McGuigan Wines has launched a new Family Release range exclusively into Waitrose.

Britvic Soft Drinks is bringing out a new variant for its multivitamin fruit drink Purdey’s, to tap into increasing demand for vitality options.

Molson Coors has announced a new partnership with football managing simulation game Football Manager for its award-winning loyalty programme iPint.

Free Run Wines is adding a new variant to its wine-based drink, Mr Peel’s Manavista. The brand, with its new variant, will be on display at the London Wine Fair.

Laphroaig has announced the launch of Laphroaig Lore, described by the producer as “the richest of the rich”.

Sake is set to exhibit at the London Wine Fair in May for the first time.

International drinks group, Quintessential Brands, has acquired the Dublin Whiskey Company as part of an 10 million Euro investment.

Crabbie’s has launched an on-pack promotion to engage with consumers in the run up to the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National event.

Champagne Gosset is launching a new cuvee, which has been resting in house cellars for more than 15 years.

Majestic Wine has announced that its Naked Wines arm has hit a key milestone of £100m in sales in the past year.

Soft drinks increased sales by 2.2% to £3.1bn in the convenience channel in 2015, according to the 2016 Britvic Soft Drinks Review (Nielsen, 52 w/e 09 Jan 2016). This was ahead of the total soft drinks market, which contracted by 0.6%.

Gonzales Byass has acquires a winery in Rías Baixas called Pazos de Lusco.

Speciality beer importer World Beers is extending its range of Birradamare craft beers in the UK.

French Wines with Style has launched a new wine style application that aims to match the style of French wine that best suits your personality.

Independent wine supplier United Wineries has announced a UK & Ireland agency deal with distributor, North South Wines.

Leading drinks producers have voiced their disappointment about the UK's new 'sugar tax' introduced in last week's budget, and are thought to be considering a legal challenge.

Lidl has announced it took home its 1,000th award last night after picking up a trophy at the World Whiskies Awards in London this week.  

Hogs Back Brewery has announced it is backing the Budget duty freeze on beer and cider with a wholesale price freeze across its full range.

Spanish wine company the Chivite Group is bringing its Las Fincas Rosado to the UK market In June this year.

Tesco plans to trial a pre-mixed case of wines from its Finest range in 280 stores, following the success of these wines over Christmas.

Maisons Marques et Domaines (MMD) has announced it will be the sole importer and distributor of the Masseria Surani Wines, a Tommasi Family Estate, in the UK market.

Halewood International has purchased a 50% stake in The Pogues Irish Whiskey, with the famous Irish band retaining ownership of the remaining 50%.

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a tax on the makers of soft drinks to tackle childhood obesity, but for producers of alcoholic drinks the 2016 Budget held no nasty surprises.

Stella Artois has launched its ‘Be Legacy’ campaign to celebrate its 600-year brewing heritage.

Premium Port company Graham’s has announced a new partnership with artisan chocolatier Rococo Chocolates, as part of an ongoing objective to promote Port and food pairings.

Amstel is to roll out nationally with a premium new look from May this year.

Sainsbury’s has reported its first rise in sales in two years, as it continues its focus on phasing out multi-buy promotions.

Consumers appear to favour a night in with a cream liqueur over a visit to a nightclub, according to the updated basket of goods used to measure consumer prices.

Edinburgh Gin is expanding its core range as a result of “soaring customer demand”.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Stag Beer is now available to UK beer fans.

Hogs Back Brewery has announced its Hogstar English Craft Lager will soon be available in cans, following the success of its bottled and draught formats.

Ketel One Vodka has launched a limited edition bottle to celebrate 325 years of the Nolet Family Distillery.

The popularity of Dry January this year has helped drive record sales for alcohol-free wine Eisberg, according to brand owner Halewood.

Oregon wine producers plan to focus more on the UK market as they start ramping up the amount of wine they export.

Retailers feel that suppliers are not doing enough to preserve the future health of the wine category by attracting millennial consumers, an Off Licence News survey has found.

Brewdog has been forced to recall cans of its flagship Punk IPA that gave their expiration date as “Mother Fucker Day”. 

The wine world should take inspiration from craft beer if it is to arrest declining sales and drive value back into the category, a leading supplier has warned.

The new managing director at Les Grands Chais de France has vowed to bring JP Chenet back into growth in the next year.

Convenience store owners can boost beer and cider sales exponentially by focusing on ease of shop, value for money and meeting consumer occasions, according to a leading supplier.

Sales of sparkling wine in the UK continue to soar with the latest data indicating the amount sold last year is enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall, reaching over £1 billion for the first time.

Accolade Wines took the market by storm when it launched Echo Falls Fruit Fusions in 2014 as it brought innovation to a stagnant market and won over millennials in their droves.

Dry January hammered wine sales in the UK and plunged the sector into sharp decline, with sales falling 2.9% in value and 3.6% in volume (IRI, 12 weeks to January 30).

Dundee is in line to have its first brewery for 50 years after planning permission was granted to a new start-up.

Interesting grape varietals are driving growth in the wine channel as shoppers move on from Picpoul de Pinet to the likes of Godello and Pecorino, according to a leading supplier.

The British gin industry had a record-breaking year last year with sales nearing £1bn, driven by the opening of 49 new distilleries, which has helped boost consumer interest. 

The Government has been defeated in its bid to relax Sunday trading laws in England and Wales after its attempt to let larger shops trade for more than six hours was voted down.

Carlsberg UK has revealed limited edition packaging for its Carlsberg and Carlsberg Export beers, to mark its position as a sponsor for the Uefa European Championships for the eighth consecutive occasion.

Accolade Wines has announced that Mud House Wines is now an official sponsor of the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

Boutinot has added the family-owned Californian vineyard and winery Cline Cellars to its portfolio.

The government faces a new battle in its plans to extend Sunday trading hours following the news that the SNP intends to vote against the proposals.

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