71 Brewing extends portfolio with two new brews

Dundee’s 71 Brewing has expanded its portfolio with the addition of an India Pale Lager (IPL) and a Munich Dunkel, Ferrous Red.

Sussex producer Ambriel releases its first vintage wine

Sussex winery Ambriel has just released its 2010 Blanc de Blancs. The traditional method English Sparkling wine, which has been crafted from hand-selected Chardonnay grapes, is aimed at independent wine merchants and the on-trade, and it is priced around £36 per bottle. Around 6,000 bottles are available.

Broadland taps into lower calorie and lighter alcohol segment

Broadland Wineries has launched TrimVin, a new range of low-calorie and lighter-alcohol wines aimed at the off-trade.

Highland Park releases its Dragon Legend

Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky has announced the arrival of its new single malt.

Tesco appoints new head of BWS

Robert Cooke has taken over as BWS director at Tesco following a long and varied career in the retail industry.

Charity Challenge in honour of Dan Townsend

Thirty members of the Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) team took on the Thames Path Challenge last weekend, in memory of their former managing director Dan Townsend, who passed away suddenly in March.

Flurry of openings as craft accelerates

The boom for specialist craft drinks stores continues apace as DRN has learned of shops opening in Merseyside, Gateshead and Bath during the past few weeks.

WSTA conference sees record attendance figures

The WSTA’s annual conference this month recorded its largest ever attendance figures, according to chairman Dan Jago.

Woodforde's ramps up off-trade focus

Woodforde’s brewery has announced plans to ramp up its focus on the off-trade after 18 months of planning and investment from its new owners.

Aldi hails wine surge despite market woes

Aldi has shrugged off market pressures like exchange rates and duty hikes to post surging wine sales figures this summer.

Madeira wine event planned for London this October

Seven leading Madeira wine producers are gathering in London next month to show their latest releases at a ‘walk-around’ tasting event.

Plaimont permitted to reintroduce long-lost Tardif grape

Plaimont Producers, the co-operative in South West France, has succeeded in gaining permission to reintroduce the long-lost grape variety ‘Tardif’.

Cider sales push past £1 billion barrier

Warm weather at the beginning of the summer propelled annual cider sales past the £1 billion barrier for the first time since 2014.

SITT: Masterclasses for wine specialists revealed

This year’s Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) event will have a range of new masterclasses and workshops, and for the first year in its 12-year history the event will debut in the new location of Bristol, as well as London.

Drinkers' Voice enjoys strong start in bid to fight back against anti-alcohol lobby

A new campaign group set up to give drinkers a voice in the national media has enjoyed plenty of success on its first weekend up and running.

Bristol gears up for the biggest wine industry tasting in its history

The biggest wine tasting in the history of Bristol is just days away and there is still time for members of the trade to register.

Morgenrot extends Quilmes range as demand grows

Morgenrot, the Manchester-based drinks importer, has launched new 35.5cl canned versions of the Argentinian Lager, Quilmes.

Halewood bolsters wine arm with Bonfils deal

Halewood Wines & Spirits has bolstered its wine portfolio by securing a deal to distribute French wine brand Bonfils in the UK.

Buckingham Schenk adds to Vinalba line up

Buckingham Schenk has launched a new Patagonian wine from Vinalba.

Gordon's taps into Pink Gin growth

Gordon’s London Dry Gin is extending its portfolio with the addition of a new Premium Pink Distilled variant, designed to appeal to a younger adult audience.

Sailor Jerry gets tattoo-inspired makeover

William Grant & Sons is set to launch a limited-edition bottle design for its premium spiced rum, Sailor Jerry.

UK wholesale sector growth driven by strong BWS sales

The UK grocery wholesaling sector has experienced another year of growing sales, driven by the expanding out-of-home market and strong growth in beer, wines and spirits in particular.

Casillero del Diablo reveals major Halloween push

Casillero del Diablo is gearing up to launch its biggest ever raft of activity for the build up to the Halloween trading period.

Isle of Arran Distillery reveals limited edition bottle

The Isle of Arran Distillery’s master distiller has created a unique limited edition bottle that marks his 10th anniversary with the producer and a total of 40 years in the Scotch whisky industry.

