Armit Wines has appointed James White to head up its London sales operations.

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has narrowly rejected plans to reform the organisation by extending beyond real ale for the first time.

Chapel Down has announced a 15% growth in sales for 2017 compared to the year before, driven by both its wine and its beer businesses.

Seven Kentish wineries have joined forces with Visit Kent in a new partnership designed to champion and develop the county’s wine tourism offering.

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is expected to look into reported accounting irregularities at Conviviality, according to reports.

HonestBrew has announced it is to be the UK exclusive importer for Italian brewery CR/AK.

HonestBrew has announced it is to be the UK exclusive importer for Italian brewery CR/AK.

Lambrini has teamed up with independent self-tan specialist, Fake Bake, to enhance the perry brand’s strategy of inspiring girls to "get together and add sparkle” to every occasion.

Three Port houses belonging to The Fladgate Partnership – Croft, Fonseca and Taylor’s – have each announced their decision to declare the 2016 vintage.

Vindependents, the member-owned wine agency, has announced Eynsham Cellars in Oxfordshire is the latest retailer to join the group.

Winchester Distillery has revealed its latest limited edition seasonal release gin.

Cornish Orchards is introducing a Dry Cider in kegs and 50cl bottles.

Wimbledon Brewery has created Wimbledon Ale, exclusively for Marks & Spencer stores.

Casella Family Brands has announced the launch of a £2 million campaign for its Yellow Tail brand in the UK.

Billecart-Salmon Champagne is organising a gastronomic world tour and the launch of an exclusive Cuvee to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

Harrods has opened its new Fine Wines and Spirits Rooms.

The Feckin Drinks Co is rolling out a rebrand of its Irish whiskey, while also introducing a new gin and vodka to the family.

The Good Wine Shop has announced that all staff and shoppers at its Kew store emerged unscathed after an electrical fire raged through the shop.

Budweiser and Stella Artois brewer AB Inbev has purchased online spirits retailer Master of Malt as it continues to consolidate its position in the market.

The Mobberley Brewhouse in Cheshire is launching a range of experimental beers.

The Wild Beer Co has revealed a series of collaboration projects for the year ahead.

Aber Falls Distillery has introduced a new gin to sit alongside its recently launched flavoured gins and liqueurs.

Vice, the global youth media company, has secured a national listing for its first beer.

Freixenet is gearing up to tap into the blossoming rose category with the launch of a new Italian sparkling variant.

A Missouri-based spirits company has acquires a stake in an Irish liqueur firm and has plans to build a distillery in the city of Derry.

Diageo has pledged to invest £150 million over the next three years to transform its Scotch whisky visitor experiences.

The East London Liquor Company has released a limited amount of its latest creation, a barrel-aged peated gin.

A Hertfordshire-based gin company has revealed plans to open a new distillery, following the success of its subscription gin club.

Clare Balding OBE stars in the first episode of a new series of A Glass With, the podcast hosted by Olly Smith and produced by Richard Hemming MW.

Majestic Wine has warned that earnings will be cut by up to £3 million as it has decided to invest in acquiring new customers for its Naked Wines arm. 

Whyte & Mackay is offering drinkers the chance to win a VIP trip to the Edinburgh fringe festival with an on-pack offer designed to boost sales.

Jancis Robinson MW is the UK’s most influential wine writer when it comes to impacting upon sales in-store, according to our reader survey. 

Hysterical media coverage suggesting that exceeding the CMO drinking guidelines can shave years off your life has been met with scorn by academics, statisticians and industry insiders.

Britvic Soft Drinks has announced the launch of a new range of infused sparkling waters.

Global Brands is launching a canned cocktail range to add to its diverse RTD portfolio.

Bestway has an enormous job on its hands to win over embattled Bargain Booze franchisees and restore order to the estate following its takeover of Conviviality’s retail division. 

Bushmills Irish Whiskey has announced the 2018 release of two rare, small batch single malt whiskeys.

Herefordshire cidermaker Westons has laid out ambitious plans to grow sales by 40% in the next five years after moving into the flourishing fruit cider market.

Carlsberg UK has radically overhauled its portfolio in the past couple of years and it now feels it can compete in the burgeoning world and craft beer sectors.

Beer is becoming an increasingly popular accompaniment to meals and one of the world’s best chefs has given it his endorsement. 

Bijou Wine, the Languedoc-Roussillon producer, has now extended its range with a “unique blend” from Provence, which has been created to tap into continued global demand for pale rose.

Just Miniatures has added a tequila to its portfolio for the UK market.

Real Ale has helped develop a British own-label craft beer can range for M&S.

Rioja has launched a new global identity and a revamped message from the region, following legislative changes that took place in 2017.

Casillero del Diablo has launched a new premium tier, which aims to “champion regions in Chile which people don’t know so well”.

Badet Clement is bringing two new products over to the UK market.

Britvic has unveiled its new category vision, which reveals a £2.6 billion soft drinks sales opportunity over the next five years. 

Diageo Reserve’s ultra-premium vodka, Ciroc has partnered with Selfridges to relaunch the limited-edition Summer Colada variant.

Buckingham Schenk has been appointed exclusive UK agent for New Zealand’s te Pa Family Vineyards. 

Heineken has introduced a new Old Mout Alcohol free cider alongside a redesign of its Maltsmiths cans and bottles.

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Bestway could take Bargain Booze back to its roots

Sir Anwar Pervez didn’t earn a place on The Sunday Times Rich List without spotting a good bargain – and in the fallout from the monumental collapse of Conviviality he’s got one in both name and spirit with the acquisition of Bargain Booze.

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