Cooper King Distillery, which claims to be England’s smallest whisky and gin distillery, is set to launch its first batches of gin before Christmas this year.

Sogevinus, which specialises in Colheitas Tawny Port wines, has declared 2015 a vintage year for its Kopke and Calem brands.

Wanderlust Wine is to launch Wine on Demand, which it describes as “a revolutionary new online service, delivering wine to Londoners within the hour”.

Hammonds of Knutsford has launched a new small batch gin named after the distillers’ three dogs.

Treasury Wine Estates has launched a new marketing campaign for Wolf Blass, celebrating the wine’s award-winning history and fronted by a new TV advertising campaign in the UK.

Quintessential Brands is introducing a sparkling wine infusion called Champs-Alizé to its French liqueur brand Alizé.

Innis & Gunn has unveiled a new look to give unifying packaging across its core barrel-aged and craft brewed beers range.

Jeroboams has revealed plans for its first ever own-label range alongside news of the opening of its revamped Pont Street store, which now houses a dedicated fine wine room.

The Co-operative Group has offered £143m for Nisa, a member-owned business that has more than 3,000 stores. Nisa also operates a wholesale arm.

The Californian Wine Institute has confirmed that lives have been lost due to the wildfires in California’s North Coast wine region.

Gosset Champagne is launching its new cuvee Blanc de Noirs in the UK, as well as a new look for Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs.

Johnnie Walker has revealed an experimental collection of whiskies created to celebrate the craftsmanship and skill of Scotch blending.

A new small batch gin inspired by global travel is ready to hit the off-trade.

Naked Wines has revealed the name chosen by the British public for its new English sparkling wine by winemakers Charles and Ruth Simpson.

Crabbie’s is kicking off a raft of activity on the back of its long-term sponsorship and connections to rugby, to coincide with the start of the new Rugby Union season.

St Austell’s most recent collaboration ale – created alongside Moscow’s New Riga Brewery – is now available in bottle.

The Penfolds Collection 2017 is set for global release with the line-up featuring a new signature ‘fine wine’ bottle bearing the brand’s historical markings.

Chapel Down has appointed ex-Brewdog exec Gareth Bath as its new Managing Director of Beer. The English wine and beer producer is also giving its Curious range of beers a new look.

Majestic Wines has opened the doors of its newly-refurbished flagship St John’s Wood branch, which now boasts the retailer’s largest ever range of wines under one roof as well as a Lay & Wheeler store-within-a-store.

Waitrose has launched the first phase of its redesigned mid-tier range of own label wines, within which it is introducing six half-bottle versions of the bestsellers in the range.

Chilean wine producer Viña Ventisquero has appointed Kingsland Drinks as the UK agent for its Ventisquero brand.

Schweppes has announced its biggest GB investment in more than 200 years as it looks to respond more strongly to the growing demand for premium mixers.

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has unveiled Diet Coke's latest on-pack promotion and stand-out limited edition designs, offering consumers the chance to win £5,000 every day to help retailers increase sales.

Australian drinks company Global Beverage Brands is bringing its shots brand to the UK off-trade.

Jacob’s Creek is launching a new French-inspired premium Rosé, to tap into growth of this style in the UK.

Drinkaware says that new research reveals the extent to which drunken sexual harassment has become an accepted part of a night out for many young people.

Tesco has added a selection of new sparkling wines to its Finest range, increasing its range of price points as well as introducing its customers to some traditional styles from lesser-known regions.

E&J Brandy plans to introduce E&J Apple to its UK portfolio with the aim of building on the growth of the brandy category.

Warner Edwards has announced it has an exclusive ‘Spirit of the Month’ partnership with Fortnum & Mason this October with its Honeybee Gin. The gin will then be made available to the wider off-trade from November.

Scotland’s Glengoyne distillery has unveiled the second in a series of limited edition gift tins in partnership with the artist John Lowrie Morrison, also known as Jolomo.

The Benevolent has announced the launch of a new 100% confidential telephone helpline in partnership with social enterprise company Connect Assist.

Paul Schaafsma, the former ceo of Accolade Wines, has been appointed as ceo of Broadland Wineries, with immediate effect.

Dundee’s 71 Brewing has expanded its portfolio with the addition of an India Pale Lager (IPL) and a Munich Dunkel, Ferrous Red.

Sussex winery Ambriel has just released its 2010 Blanc de Blancs. The traditional method English Sparkling wine, which has been crafted from hand-selected Chardonnay grapes, is aimed at independent wine merchants and the on-trade, and it is priced around £36 per bottle. Around 6,000 bottles are available.

Broadland Wineries has launched TrimVin, a new range of low-calorie and lighter-alcohol wines aimed at the off-trade.

Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky has announced the arrival of its new single malt.

Tesco appoints new head of BWS

19 September, 2017

Robert Cooke has taken over as BWS director at Tesco following a long and varied career in the retail industry.

Thirty members of the Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) team took on the Thames Path Challenge last weekend, in memory of their former managing director Dan Townsend, who passed away suddenly in March.

The boom for specialist craft drinks stores continues apace as DRN has learned of shops opening in Merseyside, Gateshead and Bath during the past few weeks.

The WSTA’s annual conference this month recorded its largest ever attendance figures, according to chairman Dan Jago.

Aldi has shrugged off market pressures like exchange rates and duty hikes to post surging wine sales figures this summer.

Woodforde’s brewery has announced plans to ramp up its focus on the off-trade after 18 months of planning and investment from its new owners.

Seven leading Madeira wine producers are gathering in London next month to show their latest releases at a ‘walk-around’ tasting event.

Plaimont Producers, the co-operative in South West France, has succeeded in gaining permission to reintroduce the long-lost grape variety ‘Tardif’.

Warm weather at the beginning of the summer propelled annual cider sales past the £1 billion barrier for the first time since 2014.

This year’s Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) event will have a range of new masterclasses and workshops, and for the first year in its 12-year history the event will debut in the new location of Bristol, as well as London.

A new campaign group set up to give drinkers a voice in the national media has enjoyed plenty of success on its first weekend up and running.

The biggest wine tasting in the history of Bristol is just days away and there is still time for members of the trade to register.

Morgenrot, the Manchester-based drinks importer, has launched new 35.5cl canned versions of the Argentinian Lager, Quilmes.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has bolstered its wine portfolio by securing a deal to distribute French wine brand Bonfils in the UK.

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