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Boutinot buys Henners Vineyards in East Sussex

Boutinot is bringing its winemaking experience to English shores for the first time with the purchase of Henners Vineyards in East Sussex.

Heineken launches Desperados Dos for late night occasion

Desperados Dos, a new variant in Heineken’s tequila-flavoured beer portfolio, is being launched to tap into the late-night drinking occasion.

Foxhole Spirits launches second batch of gin

Foxhole Spirits has released its second batch of Foxhole Gin, the first gin distilled with English wine grapes picked from Sussex vineyards.

Dan Townsend of Treasury Wine Estates sadly passes away

Treasury Wine Estates’ European managing director Dan Townsend has sadly passed away.

Chateau Lafite set to make London Wine Fair debut

The Rothschild Collection will make its London Wine Fair debut this year and a special invitation-only tasting will see one bottle of 2010 Chateau Lafite opened.

Think Gin Awards 2017: winners revealed

The UK’s leading gin retailers, bar operators, wholesalers and communicators were honoured for their hard work in making it the UK's most exciting and trendiest drinks category at our third annual Think Gin event this week.

Cider industry saddened by a far from rosy Budget battering

The cider industry took a battering in the Chancellor’s March Budget and warned the decision will threaten the health of several British businesses.

Budget 2017: No cuts to wine and spirit duty

The Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement that wine and spirit duty will rise by inflation is “disappointing” and a “missed opportunity”, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Bulk wine show heads to London for 2018

The International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show (IBWSS) is set to take place at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on 26 and 27 February 2018.

Jameson’s Makers Series: on shelves in time for St Patrick’s Day

Jameson Irish Whiskey has launched a premium trio of different expressions in time for St Patrick’s Day.

Ramón Bilbao shows “daring design” for innovative wine

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao is set to introduce a new look for its Vinedos de Altura Tempranillo Garnacha; a red blend which the producer believes “flies the flag” in pushing viticultural boundaries in Rioja.

Heineken gives Foster’s a makeover

Heineken has announced it will be launching a new design for Foster’s, which will roll out into stores from April.

Fowey Valley adds blush cider to its portfolio

Fowey Valley Cider has created a cider with a natural gold-blush colour, in time for Spring.

JP Chenet gets a contemporary new look

JP Chenet, owned by Les Grands Chais de France, has unveiled a packaging refresh as part of the brand’s evolution and to give the range a more contemporary feel.

Bowmore unveils new packaging across its range

Bowmore Islay Single Malt Whisky has revealed new packaging across its core range, with the aim of “communicating the hidden depths” of the brand and paying tribute to the world’s oldest Scotch maturation warehouse.

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.