2018 November

Diageo has creaetd two new leadership rolesin sustainability. 

The East London Liquor Company has teamed up with Borough Market to create a limited-edition gin in time for Christmas.

The trade body for the wines of the Soave region has revealed plans to launch a campaign next year in the UK to highlight the “great quality, character and value of contemporary Soave”.

Brothers Drinks has changed its name to The Showering Cider Mill to support its plans to introduce more brands into the market.

Asda is selling bottles of cava for £4.12, Prosecco for £4.50 and Champagne for £9 as part of a 25% off deal.

Three drinks experts have joined forces to launch a new Latin America-inspired spirits collection.

Christmas is my favourite season – I have been known to put my tree up in mid-November. Yes, I am one of those people.

Steve Parfett is to retire at the end of the year following a long career in which he turned his family business into a leading wholesaler.

Labour MP Neil Coyle is the new chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Wine and Spirits.

London brewer Five Points is celebrating its fifth birthday by launching a limited-edition range in collaboration with some of its most exciting craft counterparts.

Organic wine will account for 9% of the UK’s total still wine consumption by 2022 - up from 5% currently - according to IWSR data.

Waitrose is offering a range of ten ‘customer favourite’ wines for £10 each this Christmas.

Edrington has sold blended Scotch brand Cutty Sark to French spirits supplier La Martiniquaise-Bardinet for an undisclosed sum.

Naked Wines’ first crowdfunded English sparkling wine has been launched this week.

Heineken UK believes more than half of the £670 million off-trade opportunity for beer has been delivered in year one of its three-year plan.

A group of wine producers and students gathered at the WSET’s London offices this month to learn from the team behind the successful I Heart brand.

Chapel Down is importing three of its favourite red wines from across Europe and selling them via its website, its cellar door and a pop-up store in Bluewater.

Greene King has launched a 0.5% abv version of popular bottled ale brand Old Speckled Hen ahead of the festive season.

Tenuta Luce, the Montalcino-based wine estate which sits within the Frescobaldi family of wines, has revealed plans to increase its focus on the UK market in 2019.

VK has added “a festive treat” for consumers into its selected mixed packs this winter.

Kopparberg has announced its premium draught variant will be available in supermarkets for a limited period.

Neptune Rum, which claims to be “The World’s most awarded rum of 2018”, is gearing up for a full UK launch.

Majestic Wine is confident that while other retailers are cutting costs, its strategy of continued investments into the business – which the company said was the primary reason for yesterday’s reports of a pre-tax loss of £0.2 million - will strengthen its position for the next phase of UK retail.

IMW executive director resigns

23 November, 2018

Penny Richards, executive director at the Institute of Masters of Wine, has resigned after leading the IMW for more than five years.

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey has launched a limited-edition bottle in a bid to bring a taste of the US to the UK.

Majestic Wine has reported a pre-tax loss of £0.2million for the first half of its financial year due to “sluggish” conditions in its core UK market and continued investments into the business.

A perfume-inspired collection is the latest innovation to hit the gin category, courtesy of Maverick Drinks.

A £4,000 gin, which its producer claims is “the world’s most expensive” is now exclusively available from Harvey Nichols.

Moor Beer is releasing three Double Stouts as the first instalment of its barrel ageing project from its Bermondsey Vault.

Diageo Reserve has appointed Jason Clark as the new brand ambassador for its premium Scotch whisky, Talisker.