UK-based drinks business Global Brands is launching a new range of ready-to-serve cocktails.

Regulatory concerns about its agreed £71 billion merger with SABMiller are forcing AB InBev to sell its Peroni and Grolsch businesses, according to reports.

The Belgium-based multinational has already announced the £8 billion sale of SAB Miller’s 58% controlling interest in its US Miller Coors joint venture with Molson Coors.

On-line drinks retailer, Fromvineyardsdirect.com, has appointed David Hefford as its new wine product manager.

Spirit Cartel is bringing ultra-premium tequila range, Clase Azul, to the UK.

Romanian winery Cramele Recas has won a new listing at convenience store Bargain Booze for its Wolfhouse Pinot Noir.

Leading Australian wine brand Hardys has won two coveted international media awards for its £3.5 million above-the-line summer campaign celebrating its sponsorship of the England cricket team.

Spitfire Gold, launched into the on-trade in September, is to be made available to the national retail trade.

Marstons, the Wolverhampton-based pub operator and brewer recorded sales of £845.5 million, according to its end-of-year figures released today.

The winners of the Wines of Portugal competition in Off Licence News held a range of successful events and tastings last month as part of the prize.

Cognac Renault is marking its 180th anniversary this year with a limited edition expression of its flagship blend, Carte Noir Extra Old.

Leading online retailer Virgin Wines is hiring 80 new temporary members to staff to cope with what it expects to be its busiest Christmas yet.

Weston’s is to launch its Caple Rd Cider, which it describes as the UK’s first craft cider in a can, into the off-trade.

The Co-operative Group is to partner with Nielsen to develop more detailed insights into its customers and improve their in-store experience.

Chilean wine brand Frontera is to become the official wine of The BRIT Awards, in a partnership between the wine’s producer, Concha y Toro, and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) announced today.

Jonothan Piper, sole director of Embassy Wine UK Ltd, a company that traded in fine wine investments, has been disqualified as a director for 11 years.

Local authorities granted over £1 billion in relief under the Small Business Rate Relief scheme in 2014-15, according to figures released by the government this week. That is up 7.7% on the previous year.

Nottingham-based importer Left Coast Distribution has added Seattle’s award-winning Reuben’s Brews to its portfolio of American craft beers.

Guinness is to open its experimental brewery to the public for the first time.

German gin brand Ferdinand has released the world’s first Dry Riesling Vermouth.

Broughton Ales, one of Scotland’s first craft breweries, has been bought by a team of drinks-industry veterans.

By 2020, the global spirits market will climb above 3.2 billion nine-litre cases, the IWSR predicted today.

Glasgow-based JW Filshill, which owns the KeyStore convenience store brand, has unveiled a new brand identity to coincide with its 140th anniversary this year.

Maxxium UK has announced a range of Christmas gift packs for its key spirits brands to drive sales in the off-trade.

Laithwaite’s Wine has announced a strategic wine partnership with the BBC Good Food brand.

Tobacco company JTI, which produces the Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut and Camel brands, among others, is offering retailers the chance to win 500 training packages to help deal with the problem of under-age sales.

The re-branded Big Hug Brewing has redesigned its packaging in preparation for major expansion in the coming months.

A new Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre blend developed exclusively for Virgin Wines has sold 32,000 units in 32 hours, the company has said.

Global revenue has fallen 12% year on year at SABMiller, according to the latest six-month figures from the brewing giant released today.

Record off-trade figures have pushed beer sales back into growth, according to the latest quarterly figures from the British Beer & Pub Association.

SHS Drinks has unwrapped its Christmas campaign for leading RTD brand WKD this year.

French wine producer Vinadeis and South Africa’s Origin Wines have unveiled a formal strategic partnership.

Family-owned Scottish whisky producer Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled a new campaign to highlight the importance of wood to whisky maturation.

Heineken has recruited Cindy Tervoort from PepsiCo as its new UK marketing director.

The UK market for spirits has never looked in better shape, according to suppliers polled in OLN’s annual Spirits Report. 

Treasury Wines Estates has launched a second brand targeting a previously unidentified consumer segment, the male millennial.

Network Rail is “coldly ripping out the hearts of neighbourhoods across London and the UK”, according to Oddbins’ managing director, Ayo Akintola.

Virgin Wines boss Jay Wright says the company is “ahead of schedule” on a three-year plan put in place after its management buyout from Direct Wines in 2013.

London specialist beer shop We Brought Beer is forging ambitious expansion plans after opening its second site, close to Clapham Junction station.

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Guinness is to halt the use of isinglass to clarify its beers, the Dublin-based company has announced.

The introduction of the living wage will have a damaging impact on the convenience sector. The Association of Convenience Stores has warned.

Spitfire Gold has joined Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale in supporting this year’s Movember campaign.

Super-premium gin distillery Hendrick’s has unveiled an innovative new promotional campaign.

Craft Beer Rising is to return for its fourth year during London Beer Week next year.

Maxxium UK has announced a major new campaign for The Famous Grouse in the run-up to Christmas.

Carlsberg has extended its range of limited edition beer-based male-grooming products in time for the Movember charity push.

Jura Single Malt is targeting the UK Christmas market with limited edition gift tins for its core range.

William Grant & Sons has announced the launch of two prestigious releases from its Dufftown-based Kininvie Distillery.

Greenwich-based Meantime Brewery is partnering with iconic fold-up bike manufacturer Brompton Bicycle as the first stage of a new campaign.

House of Lanson is to make its award-winning Noble Cuvée Blanc de Blancs 2000 available in the UK.

StarStock, an innovative online trading drinks platform aimed at revolutionizing the wholesale drinks trade, has received backing from private equity investors, Downing Ventures.

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Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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