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ABInbev’s UK business saw strong volume growth for the second quarter of 2019, boosted by a number of its brands.

Diageo GB reports it has had “a positive year” in the UK, with sales up 4% driven by both the beer and spirits categories. 

Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies (ABS) has announced it will hold its annual portfolio tasting on September 11 this year. 

Adnams has added to its RTD portfolio as it continues to tap into the trend for pre-mixed gin and tonics.

Fever-Tree has announced its rapid growth in sales is slowing down in the UK, hindered by “seasonably poor weather” earlier this year.

The Hard Seltzer trend in the US is showing signs of spilling over into the UK with the launch of a premium brand called Bodega Bay.

Australian wine exports to the UK have decreased 4% in volume and 3% in value to $373 million over the past year.

Pernod Ricard UK is adding a new drink to its non-alcoholic spirits portfolio.

Armit Wines has reported strong sales for the last six months, including a 15% rise in the last quarter and it predicts it will reach £30 million turnover in the next five years.

The Majestic Wine store in Wakefield that rebranded as Naked Wines has now returned to its original trappings and it will operate as Majestic once more.

The advertising watchdog has rapped Aldi on the knuckles over an ad that compared its Veuve Monsigny Champagne to the Moët & Chandon on sale at Tesco.

Bordeaux generic body CIVB has elected winegrower Bernard Farges as its new president to replace the outgoing Allan Sichel.

North South Wines has launched a new range of organic Spanish wines called Amigo de la Tierra into the UK market.  

Prosecco brand Corte Molino has partnered with the Co-op and digital lifestyle brand Pretty52 for an on-pack competition.

A consumer desire for more alcohol-free drinks and bitter flavours has created a “perfect storm” for non-alcoholic aperitif brand Aecorn, according to managing director Claire Warner.

Vineyards in the South of France have been damaged in the scorching heatwave and some vines “appear to have been blowtorched”, according to reports.

Camra’s 2019 Great British Beer Festival - for which DRN will be the Official Off-Trade Media Partner - will boast a range of live craft keg beer for the first time in the event’s 42-year history.

South Africa is unlikely to have a “normal vintage” until 2021 following an extended period of drought in the vineyards, according to a senior winemaker.

Crave Drinks has secured a £20,000 business load to fund the launch of its first product, which is an alcohol-free drink.

Molson Coors has acquired London-based craft brewer, Hop Stuff Brewery and Taprooms.

The starts of hit TV series Breaking Bad have announced they are launching a Mezcal.

Vagabond is gearing up to add four stores to its estate over the next eight months.

Holland & Barrett has revealed a number of new alcohol-free listings as part of a strategic move to establish itself as the go-to destination for healthy drinks. 

Online retailer Beer Hawk and subscription service Beer Bods have joined forces in a bid to “get more people drinking better beer”.

Generic body Inter Rhône is confident in the region’s ability to grow UK sales in 2019 after working hard to improve the overall quality of its wines. 

India’s first craft gin brand, Greater Than London Dry Gin, has been launched in the UK by Nao Spirits.

Bottlers and Distillers Wales (B&D Wales) has partnered with Vale Resort to open a full-scale distillery and visitor experience at Hensol Castle.

Ginking is adding another variant to its collection of wine and gin infused drinks.

Sainsbury’s is ramping up its focus on the low and no alcohol sector by opening an alcohol-free pub.

The newly-formed Graft Wine Company, created from the merger of Red Squirrel and The Knotted Vine, is keen to give more focus to independent wine shops outside of the London area.