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Accolade appoints Ade McKeon as new UK general manager

Accolade Wines has appointed Ade McKeon as its new General Manager for UK & Ireland.

Molson Coors ready to introduce Belgian craft beers to UK

Molson Coors has announced it is ready to take over the UK distribution of beers from the Palm Belgian Craft Brewers brewery group and La Trappe Trappist Ales from the De Koningshoeven brewery.

Diageo extends into Iced Coffee market with Baileys

Diageo has revealed bold NPD plans for Baileys, which will see the cream liqueur brand available in ready-to-drink cans for the first time.

Hattingley extends into spirits

Hattingley Wines has launched its first spirit under a new sub-brand, HV Spirits.

St Austell reveals big investment plans for Bath Ales

St Austell Brewery has announced “ambitious plans” for Bath Ales, which includes a multi-million pound investment and the appointment of a new general manager.

Ruinart reveals two new Dom Ruinart releases

Ruinart has launched new vintages of the Champagne House’s Prestige Cuvee, Dom Ruinart.

Halewood adds third gin to JJ Whitley range

Halewood Wines & Spirits has added a small batch nettle Gin to its expanding JJ Whitley collection.

Absolut adds Lime to its portfolio of flavours

Absolut has revealed its latest flavour addition: Absolut Lime; which has been developed to tap into demand for citrus cocktails.

Black Tower turns 50 this year

Black Tower will be decorating its bottles with a gold crest as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

Christmas 2016 saw "record breaking" sparkling wine sales

A record volume of sparkling wine sold in UK shops at Christmas – more than 40 million bottles (up 12%) – flew off the shelves during the 12 week festive period, according to the latest figures.

Spar to launch two Wine Festivals in 2017

Spar has announced plans for two wine festivals in 2017, which it hopes will emulate its “hugely successful” Craft Ale & Beer event which ran throughout February

Heineken aims to bridge gap between mainstream and premium ciders

Heineken has added two artisanal ciders to its Bulmers portfolio under the sub-brand, Bulmers Orchard Pioneers.

Orkney Brewery bottles its popular Puffin Ale

Orkney Brewery’s Puffin Ale is being launched into bottles, following the success of the cask version of the 4.5% abv brew.

Salcombe Gin duo launch a Gin School

Salcombe Distilling Co is launching a Gin School, which it says will be the first of its kind for the South West of England.

Halewood extends into beer with Hawkshead Brewery deal

Halewood Wines and Spirits has acquired a majority stake in Hawkshead Brewery, extending the drinks producer’s portfolio into beer for the first time.

The Gin Society announces new festival dates

The Gin Society has announced plans to hold a two-day festival in Bolton; the event will be bigger than its previous festivals following the success of last year’s activities.

Conviviality adds Graham Norton and Invivo Wines

Conviviality has added the Graham Norton and Invivo range of wines to its portfolio.

Kingsland reveals pouch format wines for Co-op stores

Kingsland Drinks is adding to its fusion wine portfolio with a new pouch format, which will go into 1,600 Co-op stores from this month.

Wild Beer Co launches crowdfunding campaign

The Wild Beer Co is looking to raise £1.5m via crowdfunding to develop a new brewery space.

Stewart Brewing launches “classic tasting” Scottish lager

Stewart Brewing has launched Stewart’s Lager, to appeal to drinkers looking for a lighter beer.

Wines of Soave given a profile boost for UK market

The region of Soave in Italy will be given a boost in the UK via a new trade and consumer campaign.

AB InBev brings Bud Light to UK drinkers

Bud Light, which producer AB InBev says is America’s favourite beer, officially lands in the UK this weekend.

Heineken launches new beer brand Maltsmiths

Heineken is launching two beers under the Maltsmiths Brewing brand to tap into the growing trend for canned craft beers.

Indies targeted with high quality Portuguese wines at SITT

Independent wine merchants can taste wines from small producers encapsulating what modern Portugal does best when they visit SITT next week.

SITT gears up to celebrate the energy and dynamism of the wine trade

Independent wine merchants can bolster their spring and summer ranges by choosing from an eclectic array of interesting and nuanced wines at the upcoming SITT events.

Scotch industry meets Treasury to plead duty case

The case for cutting spirits duty was taken into the heart of Westminster today when the Scotch Whisky Association met Jane Ellison MP, financial secretary to the Treasury.

