Tovey reveals new appointments for LWF 2018 team

Four new appointments have been made by head of London Wine Fair, Hannah Tovey, to help her deliver the 2018 show.

Retailers spared from curbs on multibuys and super-strength bans

The government has declared it has no plans to grant local licensing authorities the power to ban “super-strength” alcohol across stores in their areas.

Jacob's Creek unveils packaging revamp

Jacob’s Creek has revealed revamped packaging for its full Classics range in the UK.

Slurp aims to become UK's leading premium online retailer

Copestick Murray has unveiled plans to turn Slurp into the UK’s leading premium online drinks retailer after buying a 40% stake in the business. 

Waitrose wine team pledges loyalty to Old World regions

Waitrose has no intention of turning its back on classic wine regions that have been ravaged by spring frosts, hail and other issues that have driven up prices.

Spar launches two own-label wine ranges to simplify category

Spar is aiming to simplify the wine category for its shoppers with two new own-label ranges. 

'Ciderologist' is ICC chairman for 2018

Cider expert Gabe Cook – aka The Ciderologist – has been appointed chairman of the International Cider Challenge.

Shiraz ousts Merlot as British shoppers' red wine favourite

Shiraz has overtaken Merlot as the number one varietal red wine in the off-trade.

I Heart gains Asda listing after showing strong sales growth

Copestick Murray’s I Heart brand has gained a listing in Asda as it continues to surge up the chart of the UK’s most popular wine labels.

Sainsbury's wine team reports surging New World sales among Millennials

Sainsbury’s has reported a 26% growth in sales of Taste the Difference wines thanks to a strong performance from New World regions.

Big Peat 25 Years Old set to dazzle Islay aficionados

A limited edition Big Peat 25 Years Old comprising some of Islay’s most sought-after malts will go into specialist whisky retailers this December.

Hop, Burns & Black reveals anniversary beer creations

Independent beer, hot sauce and vinyl retailer, Hop Burns & Black, is celebrating its third birthday by creating a limited edition anniversary series via a raft of collaboration projects.

Pickering’s releases its sloe variant in new 70cl size

Pickering’s Gin has released its 2016 vintage of Sloe Gin and for the first time it is introducing this variant in a 70cl format.

Ginfusion helps gin fans create bespoke drinks

Ginfusion has launched a product designed to tap into the growth of craft gins and drinks-related gifts.

Guinness cans get a limited-edition makeover

Guinness is launching two limited-edition can designs to celebrate John Gilroy, the artist behind some of the brand’s most iconic advertisements.

Freedom Brewery launches campaign to address work-life balance

Freedom Brewery has launched a new UK campaign called My 25th Hour, which will comprise digital, print and social media activity.

Gordon & MacPhail invests in website revamp

Gordon & MacPhail has launched a new online platform, which aims to enhance its customers’ digital experience as well as helping the brand to become a respected source of single malt whisky information.

London Wine Fair has no plans to move 2019 show to avoid Vinexpo clash

Brintex has no plans to shift the London Wine Fair to another month to avoid a clash with Vinexpo in 2019.

Japanese producer aims to ‘lead the saké revolution’ in London

An ultra-premium saké producer, which makes only one batch a year, is ready to enter the UK market.

Fever-Tree continues fast pace of growth

Fever-Tree has reported that the strong growth recorded during the first six months of 2017 has continued during the second half.

Les Grands Chais de France creates new UK role

Les Grands Chais de France has appointed Nick Butler to take up the newly created role of UK and Ireland Wine Director.

Conviviality reports sales up 10% for its retail arm

Conviviality has reported revenue for the 26 weeks to 29 October 2017 was 9.2% ahead of last year to £836m, with particularly strong growth from its retail arm. 

Underage sales reach record low in off-trade

An off-trade clampdown on underage sales appears to be working as the number of 11 to 15-year-olds that reported purchasing alcohol from retailers fell to an all-time low.

Morgenrot adds canned format for Cisk Lager

Morgenrot has introduced its Maltese beer Cisk in 33cl cans.

