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Hambledon approved as WSET course provider

Hambledon Vineyard in Hampshire has been approved as an official programme provider for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and will be offering WSET Level 1 and Level 2 courses starting this Autumn.

Fentimans launches canned range

Fentimans has launched a canned range of its most popular botanically brewed flavours.

Morrisons agrees wholesale deal with McColl's

McColl’s Retail Group has reached an agreement with Morrisons Supermarkets to supply McColl’s growing estate of 1300 convenience stores and 350 newsagents.

Loch Lomond Whiskies unveils two single malts

Loch Lomond Whiskies has unveiled two new single malts from its Island Collection.

Aston Manor grows sales by 4%

Aston Manor’s sales grew by 4% to £113 million in 2016 and it now believes it offers a breadth of range that is unrivalled in the cider category.

Diageo enjoys strong UK sales growth

Diageo has reported that it grew market share in the UK off-trade and on-trade in the past year, largely thanks to the strength of Baileys, Guinness and Gordon’s.

Retailers dominate latest customer service poll

Amazon finished top of the pile as retailers completed a clean sweep in a survey designed to find the UK’s top brands for customer service.

“Slow news day produces unexpected headlines”: researcher reacts to Guardian front page

The researcher responsible for a Guardian front page suggesting a soaring alcohol misuse epidemic could kill 63,000 people said the real headline should have been: “slow news day produces unexpected headlines”.

Commentator accuses anti-alcohol lobbyists of using "fundamentally flawed" research to try to engineer "a tax on the poor"

Commentator Steve Topple has ripped into “fundamentally flawed” research suggesting alcohol abuse will kill 63,000 people in the next five years if punitive measures are not slapped on alcohol.

Fine wine merchant shrugs off sterling fears to record strong en primeur campaign

Fine wine merchant BI Wine said British clients are undeterred by the weak sterling rate after reporting its most successful en primer campaign in seven years.

Scotch whisky auction market enjoys record sales run

The UK auction market for single malt Scotch malt whisky has enjoyed a record breaking three months, with sales surpassing £6 million between April and June.

Online retailer 31Dover.com appoints new chief executive

Online drinks retailer 31Dover.com has appointed former Naked Wines sales and marketing director James Bagley as its new chief executive.

Cider and bubbly sales soar as Brits enjoy summer sun

A prolonged summer heatwave sparked 19% growth in cider sales and a 17% rise in sparkling wine sales in the grocery channel this summer.

Industry hits back at "lazy scaremongering" story that claims alcohol will kill 63,000 people unless affordability, availability and advertising is reduced

The public health lobby has called for off-licence hours to be cut to 10am-10pm, the reintroduction of the duty escalator, minimum unit pricing of 50p and tighter regulations on alcohol advertising.

WSTA conference attracts "two business titans" for headline speeches

Outspoken Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin will join Lord Price, the Minister of State for International Trade, on stage at the annual WSTA Conference.

Alcohol Health Alliance accused of "misleading" Irish public with survey

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland has slammed a “deeply flawed and misleading” survey used by the Alcohol Health Alliance to argue for reduced advertising of alcohol.

Distillery embarks on "perfect partnership" with Wildlife Trust

A new gin is set to deliver a boost for Hertfordshire rivers.

Moor Beer looks to expand operations

Moor Beer is preparing to expand its operations following record sales through 2016.

Battle of the Beer Shops to take place in August

Nine of London’s top craft beer shops will go head to head next month in a collaborative brewing challenge for London Beer City.

Tesco launches Talisman Bull's Blood

Tesco has launched a new Hungarian range across stores nationally and online.

Hambledon to host its first wine festival

Tomatin launches limited edition 1972 single malt

Tomatin has unveiled its “hotly anticipated” limited edition single malt from its Warehouse 6 Collection, the 1972 edition.

Adnams adds Copper House Gin & Tonic in cans

Adnams has introduced its Copper House Dry Gin in a ready-to-drink format.

Wimbledon brewery teams up with AFC Wimbledon for new lager

Wimbledon Brewery has created a special lager for local football side AFC Wimbledon to mark the joint heritage of the two institutions.

Thornbridge reveals expansion plans

Thornbridge Brewery has revealed plans for the next stage of development at its site in Bakewell.

