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Fever-Tree become carbon neutral in the UK

Fever-Tree have announced that all mixers sold in the UK are now carbon neutral, the brand’s first step towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral across all regions by 2025.

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Spirits Network invites UK bartender to audition for new cocktail competition

New York-based media company NBTV Studios has announced the launch of the streaming platform, Spirits Network, and is inviting UK bartenders to audition for its inaugural UK programme, Shake Off.

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Former Zetter Townhouse bartender launches The Bottled Cocktail Company

Kievan Nemati, the former bar manager at Zetter Townhouse, has launched The Bottled Cocktail Company with a range of bottled classic cocktails.

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Meet the mentors behind Edrington UK's new advocacy programme, CREATE

CREATE, the new advocacy programme by Edrington UK in support of the UK trade, is a competition like no other. Partnering with six of Manchester’s finest bars and restaurants, CREATE aims to highlight the strength in collaboration between the kitchen, front of house, and the bartending teams.

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Ron Santiago de Cuba Añejo 8-year-old launches

Hot off the heels of the 3-variant relaunch of Ron Santiago de Cuba™ this summer, comes a completely new liquid to the UK, Germany, Italy, Baltics and Cuba markets.

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Coupette and Maison Sassy collaborate to launch new calvados range

World-renowned cocktail bar, Coupette has teamed up with French cider house, Maison Sassy to create the brand’s first calvados.

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Streaming platform Spirits Network to launch with cocktail competition

Media company NBTV Studios has announced the UK soft launch of Spirits Network, claimed to be “the world’s first shoppable entertainment streaming network”.

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Bartenders' Brand Awards 2022 opens for entries

Entries for the CLASS Bartenders’ Brand Awards 2022 are now open.

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Fords Gin to host a series of Martini and oyster events for London Cocktail Week

London-based Fords Gin has announced a series of pop-up events for London Cocktail Week pairing Martinis with oysters.

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Bars, parties, education and launches - the highlights of LCW

London Cocktail Week - once again extended to the whole month of October 2021 - starts tomorrow. CLASS spoke to the organisers of LCW to get a lowdown on key trade events.  

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NoMad London to host series of trade-only talks starring industry legends

NoMad London and Healthy Hospo have announced The Bartender Dialogues Sessions, a trade-only series of talks aimed at industry professionals.

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Two Schmucks to takeover Lyaness during London Cocktail Week

World-renowned cocktail bar, Two Schmucks will be taking over London’s Lyaness for a fully immersive ‘Five Star Dive Bar’ experience on 7 and 8 October.

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MOJO Sheffield to open in October with charity launch party

Mojo Sheffield will open on Friday 15 October, with a “huge party” planned in its honour.

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American Bar to return with midweek opening hours

The Savoy’s American Bar will reopen on Monday 4 October 2021, after a long period of closure.

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Government urged to consult industry over tipping legislation

UKhospitality has urged the government to consult the hospitality industry before drawing up tipping legislation.

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Pernod launches chili-infused bourbon distillate

Pernod Ricard UK has launched Horse with No Name, a bourbon and habanero chili distillate, created by Monkey 47 founder Alexander Stein.

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CLASS Autumn 2021 - The Hard Reset – launches

CLASS Autumn 2021 - The Hard Reset – has launched and is now available to subscribers to download here. If you're not receiving Class, it's free (to bartenders) – sign up for a digital or hard copy here.

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Giuseppe Gallo launches Savoia

The founder of Italicus Giuseppe Gallo has turned his attention to the Americano category with the launch of wine-based aperitivo Savoia Americano, which is billed as a mid-point between a bitters liquor and red vermouth.

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Pernod agrees to buy The Whisky Exchange and LCW

Pernod Ricard has agreed to buy UK-based e-commerce platform The Whisky Exchange and London Cocktail Week for an undisclosed fee.

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New South American-inspired bar to launch within The Mandrake hotel

Yopo, the South American restaurant at The Mandrake hotel, has announced the launch of the adjoining, Yopo bar.

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New baijiu-scotch hybrid spirit readies for launch

Kylin Spirits Group is to launch a new hybrid spirit made from scotch whisky and Chinese baijiu.

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Bar industry figures shine at Fortnum & Mason awards

Bartender Cas Oh and industry photographer Rob Lawson were among the winners of the annual Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards on Thursday.

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Diageo’s Distill Ventures invests in Komasa Kanosuke Distillery

Japanese whisky maker Komasa Kanosuke Distillery has confirmed that Diageo has made a minority investment in the company through its investment arm, Distill Ventures.

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Ali Burgess, Adam Papa, and Grant Neave launch lower abv spirit drink

Owners of Happiness Forgets, Ali Burgess and Adam Papa have partnered with former Monkey Shoulder brand ambassador Grant Neave to launch Twenty, a light spirit drink at 20% abv.

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Kano and Duppy Share launch Jamaican white rum

UK Musician Kano and Duppy Share Caribbean Rums have announced the release of a new 100% Jamaican white rum, Duppy White.

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Gleneagles Hotel releases single malt in partnership with The Glenturret

Gleneagles has collaborated with the neighbouring The Glenturret Distillery to produce an 11-year-old single malt.

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Reform business rates, urge trade bodies

UKHospitality and the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) have called on the government to reform business rates, suggesting the sector overpays by 300% relative to its turnover.

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Customers returned to hospitality in July quicker than last summer

More than half of consumers (56%) visited a hospitality venue in the first 10 days following ‘freedom day’ this July 19, a UK Hospitality survey has revealed.

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Claim your guest shift at the world's biggest cocktail festival

London Cocktail Week is offering its 2021 show as a free platform to bars across the UK this October.

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Domino Communications launches intern programme with The Drinks Trust

UK drinks public relations agency Domino Communications and The Drinks Community – the professional members platform from The Drinks Trust – have launched an internship for those working in the hospitality and drinks industry.