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The deadline for independents to enter the 2022 Drinks Retailing Awards is just two weeks away.

There are just three weeks remaining for independents to enter the 2022 Drinks Retailing Awards.

In commemoration of the passing of John Rudd in January 2021, Berry Bros & Rudd is releasing an exclusive bottling from The Glenrothes distillery that celebrates the life of “a truly extraordinary man” and honours the 72 years he spent as part of the family business.

Berry Bros & Rudd has relaunched its spirits range with a new bottle and communications platform, designed to capture the “aspirational world of London’s style and elegance”.

Herdade do Mouchão, a family-owned estate now owned by the sixth generation of a British-Portuguese family, is set to focus on the UK independent trade by offering a new summer promotion on three of its key table wines.

Marks & Spencer is relaunching its craft beer own-label range with supplier partner, Real Drinks, formerly known as Real Ale.

Loki Wine has opened its third bricks and mortar retail shop in Knowle, Solihull, after securing an £80,000 loan from HSBC UK.

Majestic Wine is offering customers a year’s supply of wine if they help the retailer to find new sites for future stores, as part of a renewed commitment to bricks and mortar retail.

Fine wine merchant Lay & Wheeler has recorded its best year in over a decade, with a 57% increase in sales in the year to March 29, 2021.

The Co-op has joined forces with Brewdog to launch an exclusive brew called United Planet.

Majestic Wine has finished rebranding over 20 of its stores to bring them in-line with the company’s new direction. The move affects 10% of its nationwide estate and is part of a wider strategy based around improving its physical presence, as the UK emerges from lockdown. 

M&S has appointed Andrew Shaw as Head of Beers, Wines and Spirits. Shaw has a strong background in wine retail, which includes previous roles as the buying manager for Waitrose and his most recent position as buying director for Bibendum. 

Fine wine merchant Latimer Vintners has appointed ex-sommelier Caroline Brangé to head up its on and off trade sales, working closely with London’s hospitality establishments as they now re-open their doors.

Asda has moved away from the conventional supermarket strategy of grouping its wine by region and instead it is listing wines by grape.

A group of independent UK beer shops have forged a path together to highlight their sector and host an annual celebration.

Marks & Spencer is launching a new wine range, which is described as “an affordable invitation to wine lovers to venture off the beaten track and discover new varieties, regions and styles".

BWS sales returned to growth at the end of March 2021 as consumers prepared for the end of the first stage of lockdown.

Aldi is introducing a new collection of wines from across the globe, in time for the summer months.

Waitrose is exclusively launching a new South African wine brand, Great Heart.

Tesco is offering wine lovers the chance to access tailored tips from top sommeliers with a new on-demand SMS recommendation service.

Jeroboams has announced the appointment of Lucie Parker to the role of Trade Director.

Virgin Wines has unveiled plans for a stock market flotation.

Waitrose has listed a “UK supermarket exclusive” premium Indian wine.

Retailers Adnams and Duncan Murray Wines are among a number of small drinks companies who have signed an open letter from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, urging Rishi Sunak to cut wine and spirit duty and extend hospitality’s VAT cut to alcoholic drinks.

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

Rosie Ferner has been promoted to managing director and co-owner of Favourite Beers in Cheltenham.

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.

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.

Waitrose has identified a number of key drinks trends from 2020, which it predicts will escalate into 2021.

Amathus Drinks has revealed the second of its new store openings will be in South Kensington, in February 2021.