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Mike’s Hard Sparkling Water, the alcoholic sparkling water brand backed by ZX Ventures, AB InBev’s innovation arm, has been rebranded with a new name and recipe formulation, which has helped it to secure major new listings across the UK.

Berry Bros & Rudd is launching a special mixed case of wine designed to raise funds for the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. For every case sold the retailer will donate £25 to the appeal.

Aldi is seeking consumers to apply to its Aldi Wine Club as wine reviewers. 

Accolade Wines has confirmed its managing director for Europe, Ade McKeon, is stepping down after three years with the company.

Freixenet Copestick has said it has been “overwhelmed” by the positive response from its fans about its I Heart Superheroes competition, and it is now ready to extend the concept further.

A new wine company, which has secured an investment from former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard, has teamed up with Origin Wines to launch a canned wine brand into Tesco stores this month.

Majestic Wine has revealed details of a number of changes to key personnel, as the business prepares for its new chapter.

The Wine Society is adding to its unique en primeur initiative with its first Australian en primeur.

WineGB has repositioned its marketing activities to support the industry through the coronavirus crisis, with many businesses having been hit by closure of cellar door sales and supply to the hospitality industry.

James Reed has been appointed as buying manager for wine at Tesco.

Villa Maria is inviting consumers across the global to watch the feature-length documentary Vintage as a celebration of International Sauvignon Blanc Day on May 1st.

South Africa has been told that wine exports can now continue.

A potato producer claims it has created Devon’s first potato vodka.

Green Times Brewing has revealed a number of new CBD-infused beers, including the Green Heathen, a 7.2% abv beer which it created in partnership with Northern Monk.

Camden Town Brewery has rebranded its classic Camden Hells lager to Camden Heroes, with all proceeds of every can sold to be donated to NHS charities.

Beers, wines and spirits (BWS) was the fastest growing online grocery category in terms for the last four weeks of lockdown, according to recent data.

The Distiller’s Charity has pledged £50,000 to The Drinks Trust to support people in the drinks industry who are facing severe hardship as a result of Covid-19.

Help 4 Hospitality has set a £250,000 fundraising target by August 1, 2020, to provide financial support to the hospitality sector.

The recently-announced support package for small businesses is welcome but “the government could have gone further”, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Marks & Spencer has released a range of own-label wines priced at £5 per bottle.

Berry Bros & Rudd is pre-selling wines from two of its smaller producers, offering its customers the chance to buy early at a reduced cost.

Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, part of ABInbev, has added two new beeers to its low and no alcohol portfolio for the UK off-trade.

Comité Champagne has launched an official online learning course for those in the drinks trade.

Budweiser has given its iconic ‘Whassup’ advert a quarantine-themed remake, encouraging people to connect with friends and family.

Disaronno is extending into a new category with the launch of a cream liqueur variant.

Sales of wine from Rias Baixas in Spain are up by 42% in the UK.

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association is turning its focus on pushing for a broader definition of hospitality, to help suppliers to the on-trade to access the same levels of support.

A nationwide survey by The Brewers Association indicates the majority of breweries do not think their business can last three months given current conditions, suggesting thousands might close.