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Month: January 2021

Hydrogen-powered whisky and gin

TWO distilleries on Orkney are investigating whether they can use hydrogen to make their whisky and gin. Whisky maker Highland Park and gin producer Orkney Distillery are looking at powering their distilleries using hydrogen. Orkney’s European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is at the forefront of hydrogen technology. The centre is using electricity generated by renewable …

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Scottish Researchers Using Blockchain Tech To Combat Fake Rare Whisky

The University of Glasgow’s Scottish Universities Environment Research Centre (SUERC) and Everledger, a London-based startup that seeks to help companies track their assets using blockchain technology, have joined forces to combat fraud within the Scottish whisky industry. SUERC has been working with whisky dealers and collectors for the past few years to help pinpoint the …

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Scotland’s Hospitality Industry Set To Benefit From Scotch Whisky Auction

As the global hospitality industry continues to suffer to one degree or another due to impacts from the ongoing pandemic, attempts continue to be made on regional levels to help out. One such new undertaking is currently happening in Scotland, where The BEN, Scotland’s hospitality and licensed trade charity, has partnered with Whisky Auctioneer for …

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Bruichladdich Distillery hydrogen project given the green light

Protium Green Solutions has received more than £70,000 to help incorporate hydrogen combustion technology into Bruichladdich Distillery, on the Rhinns of the isle of Islay in Scotland. Part of the BEIS Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP), the project is thought to be the next step in assessing the application of alternative fuels at the island-based …

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How has the closure of pubs and restaurants affected alcohol sales?

We have all been spending more time than usual indoors this year. And whilst we haven’t been able to enjoy pubs and restaurants, many would agree that their weekly supermarket spend has increased largely down to a greater amount alcohol being consumed at home during the lockdowns. Various health professionals and charities expressed their concerns, …

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