The Co-op has teamed up with neighbouring Blackjack Brewery to create an unusual ‘breakfast’ pale ale, especially for Manchester Beer Week.

Hush Heath Estate in Kent has launched two Sparkling English Apple Wines, which it anticipates will appeal to Prosecco fans.

Brewdog has reported its total UK sales increased by 97% in 2016, while its overall turnover for the year reached £72m.

Vins de Bordeaux will open its first ever pop-up wine bar at Broadgate this summer.

Gonzalez Byass UK has created a sparkling sherry-based drink specifically for the UK market.

Enotria&Coe has announced it will take on the UK distribution for Hattingley Valley.

Rhone Valley Vineyards, France’s second largest AOC wine area, has unveiled its new Cotes du Rhone ad campaign for the UK market, accompanied by a new strapline: ‘Everyday Sophistication’.

Freixenet, the well-known Cava producer, is set to launch a Prosecco into the UK this summer.

Yalumba has blended Coonawarra Cabernet with Barossa Shiraz to create a £225 “super claret” designed to honour its rich history and experimental nature.

DRN, Origin Wines and Electric Sky Wines took over One Belgravia in the capital for a glittering party after day two of the London Wine Fair. 

The wine trade can be the poster boy for international trade relations after Britain leaves the EU, according to the outgoing director of the London Wine Fair.

Aldi has launched an in-store craft beer festival that has seen it bolster its range with 16 brews from across the UK.

Butcombe Brewing Company is launching a range of sci-fi-inspired canned beers as it looks to extend out of its classic style into craft beer.

The My Generation Beer Co has expanded its offering on the back of securing a national supermarket deal with Asda.

Dom Pérignon has released its vintage 2009 cuvée and chef de cave Richard Geoffroy is raving about its quality.

Kopparberg has extended its fruit cider range with the launch of a Blueberry & Lime variant.

Blossom Hill has launched an on-pack promotion offering consumers the chance to win discounts on bestselling make-up brands like Rimmel and Clinique.

UK agents that shun the London Wine Fair deserve to be questioned by the brands they represent about a missed opportunity, according to Patrick McGrath MW.

Morgenrot has added to its world craft beer portfolio with the “highly sought-after and utterly unique” Pang Pang beers from Sweden.

Strongbow is launching an on-pack promotion offering the chance to win thousands of festival-related prizes.

The founder of a British premium drinks business has successfully trademarked her liqueur in order to protect both its quality and provenance.

Halewood Wines & Spirits plans to shake up the tonic category with its latest launch.

Conviviality has reported sales nearly doubled to £1.56bn for the year ending 30 April 2017.

Robinsons has revealed a new look for its Old Tom range as well as a new variant, which is set to join the iconic beer line up.

Camel Valley’s Darnibole vineyard has become the first UK single vineyard to be awarded the highest level of PDO status by the European Union.

Craft beer retailer Hop Burns & Black is opening a shop in Peckham solely dedicated to canned beer.

HappyDown, described as “the UK’s first crafted sparkling cocktails in cans” will launch in Morrisons stores next month.

Convenience store chain McColl’s hopes to purchase “hundreds of stores” that could be sold off to alleviate competition concerns when Tesco’s takeover of Booker goes through, according to reports.

There’s a chance for one lucky retailer to win a trip to Brazil to see some of its top wineries in the 2017 Window Display Competition, run by Drinks Retailing News in conjunction with Wines of Brasil.

Berry Bros & Rudd is opening a new retail store opposite St James’s Palace as it aims to position itself as “a one-of-a-kind destination for wine and spirits in the heart of London”.

Soaring sales of lager, ale, gin and sparkling wine have helped the off-trade BWS market grow by 2.3% to £16.1 billion in the past year (Nielsen, year to April 22, 2017).

A beer specialist that opened its second and third stores in the past year has revealed ambitious plans to become Britain’s best-known high street beer retailer.

Conviviality has quadrupled its turnoverin four years after buying Matthew Clark, Bibendum PLB and Wine Rack, but chief executive Diana Hunter insists it is not “deal hungry”.

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Off Licence News has been rebranded to better reflect its position in the market and will now be called Drinks Retailing News as it champions the off-trade in 2017 and beyond.

In 1863 Abraham Lincoln was in the White House abolishing slavery, Queen Victoria was at the height of her power and William Ewart Gladstone was chancellor of the exchequer. The Football Association had just been founded, the very first London Underground tube was embarking upon its maiden voyage and Archduke Franz Ferdinand was born.

A number of independent wine retailers are on the expansion trail and the sector is thriving, says a group representing the sector.

Jessica Hutchinson, managing director of Vindependents, which represents a number of independent wine merchants in the UK, told DRN members’ sales are strong and regular enquiries are coming in from people looking to set up wine shops.

Marks & Spencer has started selling 32 wines bought en primeur from the 2014 Bordeaux vintage as it aims to set itself apart from rival multiples. 

Sparkling Pinot Grigio in 20cl cans is the latest innovation from Off-Piste Wines in its bid to modernise the UK wine category.

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent will auction a 13-strong collection of vintage Champagnes from Taittinger at the 2017 International Wine Challenge awards dinner.

Marston’s has consolidated its position as Britain’s leading ale producer by purchasing the Charles Wells brewery and brands for £55 million.

Smirnoff is set to issue thousands of ‘Red Cups’ POS kits to retailers across the country, challenging them to create inspiring, in-store displays to be in the with the chance of winning £1,000.

Funkin has revealed its latest NPD for the convenience channel in the form of a trio of premium cocktail shakers.

Kingsland Drinks has released its third phase of Wine Pro research, which shows that the proportion of wine occasions involving food is now at 84%.

The Wine Society has introduced a Click & Collect service for its members.

Aston Manor Cider is the latest producer to move into the popular sharing mini-keg format.

Marks & Spencer was the most awarded retailer at the 2017 International Wine Challenge as it scooped 146 medals, including 12 golds.

Kingfisher Beer Europe has revealed its latest distribution deal, which allows it to market and distribute the Cantonese beer Pearl River across the UK.

SITT founder Judy Kendrick has re-joined the fold and will serve as brand ambassador for the tasting after it was purchased by OLN owner Agile Media.

Santa Rita Estates has created a new UK-focused role within its European team, which it says will “further reinforce” the commitment it has to the UK market.

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