2019 January

Justerini & Brooks has added Bierzo producer Bodegas y Vinedos Raul Perez to its wine portfolio.

Johnnie Walker’s tie-up with hit series Game of Thrones helped push sales up 14% for Diageo GB for the last six months of 2018.

Craft spirits entrepreneur Michael Vachon has shrugged off the notion that the UK is on the brink of reaching peak gin. It has been the star performer in the spirits category for several years now and some have started to question whether its performance will peter out. “The UK is nowhere near peak gin,” Vachon says. “In fact, we are so far away from it that the peak isn’t even in sight.”

The amount of wine produced in Britain shot up by 160% in 2018 as the country bathed in glorious summer weather.

Berkmann Wine Cellars has appointed Guillem Kerambrun as director of fine wine & private clients.

The UK has signed a trade deal with Chile to ensure continuity between the two countries once Brexit finally takes place.

A drinks entrepreneur has launched a low alcohol spirit called Willow.

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. 

Thatchers Cider is set to release a new TV commercial, which will air for the first time on February 2, 2019.

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.

Cruz de Alba has joined its sister wineries at Enotria & Coe, with a trio of wines now available to UK independents and the on-trade.

A panel of rum experts gathered together yesterday at the annual Think Rum event in London to discuss the best approaches to educating consumers about rum. 

Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham has secured a listing at Waitrose for his eponymous wine range.

Oddbins has appointed an advisory firm to look at options for the future, following a difficult Christmas trading period.

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

Every year the International Cider Challenge recognises and rewards the wide range of superb ciders produced across the world.

The trade has reacted with sadness and concern to the news that Oddbins has lined up administrators following an “extremely tough” Christmas trading period.

31Dover owner DMD Ventures has reported that turnover grew 98% to reach £11.9 million in the 2017/18 financial year.

Wine suppliers that do not exhibit at the London Wine Fair will now be charged £60 a day if they wish to attend.

Anspach & Hobday, the Bermondsey-based brewer, is celebrating a successful crowdfunding campaign after raising more than £525,000.

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

Online retailer Wine Direct has gone into administration following weeks of complaints about poor levels of customer service and late or missing orders.

A professor of public health has served up an early contender for the much coveted Most Preposterous Attack on the Drinks Industry 2019 award.

Fentimans is adding Apple and Blackberry, blending the two “quintessentially British” fruit to create a new soft drink.

Malux Hungarian Wine & Spirits is introducing Peter Vida’s wines to its portfolio. The wines will be officially launched to the trade at its trade tasting event on February 4 in London.

Japanese brewer Asahi is the new owner of London Pride after it agreed a £250 million deal to purchase Fuller’s brewing, wholesaling and distribution operations.

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.

North South Wines is gearing up to showcase a number of innovative new additions to its portfolio at a trio of trade tastings spread across the country.

In the 14th century Cardinal Vital Du Four laid out the chief benefits associated with drinking Armagnac, the grape brandy produced in the Gascogne region.

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has appointed Colin Cameron to the newly created role of Head of Marketing.