Armit Wines has released a new wine from Torre de Ona in Rioja Alavesa, part of the La Rioja SA stable.

Hannah Tovey has just taken over from Ross Carter as event director for the London Wine Fair following a long and varied career in the industry.

One of Cornwall’s oldest cider producers has launched a new premium variant.

Sparkling wine brand Gigglewater has launched 20cl cans of Vino Bianco Frizzante across Waitrose’s retail estate and online store.

The UK distributor for Rothschild wines has bolstered its sales force with the appointment of two account managers.

Notorious 19th century revolutionary James Wilson has been immortalised in a bottle of wine as Treasury Wine Estates has based its new 19 Crimes expression on his exploits.

Waitrose has given a listing to a sparkling apple cider made in the traditional Champagne method by a producer in Hampshire.

Majestic Wine has revealed plans to invest in a ‘franchise-lite’ model.

Jack Daniel’s is teaming up with a range of UK retailers to launch initiatives designed to showcase its versatility.

Portmore Rum Company has added a new variant to join its recently-launched Black Ginger Rum.

The Co-op has entered exclusive talks to buy Nisa, just two weeks after rival Sainsbury’s chose to delay its potential bid.

Welsh soda maker Lurvill’s Delight is introducing a new Lavender Spice flavour, following an award-win for its Original variant.

British Cassis has revealed plans to invest in nationwide marketing and sampling activity to boost the profile of the brand over the next 12 months.

Rum sales are following that of gin with sales set to break the £1 billion sales barrier later this year, according to the latest report from the Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).

Six hundred Californian wines will be poured for the trade at the Dream Big California Wine Fair in London on September 27.

Reigning European champions Saracens are now sponsored by South African cider brand Savanna Dry.

Carlsberg is celebrating its 170th birthday this weekend by launching a range of celebrations across its hometown of Copenhagen.

Diageo is targeting Scotch aficionados and cocktail lovers with three new experimental whiskies launched under its Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch brand.

The Macallan has increased its dominance over the rare Scotch whisky auction market and now accounts for 29% of sales at Rare Whisky 101.

Big Drop Brewing Co, the UK brewery dedicated exclusively to making less than 0.5% abv beer, is celebrating its first anniversary with the launch of two new beers and refreshed branding.

Felix Solis has launched two new sparkling wines under its flagship Vina Albali range.

The makers of Collagin have hit out at industry watchdog The Portman Group after it warned retailers not to stock the collagen-infused gin.

Greene King is commemorating iconic British sporting moments from recent times in a range of limited-edition bottles of its flagship IPA.

A gin infused with collagen and described as “the elixir of youth” has had two complaints against it upheld by industry watchdog the Portman Group.

Kingsland’s fruit wine brand, Mr Gladstone’s Curious Emporium, has fallen foul of industry watchdog the Portman Group for not clearly labelling itself as alcoholic and appealing to children.

Diageo is using cutting edge technology to target consumers with Smirnoff cider ads when the mercury hits 19°C.

Ethical beer brand Toast has gained a listing at the UK’s largest retailer for its Much Kneaded craft lager and Bloomin’ Lovely session IPA.

Tom King joins WSTA board

21 August, 2017

Treasury Wine Estates’ European managing director has joined the board of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association.

Ardbeg has announced that its highly anticipated new expression, An Oa, is launching next month and will join its permanent range.

The International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show in London has been pushed back a month to new dates of February 26-27.

Cognac exports to the UK grew 3.6% in the year to July 31, 2017, and it held onto its position as the fourth largest export market for the spirit.

Morgenrot has added two IPAs from Swedish brewery Pang Pang to its range in a bid to cause “mayhem” in the UK craft beer market.

Diageo has continued the pipeline of new releases under its Cîroc vodka with the launch of a French Vanilla variant.

A peloton of riders raised £13,000 in a charity bike ride that honoured the life and times of Dan Townsend, the late managing director at Treasury Wine Estates.

Majestic Wine has appointed former Sainsbury’s buyer Julie Buckley as senior buyer responsible for New Zealand, Spain and Burgundy.

Retailers have been warned to invest heavily in their digital offerings as online could soon overtake the convenience channel as the easiest way for shoppers to buy beers, wines and spirits. 

Two online beer retailers have revealed ambitious expansion plans as they seek to cope with increasing demand.

Britain’s largest online beer retailer is ramping up its wholesale arm and has launched a new website targeting bars, restaurants and retailers. 

Cheshire-based wine merchant Corks Out is looking to grow the business from its current estate of five stores to a total of 10 over the next few years. 

The rapid pace of specialist beer shop openings is showing no signs of slowing down, with new stores springing up across the UK this summer. 

The team behind There’s a Beer for That has called upon smaller retailers from across the UK to work with it to spread the word about great beer.

Retailers believe the south west of England is lacking in premium wine destinations and are racing to establish venues in key sites across the region. 

A distiller that set up an independent bottle shop and bar to help boost sales of its gin has opened a second outlet as it proved so popular with locals. 

Virgin Wines is celebrating the launch of its new website and IT platform – the culmination of a two-year project – and the company said it is now ready to offer customers a more personal service. 

San Miguel is seeking to build on impressive UK growth figures by rolling out a wider portfolio of SKUs, including gluten-free and no-alcohol variants. 

De Bortoli Wines has revealed three new blends, which have been created after years of experimenting with alternative grape varieties from its King Valley, Yarra Valley and Riverina vineyards.

Chris Porter is taking over from retiring incumbent David Cox as chief executive of drinks trade charity The Benevolent.

Aldi has released a new Featherweight collection of wines to address the trend for lower calorie and lower alcohol wines.

WH Palmer has launched Palmers London Dry Gin to celebrate the Palmer family’s 200th year of distilling. This is the producer’s first eponymous-brand gin produced at its Langley Distillery in the Midlands.

Innis & Gunn increased turnover by 22% last year to more than £14.3m, with gross profit also up 25% to £8.5m.

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