2018 April

Sainsbury’s share price has risen by 15% after it confirmed a merger with Asda that will create the UK’s largest retailer.

Loire Valley Wines has announced a number of events to support its role as the headline sponsor for London Wine Week and it is also extending its campaign throughout the entire month of May.

The Portman Group has announced the fifth major review of its Code of Practice to “shape the future of alcohol regulation” in the UK, and it is urging anyone with a view on alcohol marketing to get involved.

Plumpton College has rebranded its entire wine portfolio as a result of its annual student design competition; and separately the wine education centre is also celebrating its first successful UK qvevri winemaking vintage.

Cidersmiths has signed an agreement with Cider Supply Co to distribute its French brand, Galipette Cidre, in the UK.

Heineken is introducing 44cl cans for the first time, supported by a £3 million campaign linked to its position as official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League.

Vins de Bordeaux is launching Bordeaux Today, a series of education tastings for wine trade professionals. The news follows the recent announcement of a full month dedicated to Bordeaux wines in the UK.

Two new rogues are joining the 19 Crimes gallery as brand owner Treasury Wine Estates bids to win over more Millennial consumers.

Nisa is launching its Heritage Signature Blends spirits range at the end of May.

The amount of full-time employees involved in the English and Welsh wine industries could rise to 30,000 by 2040, from its current figure of 2,100, according to the latest data by WineGB.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced it has achieved its 2020 non-fossil fuel target four years ahead of schedule.

Waitrose has overhauled its beer and cider range and shoppers can look forward to new drinks from the likes of Beavertown, Sxollie, Hawkes and Wiper & True.

Garcon Wines has officially launched its flat ‘letterbox-friendly’ wine bottle to UK consumers, following a partnership with online florist, Bloom & Wild.

Minimum unit pricing comes into force in Scotland on May 1 and a leading cider producer has warned that it will fail to achieve its goals and bring damaging, unintended consequences.

Concha y Toro has announced the UK launch of 1000 Stories, a Californian Zinfandel aged in bourbon barrels.

Russian Standard Vodka has revealed plans to launch a £2.5 million marketing campaign designed to ‘Raise Your Standards’ in Vodka.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced the launch of a new spirits qualification: the WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits.

Chapel Down has revealed its latest release from its single vineyard Kit’s Coty Estate.

The Five Points Brewing Company smashed its crowdfunding target of £750,000 a week ahead of schedule.

Shorn, the wine brand distributed by Kingsland Drinks, has added two wines in a 1.5 litre pouch format to the range.

HonestBrew has announced it is to be the UK exclusive importer for Italian brewery CR/AK.

Three Port houses belonging to The Fladgate Partnership – Croft, Fonseca and Taylor’s – have each announced their decision to declare the 2016 vintage.

Armit Wines has appointed James White to head up its London sales operations.

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has narrowly rejected plans to reform the organisation by extending beyond real ale for the first time.

Chapel Down has announced a 15% growth in sales for 2017 compared to the year before, driven by both its wine and its beer businesses.

Seven Kentish wineries have joined forces with Visit Kent in a new partnership designed to champion and develop the county’s wine tourism offering.

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is expected to look into reported accounting irregularities at Conviviality, according to reports.

HonestBrew has announced it is to be the UK exclusive importer for Italian brewery CR/AK.

Lambrini has teamed up with independent self-tan specialist, Fake Bake, to enhance the perry brand’s strategy of inspiring girls to "get together and add sparkle” to every occasion.

Cornish Orchards is introducing a Dry Cider in kegs and 50cl bottles.