Oddbins has teamed up with Bristol-based brewery Wiper and True to bring out another limited edition to join its own-label craft beer range.

Family-owned Marlborough winery Nautilus Estate has launched The Paper Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc into the UK market.

E&J Gallo Winery has launched a new 35cl format of its premium New Amsterdam Vodka for the impulse and convenience channels.

The special relationship will continue

Californian wineries have given their backing to the UK trade in the wake of the decision to leave the EU.

Pernod Ricard is bidding to show that wine can match rival categories in the innovation stakes with the UK launch of Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz.

Waitrose has installed its draft beer pump concept into a second store.

St Austell Brewery Company has announced the acquisition of fellow West Country brewer and pub company, Bath Ales.

St Austell Brewery Company has announced the acquisition of fellow West Country brewer and pub company, Bath Ales.
The deal includes the Bath Ales brewery (situated between Bath and Bristol), its portfolio of beer brands and its 11-strong pub estates.
James Staughton, chief executive, St Austell Brewery, said: “For a long time Bath Ales has been a company I have admired and this exciting acquisition provides the coming together of two like-minded businesses.
“Bath Ales brews great beer and has a thriving pub estate, both of which complement those of St Austell Brewery. We want to build on Bath Ales’ success to date and are committing to a long-term significant investment in the Bath Ales brands, pub estate, people and brewing facilities.”
Staughton added: “Together St Austell Brewery and Bath Ales will deliver solid and distinctive offerings to customers combining conscious innovation, service excellence and the scaling of what works.”
Roger Jones, founder of Bath Ales, said: “This is a really exciting move for Bath Ales. With the investment and broader support from St Austell Brewery we are better placed to capture the opportunity that exists for Bath Ales.
“We are confident that we can also make a strong contribution to their operations so that the combined organisation can really set the standard for quality beers and outstanding venues.”
Jones added: “From the first contact with St Austell Brewery we genuinely found people and an operation that have a consistent set of values and the same commitment to quality. The combined business will be a force to be reckoned with.”
Bath Ales, founded in 1995, has an award-winning range of beers including Gem and Barnsey. St Austell has committed to a schedule of investment to expand the brewing and packaging facilities at Bath Ales. Sales of Bath Ales' beer brands were up 18% last year. 
St Austell Brewery, which is one of only 28 independent family-owned brewers in the UK, was founded in 1851 and is known to be one of the oldest businesses in Cornwall. The company has a range of beers including Tribute Cornish Ale, Proper Job PA and Korev lager.

A new craft distillery is due to open its doors in Kent this summer, offering gin, vodka and other spirits for the UK and overseas markets. 

German Riesling will be highlighted in stores across the country this month as part of a nationwide promotion for the "King of German grapes".

Elements Eight, the single distillery rum from St Lucia, will be relaunched in the UK as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

The vast majority of retailers, wholesalers and suppliers are unhappy with the result of the EU referendum and believe their businesses with take a battering in the short term, an OLN survey has found.

Tesco has revealed plans to open a pop-up Tesco Finest wine bar for 11 days in Soho's Wardour Street in August, offering the entire 70-plus Finest wines to taste and a selection of ‘discovery wine flights’ to introduce consumers to new varieties.

Citra, which Oakham Ales launched five years ago, has overtaken JHB as the brewer’s most popular ale, ending its 23-year position in the top spot.  

The Guildford Wine Company will open some “cracking” wines alongside big discounts as part of the celebrations for its 10-year anniversary this weekend.

Crush Wines has released its Bijou Rosé in a magnum format, following the “unbelievable increase” in consumers looking for larger sharing formats.

Kopparberg has launched a limited-edition Kopparkeg, to help encourage its fans to share their fruit cider this summer.

The UK has voted to leave the EU and Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned. Meanwhile, the pound has dropped to its lowest level since 1985.

Convenience store chain My Local, which was sold by Morrisons last September, is reported to be on the verge of collapse.

