Gin ‘Key Driver’ As UK Distillery Numbers Rise By 127% In Five Years

he latest figures from HMRC have revealed that a total of 42 new distilleries were opened in the UK in 2017, bringing the total to 315 and representing a 127% rise in five years.

The so-called ‘gin-naissance’ and the craft cocktail boom is said to be behind the rise in the number of distilleries in the UK.

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Winemakers fear $100 million blow if trade barriers stand

Australian winemakers fear a peace deal on the North American free trade agreement could drastically reduce their market share in Canada where they claim protectionist trade barriers are on the increase.

Industry leaders said Australia's move to challenge Canada through the World Trade Organisation was timely given the threat to their fourth biggest export market worth about $190 million a year.

Winegrowers told to expect more great things in 2018

The state of the local wine industry continues to be strong with promises of good times for grape growers and stable winegrape prices heading into another year. But, as with all farming endeavors, industry experts last week inserted cautionary remarks in their presentations at the Sonoma County Winegrowers 27th annual Dollars and Sense seminar and tradeshow.