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Barefoot has leapfrogged Echo Falls, Blossom Hill and McGuigan to become the second most popular wine brand in the UK off-trade.

Halewood Wines & Spirits, owner of Whitley Neill Gin, Crabbie’s and the Crabbie malt whisky brand, has announced that spirit production has commenced at its new distillery in Edinburgh.

Jägermeister has launched its shot glass off-trade pack into Tesco stores, while its Yard of Jägermeister concept has been given a refreshed look for Christmas.

That Boutique-y Gn Company is introducing a pink gin, which is described as having “a Boutique-y twist on a traditional recipe”.

Bushmills Irish Whiskey has released a limited-edition single malt whiskey aged in Acacia wood.

Famille Helfrich, the arm of Les Grand Chais de France dedicated to independent retailers and the premium on-trade, is planning its first portfolio tasting event.

Wines of Hungary UK is bringing ‘Furmint February’ to the UK in 2019.

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.

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.

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

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.