Britain’s best beer retailers were honoured for their achievements in championing our country’s thriving brewing industry at an awards ceremony at the House of Commons yesterday.

Thatchers has ventured into spirits for the first time by introducing its first apple gin.

Amigos Tequila Beer is gearing up to celebrate the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) holiday, with a raft of activity to include a series of parties.

Maison Bruno Paillard has launched its 2006 Blanc de Blancs Champagne, described by its founder as ‘voluptous’, onto the UK market.

Corky’s Schnapps has revealed a new visual identity with a metallic new look that aims to “bring the glitter to life”.

Vivino, which claims to be the world’s most downloaded wine app, has launched a new wine shopping experience aimed at changing the way the wine industry interacts and sells to its customers.

Waitrose is adding a raft of wines from Sicily in a bid to further develop its “significant” market share in Italian wines.

Fullers, Smith & Turner has announced it has been appointed as the distributor of Cerbezas Alhambras products in the UK’s off and on-trades.

Eighty-five per cent of BWS retailers expect trading this Christmas to be at least as good as last year, if not better.

The Co-operative Group’s revamped membership scheme is helping to drive sales of its own-label products, with the wine category benefitting the most.

Adnams has opened a pop-up shop in the centre of Chelmsford in Essex as it continues to expand its retail empire across East Anglia.

Berry Bros & Rudd has added a raft of new and “different from the mainstream” wines in preparation for Christmas.

Hungarian wine could enjoy a revival in the UK after one leading supplier decided to champion the category through a range of branded and own-label wines.

Beaujolais wine exports to the UK rose by more than 20% in value terms this year compared to 2015, according to the latest figures.

Hayman’s Gin is bringing out an English Cordial Gin, based on a recipe from the 19th century.

Asahi Group Holdings, the new owner of Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Grolsch and Meantime, has announced the completion of its acquisition of Miller Brands and the formation of Asahi UK.

Bolney Wine Estate in Sussex is gearing up to start work on its new winery, which will allow it to ramp up its annual production to 300,000 bottles by 2020.

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Glenelly Estate, from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa, has been revamped to include a new logo and packaging.

Spar is set to launch a new Spar-branded Prosecco to offer shoppers the chance to trade up.

Berry Bros & Rudd has added a Texan Bourbon to its premium range of spirits.

Litmus Wines is launching a drink which taps into the popularity of both English sparkling wine and craft gin. 

Mangrove is partnering with Irish whiskey producer Kinahan’s to launch the UK distribution of its latest expressions.

Sud de France, the umbrella brand for wine, food and tourism products from the South of France, has formally announced its plans to include products from the new bigger region, Occitanie, which was officially created earlier this year.

Online retailer Beer Hawk is hiring 30 new staff and increasing storage capacity 10-fold to capitalise on the UK’s burgeoning love of craft beer from around the world.

The English Drinks Company has launched Cucumber Gin, described as a smooth aromatic gin with a subtle cucumber infusion.

The Co-op is set to add its first English wines, including a sparkling option and an own-label still white wine.

Spar’s 12 Deals of Christmas promotion is returning again for 2016, supported by a raft of marketing activities.

South African producer Distell has identified the UK as a key region for growth and is expanding its British team, setting up a new head office in Richmond and bringing all its brand distribution in house.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has bolstered its rum portfolio by taking on the Rum Sixty Six brand.

More than 200 Bargain Booze and Wine Rack franchisees have seen their loyalty rewarded with shares in the business.

Diageo has unveiled a Winter Edition bottle for its luxury blended Scotch whisky, Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

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Heineken’s UK off-trade sales managing director has been promoted to head up the business’ European off-trade division and will be replaced by Simon Amor.

Diageo Reserve Brands has unveiled a new mango addition to its premium vodka brand Cîroc.

English sparkling wine producer Chapel Down has grown sales by 26% in the past year, according to its interim results.

Sud de France will be holding its annual Rising Stars Tasting on 20 October to showcase the best wines that are currently being made in the region but are as yet unavailable in the UK market.

Three Ships Whisky is enhancing its South African roots by releasing a Pinotage finish whisky.

Whyte & Mackay has unveiled a single malt scotch whisky to celebrate their Tamnavulin distillery’s 50th anniversary.

Pernod Ricard has launched a peated single malt whisky from Orkney called Scapa Glansa into the specialist retailer trade.

A gin described as ‘the world’s first social enterprise gin’ has been launched by an Edinburgh distillery.

Ginraw, a gin produced in Barcelona, is on its way over to woo the UK’s off-trade.

Harrods is axeing the fine wine and spirits department it unveiled in 2013 and replacing it with a 225-seat restaurant.

Aldi has teamed up with Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey to launch its first English sparkling wine.

Brockmans gin has secured its first national grocery listing as Marks & Spencer decided to stock the brand from this week in 134 of its stores.

The producers of Pinkster gin have released a fruit gin liqueur made with Suffolk quince and wild bullace foraged from the hedgerows of East Anglia. 

Aldi is set to shake up the wine category with a new craft wine range, designed to attract millennials by using cues normally associated with craft beer or artisan spirits.

A canned beer has earned Camra’s accreditation for “real ale” for the first time ever.

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) has launched an English Wine Trail in a bid to boost drinks tourism and celebrate the nation’s grape growing excellence.

Morrisons is giving students 10% off beer, wine, spirits and food in a bid to improve its sales and claw back market share.

Les Grands Chais de France has expanded its empire with the purchase of Bejot Vins et Terroirs, which owns 520ha of vines across some of France’s most prestigious appellations.

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