UK food and drink exports to China up 28% in 2017

UK food and drink exports to China grew by 28% in 2017 to £564.4 million (US$783.6 million) in value, according to trade figures released by the UK’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

BrewDog to open a brewery in China

Scottish brewer BrewDog is planning to open a brewery in China, its second largest international market, in order to capture the country’s growing appetite for premium beer.

German distillery can keep ‘glen’ name

A German distillery can continue to call its whisky ‘Glen Buchenbach’ after an EU court ruled it did not infringe Scotch whisky’s protected status.

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks, Ryan Reynolds goes into the gin business, diners bare all in Bristol, Tom Kerridge sets his eyes on London’s notoriously tempestuous dining scene, and Emmanuel Macron reveals a penchant for day-drinking.

Marcus Wareing to launch new lunch menu using produce from his farm in Kent

Marcus Wareing is to launch a new, five-course lunch menu at his two-Michelin starred Knightsbridge restaurant using ingredients grown at his new farm in Kent. 

Growing thirst for Portuguese wines in the UK

While it remains one of the best value countries for high quality wines, value sales of Portuguese wines are up in the UK by 37% according to new figures.

Alberta ends BC wine boycott

The Canadian province of Alberta has lifted its boycott on importing wines from neighbouring British Columbia after just two weeks as BC moved to challenge the ban in Federal courts.

Elizabeth McCall named Woodford Reserve’s assistant master distiller

Elizabeth McCall has been appointed as assistant master distiller for Kentucky Bourbon brand Woodford Reserve, making her one of the youngest female distillers in the US.

Private equity firm buys Spanish pink gin brand

Global private equity firm H.I.G Capital has acquired a majority stake in Puerto de Indias Group, Spain’s leading pink gin brand based in Seville. 

Duvel Moortgat doubles stake in Italian brewery Birrificio del Ducato

Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat has increased its stake in Italian brewery Birrificio del Ducato to 70% after acquiring its initial 35% share in 2016.

New on Wine List Confidential: Londrino

Dewar’s belief in Portugal’s wines is clearly infectious. ‘The Portuguese section has the fastest moving wines – and I’m always hunting for new treats,’ he says. ‘Some of the better known names – Dirk Niepoort and Raul Perez – will be found, though we prefer to look at the new wave of small producers.’

Tom Kerridge to open first London restaurant

British chef Tom Kerridge, the owner of two-Michelin-starred gastropub Hand and Flowers in Marlow, is to open his first restaurant in London.

Japanese saké exports reach record high in 2017

While exports of Japanese saké set a new record in 2017, boosted by a growing interest in the country’s cuisine overseas, Japan itself has reported a decline in domestic consumption.

Marie Brizard expands presence across the Americas

French wine and spirits producer and distributor, Marie Brizard Wines & Spirits (MBWS), will roll out expansions across the Americas bolstered by strong sales in the domestic and duty-free markets in 2017.

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