The Five Points Brewing Co is launching its first round of crowdfunded investment this month in order to meet growing demand for its beers and accelerate growth.

Spirits distributor Maxxium UK is rebranding as Edrington-Beam Suntory UK Distribution Limited to highlight its joint owners.

Pure Wild Spirits (PWSL), the producers of Freya Birch Spirit, is seeking £750,000 of investments to fund expansion into premium drinks sectors.

Magners Irish Cider has announced a deal which gives it the title of Global’s cider partner at eleven music festivals across the UK this summer.

Mother’s Day is coming but don’t worry because we’ve got an idea. And it’s a good one. Instead of doing a deal on Pink Champagne, building a pyramid of Bailey’s bottles and offering a BOGOF on yet another pretty looking bottle of ‘craft’ gin, you should be honouring the Old Dears with an agave spirit.

The volume of groceries sold at UK supermarkets reached an 18-month high in February and analysts at Nielsen say the outlook is positive for the sector.

Jura Single Malt Whisky has unveiled a new range of whiskies which marks the biggest launch in its history.

Greene King is backing Old Speckled Hen with a seven-week TV and digital ad campaign that seeks to give the brand “modern day appeal”.

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced that Old Potrero 18th Century Style Whiskey will be available to buy via its retail shops and online, following a 15-year absence.

Majestic Wine has launched a new charity partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK, with the aim of raising at least £50,000 to help in the fight against dementia.

Dark Horse is adding a rosé to its portfolio in time for the spring and summer months.

Retailers and producers are urged to take part in a public consultation into the fifth edition of the Portman Group’s Code of Practice.

Maison Mumm has released a new cuvée, which is designed to “redefine traditional perspectives on ageing”.

Wines of Germany has revealed new branding for its 31 Days of German Riesling campaign, which is now in its seventh year.

New Zealand Winegrowers is offering trade from the UK and Ireland the chance to win a trip to Sauvignon 2019.

AB Inbev has reported double-digit growth in the UK off-trade during the final quarter of 2017 and said it capped “a strong year for our UK business”.

Black Tower is set to become Tough Mudder UK’s Official Wine Partner for 2018, and it has launched a marketing campaign to amplify the sponsorship.

Spitfire Heritage Distillers has announced a partnership with the Royal Air Forces Association for the duration of the RAF’s centenary celebrations.

New Zealand’s Elephant Hill is to partner with an international charity committed to the conservation of the endangered Asian elephant.

Hi-Spirits is launching a new blend of Southern Comfort into the UK, supported by a marketing campaign targeting younger drinkers and American whiskey fans.

Yealands Family Wines has launched a new competition for UK wine shoppers, offering the chance to win tickets to New Zealand.

Portuguese DO wine exports to the UK grew 37.1% in value last year, driven by volume increases of nearly 50% compared to the year before.

Hallgarten Druitt’s managing director is bullish about the firm’s chances of succeeding in a consolidating market after reporting 8.5% sales growth in 2017.

UK retailers with national distribution are urged to submit their favourite Bordeaux wines for inclusion in the CIVB’s Everyday Bordeaux Selection 2018.

Independent retailers can discover a wealth of intriguing wines and spirits produced by small, family-run operations at next week’s Specialist Importers Trade Tastings.

London Fields Brewery will be relaunched at this week’s Craft Beer Rising event in London.

The Porterhouse Brewing Company has opened the doors to its new Dublin-based brewery, which it created in a bid to keep up with rising demand for its products in the UK and Europe.

Wines of Germany is giving wine lovers and experts a chance to vote on ‘Germany’s Coolest Wines’.

Ardnahoe is set to be the ninth distillery on the Isle of Islay when it opens in May this year.

The Ardbeg distillery is expanding to increase capacity to 2.4 million litres a year, in order to keep up with demand.

Brewdog plans to build “the world’s first craft beer hotel” and it has also revealed plans to expand its brewery.

Pernod Ricard has announced plans to launch a pink version of its Beefeater London Dry gin.

Two of the early members of the Vindependents group have pulled out, giving different reasons for moving away from this model of sourcing wines. 

Fuller’s, the London brewer, has bought Brighton-based brewery Dark Star.

Berry Bros & Rudd has relaunched its own-label London Dry Gin, a spirit it originally created in 1909.

Pinkster has launched a bag-in-box option for fans of its premium gin.

Hawkes Cider is launching Graff, which it describes as the UK’s first ever co-fermented hybrid of beer and cider to be made by cidermakers.

London Burgundy Week is set to return from 19 to 23 March.

Personal licence applicants can no longer apply to Disclosure Scotland for their ‘basic disclosure’ if their job role is in England and Wales.

Pernod Ricard is launching a multimillion-pound ad campaign to give leading Irish whiskey brand Jameson a push in the run up to St Patrick’s Day.

The Portman Group has two vacancies for applicants with backgrounds in public health and licensing for its Independent Complaints Panel, the body that considers complaints under the Portman Group’s Code of Practice.

Waitrose has confirmed it will be the first supermarket to introduce a gin made in Japan, which launches in the UK this week.

A drink crafted in the Cognac region of France and aimed at adults looking to limit their alcohol consumption, has been launched by a UK company.

Brewdog continued its inexorable rise towards retail dominance by growing off-trade sales 116% to £62.2 million in 2017 (Nielsen). 

New figures from IWSR predict that UK sparkling wine volume sales will grow 14.5% by 2021, making up for an 8.8% decline in still wine volumes. 

Jeroboams is gearing up to open its eighth London store, the first under the tenure of chief executive Hugh Sturges, as the company continues on its expansion trail. 

Vindependents has taken on an “enormous” number of new producers over the past few months and the team is to tour the UK to sign up more independents to reach its goal of 50 members.

Independent Scotch whisky distiller, Loch Lomond Group, has agreed a five-year partnership with The Open, for its Loch Lomond Whiskies brand.

Craft brewer Innis & Gunn, and distiller Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey, have collaborated for the first time to create a limited edition Scottish stout.

Craft Beer Rising (CBR) is set to return to London for 2018 with the event taking place from February 22 to 24.

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