Maxxium UK plans to restructure its business to reflect the evolving spirits market and to cash in on growth opportunities in the category.

A report conducted by KPMG for major tobacco manufacturers claims there was a 300% rise in counterfeit cigarette volumes in the UK last year.

Instil Drinks Company has added four vodkas to its collection.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte is marking its 40th anniversary with the launch of a global marketing campaign called Enchanter La Vie.

Tesco is launching a new look own label wine range designed to help customers navigate its wine aisles.

Bodegas Bocopa from Alicante has joined the Crush Wines portfolio.

Hi-Spirits has announced a new partnership enabling it to become the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for Dutch spirits producer Toorank.

A leading Burgundy negociant has tipped Limoux to rival the world’s greatest Pinot Noir producing regions after snapping up a 25ha vineyard there.

The Glenlivet has launched The Glenlivet Cipher, a ‘mysterious’ single malt Scotch whisky released without any cask information or tasting notes, designed to test whisky fans’ noses and palates against the master distiller.

Blakemore Fine Foods has launched a new edition of its ‘Best of British’ alcohol catalogue, showcasing the best of British ales, ciders, wines and spirits.

Moët & Chandon has revealed details of its first global Moët Day, backed by a multimedia campaign.

Champagne de Castelnau has launched its first ever prestige cuvée to mark its 100th Anniversary this year.

Heineken is tripling its media spend on its Old Mout Cider brand to include the launch of a multi-million pound campaign this month.

More wine merchants have signed up to take part in this year’s Sherry Festival than the number that took part in 2015, according to the event’s organiser.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has launched a new pre-mix can range to extend the reach of its Red Square Vodka.

A UK and a US brewery have joined forces with a cider specialist to create a “special new style” of beer.

Meantime is re-launching an on-pack promotion offering shoppers the chance to win a trip to the Yakima Valley in Washington State.

The first shopkeeper to be convicted of selling alcohol below the cost of duty and VAT has been fined more than £3,000.

Meantime Brewing Company has given its flagship beers a makeover designed to reflect the brewer’s “bold and pioneering approach to the beer category”.

Pressure is building on the Department of Health to revise controversial guidelines limiting alcohol consumption to 14 units after it was revealed that anti-alcohol lobbyists played a large role in setting them.

Prosecco producers have failed to create strong individual brands and may lose market share to rival regions, according to wine industry consultant Mike Paul.

Toruńska Vodka, which was established in 1884 in Poland, has been introduced into the UK market backed by a marketing campaign.

Wine expert Jancis Robinson MW has appealed to Defra to reinstate its funding for the WineSkills Programme for UK wine producers, run at the UK’s centre for wine education, Plumpton College in Sussex.

Vins de Provence has announced the launch of a necktag promotion to support sales and drive further awareness of Provence rosé wines in independent retailers across the UK.

Aldi is opening a pop-up wine shop in time for London’s Wine Week, which is sponsored by the German supermarket.

Tasmania, Poland and Sweden could all become more prominent as wine growing nations in the near future, according to experts.

Kingland Drinks is working with Marks & Spencer to create a new sparkling wine; the deal makes M&S the first major retailer to sign up to use Kingland's newly launched carbonation line. 

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced its chief operating officer and MD International, Jeremy Parsons, is to leave the business after 11 years.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte saw sales increase by 2% in 2015, driven – it said – by its strategy to build brand equity.

BrewDog has revealed plans to build a standalone sour beer facility in Scotland to tap into demand for this beer style.

Stella Artois has unveiled new ‘streamlined’ design across its packaging while also introducing smaller pack formats.

Kopparberg is supporting the roll-out of its new Fruit Lager product with the launch of a new marketing campaign.

Copestick: full of optimism and excitement

German firm Henkell & Co has purchased the remaining 40% of Copestick Murray shares, two-and-a-half years after buying the initial 60%.

Treasury Wine Estates is relaunching Blossom Hill as part of a £2m summer campaign, to include new packaging and the brand’s first appearance on TV for two years.

One of the finalists for OLN’s 2016 Convenience Drinks Retailer of the Year award has opened his second store, combining his expertise in both convenience retailing and alcohol.

Borough Wines & Beers, the London-based independent merchant, has opened a new shop on Islington’s Essex Road, marking the company’s seventh shop in the capital and eighth in total.

AB-Inbev has given market leading lager brand Stella Artois a makeover as it seeks to “elevate the consumer experience in premium drinking occasions”.

Adnams opens new store

23 May, 2016

Adnams has opened an eleventh retail store in the coastal town of Felixstowe that will sell a range of beers, wines and spirits.

Conviviality, the UK’s biggest independent alcohol wholesaler, has reported a 137% increase in sales in the last 12 months, following a ‘transformational’ year.

Spar plans to introduce eight new wines to its range this year as part of its ongoing review of its BWS category.

Pinkster, the premium gin brand, has “substantially surpassed” its £600,000 crowdfunding target in just six weeks.

The site of the planned winery

Tuscan producer Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is converting a ramshackle building in the middle of its vineyards into a winery for its legendary Masseto brand.

Sud de France, the umbrella brand for wine, food and tourism from the newly extended Languedoc Roussillon Midi Pyrenees region of southern France is holding its first ever trade tasting in the city of Bristol.

St Peter’s Brewery has launched a new Crafted range, featuring new products – including its first foray into the cider market – all packaged in smaller 330ml versions of its iconic oval bottle.

The organisers of this year’s London Wine Fair have reported that visitor numbers were slightly down compared to 2015, although feedback from exhibitors has been “overwhelmingly positive”.

Pickering’s, the craft gin distiller, has become the first gin distiller to launch a collection of five oak aged gins.

Supermarkets dominated the 2016 International Wine Challenge Great Value Awards, scooping 14 of the 17 gongs given out by the expert panel of blind tasters.

Möet & Chandon has revealed its latest innovation for the Champagne category, which it claims is the first ever Rosé Champagne to be served ‘on the rocks’.

Molson Coors has revealed Carling’s activity in the lead up to 2016’s summer of football. The promotions are designed to help fans enjoy Carling both at home and in pubs during the tournament.

A new small batch gin – one of only three single estate gins distilled in the UK – is set to launch under the Spitfire Heritage brand.

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