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Majestic posts strong half-year results, with sherry and Magnums leading the charge

Majestic Wine has grown first-half adjusted profit before tax to £6.8 million on the back of strong sales in its Naked Wines division.

Borough Wines & Beers launches alcohol-free range

Borough Wines & Beers has unveiled plans to champion “mindful drinking” after giving listings to two ranges botanical sodas and developing a 0% abv gin.

Price rises expected for Spain's 2017 vintage

A leading Spanish wine producer has said price rises are inevitable for the latest vintage, following a year that saw drought, frost and heatwaves.

VK offers Christmas jumpers to its student fans

VK has launched a Christmas jumper giveaway campaign across social media, to tap into its core student audience.

Beckham stars in responsible drinking film for Haig Club

Diageo has released a new film from Haig Club, as part of the brand’s commitment to responsible drinking.

White cider duty hike "has no merit"

Yesterday’s Budget gave cause for celebration among 99.73% of the UK drinks industry as Chancellor Philip Hammond froze duty on beer, wine and spirits.

Autumn Budget 2017: beer, wine and spirit duty frozen

Philip Hammond has announced a freeze on alcohol duty, rather than the previous strategy of increasing duty in line with inflation.

NZ trade tasting gets new venue and features for 2018

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced its annual UK trade tasting event is to move to a new venue for 2018, with added features for its visitors.

SlimLine Wines secures partnership with 'Dragon' James Caan

SlimLine Wines, described by the company as “the world’s first zero sugar, zero carb” portfolio of wines, has secured a JV partnership with an investment company co-founded by ‘Dragon’ James Caan.

Speyside Distillery links up with Cellar Trends

Speyside Distillery has agreed a UK supply chain deal with Cellar Trends.

Pinkster Gin producer extends into fruit gin liqueurs

The team behind Pinkster Gin is using its gin expertise to extend into fruit gin liqueurs.

Co-op launches "ultimate convenience store" trial

The Co-op has launched its Everyday Convenience Plus programme as part of a three-store trial, which will take place over the next 12 weeks.

Lamb & Watt boosts tonic range with Naturally Light

Lamb & Watt has launched a new Naturally Light version of its premium tonic to appeal to calorie conscious drinkers in the on and off trade.

Buckingham Schenk introduces Italian newcomer to UK

Buckingham Schenk has launched Sette Muri Brindisi Riserva into the UK market.

The Benevolent brings back online silent auction and aims to raise £20,000

Drinks industry charity, The Benevolent, is bringing back its online silent auction, which will take place on Thanksgiving Day on 23 November this year.

Tequila Enemigo introduces two variants to UK market

Tequila Enemigo is gearing up to “lead the tequila revolution”, starting with the UK this winter.

Marrenon unveils new lines as it relaunches in the UK

Rhone Valley producer Marrenon has reintroduced its range of wines as part of its ambition to become the leading Luberon and Ventoux producer in the UK.

Foxhole Spirits adds to its portfolio for the festive season

Foxhole Spirits has released a new range in time for Christmas.

Fifty Conservative MPs call for beer duty cut

Fifty Conservative MPs have signed a letter calling on Philip Hammond to cut beer duty and scrap inflationary increases in this month’s autumn Budget announcement.

Wild Beer Co invests in its canned range

The Wild Beer Co has invested more than £500,000 in a canning line, alongside a branding overhaul for its canned range of beers.

Plumpton College launches Wine Talks programme

Plumpton College has launched the first in a new series of Wine Talks.

HonestBrew launches fund for independent breweries

Online craft beer retailer HonestBrew has launched an investment programme to continue its support of independent craft brewers.

Hallgarten overhauls its Burgundy portfolio

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has added 32 new wines to its Burgundy portfolio from 11 producers. Within this, seven producers are new to Hallgarten and the additions bring its number of Burgundian producers up to 22.

New Amsterdam Vodka reveals new ad campaign

New Amsterdam Vodka has launched an advertising campaign to champion those who pursue their dreams.

