Pinkster has launched a new brand extension to add to its growing collection of alcoholic raspberry products.

The Portman Group is calling for ‘clarity and consistency’ on low alcohol descriptors.

Berry Bros & Rudd, Morris & Verdin (FMV) has added two new agencies to its producer portfolio.

Edrington, the global premium spirits company, has unveiled the new distillery and visitor experience for The Macallan, part of a £500 million spend on the brand.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has announced that JF Hillebrand UK has renewed its sponsorship of the WSTA Annual Conference for a further three years.

Popular Scottish ale brand McEwan’s has relaunched with a new look designed to broaden its appeal among customers old and new.

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The London Wine Fair organisers are expecting “a very busy show” having seen an uplift of 60% in pre-registered visitor numbers.

The Portman Group has upheld a complaint about two Spar press releases promoting a new ‘Everyday Wine’ range.

Spar has felt the wrath of Alcohol Concern for referring to a new range as “everyday wine” in a press release and the Portman Group has upheld a complaint against the retailer.

Dead Man’s Fingers has launched two new expressions to join the brand’s original Spiced Rum portfolio.

Angioletti, the craft Italian cider brand, has introduced a new variant for the UK market.

Bolney Wine Estate has become the second Sussex producer this year to create a Vermouth, and the first to make a Rosso variant.

The Scotch Whisky Association has appointed Gerry McFall as director of strategy and communication.

Black Cow is launching its first ever on-pack promotion following a collaboration with celebrity chef, Mark Hix.

Stroud Brewery is set to move into a new £1.2 million purpose-built brewery this Autumn and it has also revealed plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign.

Zamora Company has appointed Indie Brands as the UK partner for its recently-acquired premium sangria, Lolea.

Fine wine specialist importer Flint Wines has been appointed the exclusive agent for Canadian wineries Le Vieux Pin and La Stella.

Fine wine specialist importer Flint Wines has been appointed the exclusive agent for Canadian wineries Le Vieux Pin and La Stella.

Big Drop Brewing Co has added to its range of beers under 0.5% abv by launching a sour beer.

Buckingham Schenk has appointed John Ruck-Keene as its new off-trade account manager.

Marques de Caceres has revealed a new look Rioja Crianza label, made from a selection of parcels from 15 to 25 year-old vineyards located in both Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa.

Jagermeister is releasing 80,000 of its ‘flag bottles’ into the off-trade, to tap into the “big summer of sport”.

Bruichladdich is relaunching its Port Charlotte brand in June to give it “the elegant, modernist image it deserves”.

Grimsby is set to get a new brewery courtesy of Axholme Brewing Company.

Budweiser has launched a global campaign to celebrate its sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Graham’s has announced the release of a limited bottle of one of its finest Port’s to commemorate the marriage of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle.

John E Fells is to be the UK distributor for the fine wines from Yalumba and Hill Smith Family Vineyards. The Hill Smith family will simultaneously become shareholders in Fells.

Hallgarten & Novum Wines is to take over the exclusive distribution of Jim Barry Wines from June 2018.

Purity Brewing Company has brought out a special limited edition brew to celebrate 150 years of Wasps Rugby.

Stella Artois has launched limited edition packaging with an on-pack competition to celebrate its fifth year of partnering The Championships, Wimbledon.

Berkmann Wine Cellars has been appointed as the UK representative for the joint venture between Masi Agricola and Canevel (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene).

Highland Park has launched The Light, a 17-year old single malt Scotch whisky.

A range of wines from New York State is heading over to the UK as a result of a new partnership between New York Wines SaRL and distributor Inverarity Morton.

There is still time for retailers to register for Bordeaux Today, an educational tasting that showcases the region’s versatility and suitability for younger adults.

Hop Burns & Black has announced plans to open its second branch in Deptford this summer.

The Vineyard Cellars has been appointed exclusive UK agent for two Napa Valley boutique wineries: Somnium and Revana Estate.

Ocado’s hunt for Britain’s Next Top Supplier returns for its fourth year this May, offering small British food and drink businesses the chance to secure a listing with the online supermarket and win a £20,000 marketing budget.

The East London Liquor Company has revealed it smashed its original crowdfunding target within 24 hours.

Funkin is revamping its premium cocktail shakers and expanding the range to include three new flavours, with two more set to join later in the year.

The UK’s Fairtrade wine market is set to grow by 20% in volume terms following an announcement by the Co-op that it is to convert more of its South African wines to the ethical standard.

The Wine Mill has been renamed and rebranded as The Bottle Club to better reflect the way people drink today.

The Benevolent has announced that its charity 2019 Ball will be held in the Natural History Museum in Kensington.

Luscombe Drinks has launched a range of organic Sparkling Fruit Waters in response to increasing consumer demand for no added sugar products.

Halewood Wines & Spirits will now distribute Costa Rica’s Centenario Internacional Rum in the UK and Ireland; meanwhile it has ended its distribution agreement with Tsingtao Brewery.

The Scotch Whisky industry is working together to address challenges posed by Brexit and to maintain the recent growth in the sector.

Sharp’s Brewery has launched Doom Bar in a mini keg and can format in a bid to make its flagship beer more accessible to a wider range of drinkers.

New Zealand Winegrowers is gearing up to celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc day on May 4, which the group said is shaping up to be “the most successful yet”.

Craft gin distiller McQueen Gin is planning to move away from its iconic ceramic bottles to an environmentally-friendly glass option.

Westons Cider is set to ramp up investment in its off-trade brand, Henry Westons, ahead of the key May Bank Holiday period.

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