Portuguese DO wine exports to the UK grew 37.1% in value last year, driven by volume increases of nearly 50% compared to the year before.

Hallgarten Druitt’s managing director is bullish about the firm’s chances of succeeding in a consolidating market after reporting 8.5% sales growth in 2017.

UK retailers with national distribution are urged to submit their favourite Bordeaux wines for inclusion in the CIVB’s Everyday Bordeaux Selection 2018.

Independent retailers can discover a wealth of intriguing wines and spirits produced by small, family-run operations at next week’s Specialist Importers Trade Tastings.

London Fields Brewery will be relaunched at this week’s Craft Beer Rising event in London.

The Porterhouse Brewing Company has opened the doors to its new Dublin-based brewery, which it created in a bid to keep up with rising demand for its products in the UK and Europe.

Wines of Germany is giving wine lovers and experts a chance to vote on ‘Germany’s Coolest Wines’.

Ardnahoe is set to be the ninth distillery on the Isle of Islay when it opens in May this year.

The Ardbeg distillery is expanding to increase capacity to 2.4 million litres a year, in order to keep up with demand.

Brewdog plans to build “the world’s first craft beer hotel” and it has also revealed plans to expand its brewery.

Pernod Ricard has announced plans to launch a pink version of its Beefeater London Dry gin.

Two of the early members of the Vindependents group have pulled out, giving different reasons for moving away from this model of sourcing wines. 

Fuller’s, the London brewer, has bought Brighton-based brewery Dark Star.

Berry Bros & Rudd has relaunched its own-label London Dry Gin, a spirit it originally created in 1909.

Pinkster has launched a bag-in-box option for fans of its premium gin.

Hawkes Cider is launching Graff, which it describes as the UK’s first ever co-fermented hybrid of beer and cider to be made by cidermakers.

London Burgundy Week is set to return from 19 to 23 March.

Personal licence applicants can no longer apply to Disclosure Scotland for their ‘basic disclosure’ if their job role is in England and Wales.

Pernod Ricard is launching a multimillion-pound ad campaign to give leading Irish whiskey brand Jameson a push in the run up to St Patrick’s Day.

The Portman Group has two vacancies for applicants with backgrounds in public health and licensing for its Independent Complaints Panel, the body that considers complaints under the Portman Group’s Code of Practice.

Waitrose has confirmed it will be the first supermarket to introduce a gin made in Japan, which launches in the UK this week.

A drink crafted in the Cognac region of France and aimed at adults looking to limit their alcohol consumption, has been launched by a UK company.

Brewdog continued its inexorable rise towards retail dominance by growing off-trade sales 116% to £62.2 million in 2017 (Nielsen). 

New figures from IWSR predict that UK sparkling wine volume sales will grow 14.5% by 2021, making up for an 8.8% decline in still wine volumes. 

Jeroboams is gearing up to open its eighth London store, the first under the tenure of chief executive Hugh Sturges, as the company continues on its expansion trail. 

Vindependents has taken on an “enormous” number of new producers over the past few months and the team is to tour the UK to sign up more independents to reach its goal of 50 members.

Independent Scotch whisky distiller, Loch Lomond Group, has agreed a five-year partnership with The Open, for its Loch Lomond Whiskies brand.

Craft brewer Innis & Gunn, and distiller Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey, have collaborated for the first time to create a limited edition Scottish stout.

Craft Beer Rising (CBR) is set to return to London for 2018 with the event taking place from February 22 to 24.

Somerset cidermaker Thatchers has launched a series of short films that will run on demand throughout the spring and summer.

Bargain Booze is trialling its first ever Instant Win promotional campaign, which is live in more than 500 stores.

The Lakes Distillery has announced it will launch a Rhubarb and Rosehip Gin Liqueur in March this year.

WineGB unveils new branding

15 February, 2018

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) has unveiled its new branding to support the UK wine industry’s new name and identity, along with the announcement of its activities in 2018.

Robin McMillan has stepped down as chief executive at The Wine Society after almost six years at the helm of the trade’s oldest mutual society.

Fentimans has launched a new ‘super premium’ mixer to support its recent £1.2 million rebrand and image overhaul.

Buckingham Schenk plans to launch a new Priorat at this year’s Wines from Spain Annual Tasting event in London.

The Wines from Spain Annual Tasting 2018 is set to take place on March 6, featuring wine from more than 300 Spanish wineries.

A handcrafted, super-premium cider from Canada is on its way to the UK.

Marques de Caceres has crafted a limited edition wine, which it said has been inspired by the passion and tradition of Flamenco high fashion.

Sir George Fistonich is handing over the reins at Villa Maria to a new chief executive after spending 57 years at the helm of the company.

Conviviality is taking over UK exclusivity for Marqués de Riscal across all channels, with independent retail sales through Walker & Wodehouse and on-trade sales through Matthew Clark.

American craft beer company Sixpoint Brewery is gearing up for a full-scale UK launch via importer Heathwick.

A London producer is introducing a range of craft soft drinks in a bid to help retailers minimise the effect of the impending sugar tax.

A colour-changing gin from Canada is on its way to UK shores.

Aperitif and vermouth brand Cocchi has been given a wider off-trade rollout in the UK and has secured a listing with Waitrose.

Laurent Lacassagne is leaving his role as chairman and chief executive at Chivas Brothers after 30 years at Pernod Ricard.

The UK’s leading supermarkets, multiple specialists, independent stores and ecommerce sites were honoured at the 2018 Drinks Retailing Awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday evening.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has made two additions to its Board.

Britons now spend more money on Valentine’s Day gifts than they do at Easter, according to Mintel research.

Glendalough Distillery is set to launch three newly-crafted whiskeys for 2018, along with a new bottle design across its full range of spirits.

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