Accolade Wines has appointed David White to the role of UK marketing director.

Ian Harris appointed MBE

02 January, 2018

WSET chief executive Ian Harris was appointed an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2018 in recognition of his services to the drinks industry.

Rum sales continue to soar

02 January, 2018

Rum sales have soared in the UK over the past five years and broke through the £1 billion boundary in 2017, according to the WSTA.

Cava’s reputation as a quality sparkler could soon overtake that of Prosecco after the launch of a new premium classification, according to the regulatory council president. 

St Peter’s has launched an organic alcohol-free beer to add to its popular zero-alcohol collection.

Crabbie’s is adding a Stout to its Crafty Ginger Collection.

Bain's Whisky comes to UK

19 December, 2017

A South African whisky, which its producer claims is the only one to be double-matured in first-fill bourbon casks and made from 100% South African maize, is now available in the UK.

Islay distillery Bruichladdich has launched a Rare Cask Series and it has also revealed plans for a potential Islay Single Rye in the future. 

Sparkling wine, magnums and increased interest in wines from Eastern Europe are just some of the industry’s predictions for the BWS category in 2018.

Retailers need to make sure they are prepared for the record number of people who are expected to take part in Dry January 2018, according to industry experts.

Independent charity Crimestoppers and the Wine and Spirit Trade Association have launched a Christmas campaign in Newcastle to warn the public about the danger to health of drinking fake alcohol.

Underage drinking has fallen to record lows, according to new findings from NHS Digital.

Gin has recorded another bumper quarter as sales continue to soar, according to the Wine and Spirit trade Association’s latest market report.

Conviviality’s retail chain Bargain Booze has made a bid to buy 109 convenience stores from Palmer & Harvey, which went into administration last month.

Budweiser is the fastest-growing product of 2017 in UK supermarkets, ahead of Monster energy drinks and avocados.

DRN is gearing up to host its second annual Think Rum event in London and co-chairman Peter Holland believes there is huge untapped potential in the off-trade.

English wine is now considered so classy and fashionable that even the Queen has started producing it, but British-made wine is not exactly sexy.

The UK drinks trade has been urged to develop its expertise in sake to capitalise on this burgeoning category.  

Johnnie Walker has teamed up with acclaimed street artist Tristan Eaton to create a new, limited edition Artist Series of gift packs.

Wines of Great Britain is the new name for the national body for English and Welsh wine while the organisation has also appointed a ceo.

Magners is gearing up to take on Strongbow with the launch of a rival Dark Fruit variant for the off-trade.

Lamb & Watt has added to its tonics and mixers line up with a new Ginger Ale variant.

A chilli honey pale ale has been chosen as the winning recipe for Innis & Gunn’s competition to create a limited edition barrel-aged beer.

Black Tower has launched a new limited edition bottle design for the winter period.

Former Tesco wine buying manager James Davis MW has been appointed commercial director for Adnams’ beers, wines and spirits team.

Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham is launching a range of wines in partnership with Broadland Wineries.

Highland Park has released a new 17 year-old single malt called The Dark, which will be followed by the launch of The Light early next year.

Chapel Down has completed £18.5 million fundraising by issuing new shares, and it hopes to raise around £1.4 million more with the help of existing shareholders.

A Welsh vineyard claims to have launched Wales’ first fortified wine.

Vivino is launching a free delivery service, which it describes as the “Amazon Prime” of the wine industry.

Morgenrot has strengthened its Spanish beer offering by becoming the exclusive importer of Alhambra Reserva Roja.

Pickering’s Gin’s 3 Queens range, which was originally created exclusively for luxury British cruise line, Cunard, is now being made available on dry land.

Boutinot has launched The Capeography Co, a new range which aims to chart the story of the Cape’s regional diversity.

Scotland’s first tequila company has officially launched, releasing the world’s first Speyside whisky cask-aged tequilas to the market.

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced a new distribution agreement with Scottish “new wave” distillery, Daftmill.

Gonzalez Byass is increasing its investment in Croft Twist to drive awareness of the “very modern” aperitif.

Broadland Wineries has secured a brand and distribution deal which will bring a number of Australian and New Zealand wines to the UK market.

Waitrose has seen “unprecedented sales” of its festive Heston from Waitrose gin, and it has now doubled its initial order for the product after it sold a month’s worth of stock in just one day.

Boutinot is adding the first Hungarian wines to its portfolio; the wine company has a selection of “quality and characterful” wines from two Hungarian producers, which it can now offer to independent retailers.

Champagne Taittinger has released a limited edition bottle of its Brut Reserve NV to celebrate its association with the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

California is battling with more wildfires in the south, just weeks after northern California was hit by fires which devastated many of the region’s vineyards.

Thatchers is introducing a 10-can multi-pack for its Thatchers Haze Cider to tap into the popularity of both the brand and this smaller multi-pack format.

Aber Falls Distillery has launched its first range of premium flavoured gins and liqueurs.

Langham Wine Estate has added Langham Blanc de Noirs 2013 to its portfolio in time for Christmas.

Nirvana Brewery, which claims to be the UK’s only non-alcoholic brewery based in East London, has launched two beers into the off-trade.

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced it has increased its stake in Anchor Distilling Company.

The Co-op has announced it is to become the first supermarket in the UK to stock a Fairtrade wine from Lebanon.

Clamato, described as ‘the cult US tomato cocktail juice with a twist’, has released a festive campaign in the UK.

Copestick Murray has purchased French wine specialist Free Run Wines and is now busy integrating the team into its growing business.

Bristol-based brewery Moor Beer has acquired a 2,000 square foot premises in London’s Bermondsey Beer Mile.

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