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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. 

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mackmyra has partnered with rum producer Plantation Rum to develop a new single malt whisky.

Stannary St Wine Co has taken on Kim Suddens as its new fine wine account manager, in line with the company’s bold expansion plans.

Waitrose is adding new Fairtrade spirits to support its strategy of strengthening its Fairtrade commitment.

England can now boast more distilleries than Scotland, according to the latest data.

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

An age-old question in the drinks trade is whether tequila will ever be able to shed its negative image, although some in the industry would argue it is already well on the path of transformation from boisterous party drink to respectable spirit.

Love Drinks is investing in the ready-to-drink (RTD) category to tap into growth at the premium end.

Producers are looking with interest at the UK’s liqueur sector, indicating that 2019 could be the year for increased NPD in this niche drinks sector. 

Italian grape varieties are helping Australia to drive sales at the premium end in the UK off-trade.

Australia and South Africa have both reported have a rise in exports to the UK as the British love of New World wine endures.

Drinks industry veteran James Lousada has joined Greenall’s gin supplier Quintessential Brands as managing director of its international arm.

Northern Monk has unveiled a brand refresh while also adding two new beers to its core range.

The Borders Distillery in Hawick has launched a barley-to-bottle gin as a tribute to the town’s explorer, William Kerr.

Amathus Drinks will now distribute Org de Rac wines in the UK.