Compass Box range

Scotch whisky Compass Box has appointed Proof Drinks as its new distributor as the brand looks to continue its growth in the UK market. Compass Box was founded by John Glaser with a mission to make the world of scotch whisky a “more interesting place”. Over the past two decades, the London-based blending house has …

Double Dutch

Heineken has acquired a minority stake in premium tonic and mixer brand Double Dutch. Double Dutch Drinks was founded in 2015 by Dutch twin sisters Raissa and Joyce de Haas and now sells over a million bottles a month in 26 countries, with stocklists across both the on-trade and off-trade. The new investment from Heineken, …

Liv Rum

Scottish micro-distillery Matugga Distillers is debuting its new Liv Rum collection, which features three rum variants and two flavoured rum liqueurs. Inspired by the nation’s love for craft spirits and locally-made produce, Liv is handcrafted with natural and seasonal ingredients. The new range includes two white rums – Pot Distilled White Rum (42.5% ABV) and …

The Gin Guild Ginposium

Ginposium, the annual gin industry seminar organised by the Gin Guild, and one of the gin industry’s annual highlights, is to be held online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of performing in front of an audience, this year’s keynote speakers have created a series of videos, which will be available on the Gin Guild’s …

monin range

Monin has launched a new take on ‘Thirsty Thursdays’, to help bartenders and baristas alike challenge their creativity at home and inspire consumers. The brand is running a series of interactive Facebook Live masterclasses supporting bartenders and baristas in trying something new, featuring two respected industry creatives – Kenji Jesse and Dan Fellows – who …

Thatchers cider

Somerset cider maker Thatchers is helping the UK on-trade get back to business by offering every one of its free-trade customers a free 50 litre keg of cider. Thatchers is promising up to £1million of cider to make this happen. The company will be working closely with its wholesale suppliers to ensure venues receive their …

Diageo is supporting the trade from the impact of the Covid-19 crisis as it faces reopening, announcing a new programme to allow the safe retrieval of kegs from cellars across the UK. The ‘Keg Destruction Programme’ will see Diageo provide a like-for-like replacement of fresh stock for all unbroached kegs. For all broached kegs, Diageo …

Bodega Bay

Molson Coors has secured an exclusive distribution partnership with Bodega Bay to support the roll-out of the brand’s hard seltzer range in the UK on-trade. The move follows Molson Coors rebranding as Molson Coors Beverage Company at the end of last year, signalling its intention to continue expanding its portfolio beyond beer. The Bodega Bay …

Artisan Drinks Co competition

For its new competition, The Artisan Drinks Co is giving professional bartenders the chance to show off their cocktail-making skills and have their creation preserved for posterity as a work of art. Entrants, who need to be based in the UK, can choose from a selection of five Artisan mixers to include in their cocktail, …

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company

Carlsberg’s UK and Marston’s PLC have announced a proposed deal to form a joint venture beer company in the UK, valued at £780m. Both companies will inject their brewing and distribution assets into the new venture. At completion, Carlsberg will pay up to £273m to Marston’s PLC, £34m of which will be a deferred contingent …