High Commissioner adds limited edition variant

Blended Scotch whisky brand High Commissioner has unveiled a new limited edition bottle design, as a celebration of the brand’s heritage.

Crabbie's releases first Ginger IPA

Crabbie’s is moving into the craft beer market with a ginger beer and IPA blend, which the company said is the first of its kind.

Axholme Brewery produces festive ale for Grimsby Town Football Club

A festive ale has been produced especially for Grimsby Town Football Club.

Sailor Jerry to support Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Sailor Jerry has announced it will be supporting Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, ahead of their upcoming UK tour.

London Wine Fair reveals plans for Innovation Zone for 2018

The London Wine Fair will be introducing an Innovation Zone at its 2018 show, designed to champion innovation in the drinks sector.

Domaine Sainte Rose launches Sparkling Syrah

Domaine Sainte Rose has completed a challenge set by Naked Wines to produce a Sparkling Shiraz.

Cognac appellation unveils new brand identity

The Cognac category has revealed a new brand identity for the Cognac appellation to better illustrate the spirit of Cognac and the region.

Scotland given the go-ahead for minimum unit pricing

The UK Supreme Court has given the Scotland the green light to introduce a minimum unit price of 50p following a five-year battle.

UK wine businesses join forces to call for freeze in wine duty

UK wine businesses have joined forces to call for a freeze in wine duty at the Budget next week.

Höpler launches wine club for Austrian wine fans

Family-owned Austrian winery Höpler is launching a new, online wine subscription club for UK fans.

Waitrose adds zero proof drinks range from WiseHead

WiseHead Productions has launched a portfolio of zero proof drinks in order to “define a new category of non-alcoholic, sophisticated drinks for adults to enjoy during the moments they choose not to drink alcohol”.

Black Sheep's lager gets off-trade launch

Black Sheep Brewery is gearing up for the off-trade launch of its first-ever lager.

Whyte & Mackay sponsors Glasgow comedy festival

Whyte & Mackay Blended Whisky has announced its headline sponsorship of the 2018 Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Kopparberg makes sweet addition to its portfolio

Kopparberg has introduced a new variant, which will be exclusively available in Asda stores until August 2018.

Nisa shareholders back Co-op takeover

The Co-op has secured the £143m takeover of Nisa, with slightly more than the 75% of votes required to succeed.

Dingle Distillery looks to boost capacity to meet demand

The Dingle Distillery in Ireland has begun an investment drive with the aim of scaling up its production capacity to meet demand. 

Soft drinks maker turns to crowdfunding to accelerate business before sugar tax

The Natural Drinks Co has launched a campaign on Crowdcube for one month with the aim of raising an investment figure of £750,000 in exchange for a 5.08% equity stake. To date the campaign has hit almost 10% of its target with more than £70,000 secured in the first 24 hours.

Wines from Spain reveals revamped format for 2018 tasting event

Fentimans adds canned format to its range of mixers

Fentimans has launched its first range of mixer cans, as part of its ongoing mission to extend its botanically brewed beverage range.

Cobra Beer sets off on foodie road trip

Cobra Beer is setting off on a worldwide road trip to demonstrate how the beer is “the perfect partner for all food”.

Kokoro Gin adds 20cl variant to portfolio

Kokoro Gin has launched a 20cl bottle of its Japanese-inspired gin in time for the festive season.

Norwegian gin looks to tap into UK gin craze

A Norwegian spirits producer is introducing its gin to the UK market this month.

Co-op waits approval from Nisa members for its takeover bid

Nisa members are set to vote today on the Co-operative’s proposed buyout of the convenience chain.

Whyte & Mackay offers retailers chance to win a van

Whyte & Mackay has launched a new promotion offering its licensed trade customers the chance to win a van loaded with £500 worth of prizes. The promotion coincides with the launch of two new price-marked packs.

Tovey reveals new appointments for LWF 2018 team

Four new appointments have been made by head of London Wine Fair, Hannah Tovey, to help her deliver the 2018 show.

Retailers spared from curbs on multibuys and super-strength bans

The government has declared it has no plans to grant local licensing authorities the power to ban “super-strength” alcohol across stores in their areas.