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Brexit: UK and European wine trade bodies unite in fight for free flow of trade

With Article 50 set to be triggered this week, The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has called for a "close working relationship with both government and our European neighbours", as the UK starts to negotiate its exit from the EU.

Les Dauphins ventures into sparkling wine territory

Les Dauphins is adding its first sparkling wine to its line-up of wines from the Rhône region of France.

Berry Bros announces release of Penny Blue VSOP Rum

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced the international release of Penny Blue VSOP Rum. The release represents the first VSOP bottling from the Medine Distillery in Mauritius as part of the Indian Rum Company joint venture between Berry Bros and the Medine Distillery.

Kopparberg Raspberry Light cans launched

Kopparberg has extended its range with the launch of a canned Raspberry Light variant, which has already gained listings at Tesco and Asda.

Molson Coors introduces Singha in cans

Singha Beer is now available in cans, with the launch timed to coordinate with Thai New Year festivities.

Black Sheep adds cans to its craft range

Black Sheep Brewery has extended its craft beer line up into cans for the first time.

Brexit red tape could turn Britain into a lorry park

Brexit red tape could bring customs to a standstill, according to The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), and the trade body has warned that “delays and gridlocks” at UK ports will encourage the resurgence of alcohol smugglers.

Richard Hemming MW and pop superstar Pink: an unlikely friendship

The first episode of wine podcast A Glass With featured pop superstar Pink, and producer Richard Hemming MW has revealed they became friends after she followed him on Twitter.

Tesco adds Old World wine collection under its Finest label

Tesco plans to introduce a selection of premium Old-World wines under its Finest brand.

Adnams pinpoints 2016 as its 'record brewing year'

Adnams has stated 2016 was a record brewing year for the company, with volumes passing the 100,000 barrels mark for the first time in its history.

South African fine wine launch celebrates history of region

Winemaking duo Chris and Andrea Mullineux are releasing a new flagship portfolio of fine wines inspired by the culture, terroir, history and tastes of the Cape.

Wild Knight producer builds on vodka success

The producers of Wild Knight English Vodka have announced they will be expanding the range to include caramel vodka, with other drinks to follow shortly.

Carling adds Black Fruits Cider to its portfolio

Carling Cider is adding to its range with a new Black Fruits flavour.

Vivino launches "Netflix" concept for wine retailers

Vivino, the global online wine marketplace, has launched a new feature which it says is specifically designed to help the wine trade.

Elephant Gin gets 'elephant strength' sibling

Elephant Gin is set to get an “elephant strength’ variant, which is said to be more powerful, intense and full-bodied than the original

Barefoot launches #BareYourSole campaign

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly has revealed its latest campaign, which aims to champion diversity and inclusivity.

Tesco rejigs beer aisles to add craft and no/ low alcohol brews

Tesco plans to halve the number of Heineken products it stocks but denies this move is a direct response to the brewer’s planned price hikes in the wake of Brexit.

Lidl appoints expert to strengthen its success in spirits

Lidl has appointed spirits expert Tristan Stephenson to work with its BWS buying team and consult on the retailer’s spirits range.

Champagne sales decline blamed on Brexit

Champagne sales dropped in both value and volume terms in the UK last year, driven by the fall in the value of the pound, a reduction in discounting by supermarkets and a “growing appetite” for premium-priced options, according to the Champagne Bureau (CIVC).

Wild Island Gin flies the flag for Hebridean botanicals

Colonsay Beverages, which already has a range of beers in its portfolio, has now branched into gin production with the launch of a gin infused with unusual botanicals from the local area.

Meantime claims market first with DNA-inspired beer

Meantime Brewing has claimed a market first by launching the first beer to be based on a brewmaster’s DNA.

Tiger Gin prepares to tap into festival season

The makers of Tiger Gin are getting ready to raise the profile of the brand this year by focusing on trade shows and food festivals around the country.

Sussex Brewery opens first bottle shop

Dark Star Brewery is gearing up to open its first bottle shop and tasting room, which will be in the West Sussex town of Crawley.

North South puts its faith in millennials

Millennial-friendly and South African wines, ethical brands and sparklers are among North South Wines’ predictions to be 2017’s big winners.

