August’s top stories: CÎROC expands vodka portfolio, Coca-Cola Amatil to distribute London Dry Gin

CÎROC expanded flavoured vodka portfolio with CÎROC French Vanilla, and Coca-Cola Amatil added Sipsmith’s super-premium London Dry Gin to its spirits portfolio in Australia. Drinks-insight-network.com wraps up the key headlines from August, 2017.


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CÎROC expanded flavoured Vodka with French Vanilla

Alcoholic beverages company CÎROC expanded its flavoured vodka portfolio with CÎROC French Vanilla.

CÎROC global brand director Natalie Wills said: "We're always seeking to bring new, fun, and luxurious celebratory experiences to our consumers.

“CÎROC French Vanilla is going to do just that, its intensely indulgent and versatile flavour profile lends itself incredibly well to the hottest trending cocktails, perfect for celebrating."


Coca-Cola Amatil to distribute Sipsmith's gin in Australia

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) added Sipsmith’s super-premium London Dry Gin to its spirits portfolio in Australia.

CCA has included the gin after its brand partner Beam Suntory signed an agreement with Sipsmith in 2015.

Amatil Alcohol & Coffee business sales head Tobias Hoogewerff said: “Super-premium gin is growing at a rapid rate. Our customers are looking for more choice in this area and the addition of the Sipsmith brand to our portfolio allows us to offer them exactly this, backed by a strong support programme to really bring the brand to life.”


Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits appointed as on-trade sales partner for Coravin Wine System

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits was appointed as on-trade sales partner for the Coravin Wine System, a technology owned by Coravin to enable users to pour a glass of wine without pulling the cork.

The system works by inserting a needle through the cork and pushing argon into the bottle as the beverage is extracted, which in turn re-pressurises the bottle. As the Argon is inert, it will not react with the wine. Once the needle is pulled back, cork's natural spongy properties re-seals the bottle.

This proprietary patented technology will enable bars and restaurants to expand their by-the-glass offerings, wine tastings, and pairings. This reduces waste and does not compromise the quality of the drink.

 


Dalmore to expand The Dalmore 25's distribution in US

Scotland's Dalmore distillery expanded the distribution of its 25-year-old single malt scotch whisky, The Dalmore 25, in the US from this month.

Dalmore will be rolling out only 1,000 750ml bottles, which will be available across the US for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,300 each.

The Dalmore 25 was previously only available at selected luxury bars and restaurants.


Asahi to acquire spirit brands from Australia’s ASM Liquor

Asahi Premium Beverages (APB) entered an agreement to acquire ASM Liquor’s Vodka O and Tequila Blu brands.

Under the deal, APB will acquire ASM’s vodka brand VDKA 6100 and distribute it to Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. ASM will retain the rights to distribute the brand in all other markets.

The deal will also allow APB to assume the licence for Spicebox Whisky.


Waterloo Sparkling Water to enter US market in September

Waterloo Sparkling Water is set to enter the US market in September this year.

The product will be available in a 12-ounce can, and will be retailed in 12-can fridge pack cases.

The water is currently produced and canned at the Central Texas facility. The company intends to open more plants in the future due to an increase in demand.


Arla to launch organic milk bottles at McDonald’s restaurants in UK

 Arla is set to release a new co-branded organic milk bottle across McDonald’s restaurants in the UK.

The new 250ml bottle will feature the logos of both Arla and McDonald's. It will be sold as part of the Happy Meal boxes in more than 1,270 UK locations and is expected to reach more than 5.5 million customers annually.

The new initiative is part of Arla’s efforts to make its brand more accessible to customers.


Australian Whisky Holdings completed purchase of Nant Distillery assets

Australian Whisky Holdings (AWH) closed the purchase of the Nant Distillery assets, including the Nant intellectual property, from the receivers of NAW Distillery.

AWH stated that it will continue with decanting and bottling of AWH-owned Nant whisky and bottling at the Nant Estate located at Bothwell, Tasmania.

Last October, AWY signed a $3m deal with the Nant Group to acquire Nant Distillery and the Nant Estate in Boswell.


Detoxwater expanded product lineup with new flavours

US-based company Detoxwater expanded its bioactive aloe water line with new Appleberry (Apple & Raspberry) and Peachberry (Peach & Blueberry) flavours.

These two new additions add to the Original (Lychee & White Grape), Mangaloe (Mango), and Piñamint (Pineapple and Mint) flavours already available.

Appleberry and Peachberry are currently available at select retailers in New York City and Los Angeles. They will be released across the country next month.


Tea Forté to introduce new tea blends collection under BLEU brand

Tea Forté is set to launch its new tea concept under the BLEU brand.

BLEU offers a collection of five naturally caffeine-free, herbal blends. They contain Butterfly Pea flowers, which are known for immune-boosting antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Butterfly Pea flowers are grown in tropical and temperate climates. Native to the Southeast Asia, the flower is claimed to restore vitality, soothe nerves, and revitalise skin.