The Cotswolds Distillery reached the minimum funding target in its Angels’ Share crowdfunding round in just one week.

Over £6.4 billion will be spent spent at the UK’s leading supermarkets in the two weeks to Christmas, according to global information and insights giant Nielsen.

Aldi’s Champagne Veuve Monsigny has cornered 8% of the entire UK off-trade Champagne market, the discount retailer has claimed.

The 18th annual Prestigio Rioja Prize will be awarded to actress and philanthropist, Eva Longoria.

Southwold-based brewer Adnams is to be the official beer partner of the annual university boat race, now formally known as the BNY Mellon Boat Race.

Hallgarten has added its first red from the award-winning Lismore Estate with the listing of the 2014 Syrah.

Supermarkets and c-stores are leading the way in the fight against under-age drinking, according to a survey released today.

Drinks By The Dram is bringing back its range of alcoholic Christmas crackers for their second year.

The University of Edinburgh is seeking 120 volunteers to drink whisky for a research project run in partnership with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Hull’s Great Newsome Brewery has been awarded one of the first Food Safety and Quality Certificates to be accredited by the Society of Independent Brewers.

Tributes paid to Glenn Payne

09 December, 2015

Leading lights in the UK beer trade have paid tribute to much-loved industry titan Glenn Payne, who sadly passed away last weekend.

The Association of Convenience Stores has attacked proposals to introduce a tobacco register for retailers ahead of a debate on the Public Health Bill in the National Assembly for Wales due later today. 

The first shipments of Graham Norton’s Own Sauvignon Blanc have already sold out, the wine’s producer Invivo Wines reports.

Prosecco continues to be the sparkling wine of choice in Britain, according to a new survey out today.

Japanese-owned Highlands distillery Tomatin has been named distiller of the year in the Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky 2016 awards, which were held in Edinburgh on Friday.

Speyside distillery Glenfiddich has announced major expansion plans to ensure capacity keeps pace with global demand.

SABMiller has confirmed that AB InBev is looking to sell the Greenwich-based Meantime brewery, which SABMiller acquired in May for an undisclosed sum.

Tesco has joined forces with Drinkaware and Diageo to educate its shoppers about drinking sensibly in the run up to Christmas.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has opened a five-strong office in Westminster, London.

Operating profits at Greene King are up 46.1% year on year to £180.2 million, according to its first-half results released today.

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.

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