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Stock Spirits, the Central and Eastern European branded spirits and liqueurs business, will move its UK distribution to The Drinks Company as of January 1, 2019.

Gin sales in the UK this year reached almost £2 billion, which is nearly double the amount sold in 2016, the year dubbed ‘Year of Gin’.

Off-Piste Wines has revealed plans to expand its Most Wanted Wines sparkling range in 2019, following “a great year” for the brand in the off-trade.

Budweiser is to be brewed with renewable electricity following a deal between ABInbev and European solar energy company, Lightsource BP.

Thatchers has added two West Country style ciders to its Cider Barn collection for 2019.

Berry Bros & Rudd has appointed Matt Smith as one of its wine buyers.

Diageo Reserve has officially launched Belsazar Vermouth after acquiring the brand from Distill Ventures earlier this year.

Diageo is piloting a new Amazon Alexa Skill to inspire consumers to 'think, talk and try' Scotch at home this festive season.

Pinkster gin has raised £1.1 million in a round of private financing to allow it to fully capitalise on the pink gin boom.

Square Root Soda is launching its Non-Alcoholic Gin & Tonic in January 2019.

The Crafty Brewing Company has acquired Guildford-based brewery, The Little Beer Corporation (LBC).

Lidl UK has revealed the next collection of wines to feature in its Wine Tour series.

Tesco BWS director Rob Cooke has challenged suppliers to bring more genuine innovation to the market in order to maintain a thriving drinks industry.

Neil Ellis Wines has appointed Gonzalez Byass UK as its distributor from February 2019.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has granted awards to thirteen projects set up to tackle alcohol misuse in Scotland.

Barefoot has leapfrogged Echo Falls, Blossom Hill and McGuigan to become the second most popular wine brand in the UK off-trade.

Halewood Wines & Spirits, owner of Whitley Neill Gin, Crabbie’s and the Crabbie malt whisky brand, has announced that spirit production has commenced at its new distillery in Edinburgh.

Jägermeister has launched its shot glass off-trade pack into Tesco stores, while its Yard of Jägermeister concept has been given a refreshed look for Christmas.

That Boutique-y Gn Company is introducing a pink gin, which is described as having “a Boutique-y twist on a traditional recipe”.

Bushmills Irish Whiskey has released a limited-edition single malt whiskey aged in Acacia wood.

Famille Helfrich, the arm of Les Grand Chais de France dedicated to independent retailers and the premium on-trade, is planning its first portfolio tasting event.

Wines of Hungary UK is bringing ‘Furmint February’ to the UK in 2019.

Marks & Spencer is being accused of “normalising porn” because it is selling a Porn Star Martini drink in a can.

A start-up gin company founded by three UK bartenders is gearing up to launch its 2017 vintage into the UK. The company is also celebrating after securing a new European-wide distribution deal.

Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has announced that chief executive officer Ian Curle will retire in March 2019 after 15 years in that role.

Highbury Vintners and Hennings Wine have both been hailed as winners of the Shop Rioja promotion, each netting £1,000 towards new Rioja listings.

Wine Australia will launch a new education programme in January at its annual Australia Trade Tasting in London.

Euroboozer has added four low alcohol beers from Mikkeller, in advance of Dry January.

Seedlip has revealed plans to introduce a sister brand of alcohol-free aperitifs.

Guinness has announced it will be the new title sponsor of the Six Nations, with the Championship to be known as the Guinness Six Nations from 2019.