Lea & Sandeman look to raise retail profile

London independent wine merchant Lea & Sandeman is on a mission to win over younger drinkers and expand its retail empire as it seeks to drive awareness of its brand.

Hampshire county wine group grows

The Vineyards of Hampshire group now represents eight winemakers across the county after Raimes English Sparkling joined.

Aldi wine initiative taps into green trend

Aldi has revealed its latest wine projects – the environmentally friendly Green Collection and a range called French Discoveries.

Research shows opportunity for low/ no-alcohol

One third of Britons have reduced their alcohol intake over the past year, according to the latest research from Mintel.

Calvet reveals joint promotion with Le Rustique cheese

Calvet, the French wine brand owned by Les Grand Chais de France, has collaborated with leading Camembert brand, Le Rustique, to launch an on-pack promotion.

Barefoot launches #BareYourSole campaign

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly has revealed its latest campaign, which aims to champion diversity and inclusivity.

DBG Italia embarks on new direction

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced that DBG Italia, the Italian agency business founded by David Berry Green, is to become an independently owned company.

Domaine Sainte Rose launches first sweet wine

The Simpsons of Domaine Saint Rose are introducing a sweet wine to the market for the first time.

A Glass With: new wine podcast attracts A-list stars

OLN’s resident MW Richard Hemming is teaming up with wine personality and all round jolly good fellow Olly Smith for a new podcast.

Sainsbury's completes biggest wine range review in years

Sainsbury’s has completed its biggest wine range review in years after seeking to answer shoppers’ desires for more unusual styles, make the fixture easier to navigate and simplify pricing. 

Prosecco will shore up ailing wine sales for years to come

Prosecco sales are forecast to grow 17.3% to 8.3 million cases by 2020 and Brits’ insatiable thirst for the Italian sparkler will prop up an otherwise declining category.

Friarwood plans second shop and ramps up digital focus
Fine wine specialist Friarwood is putting the focus firmly on retail and e-commerce as it celebrates its 50th birthday this year.

Peter Bowen started the business in 1967, when he began importing top Bordeaux direct from the châteaux and supplying the UK on-trade.

Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme nearly upon us

The along-awaited Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme comes into effect on April 1.

Gallo boosts its Spritz fruit flavoured wine range

Gallo Family Vineyards is adding to its Spritz portfolio with a Wild Strawberry flavour.

Heineken promises its new alcohol-free beer tastes great

Heineken is launching a 0% abv lager under its eponymous brand in response to the growing consumer trend for moderation.

Treasury Wine Estates appoints new European managing director

Treasury Wine Estates has appointed Tom King as managing director for Europe after Dan Townsend sadly passed away.

New Burgundian brand targets UK off-trade

La Burgondie, a new 30-strong French wine brand, is heading to the UK’s off-trade this spring, distributed by Conviviality.

Bushmills adds Red Bush blend to its portfolio

Bushmills Irish Whisky has added a Red Bush variant to the range to appeal to bourbon enthusiasts and those new to Irish whiskey.

Stroud resurrects its peppercorn bitter

Stroud Brewery has re-released its peppercorn bitter, Teasel, as a limited seasonal ale and this time it appears in a bottle conditioned format.

Whyte & Mackay teams up with British & Irish Lions

Whyte & Mackay has announced its biggest-ever international sport partnership with rugby team The British & Irish Lions.

Gin and fruit cider join ONS inflation basket

The soaring popularity of gin and fruit cider has been cemented as the Office for National Statistics including the drinks in the virtual basket it uses to measure inflation.

Magic Spells joins London's craft brewing scene

The Magic Spells Brewery has become the latest brewer to join London’s craft beer scene.

Jameson taps into on-the-go occasion

Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled a new premium, on-the-go offering for its Jameson Irish whiskey brand.

Tomatin launches limited edition single malt series

Scotch whisky distiller Tomatin has unveiled its limited-edition single malt series, Five Virtues.

Stewart Brewing prepares for a bumper beer festival

Stewart Brewing gets prepared for its annual Edinburgh Beer Festival, which it promises will be the biggest yet.

Caple Rd links up with Backyard Cinema

Caple Rd Cider has formed a partnership to become the official Cider of Backyard Cinema for the next two years.