California triumphs at the International Beer Challenge 2017 awards

Californian brewery Firestone Walker triumphed at the International Beer Challenge 2017 awards as its Union Jack IPA scooped the coveted Supreme Champion gong.

Our Vodka aims to "shake up vodka industry"

Our Vodka has launched four DIY infusion kits as part of its mission to “shake up the vodka industry”.

Nisa gets set for second Wine Festival of the year

Nisa is set to launch its second Wine Festival event this year to help its members drive footfall and sales.

Institute of Masters of Wine names 14 new MWs

The Institute of Masters of Wine has added 14 new MWs from five countries, including four from the UK.

Armit launches new wine from La Rioja Alta SA

Armit Wines has released a new wine from Torre de Ona in Rioja Alavesa, part of the La Rioja SA stable.

London Wine Fair director outlines her vision for the event

Hannah Tovey has just taken over from Ross Carter as event director for the London Wine Fair following a long and varied career in the industry.

Healeys resurrects old cider recipe

One of Cornwall’s oldest cider producers has launched a new premium variant.

Gigglewater launches 20cl cans of sparkling wine

Sparkling wine brand Gigglewater has launched 20cl cans of Vino Bianco Frizzante across Waitrose’s retail estate and online store.

Waddesdon Wines bolsters team to cope with increased demand

The UK distributor for Rothschild wines has bolstered its sales force with the appointment of two account managers.

Treasury Wine Estates targets male millennials with The Banished

Notorious 19th century revolutionary James Wilson has been immortalised in a bottle of wine as Treasury Wine Estates has based its new 19 Crimes expression on his exploits.

Waitrose launches cider produced using the Champagne method

Waitrose has given a listing to a sparkling apple cider made in the traditional Champagne method by a producer in Hampshire.

Majestic reveals new 'franchise-lite' model

Majestic Wine has revealed plans to invest in a ‘franchise-lite’ model.

Jack Daniel's brings a taste of Tennessee to UK retailers

Jack Daniel’s is teaming up with a range of UK retailers to launch initiatives designed to showcase its versatility.

Mangrove launches Black Pineapple Rum

Portmore Rum Company has added a new variant to join its recently-launched Black Ginger Rum.

The Co-op in talks to buy Nisa

The Co-op has entered exclusive talks to buy Nisa, just two weeks after rival Sainsbury’s chose to delay its potential bid.

Lurvill's launches Lavender Spice

Welsh soda maker Lurvill’s Delight is introducing a new Lavender Spice flavour, following an award-win for its Original variant.

British Cassis looks to expand off-trade presence

British Cassis has revealed plans to invest in nationwide marketing and sampling activity to boost the profile of the brand over the next 12 months.

Rum sales set to break £1 billion mark

Rum sales are following that of gin with sales set to break the £1 billion sales barrier later this year, according to the latest report from the Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).

California wine industry to descend on Westminster Abbey for trade tasting

Six hundred Californian wines will be poured for the trade at the Dream Big California Wine Fair in London on September 27.

Savanna sponsors Saracens in alliterative association

Reigning European champions Saracens are now sponsored by South African cider brand Savanna Dry.

Carlsberg brings founder back to life via hologram technology

Carlsberg is celebrating its 170th birthday this weekend by launching a range of celebrations across its hometown of Copenhagen.

Johnnie Walker launches three experimental blends

Diageo is targeting Scotch aficionados and cocktail lovers with three new experimental whiskies launched under its Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch brand.

Macallan dominates rare whisky auction market

The Macallan has increased its dominance over the rare Scotch whisky auction market and now accounts for 29% of sales at Rare Whisky 101.

Big Drop adds to beer line up

Big Drop Brewing Co, the UK brewery dedicated exclusively to making less than 0.5% abv beer, is celebrating its first anniversary with the launch of two new beers and refreshed branding.

Felix Solis launches two sparkling wines

Felix Solis has launched two new sparkling wines under its flagship Vina Albali range.

Collagin producers hit back at Portman Group

The makers of Collagin have hit out at industry watchdog The Portman Group after it warned retailers not to stock the collagen-infused gin.