Sazerac acquisitions suggest global growth

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Sazerac’s recent acquisition of Southern Comfort and Tuaca was “surprising” since it suggests the producer is looking to expand its presence outside of the US, an analyst has claimed. According to Jeremy Cunnington, senior alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor International, 99% of Sazerac’s global 169 million litre sales occur in the US, with the remaining 1% sold in Canada, meaning its recent acquisitions from Brown-Forman signify a “large leap” for the group. Full story

Bill to allow some distilleries to serve cocktails advances

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Bourbon tourists taking in the sights and smells of Kentucky distilleries could start sipping cocktails as part of the experience if a bill that cleared a legislative panel on Tuesday becomes state law. The measure would allow distilleries in wet territories to offer by-the-drink sales to visitors. It also would let the distilleries sell more of their whiskey and offer slightly larger amounts of free samples. Full story

First ever port finished bourbon from 1792 – second in series of limited edition bourbons from Barton 1792 Distillery

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BARDSTOWN, KENTUCKY (Sept. 29, 2015) – Barton 1792 Distillery has unveiled a second new expression in its collection of premium 1792 whiskeys, 1792 Port Finish Bourbon. Similar to the inaugural 1792 expression released earlier this year, 1792 Sweet Wheat Bourbon, availability of this special expression will be quite limited. Continue reading

Frankfort’s Buffalo Trace unveils automated spirits warehouse

buftr Buffalo Trace unveiled a $20 million investment Friday: a new robotic storehouse. The 83,000-square-foot warehouse, built over the past 16 months by Gray Construction, features a completely automated storage and retrieval system, installed by Westfalia Technologies, that is thought to be the first of its kind used by a distillery. It will be used for the variety of bottled spirits produced at the Frankfort plant. Full story