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Supplying the Japanese market

2018-03-19T10:47:13+00:00

Japanese whisky distilleries A well-established whisky scene in Japan is leading to a number more gins being released onto the market. Many of these whisky distilleries are releasing gins for the export market – specifically the US. Gin is yet to be popularised in Japan and plays ‘second fiddle’ to the whisky trade but there are signs that gin maybe starting to make its move. At Beacon Commodities, we have supplied the Japanese market for decades and [...]

Supplying the Japanese market2018-03-19T10:47:13+00:00

Visiting Pyeonchang

2018-03-19T09:43:04+00:00

Visiting Pyeonchang Tommy and Michael visited  Pyeonchang to follow James Whitley at the Winter Paralympics. Beacon Commodities ‘de-camped’ to Pyeonchang for a few days to follow James Whitley (Tommy’s cousin / Michael’s nephew) who was representing Team GB at the Winter Paralympics. Some truly awe-inspiring sights with our outlook on life being put into context. James Whitley is 20 years old and is a standing skier representing Team GB in all 5  skiing events. Tommy and Michael [...]

Visiting Pyeonchang2018-03-19T09:43:04+00:00

Lemon harvest underway in Egypt

2018-03-08T11:40:31+00:00

Lemon harvest underway in Egypt Michael visits our joint venture in Egypt that produces lemon and grapefruit ribbons. With the Lemon harvest underway in Egypt, Michael was sent to tackle the heat and dust to visit our joint venture where we are producing lemon and grapefruit peel ribbons. Lemon HarvestIt seems that we frequently report on crop problems, but this is the nature of farming which is being acerbated by climatic changes. Happily, the Egyptian lemon and grapefruit crops [...]

Lemon harvest underway in Egypt2018-03-08T11:40:31+00:00

Cape Town Gin and Tonic Festival

2018-03-06T10:45:17+00:00

The Cape Town Gin and Tonic Festival Attended a great South African Festival dedicated to Gin and Tonic On Sunday 25th February, Tommy was yet again to be found escaping the terrible weather in the UK for the Cape Town Gin and Tonic Festival. Held at the Biscuit Mill in the Woodstock area of Cape Town the festival attracted around 3,000 people with a huge range of local and international gins on offer. A brilliant day and great insight [...]

Cape Town Gin and Tonic Festival2018-03-06T10:45:17+00:00

The Australian gin scene

2018-02-15T10:56:04+00:00

The Australian Gin scene A 9 day tour of Australia took Tommy to see customers in and around Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Leaving the sleet and ice of the UK behind to the 39°C in Adelaide did not prove that difficult! The Australian Gin scene is booming with a huge array of Aussie gins available. Along side traditional gin botanicals they are using some wonderful native botanicals and coriander grown commercially in Southern Australia. A fantastic trip [...]

The Australian gin scene2018-02-15T10:56:04+00:00

Checking on the Spanish citrus peel

2018-01-31T11:01:10+00:00

Spanish citrus peel harvest is now underway We went out to Murcia to check on the Spanish citrus peel In the middle of December 2017, we went out to Murcia to check on the Spanish citrus peel situation for the coming year. It proved a very important trip with concerns building for the upcoming harvest. The harvest is now underway. A dry year Murcia has experienced its driest year for over 40 years resulting in the artificial lakes [...]

Checking on the Spanish citrus peel2018-01-31T11:01:10+00:00

Angelica Root supplies for the coming year

2018-01-26T10:38:55+00:00

Checking on the Angelica Root supplies for the coming year In December we went to Belgium to check on Angelica Root supplies for the coming year. Having negotiated the snow and quite unbelievable traffic around Brussels we learnt a little more about this niche crop used predominantly in essential oils and gin production. Angelica The root takes 14 months to mature and is planted in August with harvest taking place in October/November the following year (weather permitting). [...]

Angelica Root supplies for the coming year2018-01-26T10:38:55+00:00

Weather watching and the coriander harvest

2018-01-26T13:16:18+00:00

How the weather has affected the Coriander harvest in 2017 The summer of 2017 proved extremely tricky for all UK farmers and the same was the case for our English coriander. There was a hugely demoralising period leading up to harvest with terrible weather for over a month. This is contrary to our first report about the crop back in July 2017 where signs were positive. Weather watching We discovered in August and September just how many [...]

Weather watching and the coriander harvest2018-01-26T13:16:18+00:00

2017 A much improved Juniper harvest

2018-01-26T13:17:51+00:00

Seeing the 2017 Juniper collection in full flow We are well into the Juniper collection now and we are pleased to report that the situation seems to be more positive than 2016. We are well into the Juniper collection now and we are pleased to report that the situation seems to be more positive than 2016. Countless telephone conversations and a recent visit to the Balkans meant we have been able to get a better understanding of the [...]

2017 A much improved Juniper harvest2018-01-26T13:17:51+00:00
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