Amazon finished top of the pile as retailers completed a clean sweep in a survey designed to find the UK’s top brands for customer service.

The researcher responsible for a Guardian front page suggesting a soaring alcohol misuse epidemic could kill 63,000 people said the real headline should have been: “slow news day produces unexpected headlines”.

Commentator Steve Topple has ripped into “fundamentally flawed” research suggesting alcohol abuse will kill 63,000 people in the next five years if punitive measures are not slapped on alcohol.

Fine wine merchant BI Wine said British clients are undeterred by the weak sterling rate after reporting its most successful en primer campaign in seven years.

The UK auction market for single malt Scotch malt whisky has enjoyed a record breaking three months, with sales surpassing £6 million between April and June.

Online drinks retailer 31Dover.com has appointed former Naked Wines sales and marketing director James Bagley as its new chief executive.

A prolonged summer heatwave sparked 19% growth in cider sales and a 17% rise in sparkling wine sales in the grocery channel this summer.

The public health lobby has called for off-licence hours to be cut to 10am-10pm, the reintroduction of the duty escalator, minimum unit pricing of 50p and tighter regulations on alcohol advertising.

Outspoken Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin will join Lord Price, the Minister of State for International Trade, on stage at the annual WSTA Conference.

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland has slammed a “deeply flawed and misleading” survey used by the Alcohol Health Alliance to argue for reduced advertising of alcohol.

Moor Beer is preparing to expand its operations following record sales through 2016.

A new gin is set to deliver a boost for Hertfordshire rivers.

Nine of London’s top craft beer shops will go head to head next month in a collaborative brewing challenge for London Beer City.

Tesco has launched a new Hungarian range across stores nationally and online.

Tomatin has unveiled its “hotly anticipated” limited edition single malt from its Warehouse 6 Collection, the 1972 edition.

Adnams has introduced its Copper House Dry Gin in a ready-to-drink format.

Wimbledon Brewery has created a special lager for local football side AFC Wimbledon to mark the joint heritage of the two institutions.

Thornbridge Brewery has revealed plans for the next stage of development at its site in Bakewell.

Conviviality has more than doubled its full year profits to £22.5m. The owner of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack reported its pre-tax profits grew 147% on the previous year, and it almost doubled sales to £1.56bn.

Deliveroo has attracted more than 400 BWS partners in the past year and is targeting the convenience sector along with specialist indies as it seeks to increase its footprint.

Retailers sold alcohol to nearly one in six teenage mystery shoppers in 2016 without asking for proof of age, according to new data from Serve Legal. 

Birmingham independent Loki is to grow its flagship store and expand across the city with two new shops. 

The new chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group used his acceptance speech to signal a desire to fight the temperance lobby and push for a fair deal on duty.

To the south of Mongolia lies the landlocked region of Ningxia, which has a similar altitude to the peak of Ben Nevis and enjoys 3,000 hours of sunshine per year.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is on a drive to increase the trade’s knowledge of the burgeoning spirits category by overhauling its courses and trying to boost student numbers. 

Aldi has launched a £3.99 sake from Nada-ku and says it costs 28 times less than a comparable sized bottle at renowned London restaurant Nobu.

Lambrini has unveiled a limited-edition bottle wrap “to capture the essence of summer 2017”.

The House of Piper-Heidsieck will release a cuvee exclusively for select high-end wine merchants and restaurants.

Pernod Ricard UK has appointed Philip Ainsworth as its new Marketing Director.

Broadland Wineries is launching a new range of wines from Australia's Langhorne Creek, aimed at the off-trade.

Suffolk-based microbrewery St Peter’s has unveiled Without Gold, a hoppy, golden ale that it claims is full of flavour and completely alcohol free.

The Wine & Spirits Association has been called upon to brief Defra ministers on what the drinks industry needs to maintain its number one global position and continue to grow.

Waitrose has brought out a new magazine for its customers called Waitrose Drinks.

The producer of Salcombe Gin is launching a unique delivery service this summer by making its gin available to the yachting community.

AB Inbev has revealed its first pan-European promotional campaign for Corona, which offers consumers the chance to win from a raft of prizes.

The two key UK organisations within the UK wine industry are to merge to become one single industry body.

Robinsons and Iron Maiden have teamed up again to add another brew to their collaborative beer portfolio.

The Co-op has joined forces with South African wine brand Kumala to create a new Fairtrade wine.

Jeroboams has added family-owned boutique winery Clos de Luz to its portfolio.

Sanghera Rum Company is gearing up to launch the UK’s first flavouted white rum using premium Punjabi sugarcane.

Carlsberg UK has acquired London Fields Brewery and it will operate the business in a joint venture with Brooklyn Brewery from Brooklyn, New York.

DrinksFest, the new consumer show geared towards Generation X and Millennial consumers, has landed Amazon as a sponsor for the inaugural event.

Hogs Back has launched a new design for its flagship Traditional English Ale (TEA) in a bid to pare down a cleaner and more modern look.

The Japanese-inspired Kuro Gin is being introduced to offer new flavours to gin fans.

Love Drinks is adding a non-alcoholic bottled gin and tonic in to its portfolio.

Woodwinters plans to open a new London office to create a wholesale operation across the UK.

Liberty Wines has added its first Sake variants to its portfolio.

Manchester-based wine merchant Hanging Ditch is marking its tenth anniversary by joining forces with the Wine Gang.

One of the UK’s oldest gin producing families has released an eponymous brand to celebrate 200 years of distilling.

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