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Waitrose sells out of its Heston Blumenthal gin

Waitrose has seen “unprecedented sales” of its festive Heston from Waitrose gin, and it has now doubled its initial order for the product after it sold a month’s worth of stock in just one day.

Boutinot adds Hungarian wine producers to its portfolio

Boutinot is adding the first Hungarian wines to its portfolio; the wine company has a selection of “quality and characterful” wines from two Hungarian producers, which it can now offer to independent retailers.

Taittinger releases limited edition FIFA World Cup 2018 bottle

Champagne Taittinger has released a limited edition bottle of its Brut Reserve NV to celebrate its association with the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

California hit with second bout of wildfires

California is battling with more wildfires in the south, just weeks after northern California was hit by fires which devastated many of the region’s vineyards.

Langham Wine Estate reveals Blanc de Noirs 2013

Langham Wine Estate has added Langham Blanc de Noirs 2013 to its portfolio in time for Christmas.

Thatchers extends Haze variant with new multi-pack

Thatchers is introducing a 10-can multi-pack for its Thatchers Haze Cider to tap into the popularity of both the brand and this smaller multi-pack format.

Aber Falls launches range of flavoured gins and liqueurs

Aber Falls Distillery has launched its first range of premium flavoured gins and liqueurs.

London gets new non-alcoholic brewery

Nirvana Brewery, which claims to be the UK’s only non-alcoholic brewery based in East London, has launched two beers into the off-trade.

Berry Bros increases stake in Anchor Distilling

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced it has increased its stake in Anchor Distilling Company.

Co-op supports UK launch of first Lebanese Fairtrade wine

The Co-op has announced it is to become the first supermarket in the UK to stock a Fairtrade wine from Lebanon.

Clamato heads to UK with festive savoury cocktail

Clamato, described as ‘the cult US tomato cocktail juice with a twist’, has released a festive campaign in the UK.

Copestick Murray purchases Free Run Wines

Copestick Murray has purchased French wine specialist Free Run Wines and is now busy integrating the team into its growing business.

Moor Beer adds Bermondsey Beer Mile base

Bristol-based brewery Moor Beer has acquired a 2,000 square foot premises in London’s Bermondsey Beer Mile.

Rioja Wine Educators Programme 2018 is open for applicants

Registration is now open for the 2018 Rioja Wine Educators Programme.

Liverpool sees launch of joint brewery and distillery

The former MD of Caledonian Brewery has opened a new brewery, distillery and retail space in Liverpool.

Best of beer writing recognised in annual awards

Adrian Tierney-Jones has been named Beer Writer of the Year 2017 at the British Guild of Beer Writers’ annual awards ceremony.

Danish gin secures UK off-trade listings

Kongsgaard Raw Gin has been launched into the UK off-trade, with initial listings in Harvey Nichols, The Whisky Exchange and Amazon.

Thatchers extends its Cider Barn range of special vintage ciders

Thatchers is introducing Dabinett and Redwood variants to its Cider Barn range.

Jack Daniel's introduces Single Barrel Barrel Strength

Jack Daniel’s has launched a new expression as part of its Single Barrel Collection.

Plaimont Producteurs plans London tasting of long lost ancient grape varieties

The winegrowers of the AOC Saint Mont and Plaimont Producteurs are heading to London in February to present long lost ancient grape varieties at an exclusive trade tasting event.

The Benevolent's Thanks for Giving auction raises £25,500

The Benevolent has raised more than £25,500 at its ‘Thanks for Giving’ online silent auction.

Chapel Down creates spirits to join its portfolio of wines, beers and cider

Chapel Down has launched its first gin and vodka, produced using grapes from its 2016 harvest.

Sheppy’s adds cans to its portfolio of ciders

Sheppy’s has added cans to its portfolio along with a new look designed to cement its premium position.

Salcombe Gin reveals gift set duo of cask aged gin and sherry

Salcombe Distilling Co has linked up with Spain’s oldest known sherry house to create its latest limited-edition gift set.

Flavourly strikes deal to import China's Panda Brew beers

Online bottle shop and craft drinks specialists Flavourly has struck a deal with Chinese craft brewer Panda Brew.

