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The Co-op’s beer and cider sales grew by 21% year on year over the past nine weeks, attributed to the World Cup and heatwave. 

UK buyers see plenty of opportunities to boost sales of South African wine in spite of harvest pressures and the potential for rising prices.

The English wine industry looks set for a bumper crop as a result of the hot summer, provided conditions remain favourable. 

Beer, whisky and gin could become more expensive due to the heatwave that has ravaged Europe over the past couple of months. 

The firm behind online retailer 31Dover.com and supplier Vanquish Wine is using its ecommerce expertise to branch out into the world of drinks marketing.

Canned drinks continue their upward march and significantly increased their market share at the expense of glass and PET over the past year.

When We Are Giants has expanded its spirits portfolio with the addition of Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

Stroud Brewery has launched a corwdfunding campaign to help kit out its nwe brewery and bar.

St Peter’s Brewery has opened its new bottling line, which it installed to cope with “huge demand” for its three-strong Without brand and with the aim of quadrupling its production in the years to come.

Distell is launching six limited release whiskies across its single malt portfolio this September.

Fortnum & Mason has unveiled a Sparkling Tea collection comprising of alcoholic and non-alcoholic variants.

Wholesale giants Landmark and Today’s Group are set to merge into a single company that will dwarf existing market leader Booker.

Corks Out founder Ruth Yates will step down from her role as chief executive at the Cheshire-based retail chain in September.

London fine wine merchant BI reported 6.1% revenue growth in the first half of 2018 thanks to increased demand for US wines, Burgundy and Champagne.

Emporia Brands is bringing three new brands to the market: a mustard liqueur and two rums from St Lucia.

Saltaire Brewery has revealed a refreshed brand along with the launch of a new range of beers.

The UK remains Mahou San Miguel’s leading export market after the Spanish brewer recorded 9% sales growth in Britain in 2017.

Aldi and Fallen Brewery have teamed up to launch two exclusive craft beers to capitalise on the growing demand for interesting brews in Scotland.

A record 94,832 people across the globe signed up for a Wine & Spirit Education Trust course in the 2017/18 academic year.

Whyte & Mackay has announced the relaunch of its Highland Single Malt Whisky Fettercairn, along with the first new releases from the brand in a decade.

Aldi has launched two non-alcoholic sparkling wine alternatives, to follow in the success of last year’s launch of its low calorie Featherweight collection.

Henkell has completed its acquisition of fellow sparkling wine giant Freixenet after gaining approval from the European Commission’s competition watchdog.

Benjamin & Blum has launched a bottled cocktail range, starting with three gin variants.

Highland Park is introducing the second in a series of three Viking Legend releases, inspired by its Viking history and mythology.

Scotch Whisky tourism saw record numbers of visitors in 2017, according to the latest data from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Black Tower has unveiled a new 0.5% abv range, to build on the success of its B by Black Tower 5.5% abv collection.

Hooch has revealed its big movie giveaway promotion, which will run over the summer months. 

Diageo has invested in cutting edge outdoor advertising that changes depending on the weather and the time of day.

The off-trade was the big winner in the beer category during the second quarter of 2018 as the sector enjoyed its best performance in eight years.

Braxzz has added to its range of alcohol-free craft beers as consumer demand in this sector continues.