Canada increases limit on interprovincial alcohol sales

The Canadian provinces have agreed to raise the personal limit on alcohol carried across provincial borders but many restrictions remain in place.

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent names 2019 chairman

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent has named Michael Saunders, chief executive of Bibendum PLB, as its new chairman, who will succeed Tom Yusef in 2019, as well as a number of  new trustee appointments.

Wine Australia suspends Penfolds copycat’s export licence to China

Wine Australia has indefinitely suspended the export licence for Australian wine company, Dalefolds, after it was been found selling three Penfolds lookalike wines in China.

South Korea mulls tax hike on imported beer

South Korea is mulling an increase in taxes on imported beer to create “fairer competition” with local breweries, raising concerns among consumers who fear imminent price hikes.

Fukushima disaster leaves trace on Californian wines

Researchers at Bordeaux University have traced the impact of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster to the Californian wine industry, identifying a trace spike in radiation levels in wines from the 2012 vintage onward, which nevertheless remain within a normal threshold.

540 jobs lost as 22 Gaucho sister sites close

Having filed for administration this week, Argentine steakhouse group Gaucho said it is closing its sister chain Cau, resulting in 540 job losses.

Crown Cellars launches videos for new spirits business Distilled

Crown Cellars, the wine and spirits division of Carlsberg UK, has released new videos to promote Distilled; its spirits business supplying the on-trade.

Kanye West rumoured to be opening US restaurant

Rapper Kanye West is reported to be on the hunt for a site in California’s Calabasas to open his own restaurant, inspired by the comfort food prepared by his late mother.

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks; Hawksmoor expands while Gaucho burns, Bombay Sapphire gets creative in Shoreditch, Big Beer and Smaller Beer join forces to save the pub sector and The Savoy names its new head bartender…

Northern Rhône pioneer Auguste Clape dies

Northern Rhône pioneer Auguste Clape, a leading light of the Cornas appellation, has died aged 93.

The Clove Club to open new restaurant in Dalston

The team behind The Clove Club in Shoreditch has announced plans to open its third restaurant, which will be headed up by former head chef Chase Lovecky.

dbHK launches ‘World Whisky Masters 2018 – Asia’

The drinks business Hong Kong is launching the inaugural ‘World Whisky Masters – Asia’ this year, in an effort to recognise the diverse range and quality of whiskies produced outside of Ireland and Scotland in countries such as Japan, India, Canada and the US.  

Fine wine investment: Closing the gap

It is often said that buyers like the association with top names without paying full price, yet there comes a point where the price of your fake Louis Vuitton bag is so close to the real thing that the market for copies disappears.

UK pubs and brewers launch ‘Long Live The Local’ campaign to lobby for tax breaks on beer

A coalition of UK breweries and pubs has launched a new campaign called Long Live The Local in a bid to raise awareness of the current tax pressures business owners face in the on-trade.

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