Speyside Distillery extends into gin production

Speyside Distillery has launched a new gin inspired by poet Lord Byron’s words.

Dictador links up with multiple premium drinks producers

Colombian rum producer Dictador has announced a collaboration with a select group of premium drinks producers to create “a new take on a sharing experience”.

Heineken invests in Brixton Brewery

The trend for multinational brewers investing in their small, craft counterparts continues apace as Heineken has taken a minority stake in Brixton Brewery.

Denbies taps into trend for zero-dosage

Denbies Wine Estate is tapping into the trend for zero-dosage sparkling wines with its latest newcomer.

Stella Artois gets festive makeover

ABInbev has created limited-edition packaging for Stella Artois to coincide with the festive period.

The Co-op snaps up supply contract for Costcutter

The Co-op is reported to have signed a five-year deal to supply Costcutter stores, following the collapse of Palmer & Harvey (P&H) yesterday.

Vinovision and Vinisud join forces for 2019

Vinisud and Vinovision Paris have joined forces to create a joint wine show in Paris in 2019.

Innis & Gunn reveals first of its Vanishing Point beers

Innis & Gunn has released the first of its new Vanishing Point beers; a series of barrel-aged brews which aim to reflect the apex at which the skills and passion of its brewers converge with its ambitions to create exceptional beers.

Palmer & Harvey faces pre-Christmas collapse

Palmer & Harvey is on the brink of falling into administration, leaving thousands of jobs in jeopardy as Christmas approaches.

Range rationalisation tipped to continue as brands are “interchangeable”

Retailers are expected to continue cutting their ranges in 2018 in a bid to save money and make life easier for their customers, according to market research firm IRI.

Ex-Sipsmith duo break into lower alcohol beer sector

Ex Sipsmith duo James Grundy and Felix James have announced the opening of what they have described as “the world’s first ‘small beer’ brewery”, which will be dedicated to the lower alcohol beer sector.

Hawkshead Brewery reveals £3m expansion scheme

Hawskhead Brewery has announced it will build a new brewery, which will form part of a £3 million two-site brewery expansion scheme.

St Austell opens new distribution depot

St Austell Brewery has opened a new 40,000sq ft Bristol-based storage and distribution depot, creating at least seven new jobs in the area.

Sadler's adds spirits to its Peaky Blinders portfolio

Sadler’s Brewing Co is extending its Peaky Blinder portfolio by adding a spirits range, in time for the start of the fourth series of the cult BBC TV show.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label releases exclusive gift set

Johnnie Walker Blue Label has released a limited edition exclusive gift set in time for the festive season.

Think Rum 2018 to be co-chaired by Peter Holland

Rum expert Peter Holland has been appointed co-chair of Think Rum 2018.

BrewDog launches latest protest beer to tackle climate change

BrewDog has launched its latest protest beer, which it hopes will “shake the world by its shoulders” and remind leaders to prioritise Climate Change issues.

Waitrose adds to its Heston gin line up

Waitrose has introduced a new gin to its Heston from Waitrose range in time for Christmas.

Supermarket chain Booths hunts for a buyer

Family-run supermarket chain Booths has reportedly been put up for sale.

Villa Maria offers fans the chance to win a trip to New Zealand

Villa Maria is introducing an on-pack promotion offering shoppers a chance to win one of two trips to New Zealand.

Blackwoods revamps its premium gins and vodka

Blackwoods is launching a new 2017 vintage across its spirit range, featuring new formulations for its premium gins and vodka.

Three Choirs releases 2017 vintage still white wine

Three Choirs Vineyards is releasing a limited edition 2017 vintage ‘first release’ still white wine on 1 December.

Jack Daniel's targets UK shoppers with rye

Jack Daniel’s has launched a rye into the UK market in a bid to capitalise on Brits’ growing love of imported whiskies.

Hobgoblin adds IPA to its range

A hoppy IPA has joined the Hobgoblin portfolio.

Lambrini introduces revamped bottles for winter

Lambrini has revealed a series of ‘winter wraps’ for its bottles in the run up to the festive season.