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Chapel Down is launching its Bacchus Gin paired with tonic in a 25cl can format, marking the first time the wine producer has entered the convenience market with a pre-mixed product.

Marussia Beverages UK is to distribute drinks from the newly-founded Hinch Distillery in Ireland as interest in Irish whiskey continues to grow.

Kopparberg is venturing into the popular pink gin category with a premium variant infused with its iconic strawberry & lime flavour.

Edinburgh Gin has launched a full strength Rhubarb & Ginger Gin following the success of its Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Liqueur and a ready-to-drink variant, which blends the liqueur with ginger ale.

The flavoured and spiced rum sector will overtake white rum as the most popular type of rum bought in the off-trade by the end of 2019, according to the WSTA's latest Market Report. 

Waitrose looks set to be the first off-trade retailer to stock a Japanese vodka, following last year's milestone when it was the first to list a Japanese gin. 

Scotch Whisky’s contribution to the UK economy has grown by 10% since 2016 to £5.5 billion, according to a new report by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Brighton Gin has launched a Navy Strength variant as consumers continue to seek out new styles and tastes in gin.

Rum continues to be cited as “the next big trend” for the UK spirits market and a raft of activity this month indicates producers are backing this theory.

Diageo is introducing Smirnoff Infusions, creating a range for the Smirnoff portfolio that is designed to be mixed with soda to create a lower calorie finished serve.

Pernod Ricard has bought the Italian super premium gin brand Malfy.

The UK’s Swedish whisky market is about to get a new player with the news that Fields, Morris & Verdin (FMV) is to add High Coast to its spirits portfolio.

Waitrose has launched a new service allowing customers to try a variety of gins without leaving the house.

A burst of summer-specific spirits has appeared as producers hope to tap into the craze for pink and seasonal variants.

Cellar Trends is launching two non-alcoholic brands in order to tap into this “seemingly unstoppable” consumer trend.  The company also has a number of other launches and line extensions in the pipeline.

The Macallan’s first global advertising campaign has been banned by The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for promoting “extreme risk-taking behaviour”.

Jägermeister has revealed a new “Ice Cold” wrap pack that will launch exclusively to the convenience channel this month.

A new contender in the alcohol-free spirits and liqueurs category has already secured a listing with Sainsbury’s.

The EU Commission has confirmed Irish Whiskey’s status as a Geographical Indication (GI) has been approved.

A raft of activity and investment in the spiced rum market indicates a confidence from producers that this sector is set for more growth in the months ahead.

Diageo Reserve is set to launch the “world’s first Anejo Claro tequila” into the UK market, under its premium tequila brand Don Julio.

Think Gin will take place at the Honourable Artillery Company in London on June 18 and this year’s event will be the biggest yet.

The team at Vivir is bidding to turn tequila into a mainstream spirits category in the UK by spreading the gospel about its craft, provenance and versatility.

Mackmyra has collaborated with a leading Calvados producer to create a limited edition seasonal whisky.

The Glasgow Distiillery Company has added a spiced rum to its premium spirit collection.

Isle of Wight distillery has invested in a six-figure redesign for its Mermaid gin and is gearing up to launch the first malt whisky from the island.

A new distillery has opened in Bristol which claims to specialise in “new world” spirits.

Bacardi has launched a spiced variant to tap into the global demand for flavoured rum.

Aber Falls is distilling its first rye whisky, marking the first time that the spirit has been commercially produced in Wales.

Tamdhu single malt Scotch has unveiled the fourth annual edition of its Batch Strength series.