Gruppo Campari will launch a limited edition version of its Appleton Estate rum next month to celebrate the master blender’s 20th year of working with the brand.

Harveys is launching a new beer this week and it will be available in cans, a format that has proved to be successful for the brewer over the last few months.

Sandford Orchards Cider has unveiled a new brand identity, which will be rolled out across its full cider range this year.

Black Sheep Brewery has launched a bottled version of its rugby-themed beer.

The Oxford Wine Company is opening a new retail outlet in the centre of Oxford.

Vignobles Andre Lurton has revealed a new partnership with two companies in the UK’s wine trade: Daniel Lambert Wines and Theatre of Wine.

Buckingham Schenk has revealed plans to introduce two new Spanish brands into the UK; the wines will highlight the strengths of DO Valencia and Utiel-Requena.

Tiny Rebel Brewing Co has launched its three most popular beers in cans for the first time.

The Abbotts & Delaunay Collection of premium AOC wines from the Languedoc has been extended to include two new ranges of eight varietal wines.

The old adage that two heads are better than one seems to have been taken as an article of faith by many modern brewers. Collaborative beers have become one of the trends of the day in a sector where, mostly young
and hip, beer drinkers crave something
new every time they go into a shop or bar.

Connoisseur Estates has taken on Woodchurch wines from Kent, marking the first English sparkling wines in the distributor’s portfolio.

Paolozzi Lager, from the independent, family-owned Edinburgh Beer Factory, is making its debut in London to coincide with the Whitechapel Gallery’s exhibition, ‘Eduardo Paolozzi’.

Lewis and Wilson

A charm offensive undertaken by Booker chief executive Charles Wilson appears to be winning over independents operating under the wholesaler chain’s retail fascias to the company’s proposed takeover by Tesco.

Millar (centre) clutches the Vintners' Cup

Jason Millar is the proud new holder of the Vintners Cup after posting the best score on the WSET Level 4 diploma course in 2016.

Berry Bros & Rudd has released an exclusive new wine label for its bestselling Good Ordinary Claret.

Liberty Wines has bolstered its portfolio with the Sogrape range as part of an ongoing effort to make it “as de-list proof as possible” amid the consolidation gripping the trade.

Health lobbyists are targeting cheap, high strength ciders for a clobbering in the Budget on March 8.

Virgin Wines capped a strong 2016 by enjoying its best ever Christmas trading period and partly attributes its success to winning over younger adults.

Hallgarten Druitt said it grew turnover by £1.8 million in the past year but profit fell £1 million due to the sterling’s plummeting value.

Asda has blended Prosecco with Pinot Grigio in order to cut costs, following warnings this week that the price of Prosecco could see significant price hikes.

Scottish wholesaler Inverarity Morton has finalised its offering after a three-year merger process and is now targeting indies in England as it marches southwards.

Branson with his creation

The creator of non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip is gearing up for a host of new listings for the brand, as well as a pipeline of NPD, following the success of the original two variants launched in 2016.

Ginerosity, the social enterprise gin, has announced its first round of funding to help disadvantaged young adults into skilled work and education using profits made from the sale of its gin.

The organisers of the London Wine Fair have announced there will be a number of new and returning exhibitors at this year’s event, including Wines of Germany, which is returning after an absence of seven years.

Kingsland Drinks has revealed a new range of British wines, comprising a white, rose and a rose fizz.

Mahiki, the world famous bar and nightclub, is launching Mahiki Coconut Rum this month, followed by Mahiki bottled cocktails this spring.

A botanical soda first made in 1896 has been resurrected to appeal to consumers looking for something new, and low in sugar, in adult soft drinks.

Cabrières benefits from volcanic soil

Crush Wines has experienced such high demand for its Bijou rosé that it has been forced to expand out of its Cabrières heartland and source grapes from other appellations.

Coco Rocha celebrates International Scotch Day

Today is International Scotch Day, created by Diageo to showcase Scotch whisky’s diversity and versatility and broaden its appeal among different demographics.

Naked Wines’ Angels have voted for what the retailer believes will be "the next big Provence rosé to hit the UK" via an interactive wine tasting event.

Kopparberg has launched Sparkling Rosé Cider in two flavours: Strawberry and Raspberry.

Champagne Brimoncourt, a label that has laid dormant since the 1950s, is set to be launched at next month’s Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) event.

The French-owned global drinks giant recorded a strong performance - up by 4% - for the first half of its 2017 fiscal year, driven by various sectors including a good performance in the UK. 

Buckingham Schenk has announced its turnover grew by 19% last year compared to the previous year, driven by sales of Prosecco.

The dreaded Dry January turned out to be something of a damp squib as sales of beers wines and spirits grew 2.1% in the four weeks to January 28, making it the best performing FMCG category.

Lidl, Waitrose and Sainsbury's were among the retailers honoured at the Drinks Retailing Awards as leading lights from across the drinks trade converged on The Dorchester on Tuesday night.

Gruppo Campari has acquired a majority stake in Bulldog London Dry Gin for £46.9m.

Amazon is seeking out shop space in London as part of its move into the convenience sector, according to reports.

Champagne Taittinger has unveiled a modern gifting tin for its Taittinger Prestige Rose NV, which will be available to the off trade from this month.

Calvet, the UK’s leading French wine brand, has announced it has a new advertising campaign to coincide with the RBS 6 Nations Rugby.

The first International Scotch Day, which aims to celebrate and focus on the Scotch whisky category, will take place on 10 February.

Chilean producer Santa Rita Estates has joined the Conviviality revolution by signing a UK distribution deal with PLB.

Booths enjoyed 4.3% sales growth on its own-label wine in December after overhauling the range and championing premium wines and classic regions.

The family that created Kumala and turned it into a leading brand in the UK is targeting the UK with a new bulk wine supply business.

Zymurgorium, the Manchester-based distillery, has teamed up with the UK’s oldest family run marmalade producer to create a new gin.

Budweiser Budvar has announced it is broadening its UK portfolio by forming strategic partnerships with “credible, craft drinks brands” that meet the growing opportunities in the UK market.

Gladwin: beer with a bite

Majestic Wine has demonstrated its continued focus on the beer category by giving a national listing to organic Scottish brewer Black Isle.

Carling has unveiled a refreshed brand identity that will be introduced across its full portfolio.

Pinkster is introducing Gin Jam, a mildly alcoholic preserve made with fresh raspberries left over from the company’s gin production.

Spar plans to run an in-store Craft Beer and Ale event next month to showcase these areas within its beer range.

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