2017 November

Chapel Down has launched its first gin and vodka, produced using grapes from its 2016 harvest.

Vinisud and Vinovision Paris have joined forces to create a joint wine show in Paris in 2019.

Speyside Distillery has launched a new gin inspired by poet Lord Byron’s words.

Sheppy’s has added cans to its portfolio along with a new look designed to cement its premium position.

Online bottle shop and craft drinks specialists Flavourly has struck a deal with Chinese craft brewer Panda Brew.

Salcombe Distilling Co has linked up with Spain’s oldest known sherry house to create its latest limited-edition gift set.

Colombian rum producer Dictador has announced a collaboration with a select group of premium drinks producers to create “a new take on a sharing experience”.

The trend for multinational brewers investing in their small, craft counterparts continues apace as Heineken has taken a minority stake in Brixton Brewery.

Denbies Wine Estate is tapping into the trend for zero-dosage sparkling wines with its latest newcomer.

The Co-op is reported to have signed a five-year deal to supply Costcutter stores, following the collapse of Palmer & Harvey (P&H) yesterday.

ABInbev has created limited-edition packaging for Stella Artois to coincide with the festive period.

Sainsbury’s has announced it plans to launch a seasonal ‘Festive Fizz’ pop-up bar in London next month to celebrate its range of sparkling wines.

Sadler’s Brewing Co is extending its Peaky Blinder portfolio by adding a spirits range, in time for the start of the fourth series of the cult BBC TV show.

Innis & Gunn has released the first of its new Vanishing Point beers; a series of barrel-aged brews which aim to reflect the apex at which the skills and passion of its brewers converge with its ambitions to create exceptional beers.

Palmer & Harvey is on the brink of falling into administration, leaving thousands of jobs in jeopardy as Christmas approaches.

Retailers are expected to continue cutting their ranges in 2018 in a bid to save money and make life easier for their customers, according to market research firm IRI.

Hawskhead Brewery has announced it will build a new brewery, which will form part of a £3 million two-site brewery expansion scheme.

Ex Sipsmith duo James Grundy and Felix James have announced the opening of what they have described as “the world’s first ‘small beer’ brewery”, which will be dedicated to the lower alcohol beer sector.

St Austell Brewery has opened a new 40,000sq ft Bristol-based storage and distribution depot, creating at least seven new jobs in the area.

Villa Maria is introducing an on-pack promotion offering shoppers a chance to win one of two trips to New Zealand.

Three Choirs Vineyards is releasing a limited edition 2017 vintage ‘first release’ still white wine on 1 December.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label has released a limited edition exclusive gift set in time for the festive season.

Rum expert Peter Holland has been appointed co-chair of Think Rum 2018.

BrewDog has launched its latest protest beer, which it hopes will “shake the world by its shoulders” and remind leaders to prioritise Climate Change issues.

Waitrose has introduced a new gin to its Heston from Waitrose range in time for Christmas.

Family-run supermarket chain Booths has reportedly been put up for sale.

Blackwoods is launching a new 2017 vintage across its spirit range, featuring new formulations for its premium gins and vodka.

Jack Daniel’s has launched a rye into the UK market in a bid to capitalise on Brits’ growing love of imported whiskies.

Lambrini has revealed a series of ‘winter wraps’ for its bottles in the run up to the festive season.

A hoppy IPA has joined the Hobgoblin portfolio.