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The growing popularity of Seedlip helped Waitrose record stronger January sales than it saw in 2018. Spirits buyer John Vine told DRN: “Seedlip is doing phenomenally well for us and we had a really good January for spirits this year because of it. We are now looking at listing other alcohol- free spirits.”

Maverick Drinks has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for Israel’s first whisky distillery.

The nation's love of pink drinks is driving sales of gin, rosé and  ”instagrammable” cocktail liqueurs, according to the latest stats from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Harvey Nichols has launched its first own-label gin.

Beefeater is bidding to capitalise on the soaring popularity of flavoured gin by launching a new Blood Orange variant.

The Scotch Whisky Association has won a long-running battle to stop a German Distillery from using the name Glen Buchenbach for its single malt whisky.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) have joined forces to celebrate their 50th anniversaries.

Greenwood Distillers has revealed its first release: a Scottish gin called Theodore.

Famille Oksen is bringing its range of ‘artisan craft spiced rum’ to the UK market.

Glen’s Vodka has released two flavoured spirits, available now to the independent retail market.

The UK’s rare whisky auction market saw sales rise 62.7% to a record £40.7 million in 2018 as collectors snapped up more than 100,000 bottles.

Pernod Ricard has reported a “very strong” first half-year global results, although UK sales dropped due to a change in strategy across its wine portfolio.

Kokoro London Dry Gin is introducing a range of three premium gin liqueurs with flavours from Japan.

Love Drinks is ready to introduce the latest launch from The Bitter Truth: Tiki Lovers Pineapple Rum.

Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced that its first new global release in almost two years will launch on February 18.

Absolut is targeting vodka lovers with a limited-edition bottle that has hit shelves in time for Valentine’s Day.

Eden Mill has announced further expansion plans following the acquisition of Eden River Brewery in Penrith, Cumbria.

Diageo and HBO have joined forces to launch the Games of Thrones Single Malt Whisky Collection, inspired by the success of White Walker by Johnnie Walker.

The Borders Distillery in Hawick has launched a barley-to-bottle gin as a tribute to the town’s explorer, William Kerr.

Waitrose is adding new Fairtrade spirits to support its strategy of strengthening its Fairtrade commitment.

England can now boast more distilleries than Scotland, according to the latest data.

Producers are looking with interest at the UK’s liqueur sector, indicating that 2019 could be the year for increased NPD in this niche drinks sector. 

Mackmyra has partnered with rum producer Plantation Rum to develop a new single malt whisky.

The London Distillery Company is gearing up for expansion with plans for a larger London site to meet increased demand, as well as more space to lay down whisky.

The Walsh Whiskey Distillery has announced it is splitting the business by separating out the existing drinks brands from the distillery.

Ian Macleod Distillers has been granted planning permission to start work on its multi-million pound redevelopment of the Rosebank Distillery in Falkirk.

Dunnet Bay Distillers has added the pink grapefruit-flavoured Old Tom Gin to its Rock Rose collection, inspired by its sell-out citrus-based Artists’ Edition. 

Winchester Distillery is to launch its interpretation of an authentic Old Tom Gin, a style that was popular during the 18th and 19th centuries that is growing in popularity.

Drinks industry veteran James Lousada has joined Greenall’s gin supplier Quintessential Brands as managing director of its international arm.

Think Rum 2019 has revealed further details of the three rum masterclasses, which will take place throughout the day.