Berry Bros & Rudd has revealed details of its new own label selection of wines.

Craft gin brand Caorunn is poised for a bigger off-trade push, following the news that it has secured widespread Tesco listings outside of its Scottish heartland as a result of strong consumer demand.

Argentinian wine brand Viñalba plans to open its own pop-up wine shop in Shoreditch later this year, as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations in October.

Copestick Murray is expanding its I Heart range with a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, a Mendoza Malbec and a Rioja.

St Austell’s Brewery in Cornwall has reported “record results for 2016” aided by the acquisition of Bath Ales last year.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has launched its manifesto ahead of the upcoming General Election on 8 June.

The volume of English wine produced last year dipped slightly in comparison to 2015, but 2016 has been declared “a high quality vintage”, according to the latest report.

Heineken International has bought full ownership of the Californian craft brewer Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Californian wine specialist, The Vineyard Cellars, is representing a winery from Santa Barbara for the first time.

BrewDog has expanded into the spirits market with the official launch of its LoneWolf brand.

Kingsland Drinks has extended its confectionery-flavoured fusion wine brand by adding two new sparkling variants.

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced it has sold The Glenrothes Speyside Single Malt Scotch whisky to global premium spirits company, Edrington.

Les Vignobles Foncalieu plans to launch “an original range breaking new ground in the Languedoc”.

Champagne Taittinger has made English sparkling wine history by planting its first vines in its English vineyard in Kent.

A leading Brunello producer says the 2012 vintage is so good that it has made a mockery of the trend that has seen years ending in an even number produce lesser quality wines.

Brooklyn Brewery’s has chosen the UK as the international market to debut its Scorcher IPA, a 4.5% abv brew made with Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade and Bravo hops.

Heather Graham and Guy Ritchie have launched a coconut-flavoured rum, but these are drinks industry stars rather than Hollywood icons.

Rioja brand, Marques de Caceres, has released a series of new vintages, which will be available to the UK market via is Halewood Wines & Spirits.

Brockmans gin saw UK sales grow 245% in 2016 after it gained listings with Marks & Spencer and Harvey Nicholls, among others.

Elements Eight, the independent craft rum brand, has a new addition to the range.

Thornbridge Brewery has resurrected its partnership with Waitrose and Brew UK to launch The Great British Home Brew Challenge for 2017.

Norwich’s only gin producer has unveiled its latest variant, a unique combination of strawberry and black pepper.

Mannings Heath Golf Club & Wine Estate has begun planting 38,000 vines to create England’s newest vineyard, with wines expected to be available in 2023.

Waitrose is gearing up to add 27 new craft beers to its range, with the new additions set to go on shelf from 1 May.

The team that rejuvenated Kestrel lager and Diamond cider is now targeting UK retailers with a Finnish cider called Fizz.

Leading online craft beer retailer Beer Hawk has appointed Russell Clarke to head up efforts to boost sales to the trade.

John Timothy has taken over as chief executive at the Portman Group after a decade in senior public affairs roles at Tesco.

Suffolk producer Aspall has launched canned cider to satisfy growing demand for consumers for “mid-strength cider that doesn’t compromise on quality or taste”.

Lyme Bay Winery has added two new additions to its line-up of English sparkling wines.

Cornish cider producer, Cornish Orchards, has extended into 33cl cans with three of its ciders.

Chapel Down is launching a prestige cuvee from its single vineyard estate, Kit’s Coty, which will form part of a new trio of wines.

Heineken has launched a £5m campaign for its New Zealand cider brand, Old Mout.

Sol lager is now available in two new SKUs to help retailers cash in on the key summer season.

Big Drop Brewing Co, the UK’s first brewer dedicated exclusively to producing beers under 0.5% abv, has added a new beer to its portfolio.

The Co-op has revealed details of a new project, which follows the success of its recent member-led own-label beer launch, and this time it's focused on wine.

Chapel Down has announced last year was “another fantastic year of growth” with year-on-year sales up by 25% to £6.8m, and wine gross profit up by 30% to £2.8m.

Martell has refreshed its original VS expression as part of its strategy to modernise the cognac category.

Australia has long been head and shoulders above the other wine producing countries in UK volume and value sales, but sales have finally started to dip slightly. The only top 10 countries of origin in growth – New Zealand, Argentina and Chile – all have a higher average bottle price than Australia, so it is arguably time for the industry to come together to drive value into the Australia category to preserve its long-term health.

More than 250 wines will be poured at the Wines of Germany trade tasting at the Hospital Club in London on May 9.

Tequila sales are soaring in the UK as fans seek out premium variants for cocktails or as a sipping spirit, according to the latest data.

Carling has relaunched its premium lager, Carling Premier.

The Bolney Wine Estate and The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew have joined forces to launch a new collection of  “quintessentially English” sparkling wines for spring.

Pernod Ricard posted a 3% rise in sales for its third quarter, boosted by good growth in both Europe and the Americas.

The off-trade spirits market is in a good position for growth, with signs it is picking up traction from the on-trade, according to a leading bartender.

A recommendation by a Lords Committee to abolish local authority licensing committees brings no obvious benefit for “real people on the ground”, according to an expert in licensing law.

A leading cider producer has challenged the anti-alcohol lobby over the unsubstantiated claims it has been making about white cider in the national media.

Lanchester Wines has bolstered its sales team in a bid to re-establish itself as a quality supplier and target numerous trade channels with “boutique bulk” wine.

Buckingham Schenk has announced it is strengthening its Spanish operations with the aquisition of a new winery.

Vineyards in Burgundy are set to become the first in France to be covered by a hi-tech 'hailstone shield'.
Over the next few weeks the entire Burgundy wine region will be sheltered by a network of 125 generators, according to the latest reports.

The amount of distilleries registered in the UK grew by 17% in 2016 compared to the year before, according to the Wine and Spirits Trade Association. This brings the total number of distilleries in the UK to an estimated number of 273.

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