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Spar is launching two new organic wines under a new brand name, Orbis (Latin for ‘World’)

Chivas Brothers has announced it will dedicate its pitch-side advertising space to support the Covid-impacted charity, MND Scotland (Motor Neurone Disease Scotland), when Manchester United hosts its first Premier League game back at Old Trafford this Wednesday evening.

Camden Town Brewery is launching a beer to celebrate the return to pubs.

A Mexican whisky is set to launch in the UK in July.

Cramele Recas, the Romanian wine exporter, is launching its first wines into Waitrose stores.

Ridgeview Wine Estate has revealed its plans for English Wine Week (EWW), which – this year, for the first time - will comprise a series of virtual events from June 20 to 28.

Kopparberg has extended into the rum category, following the success of its first foray into spirits last year with the launch of a fruit-flavoured gin range.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), has announced its intention to develop a suite of beer qualifications.

Britons spent an extra £47 million on lager in the first week of June, compared to the same week last year.

Off-Piste Wines has extended into spirits by creating a new gin brand called Off-Piste Gin.

Echo Falls has unveiled a redesign across its entire portfolio, alongside new brand positioning intended to recruit younger shoppers and expand the category.

Accolade Wines has given its Echo Falls collection a fresh look, with a “modern and sophisticated” design incorporating a new ‘waterfall’ asset.

The Drinks Trust has said to date 1,750 beneficiaries applied for its Covid-19 Emergency Grant of £250 each. It also said 31% of these have already been made redundant due to the pandemic.

The triennial South African wine trade show, CapeWine, held in Cape Town and hosted by Wines of South Africa (WOSA), has been moved from its planned slot in September 2021 to new dates in 2022 (October 5 and 7), as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Aubert Wines in California has appointed Flint Wines as its first agent in the UK Market.

Supermarkets, convenience stores and online retailers have been the big winners in BWS over the lockdown period. In addition, many independent drinks shops have admirably managed to adapt their businesses in order to keep trading through these challenging weeks.

Shepherd Neame’s, New Dawn Citrus IPA, which was released in the on-trade last year, is now available in bottle format.

The Heineken family has acquired a minority stake in Double Dutch, the UK premium tonic and mixer brand.

An industry-wide collaboration of specialist wine PR companies, generic bodies and wine logistics companies is working on an initiative to produce a comprehensive set of guidelines on organising safe Covid-19 aware trade and press tastings.

Aldi is introducing its own hard seltzer called Nordic Wolf, and it will appear in stores from mid-July.

Haig Club, the single grain Scotch whisky produced in partnership with David Beckham, is now available in a pre-mixed RTD canned format for the first time.

A leading north west England wine merchant has shared on national radio its experiences of a rollercoaster ride doing business under lockdown.

Last year 83 million bottles of gin were sold in the UK - worth around £2.6 billion - with gin sales almost doubling in value in just two years.

The easing of lockdown rules in the UK - coupled with sunny weather - led to a 86% spike in RTD sales at the end of May, with consumers seeking impulse options for socialising outdoors. Sales of these drinks through the convenience sector grew by 154%.

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) is encouraging the trade to get behind the newly-launched and adapted format of English Wine Week, which will take place June 20 to 28, 2020.

Campari Group has signed an agreement to acquire a 49% interest in Tannico, one of the market leaders in online sales of wines and premium spirits in Italy. 

West Berkshire Brewery (WBB), creators of Good Old Boy and Renegade Lager, has launched a crowdfunding campaign.

Manchester-based beer, wine and spirit importer Morgenrot is looking to raise money for Alzheimer’s charities and causes in 2020 through a wide range of fundraising activities as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

Portuguese winery Quinta da Pedra Alta (QPA) has appointed Winetraders (UK) Ltd to be its partner in the UK.

Treasury Wine Estates has announced a wine partnership between its Australian wine brand Wolf Blass and Deliveroo.

Molson Coors Beverage Company has added Bodega Bay hard seltzers to its portfolio as the category, which is in its infancy in the UK, starts to attract more bigger players.