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The Department of Health has ruled there will be no changes to the descriptors for low and no alcohol products.

Manchester Gin has announced its plans to “end the year with a bang” by introducing a Jeroboam-sized bottle of gin.

Simpsons Wine Estate in Kent has released its first English Sparkling wine.

Diageo has sold 19 brands to The Sazerac Company for US$550 million as part of its strategy to increase its focus on premium spirits. 

AB Inbev is relaunching Bass pale ale in a bid to “reignite the premium ale category”.

A raft of organic wines from Sicily is ready to be introduced to the UK market.

Amber Beverage Group is set to acquire the oldest vodka distillery in Russia, and it said the UK is one of the primary markets it plans to focus on.

Fentimans has developed its first Spirit Pairing Guide, designed to help users discover “the perfect pairing of Fentimans mixer and spirit”.

Raasay Distillery has released the fourth expression of its independently-bottled single malt.

The company behind Pinkster Gin has expended its range of liqueurs with the aim of establishing its Hedgepig brand as “the definitive pudding gin”.

Kingsland Drinks has launched the Australian Vandenberg brand into the UK.

A complaint about HappyDown sparkling cocktails has been upheld by The Portman Group's Independent Complaints Panel for failing to communicate their alcoholic content. 

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.