St-Remy has revealed a new look designed to echo its brand values for “leadership, quality and craftsmanship”, while also playing homage to its heritage.

Surrey brewery Hogs Back has appointed Hall & Woodhouse to distribute its broad range of beer brands in the off-trade.

Gospel Green is to launch its latest vintage, Brut Vintage 2016, after a two-year absence from the market.

Splash Wines, the US direct-to-consumer wine marketing agency, has announced it plans to expand into the UK market.

New distributor Craftwork continues to bolster its burgeoning portfolio with intriguing spirits and the latest addition is Hyde Irish whiskey.

Captain Morgan will be changing its name across seven limited-edition bottles with the aim of helping retailers tap into the growing trend for personalisation.

SHS Drinks is reintroducing Merrydown Dry to tap into the growth of glass-bottled apple ciders.

Sainsbury’s share price has risen by 15% after it confirmed a merger with Asda that will create the UK’s largest retailer.

The Portman Group has announced the fifth major review of its Code of Practice to “shape the future of alcohol regulation” in the UK, and it is urging anyone with a view on alcohol marketing to get involved.

Loire Valley Wines has announced a number of events to support its role as the headline sponsor for London Wine Week and it is also extending its campaign throughout the entire month of May.

Cidersmiths has signed an agreement with Cider Supply Co to distribute its French brand, Galipette Cidre, in the UK.

Plumpton College has rebranded its entire wine portfolio as a result of its annual student design competition; and separately the wine education centre is also celebrating its first successful UK qvevri winemaking vintage.

Heineken is introducing 44cl cans for the first time, supported by a £3 million campaign linked to its position as official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League.

Vins de Bordeaux is launching Bordeaux Today, a series of education tastings for wine trade professionals. The news follows the recent announcement of a full month dedicated to Bordeaux wines in the UK.

Garcon Wines has officially launched its flat ‘letterbox-friendly’ wine bottle to UK consumers, following a partnership with online florist, Bloom & Wild.

Minimum unit pricing comes into force in Scotland on May 1 and a leading cider producer has warned that it will fail to achieve its goals and bring damaging, unintended consequences.

Concha y Toro has announced the UK launch of 1000 Stories, a Californian Zinfandel aged in bourbon barrels.

Two new rogues are joining the 19 Crimes gallery as brand owner Treasury Wine Estates bids to win over more Millennial consumers.

Nisa is launching its Heritage Signature Blends spirits range at the end of May.

The amount of full-time employees involved in the English and Welsh wine industries could rise to 30,000 by 2040, from its current figure of 2,100, according to the latest data by WineGB.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced it has achieved its 2020 non-fossil fuel target four years ahead of schedule.

Waitrose has overhauled its beer and cider range and shoppers can look forward to new drinks from the likes of Beavertown, Sxollie, Hawkes and Wiper & True.

Russian Standard Vodka has revealed plans to launch a £2.5 million marketing campaign designed to ‘Raise Your Standards’ in Vodka.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced the launch of a new spirits qualification: the WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits.

The Five Points Brewing Company smashed its crowdfunding target of £750,000 a week ahead of schedule.

Shorn, the wine brand distributed by Kingsland Drinks, has added two wines in a 1.5 litre pouch format to the range.

Chapel Down has revealed its latest release from its single vineyard Kit’s Coty Estate.

Armit Wines has appointed James White to head up its London sales operations.

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has narrowly rejected plans to reform the organisation by extending beyond real ale for the first time.

Chapel Down has announced a 15% growth in sales for 2017 compared to the year before, driven by both its wine and its beer businesses.

Seven Kentish wineries have joined forces with Visit Kent in a new partnership designed to champion and develop the county’s wine tourism offering.

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is expected to look into reported accounting irregularities at Conviviality, according to reports.

HonestBrew has announced it is to be the UK exclusive importer for Italian brewery CR/AK.

HonestBrew has announced it is to be the UK exclusive importer for Italian brewery CR/AK.

Lambrini has teamed up with independent self-tan specialist, Fake Bake, to enhance the perry brand’s strategy of inspiring girls to "get together and add sparkle” to every occasion.

Three Port houses belonging to The Fladgate Partnership – Croft, Fonseca and Taylor’s – have each announced their decision to declare the 2016 vintage.

Vindependents, the member-owned wine agency, has announced Eynsham Cellars in Oxfordshire is the latest retailer to join the group.

Winchester Distillery has revealed its latest limited edition seasonal release gin.

Cornish Orchards is introducing a Dry Cider in kegs and 50cl bottles.

Wimbledon Brewery has created Wimbledon Ale, exclusively for Marks & Spencer stores.

Casella Family Brands has announced the launch of a £2 million campaign for its Yellow Tail brand in the UK.

Billecart-Salmon Champagne is organising a gastronomic world tour and the launch of an exclusive Cuvee to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

Harrods has opened its new Fine Wines and Spirits Rooms.

The Feckin Drinks Co is rolling out a rebrand of its Irish whiskey, while also introducing a new gin and vodka to the family.

The Good Wine Shop has announced that all staff and shoppers at its Kew store emerged unscathed after an electrical fire raged through the shop.

Budweiser and Stella Artois brewer AB Inbev has purchased online spirits retailer Master of Malt as it continues to consolidate its position in the market.

The Mobberley Brewhouse in Cheshire is launching a range of experimental beers.

The Wild Beer Co has revealed a series of collaboration projects for the year ahead.

Aber Falls Distillery has introduced a new gin to sit alongside its recently launched flavoured gins and liqueurs.

Vice, the global youth media company, has secured a national listing for its first beer.

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