Croatian orange wines and Slovenian sparklers among the highlights at SITT

Independent wine merchants looking for new wines offering a point of difference can feast their tastebuds on Croatian orange wine, Slovenian sparkling wine and many more undiscovered gems at SITT.

Scotch whisky sales rise in its home market

Scotch whisky has enjoyed a reversal of fortunes in the UK market and demand is now soaring among British drinkers, Government figures have revealed.

Gruppo Campari reveals latest Appleton Estate rum

Gruppo Campari will launch a limited edition version of its Appleton Estate rum next month to celebrate the master blender’s 20th year of working with the brand.

Harveys extends canned range with Black Stout

Harveys is launching a new beer this week and it will be available in cans, a format that has proved to be successful for the brewer over the last few months.

Sandford Orchards reveals new brand identity

Sandford Orchards Cider has unveiled a new brand identity, which will be rolled out across its full cider range this year.

Black Sheep gets set to cause a scrum in stores

Black Sheep Brewery has launched a bottled version of its rugby-themed beer.

The Oxford Wine Company reveals new store plans

The Oxford Wine Company is opening a new retail outlet in the centre of Oxford.

Andre Lurton links with Daniel Lambert and Theatre of Wine

Vignobles Andre Lurton has revealed a new partnership with two companies in the UK’s wine trade: Daniel Lambert Wines and Theatre of Wine.

Buckingham Schenk boosts Spanish portfolio

Buckingham Schenk has revealed plans to introduce two new Spanish brands into the UK; the wines will highlight the strengths of DO Valencia and Utiel-Requena.

Tiny Rebel launches top three beers in cans

Tiny Rebel Brewing Co has launched its three most popular beers in cans for the first time.

The Abbotts & Delaunay Collection adds eight varietals

The Abbotts & Delaunay Collection of premium AOC wines from the Languedoc has been extended to include two new ranges of eight varietal wines.

Seeing double: the rise of collaboration brewing

The old adage that two heads are better than one seems to have been taken as an article of faith by many modern brewers. Collaborative beers have become one of the trends of the day in a sector where, mostly young
and hip, beer drinkers crave something
new every time they go into a shop or bar.

Connoisseur Estates adds English sparkling wine

Connoisseur Estates has taken on Woodchurch wines from Kent, marking the first English sparkling wines in the distributor’s portfolio.

Paolozzi Lager debuts in London

Paolozzi Lager, from the independent, family-owned Edinburgh Beer Factory, is making its debut in London to coincide with the Whitechapel Gallery’s exhibition, ‘Eduardo Paolozzi’.

Booker on mission to allay retailer fears

A charm offensive undertaken by Booker chief executive Charles Wilson appears to be winning over independents operating under the wholesaler chain’s retail fascias to the company’s proposed takeover by Tesco.

Vintners' Cup winner discusses the passion for wine that drove his studies

Jason Millar is the proud new holder of the Vintners Cup after posting the best score on the WSET Level 4 diploma course in 2016.

Berry Bros releases Ltd Ed label for Good Ordinary Claret

Berry Bros & Rudd has released an exclusive new wine label for its bestselling Good Ordinary Claret.

Sogrape deal helps make Liberty "as delist proof as possible"

Liberty Wines has bolstered its portfolio with the Sogrape range as part of an ongoing effort to make it “as de-list proof as possible” amid the consolidation gripping the trade.

Cider targeted for Budget clobbering by health lobby

Health lobbyists are targeting cheap, high strength ciders for a clobbering in the Budget on March 8.

Younger drinkers pay off for Virgin Wines

Virgin Wines capped a strong 2016 by enjoying its best ever Christmas trading period and partly attributes its success to winning over younger adults.

Hallgarten grows turnover but exchange rates hit profits

Hallgarten Druitt said it grew turnover by £1.8 million in the past year but profit fell £1 million due to the sterling’s plummeting value.

Progrigio: Asda's answer to Prosecco price rises

Asda has blended Prosecco with Pinot Grigio in order to cut costs, following warnings this week that the price of Prosecco could see significant price hikes.

Inverarity Morton makes inroads south of the border

Scottish wholesaler Inverarity Morton has finalised its offering after a three-year merger process and is now targeting indies in England as it marches southwards.

Seedlip gears up for new listings

The creator of non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip is gearing up for a host of new listings for the brand, as well as a pipeline of NPD, following the success of the original two variants launched in 2016.