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WineGB has appointed Simon Thorpe MW as its new chief executive officer.

Off-trade alcohol sales are being driven by spirits, with a number of different spirits categories recording growth more than 50% higher than in 2019, according to the latest data.

Bancroft Wines has created 10 new roles across all departments, following the news that 37 producers have joined its portfolio, with several more to be confirmed over the coming weeks.

Millesime Bio, the trade event for the organic wine, beer and spirit sector, will take place in Montpellier Exhibition Centre between January 25 and 27, 2021, the organisers have confirmed.

The Portman Group has announced the addition of Campari UK as its newest member. It is the fifth member to join this year, bringing total membership to 13.

New Zealand Winegrowers is re-launching the Independent Retail Promotion which was due to take place in April and May this year. The event, which was postponed due to Covid-19, will now run in Spring 2021.

Waitrose is introducing a new interactive service with its exclusive ‘Cocktails at Home’ Experience Boxes, in partnership with John Lewis. 

Freixenet Copestick is launching a Rosé Prosecco under its I Heart label.

Roust UK has announced it is breaking away from its long-term partnership with William Grant & Sons UK in order to operate as a full-service distributor.

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is introducing a bag-in-box format for its 19 Crimes brand, and it will be launched into the UK’s supermarkets this month.

Quintessential Brands, has chosen The Drinks Trust as its first official UK charity partner, committing to raising funds for the charity over the coming year to support the many people in the industry struggling as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Fishers Gin, founded by Andrew Heald, has opened its own distillery in Aldeburgh.

Speciality Brands has signed an exclusive deal with The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney to distribute its first global whiskey release, Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, in the UK.

Waitrose is expanding its on-demand grocery trial with Deliveroo in 25 new locations, taking the total to 30.

London has been moved into the Government’s Tier 2 Covid level, whereby from Saturday there will be a ban on households mixing indoors.

WineGB has unveiled a new strategy to “champion the national brand” with Classic Method Sparkling Wine earmarked as the hero style, accompaned by a new Hallmark to support wines that have achieved the highest level PDO status.

Flavoured rum and flavoured vodka were the stand-out performers in off-trade sales for the first week of October, with both categories taking share from the on-trade as a result of the 10pm hospitality curfew.

Aldi is launching a Brewdog beer that was created during a Twitter exchange between the two companies after shoppers drew similarities between Aldi’s Anti-Establishment Beer and the brewer’s Punk IPA.

When in Rome has launched two Portuguese wines in box format to coincide with the launch of The Wine Show’s third series, which sees the team based in Portugal.

The Vineking has had its bid for “the most perfect site” accepted and is set to embark on “a huge project”.

Ten Locks, the new premium spirits company, has added a duo of spiced rum brands to its burgeoning portfolio.

Loki Wine Merchant is set to open its third store in the Birmingham area.

ABS Wine Agencies is launching "Christmas in a Box" kits for independent retailers.

Around 12,500 jobs could be lost within Scotland’s pub and bar sector following today’s news that its pubs and restaurants will close for at least the next three weeks to help stop the spread of Covid-19, according to the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA).

Campari has announced the launch of the Campari Art Pack, which is designed to enhance its long-standing commitment to the arts and creativity.

Sales of wine and sparkling wine are picking up in the off-trade, while beer and cider sales have slowed slightly through September.

Bordeaux Wines UK is launching a new festive campaign for independent retailers.

Axiom Brands has announced the addition of The Glenturret to its premium drinks portfolio.

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced a new partnership between Lindeman’s and the Carbon Trust – a collaboration that aims to see its Lindeman’s branded range of products certified carbon neutral in Europe by the end of 2020.

Royal Tokaji is releasing its 2016 Aszú wines to customers in the UK tomorrow (October 7) to other customers around the world during the autumn.