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Two of the UK’s best-performing wine suppliers will officially merge on January 1 to create a new company called Freixenet-Copestick.

Borough Wines is ramping up its focus on wholesale as it bids to become a leading supplier of wines on tap.

Grower Champagne house Lelarge-Pugeot has been selected to supply a bespoke Champagne to celebrate HRH The Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday on November 14.

Brewdog has appointed David Gates to head up its distilling arm.

Brothers that evaded paying £3.6 million in tax by distributing illicit beer, wine and spirits across the UK have been jailed for a total of 12 years.

Rooney Anand is set to step down after 14 years as chief executive of brewer and pub operator Greene King.

Premium spirits importer and distributor, Mangrove UK, has delivered its highest volume of cases of spirits and liqueurs in a single month in the company’s history.

The managing director of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack is leaving the group to take up a senior role at Pets at Home.

Maverick Drinks has announced the launch of That Boutique-y Rum Company (TBRC), which it hopes will follow in the success of sibling brands That Boutique-y Whisky Company and That Boutique-y Gin Company.

Lone Wolf, the BrewDog-backed craft distiller, has unveiled a brand refresh for its gin and vodka brands.

Pernod Ricard UK will market and distribute Canada’s super premium gin brand, Ungava, from January 2019.

Diageo GB managing director Charles Ireland is leaving the business after a 20-year stay and travel retail boss Dayalan Nayager will replace him.

Chase Distillery has unveiled a number of gift options for the festive season.

Spar is introducing three new drinks to tap into the trend for premium and dark spirits; it has also fully launched its Regional Selection of wines.

Edrington Beam Suntory has appointed former Diageo Reserve Brands supremo Nick Temperley as its new general manager for London.

Beer, cider and spirits all enjoyed a duty freeze as the Chancellor delivered his autumn budget statement, but wine was hit by an RPI increase.

Vins du Médoc is hosting two trade masterclasses to educate retailers about the world-famous region next month.

Shares in AB Inbev dropped by 11% after it announced it will cut its dividend in half in a bid to bring down its debt.

Bancroft Wines has bolstered its portfolio with 167-year-old Barossa Valley producer Seppeltsfield and it will relaunch the wines into the UK market this month.

Popular gin brand Brockmans has continued its upward march by securing a listing at 274 Co-op stores across the UK.

Champagne Castelnau is adding an Extra Brut to its range to meet increased demand for the ultra-dry style among British consumers.

Maison Sichel is rolling out its Sichel Independents Initiative for 2018 and for the first time it will run across retail, on-premise and online.

Michelle Brampton is taking over as the new managing director for Treasury Wine Estates’ UK and European business from November 1.

Goose Island has launched its Goose Midway IPA in cans for the first time.

Robinsons has revealed a fresh new look and name for its 122-year old Unicorn beer and it has also added three new premium bottled beers to its portfolio.

An Essex-based farmer has launched a gin made using an eau de vie from apples grown in the farm’s orchards, utilising fruit which would otherwise go to waste.

Organic alcoholic drinks from other categories will we be exhibited alongside wine for the first time at next year’s Millesime Bio, described as ‘the world’s leading organic wine fair’.

Curious Brewery has appointed an ex AB-Inbev beer expert as its new Head of Brewing & Production.

Maker’s Mark is offering retailers and distributors the chance to work in partnership to create a “bespoke handcrafted cask-strength barrel-aged liquid”, with the first of its collaboration partners announced as Harvey Nichols.

Tom Jago: 1925-2018

16 October, 2018

Drinks industry pioneer and Baileys Irish Cream co-creator Tom Jago has died at the age of 93 after a short stay in hospital.