The biggest spirits stories of 2019

9th January, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

The industry has faced many pressing issues in 2019 and The Spirits Business has been there to cover the news in detail. Here, we highlight the most important stories that made headlines in the past 12 months.

SB presents an overview of the most pressing issues that have hit the headlines in the past 12 months

Last year saw a number of big companies hit the headlines including Diageo, which breathed a sigh of relief after it avoided strike action across its Scottish distilleries. However, the Johnnie Walker owner came under criticism after being accused of discrimination from a former Bulleit Bourbon brand ambassador.

It was a tumultuous year for the Scotch whisky sector, which was caught in the crossfires of a trade war, after being one of a number of EU products hit by a 25% import tariff in the US.

In more positive news, French firm Pernod Ricard revealed plans to invest US$150 million into building China’s first malt whisky distillery, while a new trade body was formed to tackle issues in the spirits sector at an international level.

Click through the following pages to discover our pick of the top 10 biggest spirits stories of 2019, in no particular order. 

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