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A new report from a committee of MPs shines a light on the impact to UK wine businesses of the government’s new red tape requirements, which will push up the price of wine for consumers and cause “chaos” for the wine industry.  

The Portman Group has appointed former senior civil servant Philip Rycroft as its new Chair.

Warner’s Distilery is launching its first non-alcoholic spirits.

Premium tequila brand, 1800 Tequila, has secured listings with Tesco and Waitrose.

Aston Manor has announced it is launching Sol Duc, a trio of low-calorie, alcoholic hard seltzers.

Four Pillars Gin has had a full UK off-trade launch with a new major retail listing.

Think Spirits 2021, Drinks Retailing’s annual day of spirits events, is launching a live webinar next week.

Budweiser, the official beer of the English Premier League, has announced the launch of a new on-pack competition and limited-edition Premier League packs to celebrate the return of the football season.

Westons Cider has added the New Zealand-founded Ranga Alcoholic Gingerbeer to its collection.

Accolade Wines Europe has announced its core branded portfolio - including Hardys, Mudhouse, Jam Shed, Banrock Station, Echo Falls and Kumala - has been certified carbon neutral.  Accolade’s ambition is to complete 100% portfolio neutrality by the end of 2020.

Dalston’s Soda Co is extending into alcohol for the first time with the launch of a hard seltzer range.

East London Liquor Co has announced its entry into the hard seltzer category with the launch of two new drinks.

Casella Family Brands Europe (CFBE) is launching new wines to tap into booming sales in the UK's off-trade channels.

The Portman Group has hit back against a new report which describes the harmful effects of alcohol as a “hidden health crisis”.

The premium spirits-focused sister company to Kingsland Drinks will be named Ten Locks and its first drinks will be Nusa Cana Rum, Applewood Gin and West Cork Irish Whiskey.
The newly-formed Manchester-based company focuses on spirits and aims to curate, create and craft a portfolio of around 20 premium drink brands for the off and on-trade.
Nusa Cana Rum, Applewood Gin and West Cork Irish Whiskey are the very first brands to be welcomed into what the company promises will be a diverse portfolio of purpose-led brands, which all share Ten Lock’s progressive, ethical and sustainable ethos with a focus on innovation.
A refreshing new take on rum, Nusa Cana (40% abv) embodies the vibrant modern culture of Bali whilst bringing back to life the forgotten story of Indonesian Rum. Drawing on flavour profiles from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, it uses nutmeg and clove combined with ginger, coffee, cacao and pineapple to create a delicate, warm rum with a brilliantly balanced finish.
All Nusa Cana labels are made from recycled sugar cane pulp – a bi product from the production process - giving them a lower production footprint and playing into a circular economy. 

Another brand to join the portfolio is West Cork Irish Whiskey, produced by West Cork Distillers. An independently-owned distillery, the whiskey is distilled, matured and bottled on-site in West Cork and sells in over 70 countries worldwide. Each bottle is triple distilled, non-filtered and carefully crafted using the finest local ingredients. 

Owned and created by three childhood friends, much of the distillery was hand-built as needed as the business expanded, with its ‘Rocket’ reported to be ‘the fastest still in the world’ at the time! Its mission is to grow globally but maintain its West Cork Heritage by supporting local jobs and the Irish economy.
Ten Locks will import three of its award-winning Whiskies to begin with, including the original Bourbon Cask (40% abv), the award-winning Black Cask (40% abv) and the patented Bog Oak Charred Cask (43% abv) – all of which provide a true taste of beautiful West Cork.
Completing the first tranche of brands in the Ten Locks portfolio is Applewood Gin (43% abv). This uniquely Australian gin nurtures the relationship between native culture, flora and land to become the ‘realisation of Australian culture’. A botanical-rich flavour profile of rare desert limes, native wattle seed and aromatic peppermint gum is nestled amongst 20 fresh and sustainably farmed ingredients, in a lovingly handcrafted gin made in harmony with the sites and soils from which it was born. 

Owners Brendan and Laura seek to add value to native ingredients, supporting farmers who opt for more sustainable farming methods, crops and orchards. They value those who wish to listen and learn from indigenous culture and understand the importance of working in harmony with nature. A certified B Corporation, the liquid is created in the most sustainable and non-impactful way possible.
Becky Davies, Chief Lock Keeper at Ten Locks, said: “Through these first spirits, the portfolio is starting to speak for itself; brands of quality, distinction and purpose. They bring new tastes, fresh perspectives and true sense of excitement to the on trade and off trade.
“With their defined and clear proposition we know each brand has a commercially relevant place in the market, and will quench the thirst of consumers seeking brands that demonstrate authenticity, credibility and quality, whilst taking measures to ensure and improve elements of sustainability and ethical practices. 

“We are hugely excited to welcome these brands to the UK drinks trade, and we can’t wait to unveil the rest of the portfolio, which is shaping up to be something very special.”
Aptly named Ten Locks, the company draws inspiration from The Manchester Ship Canal; its Barton Swing Aqueduct became the first swing aqueduct in the world - with several sections requiring careful work by hand – and to this day remains a feat of innovative engineering and community teamwork.  

Davies continues: “Much like the expertise, dedication to innovation and determination required to build the Manchester Ship Canal, we’re moving forward with energy, pace and a desire to create something unrivalled amongst our competitor set. From product development and brand building to industry-leading consumer and market insights, we’re assembling a portfolio of drinks that will add value across a range of drinks categories and, ultimately, be profitable partners to our customers.”
Ten Locks will continue to develop its portfolio of premium branded drinks in the coming months, comprising of agency brands and a significant range of new and emerging brands that have been crafted with the utmost care.

This year saw the earliest Champagne harvest in the drink’s history.

Champagne was the drink of choice for many as the end of the big staycation summer drew to a close.

Nick Jackson MW is launching The School of Taste, a global online wine education platform offering live interactive webinar tasting courses and pre-recorded content to wine professionals and students as well as amateur enthusiasts.

Royal Slope is the newest American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Washington.

Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has launched a new look and feel across range.

Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from September 14.

Hampshire wine producer Hattingley Valley Wines has been crowned Supreme Champion 2020 at this year’s WineGB Awards.

Journey’s End has launched a new range of six wines with Augmented Reality labels.

De Bortoli Wines has launched a range of three sustainably produced wines under the new label, 17 Trees. 

Hobgoblin is launching its “most-inspired and far-reaching” campaign to date, in the run up to Hallowe’en.

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) predicts “strong positive growth in sales” for English and Welsh wines, and its contribution to the economy through employment and tourism, according to its latest industry survey.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has changed its name to Halewood Artisanal Spirits, as part of a long-term strategy shift for the company.
The move follows last month’s announcement that it planned to close the site of its headquarters in Huyton, Merseyside.

A new urban winery has opened in Cambridge.

Tipples of Manchester is running a competition through September to give away a full set of rare bourbons.