Naked Wines has raised more than half a million dollars to help local winemaker communities hit by the California wildfires in Napa and Sonoma Counties, where thousands of families have lost their homes and workplaces.

Fuller, Smith & Turner has released its 2017 edition of Vintage Ale, its annual limited edition brew made using this year’s ‘cream of the crop of ingredients’.

Conviviality Retail is offering retailers new ways to join its growing franchise with the launch of a new franchisee licensing scheme.

Budweiser is supporting retailers this Hallloween with its King of Fears Party kit.

Jagermeister has unveiled a digital campaign to celebrate Halloween.

Diageo Reserve is introducing Ketel One Oranje to the UK off-trade market. 

Winemakers Laurent Delaunay and Nicholas Crampton have formed an international partnership between the Languedoc and the Barossa, to share their mutual winemaking philosophy, as well as the international distribution of their wines.

Soul Tree has released a range of premium bottled fruit ciders under the ODC Drinks brand.

The Co-op is introducing a number of smaller pack types for wine as part of its ongoing mission to offer its customers a broader range of formats.

AB Inbev has revealed its latest digital advertising campaign for Boddingtons, which features the brand’s original star, TV personality Melanie Sykes, more than 20 years after the original adverts first aired.

Kingfisher Beer Europe has announced its has reached an agreement with Lion Brewery of Sri Lanka to market and distribute their flagship brands Lion Lager and Lion Stout across the UK and selected European markets.

Brighton Gin is launching a 35cl half-bottle version in time for Christmas.

Conviviality has recruited former Premier Foods’ chief financial officer Mark Moran to replace Andrew Humphreys, who steps down from his role at the end of this month.

Wimbledon Brewery has introduced three beers inspired by the original brewery, which burned down in 1889.

Gallo Family Vineyards has revealed a new packaging design alongside a revamped website.

Wineries in Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma are battling to finish harvest and fermentations as wildfire rages across the region, according to the Wine Institute of California.

Treasury Wine Estates has extended its 19 Crimes range with its first single varietal wine to hit British shores, a Cabernet Sauvignon retailing at £8.99.

Westons Cider is unveiling a new corporate brand identity as part of its ambitious plans to grow the business by 40% by 2023.

Cooper King Distillery, which claims to be England’s smallest whisky and gin distillery, is set to launch its first batches of gin before Christmas this year.

Sogevinus, which specialises in Colheitas Tawny Port wines, has declared 2015 a vintage year for its Kopke and Calem brands.

Wanderlust Wine is to launch Wine on Demand, which it describes as “a revolutionary new online service, delivering wine to Londoners within the hour”.

Hammonds of Knutsford has launched a new small batch gin named after the distillers’ three dogs.

Treasury Wine Estates has launched a new marketing campaign for Wolf Blass, celebrating the wine’s award-winning history and fronted by a new TV advertising campaign in the UK.

Quintessential Brands is introducing a sparkling wine infusion called Champs-Alizé to its French liqueur brand Alizé.

Innis & Gunn has unveiled a new look to give unifying packaging across its core barrel-aged and craft brewed beers range.

Jeroboams has revealed plans for its first ever own-label range alongside news of the opening of its revamped Pont Street store, which now houses a dedicated fine wine room.

The Co-operative Group has offered £143m for Nisa, a member-owned business that has more than 3,000 stores. Nisa also operates a wholesale arm.

The Californian Wine Institute has confirmed that lives have been lost due to the wildfires in California’s North Coast wine region.

Gosset Champagne is launching its new cuvee Blanc de Noirs in the UK, as well as a new look for Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs.

Johnnie Walker has revealed an experimental collection of whiskies created to celebrate the craftsmanship and skill of Scotch blending.

A new small batch gin inspired by global travel is ready to hit the off-trade.

Naked Wines has revealed the name chosen by the British public for its new English sparkling wine by winemakers Charles and Ruth Simpson.

Crabbie’s is kicking off a raft of activity on the back of its long-term sponsorship and connections to rugby, to coincide with the start of the new Rugby Union season.

St Austell’s most recent collaboration ale – created alongside Moscow’s New Riga Brewery – is now available in bottle.

The Penfolds Collection 2017 is set for global release with the line-up featuring a new signature ‘fine wine’ bottle bearing the brand’s historical markings.

Chapel Down has appointed ex-Brewdog exec Gareth Bath as its new Managing Director of Beer. The English wine and beer producer is also giving its Curious range of beers a new look.

Majestic Wines has opened the doors of its newly-refurbished flagship St John’s Wood branch, which now boasts the retailer’s largest ever range of wines under one roof as well as a Lay & Wheeler store-within-a-store.

Waitrose has launched the first phase of its redesigned mid-tier range of own label wines, within which it is introducing six half-bottle versions of the bestsellers in the range.

Chilean wine producer Viña Ventisquero has appointed Kingsland Drinks as the UK agent for its Ventisquero brand.

Schweppes has announced its biggest GB investment in more than 200 years as it looks to respond more strongly to the growing demand for premium mixers.

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has unveiled Diet Coke's latest on-pack promotion and stand-out limited edition designs, offering consumers the chance to win £5,000 every day to help retailers increase sales.

Australian drinks company Global Beverage Brands is bringing its shots brand to the UK off-trade.

Jacob’s Creek is launching a new French-inspired premium Rosé, to tap into growth of this style in the UK.

Drinkaware says that new research reveals the extent to which drunken sexual harassment has become an accepted part of a night out for many young people.

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.

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