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

A hoppy IPA has joined the Hobgoblin portfolio.

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

Borough Wines & Beers has unveiled plans to champion “mindful drinking” after giving listings to two ranges botanical sodas and developing a 0% abv gin.

A leading Spanish wine producer has said price rises are inevitable for the latest vintage, following a year that saw drought, frost and heatwaves.

VK has launched a Christmas jumper giveaway campaign across social media, to tap into its core student audience.

Diageo has released a new film from Haig Club, as part of the brand’s commitment to responsible drinking.

Yesterday’s Budget gave cause for celebration among 99.73% of the UK drinks industry as Chancellor Philip Hammond froze duty on beer, wine and spirits.

Majestic Wine has grown first-half adjusted profit before tax to £6.8 million on the back of strong sales in its Naked Wines division.

Philip Hammond has announced a freeze on alcohol duty, rather than the previous strategy of increasing duty in line with inflation.

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced its annual UK trade tasting event is to move to a new venue for 2018, with added features for its visitors.

SlimLine Wines, described by the company as “the world’s first zero sugar, zero carb” portfolio of wines, has secured a JV partnership with an investment company co-founded by ‘Dragon’ James Caan.

Speyside Distillery has agreed a UK supply chain deal with Cellar Trends.

The team behind Pinkster Gin is using its gin expertise to extend into fruit gin liqueurs.

The Co-op has launched its Everyday Convenience Plus programme as part of a three-store trial, which will take place over the next 12 weeks.

Lamb & Watt has launched a new Naturally Light version of its premium tonic to appeal to calorie conscious drinkers in the on and off trade.

Buckingham Schenk has launched Sette Muri Brindisi Riserva into the UK market.

Drinks industry charity, The Benevolent, is bringing back its online silent auction, which will take place on Thanksgiving Day on 23 November this year.

Tequila Enemigo is gearing up to “lead the tequila revolution”, starting with the UK this winter.

Rhone Valley producer Marrenon has reintroduced its range of wines as part of its ambition to become the leading Luberon and Ventoux producer in the UK.

Foxhole Spirits has released a new range in time for Christmas.

Fifty Conservative MPs have signed a letter calling on Philip Hammond to cut beer duty and scrap inflationary increases in this month’s autumn Budget announcement.

The Wild Beer Co has invested more than £500,000 in a canning line, alongside a branding overhaul for its canned range of beers.

Plumpton College has launched the first in a new series of Wine Talks.

Online craft beer retailer HonestBrew has launched an investment programme to continue its support of independent craft brewers.

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has added 32 new wines to its Burgundy portfolio from 11 producers. Within this, seven producers are new to Hallgarten and the additions bring its number of Burgundian producers up to 22.

New Amsterdam Vodka has launched an advertising campaign to champion those who pursue their dreams.

Blended Scotch whisky brand High Commissioner has unveiled a new limited edition bottle design, as a celebration of the brand’s heritage.

Crabbie’s is moving into the craft beer market with a ginger beer and IPA blend, which the company said is the first of its kind.

A festive ale has been produced especially for Grimsby Town Football Club.

Sailor Jerry has announced it will be supporting Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, ahead of their upcoming UK tour.

The London Wine Fair will be introducing an Innovation Zone at its 2018 show, designed to champion innovation in the drinks sector.

Domaine Sainte Rose has completed a challenge set by Naked Wines to produce a Sparkling Shiraz.

The Cognac category has revealed a new brand identity for the Cognac appellation to better illustrate the spirit of Cognac and the region.

The UK Supreme Court has given the Scotland the green light to introduce a minimum unit price of 50p following a five-year battle.

UK wine businesses have joined forces to call for a freeze in wine duty at the Budget next week.

Family-owned Austrian winery Höpler is launching a new, online wine subscription club for UK fans.

WiseHead Productions has launched a portfolio of zero proof drinks in order to “define a new category of non-alcoholic, sophisticated drinks for adults to enjoy during the moments they choose not to drink alcohol”.

Black Sheep Brewery is gearing up for the off-trade launch of its first-ever lager.

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Whyte & Mackay Blended Whisky has announced its headline sponsorship of the 2018 Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Kopparberg has introduced a new variant, which will be exclusively available in Asda stores until August 2018.

The Co-op has secured the £143m takeover of Nisa, with slightly more than the 75% of votes required to succeed.

The Dingle Distillery in Ireland has begun an investment drive with the aim of scaling up its production capacity to meet demand. 

The Natural Drinks Co has launched a campaign on Crowdcube for one month with the aim of raising an investment figure of £750,000 in exchange for a 5.08% equity stake. To date the campaign has hit almost 10% of its target with more than £70,000 secured in the first 24 hours.

The Three Wine Men will host consumer activity

Fentimans has launched its first range of mixer cans, as part of its ongoing mission to extend its botanically brewed beverage range.

Cobra Beer is setting off on a worldwide road trip to demonstrate how the beer is “the perfect partner for all food”.

Kokoro Gin has launched a 20cl bottle of its Japanese-inspired gin in time for the festive season.

A Norwegian spirits producer is introducing its gin to the UK market this month.

Nisa members are set to vote today on the Co-operative’s proposed buyout of the convenience chain.

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