Maxxium UK has revealed its strategy for accelerating spirits sales growth over the next five years for the off-trade and on-trade channels.

Bloom Gin has announced an on-pack promotion with flower delivery company Bloom & Wild.

Waitrose has bolstered its buying team with Spar’s Daphne Teremetz after Cat Lomax left the business to join Majestic Wine.

Heineken has launched its first television advert for its Dutch brand Amstel; the ad will premier tonight during the England v Slovakia game.

Giulio Barzano with 10 vintages of EBB

Premium Franciacorta producer Mosnel is bidding to show bubbly-loving Brits that Italy is about more than bulk Prosecco production and can produce sparklers to rival Champagne.

Majestic has reported a 43.1% sales rise on the back of the purchase of Naked Wines, but profits plummeted 74.5% (year to March 28, 2016).

Lidl is focusing on Spanish and Portuguese wine for its next Wine Cellar promotion, which goes into stores on 4 August.

South Australian producer Glenlofty has joined the Crush portfolio.

Hallgarten is adding a trio of white wines from Crete to its extensive Greek portfolio of wines.

WKD has revealed details of its latest marketing campaign to support the launch of WKD Blush.

Hi-Spirits will take on the UK distribution rights for Irish whiskey Paddy from 1 July.

Lager sales soared in the week leading up Euro 2016 as fans prepared to gather at home to watch Wayne Rooney and co attempt to end 50 years of hurt.

Kingstone Press has been announced as the Principle Partner of England Rugby League ahead of this year’s Four Nations tournament and Rugby League World Cup in 2017.

Litmus Wines is introducing new wines from Mont Rochelle in South Africa for the UK market. The launch marks the first wines from the vineyard to hit the UK since the joint venture between Litmus and Virgin Limited Edition was formed 18 months ago.

Champagne Tattinger has revealed the 14th edition of its Taittinger Collection, featuring designs by photographer Sabastiao Salgado.

The advertising watchdog has laid into wholesaler The Gin Lab for irresponsibly promoting alcohol on its Facebook page after a complaint from Alcohol Concern.

The Born Wine Digital Awards have been relaunched and are now open for entries from wine writers, photographers and filmmakers.

Colley: "previously we didn't put customers first"

Majestic’s new strategy is focused on growing customer numbers, increasing the percentage
 of exclusive lines it stocks, improving its multichannel offering, bringing older stores up to scratch and retaining its staff.

Bristol Cider Shop is moving to a new retail park housed in shipping containers.

Spar has revealed plans to introduce eight new wines to its range this year as part of an ongoing review of its BWS category.

The new classification was launched at the historic Palau de la Musica in Barcelona

A new classification for single estate, premium cava has been launched in a bid to raise the quality perception of the Spanish sparkler.

Vagabond Wines has revealed plans to open three new stores and create a London-based microbrewery and a separate urban winery in the capital.

London wine merchant The Sampler plans to double its retail estate, ramp up sales to the on-trade and develop its private client base to drive growth in 2016.

Leading Loire producer Bouvet Ladubay is hoping to capitalise on the UK’s growing love of sparkling wine by reigniting its passion for Saumur sparklers.

UK wine lovers are starting to realise that there is more to Germany than Riesling and experimenting with different grape varietals, according to Nielsen figures.

The Welsh Vineyards Association will be this year’s host for the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2016.

The Co-operative Group is getting ready for the next phase of its major BWS overhaul with a focus on packaging formats.

Fladgate Partnership chief executive Adrian Bridge has given the UK off-trade market a vote of confidence after fortified wine sales started to arrest years of decline.

The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) has unveiled its new summer campaign, which highlights the dry white wines of the region.

Smirnoff has revealed plans to break into the thriving cider market with the UK launch of Smirnoff Cider.

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is to announce the winners of the Champion Beer of Britain competition at a new awards ceremony.

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