Conviviality doubles profits following “transformational year”

Conviviality has more than doubled its full year profits to £22.5m. The owner of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack reported its pre-tax profits grew 147% on the previous year, and it almost doubled sales to £1.56bn.

Deliveroo seeks new retail partners in expansion drive

Deliveroo has attracted more than 400 BWS partners in the past year and is targeting the convenience sector along with specialist indies as it seeks to increase its footprint.

Retailers falling short in ID tests

Retailers sold alcohol to nearly one in six teenage mystery shoppers in 2016 without asking for proof of age, according to new data from Serve Legal. 

Loki expands across Birmingham with two new stores

Birmingham independent Loki is to grow its flagship store and expand across the city with two new shops. 

MP calls on colleagues to stand up to the temperance lobby

The new chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group used his acceptance speech to signal a desire to fight the temperance lobby and push for a fair deal on duty.

Chinese wine producer Lenz Moser discusses his 10-year plan to make world-renowned Cabernet

To the south of Mongolia lies the landlocked region of Ningxia, which has a similar altitude to the peak of Ben Nevis and enjoys 3,000 hours of sunshine per year.

WSET on a mission to improve industry's spirits knowledge

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is on a drive to increase the trade’s knowledge of the burgeoning spirits category by overhauling its courses and trying to boost student numbers. 

Aldi launches wallet friendly sake

Aldi has launched a £3.99 sake from Nada-ku and says it costs 28 times less than a comparable sized bottle at renowned London restaurant Nobu.

Lambrini unveils limited edition design for summer

Lambrini has unveiled a limited-edition bottle wrap “to capture the essence of summer 2017”.

Piper-Heidsieck targets key wine shops with latest cuvee

The House of Piper-Heidsieck will release a cuvee exclusively for select high-end wine merchants and restaurants.

Pernod Ricard UK appoints new marketing director

Pernod Ricard UK has appointed Philip Ainsworth as its new Marketing Director.

Broadland Wineries adds Australian trio for off-trade

Broadland Wineries is launching a new range of wines from Australia's Langhorne Creek, aimed at the off-trade.

St Peter's unveils latest alcohol-free variant

Suffolk-based microbrewery St Peter’s has unveiled Without Gold, a hoppy, golden ale that it claims is full of flavour and completely alcohol free.

WSTA joins Government at food and drink roundtable

The Wine & Spirits Association has been called upon to brief Defra ministers on what the drinks industry needs to maintain its number one global position and continue to grow.

Waitrose introduces new drinks magazine

Waitrose has brought out a new magazine for its customers called Waitrose Drinks.

Salcombe Gin sets up gin delivery service for yachts

The producer of Salcombe Gin is launching a unique delivery service this summer by making its gin available to the yachting community.

Corona reveals Passport for Paradise promotion

AB Inbev has revealed its first pan-European promotional campaign for Corona, which offers consumers the chance to win from a raft of prizes.

UK wine agencies unite to form single industry body

The two key UK organisations within the UK wine industry are to merge to become one single industry body.

Robinsons reveals latest Iron Maiden beer

Robinsons and Iron Maiden have teamed up again to add another brew to their collaborative beer portfolio.

The Co-op links with Kumala for Fairtrade wine project

The Co-op has joined forces with South African wine brand Kumala to create a new Fairtrade wine.

Jeroboams adds boutique Chilean winery

Jeroboams has added family-owned boutique winery Clos de Luz to its portfolio.

Indian-inspired Five Rivers rum arrives in UK

Sanghera Rum Company is gearing up to launch the UK’s first flavouted white rum using premium Punjabi sugarcane.

Carlsberg UK acquires London Fields Brewery

Carlsberg UK has acquired London Fields Brewery and it will operate the business in a joint venture with Brooklyn Brewery from Brooklyn, New York.

Amazon teams up with DrinksFest for consumer event

DrinksFest, the new consumer show geared towards Generation X and Millennial consumers, has landed Amazon as a sponsor for the inaugural event.

Hogs Back overhauls TEA design

Hogs Back has launched a new design for its flagship Traditional English Ale (TEA) in a bid to pare down a cleaner and more modern look.