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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Accolade Wines has acquired leading perry brand, Lambrini.

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.

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. 

Ten Locks is stepping into the booming American whiskey sector with its latest partner, Redwood Empire Whiskey. 

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

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.

Purato, the sustainable organic brand from Sicily, has joined up with artisanal pasta company La Tua Pasta for a neck collar competition starting in August.

Alcohol Solutions, a specialist in alcohol-based drinks development, distilling and packaging, is doubling production capacity at its Carrington-based site as a result of business growth from both off and on-trade customers. 

DO Cava has launched the Cava Academy, a modern e-learning platform to train professionals to become Cava experts of the future.

Wolfcraig Distillery has signed a new deal, which will result in the £15 million development of a new Scotch Whisky distillery and visitor centre being located at the Craigforth Campus in Stirling.

Ireland’s Waterford Distillery has confirmed that its Biodynamic: Luna – which it claims is the first whisky anywhere in the world to go on sale made from solely biodynamic barley – will be bottled this summer.

Luxco, the American distiller, producer, supplier and bottler of alcohol products, has appointed spirits distributor Craftwork to grow UK sales for its range of bourbon and rye whiskeys. 

Hendrick’s Gin has announced it will be releasing a ready to pour, batched and bottled martini as part of a new super premium cocktail range by William Grant & Sons called Batch & Bottle.

The Wine Society’s Chairman of 12 years, Sarah Evans, is retiring and Alan Black has been appointed as the new Chairman.

UK wine and spirit businesses are celebrating the free trade agreement (FTA) with Australia, which is expected to reduce the cost for exporters and importers and will mean greater choice for UK consumers.

Asahi UK today announces its entry into the hard seltzer category with the arrival of Viper Hard Seltzer (4%ABV) to complement its portfolio of premium beer and cider brands.

Roussillon producer Domaine Lafage is launching a sparkling rosé made using beer yeast in the fermentation process.

Wines of South Africa has launched a new digital marketplace, entitled Wines of South Africa Gateway.

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has named its new National Chair, Roy Allkin of Boss Brewing in Swansea, following the organisation’s outgoing Chair Ian Fozard of Roosters Brewery in Harrogate, who is stepping down by rotation at the end of his three year term.

Fozard was thanked for his outstanding contribution to the organisation over his term and presented with a commemorative Silver Tankard at SIBA’s Board meeting this month, where Allkin was named the new Chair and Richard Naisby, of Milton Brewery in Cambridge, the new Vice Chair.

James Calder, SIBA Chief Executive, said: “On behalf of everyone at SIBA I would like to thank Ian for the huge contribution he has made to SIBA through his tireless work and dedication to the organisation and its members over the last three years. His expertise and business savvy has been invaluable and has helped to guide the organisation through some of the toughest times in recent memory for the independent brewing sector.

“I would also like to warmly welcome our incoming Chair Roy Allkin and Vice Chair, Richard Naisby, who I look forward to working closely with in the future as we guide the organisation towards the betterment of SIBA Members and the broader independent brewing industry.”

CBA Gin Co, the new London-based premium spirits brand, is launching its first two gins this month: Marrakech Gin and California Gin.

James Watt, co-founder of Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog, has apologised and “promised to take action” after former employees accused the company of fostering a culture of fear.

The Liana Collection and Jim and Tonic, in collaboration with the Drinks Trust, are inviting members of the industry to a not-for-profit trade show aimed at celebrating independent, sustainable drinks producers.

Wines of Portugal has created a new campaign to promote Portuguese wines in the independent retail sector.

Molson Coors Beverage Company is investing £5 million in its new hard seltzer brand Three Fold. The move marks the biggest brand investment the company has ever made into a new category in the UK.

A temporary limit has been placed on Cava production for the second year in a row.