Halewood Wines & Spirits has added a Cornish small batch spiced rum brand to its premium portfolio.

Mar de Frades, the sister to Rioja’s Ramon Bilbao, has appointed Entoria & Coe as its UK distributor.

E&J Gallo Winery is doubling its marketing investment for its Dark Horse label along with a packaging overhaul for the brand, in a bid to continue the “outstanding performance” recorded in 2017.

Tesco has announced that Charles Wilson, Booker’s chief executive, will become ceo of the multiple’s retail and wholesale operation in UK and Ireland after completion of the merger.

Gerry’s Wines and Spirits, Waitrose and Sly Augustin were among the big winners at the second annual Think Rum Awards this week.

The Six Nations begins this weekend and Treasury Wine Estates has launched a range of rugby-themed Wolf Blass labels to appeal to fans of the sport.

Concerned folk living in Ware have opposed plans for a high-end independent wine store because it could lead to “more graveyard sex”.

Chateau Fleur Haut Gaussens has launched a new cuvee made from 100% Cabernet Franc.

An epicurean event focusing on Cognac is set to launch next week at the Shoreditch specialist spirits retailer, TT Liquor.

Crabbie Whisky will return to the Scottish whisky market this month with two limited expressions.

A fruit beer has been named the winner of a national “Brewed for Morrisons Beer Festival 2017” competition.

Eisberg has linked up with Canyon Bicycles in sponsoring a UCI Continental Cycling Team.

There’s no need for rum to try to shake its pirate image, according to experts who gathered together in London yesterday for DRN’s annual Think Rum event.

Enotria&Coe is gearing up to take over the Saatchi Gallery for its annual tasting event next month.

A vodka designed to be mixed with water is set to launch in the UK.

Bancroft Wines has appointed Jon Worsley as its new chief executive officer.

Conviviality chief executive Diana Hunter said the group’s half-year results represent a “great result” for franchisees.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality posted modest like-for-like retail sales growth of 0.4% in the first half of the 2017/18 financial year.

Renault has launched a new Cognac, Avec, which it says has been specially created to drink with coffee.

Australia cemented its status as the UK’s number one wine supply country by growing sales 1.5% to £1.7 billion in 2017 (Nielsen).

If you Google “Newcastle minimum unit pricing” you will be presented with a fascinating insight into the machinations of modern day journalism.

Krug has added its rosé cuvée to its Édition concept, whereby it gives a number to each Krug Grande Cuvée expression.

The Champagne Bureau has announced the launch of a new event, which will take place at this year’s London Wine Fair.

Virgin Wines enjoyed its strongest ever Christmas trading period as sales grew 15% to £8.7 million in the four weeks to December 22, 2017.

Marks & Spencer has agreed to support a record number of students with their wine studies. Plumpton College, which offers a range of wine business courses, has reported that this year 27 students will benefit from a 50% reduction of their exam fees, thanks to the retailer.

Diageo’s GB arm grew sales 7% in the past six months thanks to strong performances from the likes of Tanqueray, Guinness and Johnnie Walker, the firm announced.

Fever-Tree ended its spectacular 2017 by becoming the number one mixer brand by value, pushing it ahead of rival Schweppes.

Retail chain Wine Rack has announced a three-year sponsorship deal with hit Channel 5 programme The Wine Show.

The Raw Wine Fair is returning to London for its seventh year and for 2018 it will be supported by #rawwineweek.

The Shetland Distillery Company has launched a new variant of its Up Helly Aa Shetland Reel gin, which it said is the result of a unique ageing process.

Thatchers has eliminated the plastic ring carriers on its multipacks in favour of recyclable cardboard options.

An Edinburgh-based distillery has launched a range of gins that change colour when tonic is added.

Accolade Wines has launched Fine Wine Partners in the UK and Ireland to champion its fine wine portfolio.

A trio of Pinot Noir wines from a cult Adelaide Hills producer is set to be available in the UK for the first time via Gonzalez Byass UK.

The Vineyards of Hampshire has announced the launch of its annual trade tasting event.

JF Hillebrand is partnering with the London Wine Fair for this year’s inaugural Innovation Zone.

Poetic License Distillery has launched its latest gin ‘Rarity’, which is infused with coffee.

Waitrose is trialling a Wine Tasting at Home experience, offering ‘in-home wine experts’ to help educate consumers in an informal setting, while also tapping into the growth in socialising in the home.

Westons Cider has unveiled new packaging for its Stowford Press LA brand to reinforce its commitment to the low-alcohol cider category.

Two Irish drinks producers have joined forces to launch an alcohol-free dry-hopped soda for adults.

Hampshire-based Hambledon Vineyard has expanded its wine education and personal development courses for 2018.

Armit Wines is set to release a 2005 vintage of La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890, which has been labeled ‘Seleccion Especial’ for the second time since its first vintage in 1890.

Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (CVNE) is venturing outside its home of Rioja for the first time by adding a Cava producer to its portfolio.

A tonic producer that has already had success on the Isle of Man is now gearing up for a UK-wide off-trade launch.

Cramele Recas, Romania’s largest winery, is poised to launch new products to tap into Romania’s advantageous position in a market riddled with short harvest woes.  

Budweiser Prohibition has teamed up with Love Island start and personal trainer, Gabby Allen, to unveil a fleet of ‘beer floats’, which will travel the country to give away free Budweiser Prohibition Brew. The campaign is part of ABInbev’s UK launch of the beer, which is the brand’s first alcohol-free variant.

Campbell’s Brewery has had 2,000 pre-orders for its flagship beer, Gunner Blonde Ale, as the producer prepares to launch the beer into the off-trade.

The off-trade gin category delivered the best Christmas performance anyone at Nielsen has ever seen and led BWS to another strong festive period.

Many independent drinks retailers across the UK have reported strong sales for the weeks leading up
to Christmas 2017, with some stating the festive period was the best they have ever had.

The non-alcoholic spirit market looks set to see a raft of activity through 2018, as newcomers and existing players reveal plans to tap into growth in this sector.

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