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Ross Carter, who was head of the London Wine Fair between 2013 and 2017, has been appointed chief executive of The Benevolent.

European Food Brokers is reportedly seeking to take Oddbins back from the hands of the administrators it appointed four months ago.

Asda has added to its Argentinian range of wines with a new Malbec Syrah 2018, priced at £10 a bottle.

The Co-op has introduced a collection of wines containing less than 0.5% abv each.

Heineken UK has pledged to add new calorie and nutrition labels across all of its cider packaging, while it is also reducing the sugar content of its cider brands by 30%.

Greenall’s has introduced two new RTD gin & tonics to tap into growth in the pre-mixed canned drink sector, and well as the growing popularity of flavoured gin.

Vermouth brand El Bandarra is introducing “Barcelona’s latest obsession” into the UK.

Shrinkage costs UK retailers almost £11 billion a year and alcoholic drinks are the greatest contributor to that figure, according to new research.

Kopke and Casa Burmester – both part of the Sogevinus Fine Wines portfolio - have declared 2017 a vintage year.

Wales has been forced to delay plans to introduce a minimum unit price of 50p on alcohol until at least 2020 after a challenge from Portugal.

The Wine & Spirits Trade Association is working on a definition for flavoured gin, which “reflects the quality of the products that are already out there”, while also whittling out products that shouldn’t have the word “gin” on the label.

Australian spirits producer Manly Spirits is launching BlackFin Coffee Liqueur into the UK, to tap into growth at the premium end of this market.

Flavoured gin and gin liqueurs have brought in “a new and unique shopper base”; a group which otherwise would not have bought into regular gin, according to Kantar data.

A number of emerging trends could vanquish the wine industry’s reputation for a lack of innovation, according to a panel of experts at the London Wine Fair.

Global Brands has extended further into canned cocktails with new “Instagrammable” and bag-in-box sharing options.

Nyetimber has been named the first-ever English Sparkling Wine Partner to Cowdray Park Polo Club.

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has promoted James Calder to chief executive.

Scotch whisky can now officially be matured in a wider variety of casks - including those previously used to age tequila, mezcal, calvados, cachaca, shochu and baijiu – following a change in the law governing the industry.

A pineapple flavoured rum from Manchester sold out online within 24 hours and became the number one rum on Amazon as a result of appearing on This Morning. It has also secured a number of new retail listings.

New research has dismissed the notion that today’s young adults are “sober vegans who prefer yoga to clubbing and think drinking is uncool”.

Stryyk has secured a £1 million investment from soft drinks company AG Barr, which also owns Funkin Cocktails.

In a small room upstairs at the St John’s Chop House in Cambridge on a wet Tuesday night, the Oxford Wine Company meet for a debrief following round one of their blind tasting challenge against hosts Cambridge Wine Merchants.

The results of this year’s International Cider Challenge have been announced and the Supreme Champion for 2019 is Karlau’s Sxollie Pink Lady.

The managing director of Majestic Wine is confident that all jobs will be preserved after the parent company decided to sell the entire retail estate.

Majestic Wine chief executive Rowan Gormley has confirmed that the group intends to sell the entire Majestic business after deciding Naked Wines offers greater growth potential.

The owner of Waterstones is reported to be a new contender in the £100 million battle for Majestic Wine’s 200-strong retail estate.

Diageo Reserve has launched a series of supper clubs in London under its single malt brand, The Singleton.

Bimber Distillery has launched the UK’s “first handpicked Oolong tea gin”.

A new distillery in the heart of Scotland’s whisky country has released a Speyside Gin and Vodka.

Total whisky sales in the UK are predicted to grow 6% in value to £2.4 billion by 2022, according to a report by Edrington-Beam Suntory (EBS).