Warm weather at the beginning of the summer propelled annual cider sales past the £1 billion barrier for the first time since 2014.

Seven leading Madeira wine producers are gathering in London next month to show their latest releases at a ‘walk-around’ tasting event.

Plaimont Producers, the co-operative in South West France, has succeeded in gaining permission to reintroduce the long-lost grape variety ‘Tardif’.

This year’s Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) event will have a range of new masterclasses and workshops, and for the first year in its 12-year history the event will debut in the new location of Bristol, as well as London.

A new campaign group set up to give drinkers a voice in the national media has enjoyed plenty of success on its first weekend up and running.

The biggest wine tasting in the history of Bristol is just days away and there is still time for members of the trade to register.

Morgenrot, the Manchester-based drinks importer, has launched new 35.5cl canned versions of the Argentinian Lager, Quilmes.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has bolstered its wine portfolio by securing a deal to distribute French wine brand Bonfils in the UK.

Buckingham Schenk has launched a new Patagonian wine from Vinalba.

Gordon’s London Dry Gin is extending its portfolio with the addition of a new Premium Pink Distilled variant, designed to appeal to a younger adult audience.

William Grant & Sons is set to launch a limited-edition bottle design for its premium spiced rum, Sailor Jerry.

The UK grocery wholesaling sector has experienced another year of growing sales, driven by the expanding out-of-home market and strong growth in beer, wines and spirits in particular.

Casillero del Diablo is gearing up to launch its biggest ever raft of activity for the build up to the Halloween trading period.

The Isle of Arran Distillery’s master distiller has created a unique limited edition bottle that marks his 10th anniversary with the producer and a total of 40 years in the Scotch whisky industry.

Walker (centre) is joined on stage by trophy winners

Californian brewery Firestone Walker triumphed at the International Beer Challenge 2017 awards as its Union Jack IPA scooped the coveted Supreme Champion gong.

Our Vodka has launched four DIY infusion kits as part of its mission to “shake up the vodka industry”.

Nisa is set to launch its second Wine Festival event this year to help its members drive footfall and sales.

The Institute of Masters of Wine has added 14 new MWs from five countries, including four from the UK.

Armit Wines has released a new wine from Torre de Ona in Rioja Alavesa, part of the La Rioja SA stable.

Hannah Tovey has just taken over from Ross Carter as event director for the London Wine Fair following a long and varied career in the industry.

One of Cornwall’s oldest cider producers has launched a new premium variant.

Sparkling wine brand Gigglewater has launched 20cl cans of Vino Bianco Frizzante across Waitrose’s retail estate and online store.

The UK distributor for Rothschild wines has bolstered its sales force with the appointment of two account managers.

Notorious 19th century revolutionary James Wilson has been immortalised in a bottle of wine as Treasury Wine Estates has based its new 19 Crimes expression on his exploits.

Waitrose has given a listing to a sparkling apple cider made in the traditional Champagne method by a producer in Hampshire.

Majestic Wine has revealed plans to invest in a ‘franchise-lite’ model.

Jack Daniel’s is teaming up with a range of UK retailers to launch initiatives designed to showcase its versatility.

Portmore Rum Company has added a new variant to join its recently-launched Black Ginger Rum.

The Co-op has entered exclusive talks to buy Nisa, just two weeks after rival Sainsbury’s chose to delay its potential bid.

Welsh soda maker Lurvill’s Delight is introducing a new Lavender Spice flavour, following an award-win for its Original variant.

British Cassis has revealed plans to invest in nationwide marketing and sampling activity to boost the profile of the brand over the next 12 months.

Rum sales are following that of gin with sales set to break the £1 billion sales barrier later this year, according to the latest report from the Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).

Six hundred Californian wines will be poured for the trade at the Dream Big California Wine Fair in London on September 27.

Reigning European champions Saracens are now sponsored by South African cider brand Savanna Dry.

Carlsberg is celebrating its 170th birthday this weekend by launching a range of celebrations across its hometown of Copenhagen.

Diageo is targeting Scotch aficionados and cocktail lovers with three new experimental whiskies launched under its Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch brand.

The Macallan has increased its dominance over the rare Scotch whisky auction market and now accounts for 29% of sales at Rare Whisky 101.

Big Drop Brewing Co, the UK brewery dedicated exclusively to making less than 0.5% abv beer, is celebrating its first anniversary with the launch of two new beers and refreshed branding.

Felix Solis has launched two new sparkling wines under its flagship Vina Albali range.

The makers of Collagin have hit out at industry watchdog The Portman Group after it warned retailers not to stock the collagen-infused gin.

Greene King is commemorating iconic British sporting moments from recent times in a range of limited-edition bottles of its flagship IPA.

A gin infused with collagen and described as “the elixir of youth” has had two complaints against it upheld by industry watchdog the Portman Group.

Kingsland’s fruit wine brand, Mr Gladstone’s Curious Emporium, has fallen foul of industry watchdog the Portman Group for not clearly labelling itself as alcoholic and appealing to children.

Diageo is using cutting edge technology to target consumers with Smirnoff cider ads when the mercury hits 19°C.

Ethical beer brand Toast has gained a listing at the UK’s largest retailer for its Much Kneaded craft lager and Bloomin’ Lovely session IPA.

Tom King joins WSTA board

21 August, 2017

Treasury Wine Estates’ European managing director has joined the board of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association.

Ardbeg has announced that its highly anticipated new expression, An Oa, is launching next month and will join its permanent range.

The International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show in London has been pushed back a month to new dates of February 26-27.

Cognac exports to the UK grew 3.6% in the year to July 31, 2017, and it held onto its position as the fourth largest export market for the spirit.

Morgenrot has added two IPAs from Swedish brewery Pang Pang to its range in a bid to cause “mayhem” in the UK craft beer market.

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