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Splash Wines ready to makes waves in the UK

Splash Wines, the US direct-to-consumer wine marketing agency, has announced it plans to expand into the UK market.

Craftwork bolsters portfolio with Irish whiskey

New distributor Craftwork continues to bolster its burgeoning portfolio with intriguing spirits and the latest addition is Hyde Irish whiskey.

Captain Morgan introduces seven 'personalised' bottles

Captain Morgan will be changing its name across seven limited-edition bottles with the aim of helping retailers tap into the growing trend for personalisation.

Merrydown Dry makes a comeback

SHS Drinks is reintroducing Merrydown Dry to tap into the growth of glass-bottled apple ciders.

Sainsbury's share price soars after Asda merger announcement

Sainsbury’s share price has risen by 15% after it confirmed a merger with Asda that will create the UK’s largest retailer.

The Portman Group launches review of its Code of Practice

The Portman Group has announced the fifth major review of its Code of Practice to “shape the future of alcohol regulation” in the UK, and it is urging anyone with a view on alcohol marketing to get involved.

Loire Valley Wines reveals raft of London Wine Week events

Loire Valley Wines has announced a number of events to support its role as the headline sponsor for London Wine Week and it is also extending its campaign throughout the entire month of May.

Galipette Cider parachutes over from France

Cidersmiths has signed an agreement with Cider Supply Co to distribute its French brand, Galipette Cidre, in the UK.

Plumpton College rebrands wine portfolio

Plumpton College has rebranded its entire wine portfolio as a result of its annual student design competition; and separately the wine education centre is also celebrating its first successful UK qvevri winemaking vintage.

Heineken reveals new can size for UEFA Champions League activity

Heineken is introducing 44cl cans for the first time, supported by a £3 million campaign linked to its position as official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League.

Vins de Bordeaux launches educational tastings for the wine trade

Vins de Bordeaux is launching Bordeaux Today, a series of education tastings for wine trade professionals. The news follows the recent announcement of a full month dedicated to Bordeaux wines in the UK.

Garcon Wines brings its 'letterbox-friendly' wines to market

Garcon Wines has officially launched its flat ‘letterbox-friendly’ wine bottle to UK consumers, following a partnership with online florist, Bloom & Wild.

Scotland's minimum unit pricing plan is "unmerited" and "unlikely to work"

Minimum unit pricing comes into force in Scotland on May 1 and a leading cider producer has warned that it will fail to achieve its goals and bring damaging, unintended consequences.

Concha y Toro UK launches Californian Zinfandel aged in bourbon barrel

Concha y Toro has announced the UK launch of 1000 Stories, a Californian Zinfandel aged in bourbon barrels.

19 Crimes range welcomes two new scoundrels

Two new rogues are joining the 19 Crimes gallery as brand owner Treasury Wine Estates bids to win over more Millennial consumers.

Nisa reveals Heritage Signature Blends spirits range

Nisa is launching its Heritage Signature Blends spirits range at the end of May.

By 2040 the UK's wine industry could sell 40m bottles and employ 30,000 people

The amount of full-time employees involved in the English and Welsh wine industries could rise to 30,000 by 2040, from its current figure of 2,100, according to the latest data by WineGB.

The SWA achieves 2020 non-fossil fuel target four years early

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced it has achieved its 2020 non-fossil fuel target four years ahead of schedule.

Waitrose reboots its beer and cider range

Waitrose has overhauled its beer and cider range and shoppers can look forward to new drinks from the likes of Beavertown, Sxollie, Hawkes and Wiper & True.

Russian Standard set to launch £2.5m campaign

Russian Standard Vodka has revealed plans to launch a £2.5 million marketing campaign designed to ‘Raise Your Standards’ in Vodka.

WSET announces new qualifications

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced the launch of a new spirits qualification: the WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits.

Five Points Brewing smashes crowdfunding target

The Five Points Brewing Company smashed its crowdfunding target of £750,000 a week ahead of schedule.

Shorn extends portfolio to include large pouch format

Shorn, the wine brand distributed by Kingsland Drinks, has added two wines in a 1.5 litre pouch format to the range.

