Vinisud and Vinovision Paris have joined forces to create a joint wine show in Paris in 2019.

Innis & Gunn has released the first of its new Vanishing Point beers; a series of barrel-aged brews which aim to reflect the apex at which the skills and passion of its brewers converge with its ambitions to create exceptional beers.

Palmer & Harvey is on the brink of falling into administration, leaving thousands of jobs in jeopardy as Christmas approaches.

Retailers are expected to continue cutting their ranges in 2018 in a bid to save money and make life easier for their customers, according to market research firm IRI.

Hawskhead Brewery has announced it will build a new brewery, which will form part of a £3 million two-site brewery expansion scheme.

Ex Sipsmith duo James Grundy and Felix James have announced the opening of what they have described as “the world’s first ‘small beer’ brewery”, which will be dedicated to the lower alcohol beer sector.

St Austell Brewery has opened a new 40,000sq ft Bristol-based storage and distribution depot, creating at least seven new jobs in the area.

Sadler’s Brewing Co is extending its Peaky Blinder portfolio by adding a spirits range, in time for the start of the fourth series of the cult BBC TV show.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label has released a limited edition exclusive gift set in time for the festive season.

Rum expert Peter Holland has been appointed co-chair of Think Rum 2018.

BrewDog has launched its latest protest beer, which it hopes will “shake the world by its shoulders” and remind leaders to prioritise Climate Change issues.

Waitrose has introduced a new gin to its Heston from Waitrose range in time for Christmas.

Family-run supermarket chain Booths has reportedly been put up for sale.

Villa Maria is introducing an on-pack promotion offering shoppers a chance to win one of two trips to New Zealand.

Blackwoods is launching a new 2017 vintage across its spirit range, featuring new formulations for its premium gins and vodka.

Three Choirs Vineyards is releasing a limited edition 2017 vintage ‘first release’ still white wine on 1 December.

Jack Daniel’s has launched a rye into the UK market in a bid to capitalise on Brits’ growing love of imported whiskies.

A hoppy IPA has joined the Hobgoblin portfolio.

Lambrini has revealed a series of ‘winter wraps’ for its bottles in the run up to the festive season.

Borough Wines & Beers has unveiled plans to champion “mindful drinking” after giving listings to two ranges botanical sodas and developing a 0% abv gin.

A leading Spanish wine producer has said price rises are inevitable for the latest vintage, following a year that saw drought, frost and heatwaves.

VK has launched a Christmas jumper giveaway campaign across social media, to tap into its core student audience.

Diageo has released a new film from Haig Club, as part of the brand’s commitment to responsible drinking.

Yesterday’s Budget gave cause for celebration among 99.73% of the UK drinks industry as Chancellor Philip Hammond froze duty on beer, wine and spirits.

Majestic Wine has grown first-half adjusted profit before tax to £6.8 million on the back of strong sales in its Naked Wines division.

Philip Hammond has announced a freeze on alcohol duty, rather than the previous strategy of increasing duty in line with inflation.

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced its annual UK trade tasting event is to move to a new venue for 2018, with added features for its visitors.

SlimLine Wines, described by the company as “the world’s first zero sugar, zero carb” portfolio of wines, has secured a JV partnership with an investment company co-founded by ‘Dragon’ James Caan.

Speyside Distillery has agreed a UK supply chain deal with Cellar Trends.

The team behind Pinkster Gin is using its gin expertise to extend into fruit gin liqueurs.

The Co-op has launched its Everyday Convenience Plus programme as part of a three-store trial, which will take place over the next 12 weeks.

Lamb & Watt has launched a new Naturally Light version of its premium tonic to appeal to calorie conscious drinkers in the on and off trade.

Buckingham Schenk has launched Sette Muri Brindisi Riserva into the UK market.

Drinks industry charity, The Benevolent, is bringing back its online silent auction, which will take place on Thanksgiving Day on 23 November this year.

Tequila Enemigo is gearing up to “lead the tequila revolution”, starting with the UK this winter.

Rhone Valley producer Marrenon has reintroduced its range of wines as part of its ambition to become the leading Luberon and Ventoux producer in the UK.

Foxhole Spirits has released a new range in time for Christmas.

Fifty Conservative MPs have signed a letter calling on Philip Hammond to cut beer duty and scrap inflationary increases in this month’s autumn Budget announcement.

The Wild Beer Co has invested more than £500,000 in a canning line, alongside a branding overhaul for its canned range of beers.

Plumpton College has launched the first in a new series of Wine Talks.

Online craft beer retailer HonestBrew has launched an investment programme to continue its support of independent craft brewers.

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has added 32 new wines to its Burgundy portfolio from 11 producers. Within this, seven producers are new to Hallgarten and the additions bring its number of Burgundian producers up to 22.

New Amsterdam Vodka has launched an advertising campaign to champion those who pursue their dreams.

Blended Scotch whisky brand High Commissioner has unveiled a new limited edition bottle design, as a celebration of the brand’s heritage.

Crabbie’s is moving into the craft beer market with a ginger beer and IPA blend, which the company said is the first of its kind.

A festive ale has been produced especially for Grimsby Town Football Club.

Sailor Jerry has announced it will be supporting Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, ahead of their upcoming UK tour.

The London Wine Fair will be introducing an Innovation Zone at its 2018 show, designed to champion innovation in the drinks sector.

Domaine Sainte Rose has completed a challenge set by Naked Wines to produce a Sparkling Shiraz.

The Cognac category has revealed a new brand identity for the Cognac appellation to better illustrate the spirit of Cognac and the region.

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