Vina Ventisquero highlights Chilean heritage grapes with its latest additions

Vina Ventisquero is launching three new wines, two of which are made from Chilean ‘heritage grapes’.

Watermelon beer wins the 2017 Great British Homebrew Challenge

A watermelon-infused beer nudged ahead of the competition to take the top spot at the 2017 Great British Homebrew Challenge.

Paragon Brands taps into premium and craft trends

A drinks expert has launched a new UK drinks agency to meet the growing demand for premium and craft alcohol brands.

Kronenbourg 1664 gets festive makeover

Kronenbourg 1664 is featuring in a new campaign encouraging consumers to ‘Give the Gift Supreme’ this Christmas.

Celebrate British Beer 2017: winners announced

Britain’s leading beer retailers were honoured for their achievements in promoting our country’s thriving brewing industry at an awards ceremony at the House of Commons this week.

Copestick Murray invests in Slurp

I Heart supplier Copestick Murray has purchased a 40% share in Slurp, which has an online retail site and two bricks and mortar stores.

Chapel Down reports second highest harvest by volume

Chapel Down has reported its 2017 harvest is its second highest harvest by volume.

Freya Woodsmoke extends first birch tree sap spirit brand

Freya, which claims to be the first spirit created from birch tree sap, has a new addition to the range.

Campo Viejo Cava gets wider off-trade launch

Pernod Ricard UK is giving its Campo Viejo Cava a wider launch to extend it from convenience into the full grocery channel.

NB Distillery and Bon Accord release co-branded tonic

A Scottish gin producer and a soft drinks manufacturer have joined forces to revitalise the mixer category with a co-branded premium tonic.

Coca-Cola reveals its Christmas campaign

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has revealed its Christmas campaign,which includes a return of the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour, the ‘Holidays Are Coming’ TV advert, limited edition Christmas packs and sponsorship of Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball.

The Pogues Whiskey reveals full revamp

The Pogues Irish Whiskey has launched a new brand identity, bottle and limited-edition gift set.

Waitrose reveals key drinks trends in its latest report

Southerners are the biggest fans of bag-in-box wine, according to the latest data from the Waitrose Food & Drink Report 2017-18.

Durham Distillery reveals new liqueur for winter

Durham Distillery has launched a new winter liqueur to add to its range of bespoke gin, liqueurs and vodka.

Barefoot Wines adds second sparkling variant

Barefoot Wine is adding a new sparkling addition to its line up in time for the festive season.

Accolade extends Echo Falls Fruit Fusions into flavoured vodka

Accolade Wines is extending its Echo Falls wine range with the addition of a flavoured vodka.

Gallo introduces Apothic Dark to the UK

Premium wine brand Apothic is “inviting consumers to embrace the darkness” with the launch of Apothic Dark.

Hi-Spirits reveals its range of gift packs

Hi-Spirits has introduced a range of gift packs featuring brands from its portfolio, in time for the festive season.

Innis & Gunn calls on beer fans for recipe inspiration

Innis & Gunn has launched a competition to collaborate with beer fans in creating unique brews.

Mouton Cadet is Official Wine of 2018 Ryder Cup

Mouton Cadet has been name Official Wine of the 2018 Ryder Cup, which takes places across three days next September. 

Gin makers call for a freeze in spirit duty

Gin makers have joined forces to call for the Chancellor to freeze spirit duty, to alleviate fears that high taxes could stifle the British gin boom.

Four Roses adds Small Batch bourbon variant

Four Roses has launched its 2017 Small Batch Limited Edition Bourbon in the UK.

Harry's Cider adds to its bottled line up

Harry’s Cider has extended its bottled line up with the addition of a new medium cider variant.

El Jimador highlights Mexico's Day of the Dead

El Jimador Tequila has launched a Day of the Dead bottle in response to growing consumer interest in celebrating the Mexican event on 2 November 2017.

London Wine Fair unveils Drinks Britannia section

The London Wine Fair has unveiled the first of its new exhibitor zones, which will feature as part of a refreshed 2018 show.

Rekorderlig revives seasonal Spiced Plum variant

Rekorderlig is bringing back its Spiced Plum variant in time for the winter season.