Britain’s most northerly distillery has launched its first gin.

Tobacco manufacturer JTI has sponsored a pilot test purchasing scheme to help retailers in the north west tackle under-age tobacco sales.

Alliance Wine has signed up Valencia-based artisanal producer Celler del Roure.

Czech brewer Budvar has hit back at a report claiming drinkers cannot taste the difference between Stella Artois, Heineken and its eponymous beer, writing it off as a prank from a notorious troublemaker.

Retailers need to stand their ground and refuse to be bullied into adopting Reducing the Strength schemes by heavy-handed authorities, according to a licensing expert.

A “yes” vote for Scottish independence could leave the drinks industry out of pocket either side of the border, an excise specialist has warned.

Wine agency Barwell & Jones has added 10 wineries from across the globe to its portfolio in a bid to build on 30% growth in the past year.

The off-trade will enjoy a multimillion-pound boost if retailers create a clear shot category in the spirits fixture, according to a leading supplier.

The cost of wine production will continue to soar in Argentina after the South American nation defaulted this month, according to a leading wine consultant.

Islay distillery Bowmore has released the second batch of its limited-edition Devil’s Cask whisky.

Quintessential Brands has redesigned the packaging for its Greenall’s gin brand and is promoting it with an on-pack competition to win a Mini Cooper.

Waitrose Cellar has created what is claims is the perfect pre-selected case of wines for vegetarians.

Northamptonshire-based boutique distiller Warner Edwards is launching a limited edition rhubarb gin on September 1.

Treasury Wine Estates is at the centre of a bidding war after a second private equity group launched a £1.9 billion takeover bid for the Wolf Blass and Penfolds supplier.

Hendrick’s is giving away its signature tea cups in a new gift pack called Dreamscape.

Waitrose is offering its customers 25% off all wines over this coming weekend.

Adnams said its shops are enjoying a “positive trend” as it announced a 29% in operating profits for the first half of 2014.

Edrington has been given the green light for a £100 million redevelopment of its Macallan distillery near Craigellachie on Speyside.

Wine Australia is returning to London this September for a free-pour showcase of 100 wines after hailing last year’s inaugural event a success.

South African producer Origin Wine has launched a 75cl bottle of wine separated into four ready-to-drink glasses that can be snapped apart upon opening.

Diageo is ramping up its bid to bring the cocktail revolution into shoppers’ homes after identifying a £340 million growth opportunity in the off-trade.

The Drinks Retailing Awards 2015 entry deadline has been extended to August 8 to give retailers a final opportunity to win a prestigious gong.

AB-Inbev said it has grown UK sales by 8.1% in the first half of 2014, driven by market share gains for Stella Artois and Budweiser.

Diageo Great Britain has announced a net sales growth of 2% over the past year, with Baileys and reserve brands such as Talisker and Ciroc leading the charge.

Berry Bros & Rudd is giving its overhauled wine club a big push in a bid to broaden its reach and attract younger consumers.

Villa Maria is launching a “virtual vineyard” app that allows wine lovers to discover more about New Zealand’s wine regions.

Kingstone Press is launching its canned apple ciders in a range of shrink-wrapped multipacks.

The advertising watchdog has warned Tesco to sort out its promotional strategy after it broke advertising rules with a misleading deal on Hobgoblin ale.

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A Jagermeister ad featuring surfers riding extreme waves on a windswept Icelandic beach has been banned for linking alcohol to “tough and daring behaviour”.

Judges handed out 30 gold medals, 103 silvers and 170 bronzes at the International Beer Challenge 2014.

TV presenter Jimmy Doherty will front a new ad campaign for Distell’s premium South African wine brand Nederburg.

Languedoc-Roussillon winemaker Katie Jones has continued her resurgence by releasing a 2013 Domaine Jones Blanc Grenache Gris Côtes Catalanes into the UK market.

Argentinian wine brand Trivento has signed a deal to sponsor Premiership rugby throughout the 2014-15 season.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail is launching a new drinks superstore called BB’s Warehouse that will stock a 400-strong range of wines.

A new campaign promoting white Bordeaux is targeting younger generations of UK wine lovers.

Retailers are urged to enter the Drinks Retailing Awards 2015, which offer independents, specialists, convenience stores and major multiples from across the UK the chance to win coveted trophies and recognition among the leading lights of our dynamic industry. 

Deep discounts on wine are crippling the trade and must be stopped if it is to have a sustainable future, according to suppliers.

Prosecco producers must maintain prices to guard against becoming “another cava”, UK agents have warned.

Conviviality Retail plans to ramp up Bargain Booze’s expansion into the south east, roll out Wine Rack stores across the country, bolster its online offering and trial a larger- format store as it seeks to build on strong trading figures.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has commissioned a project that will examine street drinking to gain a clearer picture of the problem and review whether the industry should assist in providing solutions.

Scottish beer brand Innis & Gunn has slammed Reducing the Strength schemes, claiming they are anti-competitive, a blow to consumers and a threat to the UK’s burgeoning craft beer market.

Cono Sur sales have shot up 77% in value in the past year on the back of a sponsorship of the Tour de France (Nielsen, year to June 26).

A row has erupted between Pernod Ricard and the Portman Group after it sent out a bulletin asking retailers not to order bottles of Pernod.

Tesco has added seven new wines to its premium Finest range.

Lidl is mounting an aggressive assault on premium wine shoppers with a £12 million campaign designed to lure Claret lovers and fans of other iconic French labels into stores.

Greene King is to take over UK distribution of beers for AB-Inbev’s US craft brewer Goose Island in October.

Southern Comfort is screening a new TV and digital ad in its Whatever's Comfortable campaign until August 18.

Retailers have sold less beer and cider during the World Cup than the previous in 2010, with volumes down by 608,000 hl, according to Nielsen (six weeks to 28/6/14).

Speyside distiller Glenrothes has released its first single malt from all-first-fill sherry casks.

Jim Beam has given a UK launch to a Maple style of the well-known bourbon brand, nearly a year after it was launched in the US.

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