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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.

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

Freedom Brewery, the award-winning, pioneering lager brewer, has announced the appointment of James Coyle as Executive Chairman.

The Scottish-based drinks business Harpalion Spirits has secured a UK distribution contract with Bbb Drinks.  

Treasury Wine Estates is breaking into the hard seltzer category in the UK via its wine brand 19 Crimes.

Cartuxa, one of the oldest wineries in Portugal, has joined the Mentzendorff portfolio.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has submitted a response to the Government’s consultation on US tariffs, calling for the swift removal of tariffs on US whiskies and warning that adding duties to wine could be detrimental to UK jobs across the industry. 

An advert by Brewdog has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for misleading claims about health.

Berry Bros & Rudd has relaunched its spirits range with a new bottle and communications platform, designed to capture the “aspirational world of London’s style and elegance”.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has welcomed three new Board members to its executive team.

Edinburgh Gin has teamed up with Phoebe Waller-Bridge to create a limited-edition bottle that highlights her TV series Fleabag.

The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association for small and independent American craft brewers, will be participating in the Manchester Craft Beer Festival (July 23-24) and London Craft Beer Festival (August 13-15) both for the first time this year with an wide range of American craft beers.

The Hampshire-based wine producer Black Chalk has released its first still wine. 

Distill Ventures (DV) has announced its commitment to increasing diversity within the drinks industry through a range of global initiatives, including the launch of a new Pre-Accelerator Programme dedicated to early stage founders from underrepresented groups. DV will aim to invest $5 million in drinks entrepreneurs over the next 12 months through this initiative.

Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky is claiming a UK first with the launch of a pre-mixed single malt in a ready to drink (RTD) can serve.

John E Fells has appointed Stefan Neumann MS as a wine consultant, initially for three days a week alongside Fells’ London, Regional and Fine Wine teams.

Marussia Beverages UK is taking over as the UK distributors of Mercury Spirit brand Seven Hill Gin. Marussia specialises in the distribution of authentic and artisanal spirits from around the world, and Seven Hills is the latest brand to join the portfolio. Marussia will be taking over full distribution from previous distribution partner Boutique Brands.

Famille Perrin has produced a brand new Châteauneuf du Pape exclusively for Co-op stores.

Molson Coors Beverage Company has announced a £25million investment in its Burton-upon-Trent brewery that includes a new hard seltzer canning line and upgrades to its beer and cider packaging facilities.

Casillero del Diablo is launching a new consumer campaign to drive awareness of its white wines. With a creative showing the legendary ‘devil’ iconography in the fresh context of Casillero del Diablo’s white wines, the focus is on the seasonality and quality of its Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio.

Kinsbrook Vineyard, which lies just outside West Chiltington, Sussex, has released four new wines - three of which are from their 2020 vintage - including the wine producer’s first ever still and sparkling rose wines.

Pernod Ricard UK has appointed Leanne Banks to the position of Marketing Director to “strategically lead its marketing and digital transformation”, and drive value growth across the company’s premium spirits and wine portfolio. She replaces Raja Banerji, who is returning to Pernod Ricard India to the position of Head of Prestige Portfolio.

Litmus has launched its 2020 Orange Bacchus and 2018 Red Pinot. The latter is the first Pinot Noir released by the English Wine producer since the famed 2014 edition.

Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, and Brown-Forman have joined with The Bourbon Alliance - an army of distillers, restaurants and pubs, retailers, wholesalers, and US Whiskey fans - to urge the British Government to remove the 25% tariff on imported US Whiskey caused by a trade dispute over steel. The campaign is calling on the hospitality sector to sign up to the campaign and to help Free the Spirit from tariffs.

Following significant new funding from Accolade Wines, Campari Group UK and retailer Iceland, Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) has announced plans to extend its work programme to reduce alcohol harm among young people and improve their health and wellbeing. 

Vodka brand Smirnoff No.21 is collaborating with leading mixer, Fever-Tree, to champion Spritz serves this summer. The two-million-pound integrated “Spritz Up” campaign is live now until August and will hero the vodka Spritz serve across On and Off Trade. The activity will see out-of-home, digital, social, sampling as well as in-venue/ store activations across the UK.

Accolade Wines has acquired leading perry brand, Lambrini.

The Graft Wine Company has appointed two new salespeople operating in London and the south-east, while also reopening a London office to capitalise on increasing new business opportunities in the capital.

Lanchester Wines has announced a new addition to its sales team to continue the company’s focus on growth in the retail sector.