A Missouri-based spirits company has acquires a stake in an Irish liqueur firm and has plans to build a distillery in the city of Derry.

Diageo has pledged to invest £150 million over the next three years to transform its Scotch whisky visitor experiences.

The East London Liquor Company has released a limited amount of its latest creation, a barrel-aged peated gin.

A Hertfordshire-based gin company has revealed plans to open a new distillery, following the success of its subscription gin club.

Clare Balding OBE stars in the first episode of a new series of A Glass With, the podcast hosted by Olly Smith and produced by Richard Hemming MW.

Majestic Wine has warned that earnings will be cut by up to £3 million as it has decided to invest in acquiring new customers for its Naked Wines arm. 

Whyte & Mackay is offering drinkers the chance to win a VIP trip to the Edinburgh fringe festival with an on-pack offer designed to boost sales.

Jancis Robinson MW is the UK’s most influential wine writer when it comes to impacting upon sales in-store, according to our reader survey. 

Hysterical media coverage suggesting that exceeding the CMO drinking guidelines can shave years off your life has been met with scorn by academics, statisticians and industry insiders.

Britvic Soft Drinks has announced the launch of a new range of infused sparkling waters.

Global Brands is launching a canned cocktail range to add to its diverse RTD portfolio.

Bestway has an enormous job on its hands to win over embattled Bargain Booze franchisees and restore order to the estate following its takeover of Conviviality’s retail division. 

Bushmills Irish Whiskey has announced the 2018 release of two rare, small batch single malt whiskeys.

Herefordshire cidermaker Westons has laid out ambitious plans to grow sales by 40% in the next five years after moving into the flourishing fruit cider market.

Carlsberg UK has radically overhauled its portfolio in the past couple of years and it now feels it can compete in the burgeoning world and craft beer sectors.

Beer is becoming an increasingly popular accompaniment to meals and one of the world’s best chefs has given it his endorsement. 

Bijou Wine, the Languedoc-Roussillon producer, has now extended its range with a “unique blend” from Provence, which has been created to tap into continued global demand for pale rose.

Just Miniatures has added a tequila to its portfolio for the UK market.

Real Ale has helped develop a British own-label craft beer can range for M&S.

Rioja has launched a new global identity and a revamped message from the region, following legislative changes that took place in 2017.

Casillero del Diablo has launched a new premium tier, which aims to “champion regions in Chile which people don’t know so well”.

Badet Clement is bringing two new products over to the UK market.

Britvic has unveiled its new category vision, which reveals a £2.6 billion soft drinks sales opportunity over the next five years. 

Diageo Reserve’s ultra-premium vodka, Ciroc has partnered with Selfridges to relaunch the limited-edition Summer Colada variant.

Buckingham Schenk has been appointed exclusive UK agent for New Zealand’s te Pa Family Vineyards. 

Heineken has introduced a new Old Mout Alcohol free cider alongside a redesign of its Maltsmiths cans and bottles.

Black Chalk, an English Sparkling Wine from Hampshire, makes its debut this month.

Diageo has announced Casamigos Tequila and the soon-to-be-released Casamigos Mezcal will join its Diageo Reserve portfolio in Europe.

The Famous Grouse has launched a new range of ‘everyday premium’ whiskies, with the aim of offering blended whisky fans an affordable way to enjoy new styles.

The Famous Grouse has launched a new range of ‘everyday premium’ whiskies, with the aim of offering blended whisky fans an affordable way to enjoy new styles.

Concha y Toro UK has revealed a new media partnership with the Discovery Channel for its Argentinian wine brand Trivento.

Curious Brewery, the brewery owned by wine producer Chapel Down, has launched the first in a series of small batch beers.

Box Steam Brewery has launched two craft beers in a bid to attract “the next generation of ale drinkers”.

The Symington family has declared 2016 a Vintage Port year, marking the fourth vintage declaration only for all of its Port companies since 2000 and the first since “the magnificent” 2011.

The new Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner has promised “business as usual” at 769 stores across the UK after buying Conviviality’s retail division.

Le Bon Vin is the new UK distributor of Master’s Selection Gin from Destilerias MG in Spain.

Foncalieu has launched a new range of PGI wines labelled 'Les Amours d’Haut Gleon'.

Bestway is preparing to snap up Conviviality’s retail chains - including Bargain Booze and Wine Rack – for £7.5 million, according to reports.

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has introduced 12 new Spanish producers to its portfolio.

Albourne Estate has unveiled the first Sussex vermouth, described as “an English take on the Italian favourite”.

Tanqueray has introduced a gin crafted from Seville oranges.

Vinexpo chief executive Guillaume Deglise is standing down after the Hong Kong exhibition that takes place at the end of May.

Multinational investment group Carlyle has purchased Hardys and Echo Falls supplier Accolade Wines for a billion Australian dollars (£422 million).

Conviviality said it “continues to pursue opportunities” to find a buyer for its retail arm after confirming the sale of Matthew Clark and Bibendum PLB to C&C Group.

Bacardi Rum has launched a new variant to provide consumers with an accessible entry point into the premium rum sector.

BWS grew off-trade sales by 4.4% in the past year to reach £16.1 billion and cement its status as the bestselling FMCG category in the UK.

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum has revealed a new bottle design to enhance the brand’s on-shelf standout and to honour tattoo legend Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins.

Firebird Brewing Company has redesigned its entire portfolio of beers and logo in order to extend its appeal to both modern and traditional consumers.

Magners and Tennent’s producer C&C Group is poised to buy Matthew Clark and Bibendum PLB from the failed Conviviality empire.

Nickolls & Perks has joined up with wine agency Vindependents.

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Bestway could take Bargain Booze back to its roots

Sir Anwar Pervez didn’t earn a place on The Sunday Times Rich List without spotting a good bargain – and in the fallout from the monumental collapse of Conviviality he’s got one in both name and spirit with the acquisition of Bargain Booze.

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