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What’s in this issue? Well, as the cover suggests, we’re gearing up for Christmas. Last year, we certainly entered uncharted territory and although masks and social distancing are old hat now, this year is still set to be unusual. First, supply chain issues caused by both Brexit and Covid bring the looming threat of empty shelves. While the government is making changes to HGV tests, there are questions around safety. At the same time, the amount of paperwork brought about by our exit from the EU is doubling shipment times in some cases.

Central and Eastern European wine and spirits company Vida has launched in the UK market.

Here’s the low-down on this month's beer, cider, wine, spirits, no/low and RTD product launches:

Online shopping

Online sales for beer, wine and spirits have shown solid growth over the summer months, according to data from Capgemini.

Asda On the Move

Asda has outlined plans to open more convenience stores, following the successful trial of five sites.

drinks retailing

Private label has a strong opportunity to gain market share in premium alcohol categories, according to insights specialists Mintel.

The managing director of Amathus has highlighted the importance of physical stores, as the company announces its third new opening in the past 10 months.

Pernod Ricard has flagged strong trade in the UK, Germany and Eastern Europe as part of its full-year 21 results.

Bullards experiential gin shop

The founder of Bullards Spirits has lined up more London retail concepts, following the opening of Bullards London Gin Shop & Tasting Room in Westfield White City (pictured).

convenience store

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has launched a Wellbeing Guide, as it looks to provide retailers with practical advice on how to support wellbeing for themselves and their colleagues.

Accolade Wines has announced the launch of its new hard seltzer line; Nine Yards.

Grant’s Whisky has teamed up with Vice to create “an inspiring and engaging” guide for groups of friends that helps them tackle real life problems with advice, tips and hard-hitting stories from informed, yet relatable, experts.

Chapel Down has announced that Andrew Carter, currently managing director Chase Distillery will be succeeding Frazer Thompson, chief executive of Chapel Down in September 2021. Carter will be joining the business as chief executive on September 13 and Thompson will work with him to ensure a seamless handover of office.

Vida Wines and Spirits, the importer and wine retail brand with a presence in Bulgaria and Austria, is expanding into the UK and has appointed YesMore drinks marketing agency to lead its UK launch.

WineGB’s annual Trade and Press Tasting will take place on Tuesday September 7 at RHS Lindley Hall in London.

The Drinks Trust has added four new members to its charity Board of Trustees, each of them highly respected and experienced leaders in the drinks industry and drinks-led hospitality industry. They are Nicky Forrest, Katy Keating, Jillian MacLean MBE and Laura Willoughby MBE.

London family gin distiller Hayman’s has joined together with Singapore Airlines to celebrate the airline’s 50th anniversary of flying between London and Singapore. The Singapore Airlines ~ Connoisseur Gin has been created by fusing Hayman’s renowned London Dry Gin with the Asian flavours of Kumquat, Lemongrass, Galangal and Persian Lime.

Didsbury Gin, the premium gin which rose from Dragon’s Den fame to become a leading drinks brand, has made two senior appointments: Allan Beattie as finance director and Michael Saunders as non-executive director.

Virgin Wines has launched an exclusive Tuffers’ Tipple wine range, in partnership with England cricketing legend Phil Tufnell.

LWC is expanding its hard seltzer offering by adding its first independent and craft hard seltzer brand Two Brooks. The independent drinks wholesaler inked a distribution deal with the family-owned startup to grow the brand across the country.

William Grant & Sons has launched Clink (www.clinkspirit.com), a new e-commerce platform that gives consumers direct access to the pick of the company’s portfolio of spirits brands together with topical cocktail recipes, ingredients, serving suggestions and gift ideas related to trending current affairs and special occasions.

French brand Calvet, has partnered with the UK’s largest dedicated food and drink festival series, Foodies, this summer to become the VIP sponsor at all 10 events.

Most Wanted Wines is set to promote its canned wines this summer with its first post-lockdown consumer campaign, heading to seaside towns and urban beaches in a specially designed minican van, The Getaway Wheels.

The Portman Group, the social responsibility and regulatory body for alcohol in the UK, has welcomed two new members, C&C Group plc and Mark Anthony Brands International.

Online beers, wines and spirits (BWS) sales soared by 52% in the week England prepared to play Germany for a place in the Euro 2020 semi-finals, according to the latest data.

Brewgooder has been recognised among the top 5% of companies around the world for its community-based sustainability credentials by B Corporation (B Corp) – the world’s leading certifier of ethical companies.

Aspall is giving consumers the chance to win a picnic prepared by a Michelin Starred Chef and hundreds of other luxury prizes as part of a summer campaign.

Drinks firms Campari Group and Moet Hennessy have joined forces to build a premium European e-commerce business for wines and spirits.