Tequila Brand DeLeón

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business, and Sean Combs today announced that they have furthered their relationship by creating a new joint venture that has purchased luxury tequila brand DeLeón. The joint venture, a 50/50 global partnership between Diageo and Combs Wine & Spirits, builds on a strategic alliance formed by Diageo and Combs ... read more>

Alt Whiskey Goes Mainstream

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Behind the bar at The Square One Brewery and Distillery restaurant in St. Louis, pride of place is given to the beers and spirits that are made on-site. Among the spirits, there’s an expected array of new distiller wares—gins, rums, vodka and the like—as well as whiskies that put a twist in the tail of ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: January 2014

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

The January 2014 edition of our New Products & Promotions ... read more>
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