Chapel Down adds to Kit's Coty collection

Chapel Down has revealed its latest release from its single vineyard Kit’s Coty Estate.

Armit appoints new Head of London Sales

Armit Wines has appointed James White to head up its London sales operations.

Camra members reject motion to represent all beer drinkers

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has narrowly rejected plans to reform the organisation by extending beyond real ale for the first time.

Chapel Down reports strong 2017 sales driven by both its wine and beer busineses

Chapel Down has announced a 15% growth in sales for 2017 compared to the year before, driven by both its wine and its beer businesses.

Seven Kentish wineries join forces to create The Wine Garden of England

Seven Kentish wineries have joined forces with Visit Kent in a new partnership designed to champion and develop the county’s wine tourism offering.

FRC may investigate Conviviality's accounting errors

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is expected to look into reported accounting irregularities at Conviviality, according to reports.

HonestBrew announced as UK exclusive importer for CR/AK

HonestBrew has announced it is to be the UK exclusive importer for Italian brewery CR/AK.

HonestBrew announced as UK exclusive importer for CR/AK

HonestBrew has announced it is to be the UK exclusive importer for Italian brewery CR/AK.

Lambrini teams up with Fake Bake for consumer promotion

Lambrini has teamed up with independent self-tan specialist, Fake Bake, to enhance the perry brand’s strategy of inspiring girls to "get together and add sparkle” to every occasion.

Fladgate's Port houses declare the 2016 vintage

Three Port houses belonging to The Fladgate Partnership – Croft, Fonseca and Taylor’s – have each announced their decision to declare the 2016 vintage.

Vindependents adds Eynsham Cellars to its list of members

Vindependents, the member-owned wine agency, has announced Eynsham Cellars in Oxfordshire is the latest retailer to join the group.

Winchester Distillery releases Spring Meadow Gin

Winchester Distillery has revealed its latest limited edition seasonal release gin.

Cornish Orchards adds Dry Cider to portfolio

Cornish Orchards is introducing a Dry Cider in kegs and 50cl bottles.

Wimbledon Brewery creates exclusive M&S beer

Wimbledon Brewery has created Wimbledon Ale, exclusively for Marks & Spencer stores.

Casella Family Brands injects £2m into Yellow Tail in the UK

Casella Family Brands has announced the launch of a £2 million campaign for its Yellow Tail brand in the UK.

Billecart-Salmon Champagne reveals 200th anniversary plans

Billecart-Salmon Champagne is organising a gastronomic world tour and the launch of an exclusive Cuvee to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

Harrods reveals new Fine Wine and Spirits Rooms

Harrods has opened its new Fine Wines and Spirits Rooms.

Feckin Drinks revamps its portfolio of spirits

The Feckin Drinks Co is rolling out a rebrand of its Irish whiskey, while also introducing a new gin and vodka to the family.

The Good Wine Shop hit by electrical fire

The Good Wine Shop has announced that all staff and shoppers at its Kew store emerged unscathed after an electrical fire raged through the shop.

AB Inbev snaps up Master of Malt

Budweiser and Stella Artois brewer AB Inbev has purchased online spirits retailer Master of Malt as it continues to consolidate its position in the market.

Mobberley Brewhouse ramps up focus on kegs and cans

The Mobberley Brewhouse in Cheshire is launching a range of experimental beers.

Wild Beer Co reveals 2018 series of collaboration projects

The Wild Beer Co has revealed a series of collaboration projects for the year ahead.

Aber Falls introduces new gin to join growing portfolio

Aber Falls Distillery has introduced a new gin to sit alongside its recently launched flavoured gins and liqueurs.

Ab-Inbev and Vice's beer secures national off-trade listing

Vice, the global youth media company, has secured a national listing for its first beer.

Freixenet launches Italian sparkling rose

Freixenet is gearing up to tap into the blossoming rose category with the launch of a new Italian sparkling variant.

Luxco and Niche Drinks make plans for distillery in Derry

A Missouri-based spirits company has acquires a stake in an Irish liqueur firm and has plans to build a distillery in the city of Derry.

Diageo pledges £150 million investment in Scotch whisky tourism

Diageo has pledged to invest £150 million over the next three years to transform its Scotch whisky visitor experiences.