2020 February

Foxhole Spirits has secured a national listing with Booker, whereby the producer’s Foxhole Gin and Hyke Gin will be available to the wholesaler’s customers in the convenience sector and the independent off-trade.

Messe Düsseldorf has decided to postpone Prowein due to fears about the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Pale Fox Prosecco, a single estate, small production sparkling wine, is now available to the UK off-trade.

Strongbow is introducing Strongbow Rosé to tap into the ongoing trend for pink and rosé drinks.  

Pernod Ricard is investing in a multimillion-pound ad campaign designed to give leading Irish whiskey brand Jameson a boost in the build-up to St Patrick’s Day.

Bacardi has announced it is extending its Martini brand into the booming low and no-alcohol category.

Hambledon Vineyards as switched distribution from FM&V to Mentzendorff & Co.

ABInbev has said its UK business grew in revenue “by high single digits” in 2019, driven by strong performances from its global brands and craft portfolio. 

Kingsland Drinks has expanded its operations in Manchester to include a new £1.2 million canning line. 

Independent retailers have been earmarked as a key sector for growth for Portuguese wines in 2020, according to trade body, Wines of Portugal UK. 

Asda has slashed the price of Mumm Champagne by a third in case anyone decides to celebrate an engagement on February 29.

The team behind Thunder Toffee Vodka have now created Frejya’s Crema Custard Liqueur.

The trade body representing wines from Bordeaux has announced it is launching Bordeaux Day in the UK.

L’Atelier du Vin, the Brighton-based wine and cocktail-bar concept, is making its first foray into the retail sector.

Reh Kendermann has bought a 16% share in North South Wines, matching the amount held by existing shareholders The Wine People and De Bortoli Wines. 

Our December 2019 Alcoholic Drinks Market Report has shown a mixed bag of performance for many of the biggest alcohol retailers.

Mentzendorff & Co has announced it will now represent Jean-Luc Columbo in the UK.

Diageo has launched Gordon’s Sicilian Lemon in a bid to reignite growth in the UK gin category.

Toast Ale has teamed up with Warburtons to unveil the UK’s first ever beer brewed with leftover crumpets.

Gusbourne has released its latest vintages of Blanc de Blancs and Brut Reserve.

The Portman Group now has 11 members after Asahi UK, Aston Manor Cider and SHS Drinks all decided to join the organisation.

Gordon’s is launching a Sicilian Lemon variant to add to its collection of gins.

Think Whisky 2020 will take place on April 28 and this year, for the first time, it will run alongside a number of spirits events as part of Think Spirits 2020. DRN caught up with Think Whisky’s ambassador and whisky consultant Neil Ridley to have a chat about all things whisky.

Californian producer Duckhorn has consolidated its entire UK distribution with Top Selection with immediate effect.

Highweald Wine has completed the acquisition of a vineyard planted with classic traditional method grape varieties.

Berry Bros & Rudd is globally renowned for being Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchants, trading from the same premises since 1698. Yet it also prides itself on being at the forefront of technical innovation.

Quintessential Brands Group has appointed Alex Pollard as Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as the company looks to accelerate the growth of its business internationally.

True British Spirit is launching Nectvs, which it describes as “a luxurious thoroughbred spirit for the truly discerning drinker”.

Global Brands has opened a new premium spirit division called Inspirit to capitalise on the growing trend for premium drinks.