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The craft sprits market is hot. From artisan gins to flavoured vodkas and Welsh whisky, there’s no shortage of innovation or new entrants. Visitor’s to July’s Imbibe Live 2015 were spoilt for choice with dozens of spirits on offer. Is this a passing fad? Or is our love of craft spirits a long-term trend? What does it take to succeed in such as competitive market? We wanted to find out what people in the trade think of...

Britain’s top 100 alcohol brands are in the spotlight after the publication of the Grocer’s list of the UK’s biggest  drinks brands. The bottom end of the alcohol market is buzzing: we’re seeing record numbers of applications for distilling licenses, excellent growth for English wines and of course the ongoing rise of craft beer. But is life as good at the top? Here’s our view of the state of the market...

Imbibe Live 2015: drinks trends from this year’s show Imbibe Live 2015 the annual show for buyers, suppliers, bartenders, managers and sommeliers in the licensed on-trade, took place this week. Running over two days, the show included keynote speakers, master classes and training sessions. Almost 200 exhibitors were on-hand offering delegates the chance to sample beers, wines, cocktails, spirits and mixers from around the globe. Here are some of the key trends that we picked up from Imbibe...

Premium and craft gin is on the rise. In the last two years sales have jumped 18% and astonishingly British gin makes up 20% of the worlds supply. But what’s driving this growth? One word. Craft. Craft gin distilleries are popping up faster than you can say G&T. According to figures released by HMRC at the end of 2014 applications for distillery licenses have jumped a massive 1500% and show no signs of slowing. But what exactly is...