Fruit cider fans can be kind to their waistlines this summer after Kopparberg launched a Cranberry Light variant that contains just 85 calories.

Premium Prosecco producer Bisol has overhauled its portfolio by launching new wines and changing its packaging.

Sandford Orchards has unveiled its new Fine Cider range, made using a new technique that has its roots both in winemaking and ancient cider production.

Absolut is bringing the Midsommar celebration to London via a ten-day festival in partnership with Drink Up London.

The Isle of Arran Distillery is set to increase its production capacity to two million litres next year with visitor numbers expected to exceed 200,000 by 2020.

Fentimans is launching two new tonics to add to its natural mixers range.

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has become the exclusive distributor for Marlborough’s Lake Chalice Wines in the UK.

The Drinks Agency has signed a deal to distribute the new Belgium small-batch premium spirits brand Havn in the UK.

Hawkes has revealed its latest collaboration with ‘cider legend’ Tom Oliver.

Cellar Trends is expanding its Luxardo range in the UK with the launch of a Sour Cherry Gin later this summer.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has secured the distribution rights for super-premium Russian vodka producer, Beluga.

Jacob’s Creek is releasing a premium sparkling drink into the thriving pre-mixed drink sector.

Genius Drinks is adding to its portfolio of alcohol-free wine alternatives with a new pink variant.

Gordon’s is introducing two ultra-low alcohol pre-mixed gin & tonic variants.

Loch Lomond Whiskies has unveiled three limited edition single malts to tee-off its five-year partnership with The Open.

Asda is ramping up its partnership with Drinkaware after a successful day spent educating shoppers on how to enjoy a healthy relationship with alcohol.

Senior drinks industry figures will once again embark on a cycling challenge this summer in aid of drinks charity, The Benevolent.

Desperados is inviting fans to 'Reclaim the Party' with its latest on-pack promotion.

Innis & Gunn has revealed its latest creation: Mangoes on the Run.

The HAH Whisky Company has announced it is reviving the brand name 'The Higginbottom', starting with four limited-edition launches.

Majestic Wine delivered a bullish assessment of its chances of thriving in a challenging UK market after reporting 2.3% revenue growth for the year to April 2018.

Greenall’s is extending into gin liqueurs with the launch of two new variants.

Cawston Press is to launch its first outdoor advertising campaign, following in the success of its fundraising round of £1 million.

Retro designs that evoke nostalgia by celebrating the sweets, clothes and cartoons of yesteryear have seen several drinks fall foul of alcohol marketing rules, according to the Portman Group.

Malfy Gin is introducing a new pink variant to the UK market.

Langham Brewery has released the first bottles of its South Downs Best Bitter to support work in the South Downs National Park.

Hush Heath Estate in Kent is set to unveil its new winery in August this year.

Old Mout Cider has launched its biggest campaign to date as it continues on its mission to save the endangered kiwi.

Kingsland Drinks has been appointed as the exclusive UK agent for the German wine company Schmitt Söhne.

Sixpoint Brewery is introducing new beers to the UK market via importer Heathwick, in time for American Independence Day on July 4.

Black Tower is set to become the Official Wine Partner of the Isle of Wight Festival for the music event’s 50th anniversary.

The amount of gin sold in the UK has hit another record high, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association’s latest market report.

Bancroft Wines has been appointed as the exclusive agent in the UK for Piedmont producer Franco Conterno.

Majestic Wine has announced it will be taking concepts from its newest stores to Taste of London this week via the company’s first ever pop-up shop.

New Zealand Lighter Wines, an initiative to produce naturally lower in alcohol wines, has revealed two new launches in Marks & Spencer.

Concha y Toro has laid out ambitious plans to increase the number of households buying its three key brands by 1 million within three years.

The global wine shortage has provided the trade with an opportunity to end an unsustainable culture of working with miniscule margins, according to leading suppliers.

Bargain Booze has emerged from a tumultuous situation relatively unscathed and stock levels have returned to normal levels following Bestway’s takeover.

Oddbins is championing German Sauvignon Blanc, Spanish Viognier, Hungarian reds and other quirky wines as it aims to broaden the nation’s vinous horizons.

Waitrose has reported that Beavertown’s craft beers are flying off its shelves after it became the first supermarket to list the London brewer.

Nicolas Feuillatte has launched new packaging for the UK market as it bids to boost off-trade sales and make inroads into the on-trade. 

Connoisseur Estates is buoyant about the future of the UK independent trade after sensing a serious willingness to find quality among buyers at the London Wine Fair.

Marrenon has unveiled Lez’Arts, a new Luberon rosé available for the UK off-trade.

Kronenbourg 1664 has launched limited-edition cans and packaging to drive sales around the football season, supported by its recent ‘Pour La Victoire’ campaign.

Bloom London Dry Gin is launching a Jasmine & Rose flavour to tap into the trends for pink gins and new flavours.

Wolf Blass has signed a three-year global partnership deal with the International Cricket Council (ICC).

JJ Whitley is launching a Violet Gin in time for World Gin Day this Saturday.

Calvet is set to feature in a new UK promotional campaign, which will represent a “seismic shift” in direction for the French wine brand.

Ophir Gin is presenting a new RTD collection, alongside the announcement that the brand is to become the official gin of Lendy Cowes Week.

29-year-old entrepreneur is aiming to build the world’s biggest ecommerce store for wine after raising £1 million in a crowdfunding drive.

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