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.

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.

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