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Bristol Beer Factory is set to launch its first alcohol free beer in collaboration with Talk Club, a male mental fitness charity.

The online share of grocery sales at UK supermarkets doubled to 12.5% in the last four weeks ending  December 26, 2020. This is up from online’s 6.7% share of sales during the same time in 2019, in what was the biggest December on record, reveals new data released by Nielsen.

Jeroboams, the London-based wine merchant chain, has appointed Alex Turnbull to the position of Private Sales Manager.

Beer producers have slammed the Government’s latest lockdown rules, which ban takeaway alcohol sales from pubs.

More than three hundred small independent breweries have signed a letter by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) to the Prime Minister, calling on him to commit to “proper support” for the sector which has been decimated by the Covid lockdowns in 2020. 
Small breweries have faced harsh restrictions on their businesses over the last year and saw sales plummet by an average of 80% during lockdown but have not received much of the support given to the wider hospitality sector. 
Added to this, the Government is planning a tax increase for brewers via its planned changes to Small Breweries’ Relief (SBR) – the scheme that revolutionised brewing in the UK and made it viable for small businesses to compete against the Global beer companies.
James Calder, SIBA Chief Executive, said: “Over three hundred small breweries coming together to write to the Prime Minister will we hope convey the depth of feeling from the independent brewing sector that it has constantly been overlooked, but more so that it is imperative this Government acts now or risks setting the British brewing industry back a decade with widespread business closures.

Drop Bear Beer Co has revealed plans to build a dedicated alcohol-free brewery.

Nisa is celebrating the festive season with a raft of in-store alcohol deals to help its retailers drive footfall and sales throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

The Drinks Trust has provided support to nearly 5,000 beneficiaries in 2020 through both wellness services and financial aid. The vast majority of these individuals were directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Irish Whiskey Hyde is launching in the UK for the first time.

Ten Locks, Manchester’s new premium drinks firm, has announced its first hires since its inception.

Brits put an extra £2.1 billion worth of lager, wine, spirits in their supermarket trollies this year, according to the latest Nielsen data.

North South Wines is adding Noughty to its portfolio, to add to its growing collection of alcohol-free drinks.

Unicorn Tears Gin has a new look in time for Christmas, along with a revamp recipe and updated bottle design.

McColl’s Retail Group has announced a partnership with Uber Eats to offer home delivery of everyday convenience goods, including alcohol, from over 400 of its stores across the UK.

Iconic Wineries of British Columbia (IWBC) is introducing CheckMate Artisinal Winery to the UK for the first time.

Off-trade growth stalled at the start of December as consumers flocked back to on-trade venues – where possible - when lockdown restrictions lifted.

Smirnoff, Gordon’s Gin, Baileys and Captain Morgan will be the first of Diageo’s alcohol brands to provide UK consumers with new health guidance on pack.

Freixenet Copestick has purchased the assets and business of Jascots Wine Merchants from the administrators. All current Jascots employees will transfer to a new business which will trade as Jascots Wine Limited.

Phillip Schofield and When in Rome have launched the “world’s first celebrity-endorsed wine in Garçon Wines’ flat bottles”.

Flint Wines has announced the addition of the first-ever Greek winery to their portfolio. 

McGuigan Wines has partnered with FoodTribe to host a series of giveaways, quizzes and wine pairings ideas as part of the foodie platform’s “12 days of Christmas” digital activation.

1800 Tequila has teamed up with Cocktail Porter to create a limited-edition Christmas Dinner Cocktail Kit for cocktail lovers to indulge in the festive spirit from home.

Plumpton College is seeking UK wine producers that are keen to take part in its 2021 apprenticeship programme.

Atom Group, which incorporates Atom Brands, Maverick Drinks and Master of Malt, has added a new innovation arm to its portfolio.

Casillero del Diablo has announced it has renewed its long-running media partnership with Sky Cinema.

Beefsteak Club has been confirmed as one of the sponsors involved in Sky Sport’s coverage of the England versus South Africa one-day international cricket match series.

Helen Mulholland, master blender at Bushmills Irish Whiskey, has been recognised by Drinks Ireland | Irish Whiskey Association for her outstanding contribution to the development of the Irish whiskey industry.

United Wine Growers (UWG) has launched its first brand for the UK drinks sector.

Ridgeview Wine Estate has appointed drinks marketing agency YesMore to launch a Christmas social media campaign that emphasises the English sparkling wine brand as “a perfect choice for celebrations, even when social distancing”. 

Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky plans to launch its “Dreaming of a Wild(ish) Christmas” campaign, which promises a raft of “smoky festivities”.