Industry news round-up: June 16, 2014

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Our regular round-up of industry news, for June 12 to 16, 2014

Malibu champions National Piña Colada Day
July 10 has been declared National Piña Colada Day, supported by a major on-trade campaign for coconut rum Malibu. Build-up to the celebration of the classic cocktail will begin in the consumer media on June 30, culminating in special offers and parties in bars across the UK on the day itself. It will include out-of-home advertising and on-trade marketing kits featuring coconut cups.
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New gin bar and distillery for Edinburgh
A new bar, Heads and Tales (pictured), has been launched in Edinburgh combining a distillery, gin bar and visitor centre. It was set up by Spencerfield Spirit Company, makers of Edinburgh Gin, in the basement of Signature Pub Group’s Rutland Hotel. The bar is headed by Bruce Hamilton, a bar consultant and former brand ambassador for Drambuie liqueur. With the 70-cover bar offering a broad range of gins and gin cocktails, the distillery will produce gins for Edinburgh Gin.
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Absolut crafts blended vodka flavours
A new range of limited-edition vodkas has been introduced by Absolut, exclusively for professional bartenders. Created by leading mixologist Nick Strangeway, Absolut Craft consists of Herbaceous Lemon, Smokey Tea and Bitter Cherry. Only a few premium bars across London, Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester have been selected to receive the range.
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New spirits awards judged by bartenders
The Bartender’s Best Awards for spirits, liqueurs and other drinks have been created, judged solely by professional bartenders. Using a completely blind, independently audited process designed to offer total transparency, the categories have been created to reflect products as they are used in a bar. It has been conceived by business partners James Triffo and Dan Priseman who are co-founders of NOLA Bar in London.
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World Cup campaign calls for old bras
Eclectic Bars has launched a campaign linked to the World Cup asking women to donate their old lingerie to help children living in one of Rio de Janeiro’s poorest favelas. Women can drop off their bras at 17 of Eclectic Bars’ clubs and bars across the country, from the tiki destination Lola Lo to Moroccan hang-out Po Na Na. Donations will be accepted for four weeks from June 14.
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Bombay Sapphire names most imaginative
Rémy Savage of Little Red Door in Paris has won the global final of Bombay Sapphire’s World’s Most Imaginative Bartender competition with a cocktail using a syrup made from paper. He was one of 15 bartenders to reach the global final in London alongside UK winner Richard Woods from Duck & Waffle in London. His cocktail was inspired by a visit to the brand’s new distillery in Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire – once used for making paper for banknotes.
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Lancashire bartender wins UKBG heat
Simon Liptrott, owner of Boca Café Bar in the Lancashire town of Poulton-le-Fylde, has won the northern heat of the UK Bartenders Guild (UKBG) National Cocktail Competition. He will go on to the UK final in London in September alongside winners of the London and southern heats. The competition was sponsored by Wood’s 100 Old Navy Rum.
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Rumbullion! adds older spiced rum
A new super-premium expression has been launched to build on the success of Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Rumbullion! spiced rum. Introduced by UK drinks distributor Maverick Drinks, Rumbullion! XO is a 15-year-old version of the spiced rum that was launched in 2011.
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M&B acquires most of Orchid pubs
Pub and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers has today announced that it has acquired most of the Orchid Group, including 173 predominantly freehold pubs and the Orchid head office. The purchase price, paid entirely in cash, is £266million. M&B plans to convert 96 pubs to its brands and formats such as Harvester, Toby Carvery, Ember, Miller & Carter, Castle and Vintage Inns over the next two years.

Fuller’s opens pubs at Heathrow T2
Brewer and pub operator Fuller’s is to open its first pub airside as part of the new-look Terminal 2 at London’s Heathrow Airport. Called London Pride, the pub will combine new and old elements in the concept by Caulder Moore to “create an emotive experience rather than a ‘pastiche’ of a pub airside”. T2 is to be officially opened by the Queen on June 23.

New brasserie and bar for Nottingham
New bar and restaurant Yumacha Brasserie has opened in Central Avenue, West Bridgford, Nottingham, offering breakfast, afternoon tea and oriental tapas as well as cocktails well into the evening. Partner King Tang and his team were able to secure a premises licence thanks to the licensing department at Nottingham solicitors Fraser Brown.

Bavaria appoints new MD for UK
Dutch brewer Bavaria has named Rob Page as its new UK managing director. He has joiend from Kingsland Wines and Spirits where he was sales and marketing director. He previously held senior roles at Treasury Wine Estates, Carlsberg-Tetley and Kettle Foods. To meet growing demand in the UK, Bavaria has extended its range of alcohol-free beers to four varieties: 0.0% Original, 0.0% Wit, 0.0% Lemon Radler and 0.0% Fruity Rosé.

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