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Interview: Diageo’s Head Of Whiskies, Nick Morgan

While the Johnnie Walker brand—with retail sales of $5.8 billion annually, according to Impact Databank—may be the standard-bearer for Diageo’s Scotch whisky portfolio, the company is also actively cultivating global demand for its upscale single malt Scotches. In Diageo’s fiscal year ended in June, its single malt stable—including Talisker, Oban, Lagavulin, The Singleton, Dalwhinnie, Clynelish, Cragganmore and others—showed collective 18% net sales growth. SND senior editor Daniel Marsteller recently interviewed Diageo head of whiskies Nick Morgan to get his take on the rapidly developing market for single malts and the opportunities and challenges ahead. Continue reading →

Posted in News on October 20, 2014

Wine Spectator’s 34th Wine Experience Attracts Crowd Of More Than 2,000

The 34th edition of Wine Spectator’s Wine Experience was held at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel late last week, and, as always, it was a signature event for both the wine industry and many of its most dedicated consumers. Continue reading →

Posted in News on October 20, 2014

News Briefs for October 20, 2014

•After a healthy month of September, control state spirits volumes are up 2.1% year-to-date, compared with a rolling 12-month gain of 1.8%. Continue reading →

Posted in News on October 20, 2014

Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 20, 2014

•Chicago-based Goose Island Brewery is adding a 90-seat tasting room and public tours for the first time at its Fulton Street facility on the city’s north side. Continue reading →

Posted in News on October 20, 2014

Special Report: With Top Brands Sagging, Big Brewers Fill Pipeline With New Products

The U.S. beer market continues a paradigm shift whereby full-flavored craft beers are providing dynamic growth from a small but rapidly rising base. Continue reading →

Posted in News on October 17, 2014

News Briefs for October 17, 2014

•In the third quarter of 2014, the Wine Spectator Auction Index, which tracks sales of commercial wine auctions in the United States, barely budged, inching ahead by 0.2% from 337.63 to 338.39 points. Continue reading →

Posted in News on October 17, 2014

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