2018 March

The accountancy watchdog could probe Conviviality after the chairman of the parliamentary work and pensions committee called for an investigation into the “mess” that paralysed the firm.

Freedom Brewery plans to give a full nationwide launch to its ‘My 25th Hour’ marketing campaign, following a successful trial at the end of 2017.

Brown Brothers has announced it is removing its eponymous wine brand from the UK market, despite announcing its intention to relaunch the brand into the UK earlier this year.

Bargain Booze is trending on Twitter after parent company Conviviality announced it will slip into administration following a calamitous fortnight.

A retail analyst has delivered a scathing assessment of the failings that contributed to Conviviality’s impending descent into administration.

Halewood Wine & Spirits has agreed a deal which will see it distribute The Glasgow Distillery Company’s premium gins and vodka.

Savanna, the South African premium cider brand, has added a hop-flavoured variant to its range.

The Japan Food Product Overseas Promotion Centre (JFOODO) has launched a new multi-media advertising campaign to transform the way sake is served and enjoyed in the UK.

Brothers Drinks has announced a multi event sponsorship deal with LWE for the fourth year running.

Craftwork, the newly created sales, marketing and distribution agency, has linked with Spanish company, Osborne, to distribute its spirits brands.

Treasury Wines Estates (TWE) has launched Augmented Reality (AR) technology for its Lindeman’s Gentleman’s Collection brand, along with a new app to bring all of its AR under one roof. 

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality has failed to raise the £125 million it needed to shore up its finances and prevent it from going under.

Cornish cyder maker Healeys has brought out a new lower alcohol can format for its Cornish Rattler, and the newcomer already has listings with Tesco.

Guinness has launched two new beers, which are available to the off-trade now in bottle and can formats.

Gin has emerged as the absolute star performer in the UK drinks trade, leaving dynamic categories like Prosecco, craft lager and fruit cider in its shade.

Marston’s Brewery is launching a consumer competition offering the chance to 'brew your own beer' in its 600-pint innovation brewery, DE14.

Gigglewater has announced its official partnership with the British National Film Academy, as well as the sponsorship of the Best Newcomer category, at the National Film Awards UK on March 28 this year.

Brewdog has ramped up its strategy of introducing its beers to more people by buying a craft beer bar chain in London.

The Macallan plans to roll out a new look across its range of single malt whiskies from April this year.

Multi-agency partnership schemes that are designed to reduce crime and vulnerability at night were celebrated at a Parliamentary reception today hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG) and the Portman Group.

Moor Beer has opened its first London taproom and brewery on the Bermondsey Beer Mile.

Moorhouse’s Brewery has revealed a new look for its cask beers as well as plans to launch a series of hop-forward beers and a botanical range.

Plumpton College and the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) have announced a new partnership aimed at enhancing university education, research and consultancy for the land-based sector in the South East, with wine-related courses kicking off the duo’s 2018 schedule.   

Yorkshire’s first malt distillery has launched the second of its Distillery Projects, ahead of the first bottling of its single malt whisky in 2019.

Ramón Bilbao has added a white wine partner to its Edición Limitada Rioja red, and one of the very few lees-aged and oak-aged Verdejos from Rueda.

Waitrose has more than doubled its range of small-batch gins since the beginning of the year as demand for locally sourced craft spirits continues to soar.

Partridges is launching a new Chelsea Flower Gin to commemorate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19.

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced the launch of a new selection of own-label whiskies.

Spar is kicking off the second phase of its own brand wine range update with two new collections arriving this spring.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has said it welcomes the latest progress in negotiations between the UK and the EU, stating it is a “decisive step” for the wine and spirit industry.