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Marks & Spencer is being accused of “normalising porn” because it is selling a Porn Star Martini drink in a can.

A start-up gin company founded by three UK bartenders is gearing up to launch its 2017 vintage into the UK. The company is also celebrating after securing a new European-wide distribution deal.

Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has announced that chief executive officer Ian Curle will retire in March 2019 after 15 years in that role.

Highbury Vintners and Hennings Wine have both been hailed as winners of the Shop Rioja promotion, each netting £1,000 towards new Rioja listings.

Wine Australia will launch a new education programme in January at its annual Australia Trade Tasting in London.

Euroboozer has added four low alcohol beers from Mikkeller, in advance of Dry January.

Seedlip has revealed plans to introduce a sister brand of alcohol-free aperitifs.

Aber Falls has extended its portfolio by adding a premium Small-Batch Welsh Gin.

Guinness has announced it will be the new title sponsor of the Six Nations, with the Championship to be known as the Guinness Six Nations from 2019.

Retailers have been urged not to clear their shelves of rosé this Christmas after Nielsen data revealed a 60% sales spike for the category in December 2017.

Virgin Wines is expecting a bumper Christmas trading period after enjoying 12.5% sales growth during 2018 so far.

Maverick Drinks will be the exclusive UK distributor for Dublin distillery Teeling.

New Zealand has emerged as the only major wine producing nation to enjoy volume sales growth in the UK off-trade, according to Nielsen data.

Off-trade beer sales were up 7.6% in the third quarter of 2018, according to new figures from the British Beer & Pub Association.

A white rum from Bali is heading over to UK shores, with a mission to remind consumers of Indonesia’s part in rum’s long history.

Stryyk is introducing a vodka alternative drink to its portfolio of alcohol-free spirits.

The East London Liquor Company has teamed up with Borough Market to create a limited-edition gin in time for Christmas.

Diageo has creaetd two new leadership rolesin sustainability. 

London brewer Five Points is celebrating its fifth birthday by launching a limited-edition range in collaboration with some of its most exciting craft counterparts.

Brothers Drinks has changed its name to The Showering Cider Mill to support its plans to introduce more brands into the market.

Asda is selling bottles of cava for £4.12, Prosecco for £4.50 and Champagne for £9 as part of a 25% off deal.

Steve Parfett is to retire at the end of the year following a long career in which he turned his family business into a leading wholesaler.

Edrington has sold blended Scotch brand Cutty Sark to French spirits supplier La Martiniquaise-Bardinet for an undisclosed sum.

Chapel Down is importing three of its favourite red wines from across Europe and selling them via its website, its cellar door and a pop-up store in Bluewater.

Greene King has launched a 0.5% abv version of popular bottled ale brand Old Speckled Hen ahead of the festive season.

VK has added “a festive treat” for consumers into its selected mixed packs this winter.

IMW executive director resigns

23 November, 2018

Penny Richards, executive director at the Institute of Masters of Wine, has resigned after leading the IMW for more than five years.

Kopparberg has announced its premium draught variant will be available in supermarkets for a limited period.

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey has launched a limited-edition bottle in a bid to bring a taste of the US to the UK.

Majestic Wine has reported a pre-tax loss of £0.2million for the first half of its financial year due to “sluggish” conditions in its core UK market and continued investments into the business.