Tesco has added a selection of new sparkling wines to its Finest range, increasing its range of price points as well as introducing its customers to some traditional styles from lesser-known regions.

E&J Brandy plans to introduce E&J Apple to its UK portfolio with the aim of building on the growth of the brandy category.

Scotland’s Glengoyne distillery has unveiled the second in a series of limited edition gift tins in partnership with the artist John Lowrie Morrison, also known as Jolomo.

The Benevolent has announced the launch of a new 100% confidential telephone helpline in partnership with social enterprise company Connect Assist.

Paul Schaafsma, the former ceo of Accolade Wines, has been appointed as ceo of Broadland Wineries, with immediate effect.

Warner Edwards has announced it has an exclusive ‘Spirit of the Month’ partnership with Fortnum & Mason this October with its Honeybee Gin. The gin will then be made available to the wider off-trade from November.

Dundee’s 71 Brewing has expanded its portfolio with the addition of an India Pale Lager (IPL) and a Munich Dunkel, Ferrous Red.

Sussex winery Ambriel has just released its 2010 Blanc de Blancs. The traditional method English Sparkling wine, which has been crafted from hand-selected Chardonnay grapes, is aimed at independent wine merchants and the on-trade, and it is priced around £36 per bottle. Around 6,000 bottles are available.

Broadland Wineries has launched TrimVin, a new range of low-calorie and lighter-alcohol wines aimed at the off-trade.

Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky has announced the arrival of its new single malt.

Tesco appoints new head of BWS

19 September, 2017

Robert Cooke has taken over as BWS director at Tesco following a long and varied career in the retail industry.

Thirty members of the Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) team took on the Thames Path Challenge last weekend, in memory of their former managing director Dan Townsend, who passed away suddenly in March.

The boom for specialist craft drinks stores continues apace as DRN has learned of shops opening in Merseyside, Gateshead and Bath during the past few weeks.

The WSTA’s annual conference this month recorded its largest ever attendance figures, according to chairman Dan Jago.

Woodforde’s brewery has announced plans to ramp up its focus on the off-trade after 18 months of planning and investment from its new owners.

Aldi has shrugged off market pressures like exchange rates and duty hikes to post surging wine sales figures this summer.

Seven leading Madeira wine producers are gathering in London next month to show their latest releases at a ‘walk-around’ tasting event.

Plaimont Producers, the co-operative in South West France, has succeeded in gaining permission to reintroduce the long-lost grape variety ‘Tardif’.

Warm weather at the beginning of the summer propelled annual cider sales past the £1 billion barrier for the first time since 2014.

This year’s Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) event will have a range of new masterclasses and workshops, and for the first year in its 12-year history the event will debut in the new location of Bristol, as well as London.

A new campaign group set up to give drinkers a voice in the national media has enjoyed plenty of success on its first weekend up and running.

The biggest wine tasting in the history of Bristol is just days away and there is still time for members of the trade to register.

Morgenrot, the Manchester-based drinks importer, has launched new 35.5cl canned versions of the Argentinian Lager, Quilmes.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has bolstered its wine portfolio by securing a deal to distribute French wine brand Bonfils in the UK.

Buckingham Schenk has launched a new Patagonian wine from Vinalba.

Gordon’s London Dry Gin is extending its portfolio with the addition of a new Premium Pink Distilled variant, designed to appeal to a younger adult audience.

William Grant & Sons is set to launch a limited-edition bottle design for its premium spiced rum, Sailor Jerry.

The UK grocery wholesaling sector has experienced another year of growing sales, driven by the expanding out-of-home market and strong growth in beer, wines and spirits in particular.

Casillero del Diablo is gearing up to launch its biggest ever raft of activity for the build up to the Halloween trading period.

The Isle of Arran Distillery’s master distiller has created a unique limited edition bottle that marks his 10th anniversary with the producer and a total of 40 years in the Scotch whisky industry.

Walker (centre) is joined on stage by trophy winners

Californian brewery Firestone Walker triumphed at the International Beer Challenge 2017 awards as its Union Jack IPA scooped the coveted Supreme Champion gong.

Our Vodka has launched four DIY infusion kits as part of its mission to “shake up the vodka industry”.

Nisa is set to launch its second Wine Festival event this year to help its members drive footfall and sales.

The Institute of Masters of Wine has added 14 new MWs from five countries, including four from the UK.

Armit Wines has released a new wine from Torre de Ona in Rioja Alavesa, part of the La Rioja SA stable.

Hannah Tovey has just taken over from Ross Carter as event director for the London Wine Fair following a long and varied career in the industry.

One of Cornwall’s oldest cider producers has launched a new premium variant.

Sparkling wine brand Gigglewater has launched 20cl cans of Vino Bianco Frizzante across Waitrose’s retail estate and online store.

The UK distributor for Rothschild wines has bolstered its sales force with the appointment of two account managers.

Notorious 19th century revolutionary James Wilson has been immortalised in a bottle of wine as Treasury Wine Estates has based its new 19 Crimes expression on his exploits.

Waitrose has given a listing to a sparkling apple cider made in the traditional Champagne method by a producer in Hampshire.

Majestic Wine has revealed plans to invest in a ‘franchise-lite’ model.

Jack Daniel’s is teaming up with a range of UK retailers to launch initiatives designed to showcase its versatility.

Portmore Rum Company has added a new variant to join its recently-launched Black Ginger Rum.

The Co-op has entered exclusive talks to buy Nisa, just two weeks after rival Sainsbury’s chose to delay its potential bid.

Welsh soda maker Lurvill’s Delight is introducing a new Lavender Spice flavour, following an award-win for its Original variant.

British Cassis has revealed plans to invest in nationwide marketing and sampling activity to boost the profile of the brand over the next 12 months.

Rum sales are following that of gin with sales set to break the £1 billion sales barrier later this year, according to the latest report from the Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).

Six hundred Californian wines will be poured for the trade at the Dream Big California Wine Fair in London on September 27.

Reigning European champions Saracens are now sponsored by South African cider brand Savanna Dry.

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