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The Champagne Bureau to launch new event at London Wine Fair

The Champagne Bureau has announced the launch of a new event, which will take place at this year’s London Wine Fair.

Virgin Wines reports record Christmas sales

Virgin Wines enjoyed its strongest ever Christmas trading period as sales grew 15% to £8.7 million in the four weeks to December 22, 2017.

M&S supports 'record number' of wine studies students at Plumpton

Marks & Spencer has agreed to support a record number of students with their wine studies. Plumpton College, which offers a range of wine business courses, has reported that this year 27 students will benefit from a 50% reduction of their exam fees, thanks to the retailer.

Diageo toasts strong UK performance

Diageo’s GB arm grew sales 7% in the past six months thanks to strong performances from the likes of Tanqueray, Guinness and Johnnie Walker, the firm announced.

Fever-Tree takes top spot in UK's mixers market

Fever-Tree ended its spectacular 2017 by becoming the number one mixer brand by value, pushing it ahead of rival Schweppes.

The Wine Show secures Conviviality partnership

Retail chain Wine Rack has announced a three-year sponsorship deal with hit Channel 5 programme The Wine Show.

Raw Wine Fair returns to London this March

The Raw Wine Fair is returning to London for its seventh year and for 2018 it will be supported by #rawwineweek.

The Shetland Distillery Co reveals 2018's Up Helly Aa gin

The Shetland Distillery Company has launched a new variant of its Up Helly Aa Shetland Reel gin, which it said is the result of a unique ageing process.

Thatchers scraps plastic packaging on multipack ciders

Thatchers has eliminated the plastic ring carriers on its multipacks in favour of recyclable cardboard options.

Old Curiosity launches trio of colour changing gins

An Edinburgh-based distillery has launched a range of gins that change colour when tonic is added.

Accolade Wines launches Fine Wine Partners UK

Accolade Wines has launched Fine Wine Partners in the UK and Ireland to champion its fine wine portfolio.

Gonzalez Byass UK takes on cult Pinot Noir producer Ashton Hills

A trio of Pinot Noir wines from a cult Adelaide Hills producer is set to be available in the UK for the first time via Gonzalez Byass UK.

Vineyards of Hampshire to showcase new products at annual event

The Vineyards of Hampshire has announced the launch of its annual trade tasting event.

JF Hillebrand to support London Wine Fair's Innovation Zone

JF Hillebrand is partnering with the London Wine Fair for this year’s inaugural Innovation Zone.

Poetic License Distillery launches Espresso Gin

Poetic License Distillery has launched its latest gin ‘Rarity’, which is infused with coffee.

Waitrose trials Wine Tasting at Home experience

Waitrose is trialling a Wine Tasting at Home experience, offering ‘in-home wine experts’ to help educate consumers in an informal setting, while also tapping into the growth in socialising in the home.

Westons Cider unveils new look for Stowford Press LA

Westons Cider has unveiled new packaging for its Stowford Press LA brand to reinforce its commitment to the low-alcohol cider category.

Irish drinks experts team up to create NPD

Two Irish drinks producers have joined forces to launch an alcohol-free dry-hopped soda for adults.

Hambledon expands wine education options

Hampshire-based Hambledon Vineyard has expanded its wine education and personal development courses for 2018.

Armit to release 2005 vintage of La Rioja Alta SA 890

Armit Wines is set to release a 2005 vintage of La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890, which has been labeled ‘Seleccion Especial’ for the second time since its first vintage in 1890.

CVNE adds first Cava to its portfolio

Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (CVNE) is venturing outside its home of Rioja for the first time by adding a Cava producer to its portfolio.

Roots Beverage Co extends out of Isle of Man

A tonic producer that has already had success on the Isle of Man is now gearing up for a UK-wide off-trade launch.

Cramele Recas prepares for 2018 Romanian wine boost

Cramele Recas, Romania’s largest winery, is poised to launch new products to tap into Romania’s advantageous position in a market riddled with short harvest woes.  

ABInbev reveals campaign to support Budweiser Prohibition launch

Budweiser Prohibition has teamed up with Love Island start and personal trainer, Gabby Allen, to unveil a fleet of ‘beer floats’, which will travel the country to give away free Budweiser Prohibition Brew. The campaign is part of ABInbev’s UK launch of the beer, which is the brand’s first alcohol-free variant.

Campbell's Brewery prepares for first off-trade launch

Campbell’s Brewery has had 2,000 pre-orders for its flagship beer, Gunner Blonde Ale, as the producer prepares to launch the beer into the off-trade.

Gin sales soar in record Christmas

The off-trade gin category delivered the best Christmas performance anyone at Nielsen has ever seen and led BWS to another strong festive period.

Independents report strong Christmas sales

Many independent drinks retailers across the UK have reported strong sales for the weeks leading up
to Christmas 2017, with some stating the festive period was the best they have ever had.

Non-alcoholic spirit market sees raft of NPD to kick off 2018

The non-alcoholic spirit market looks set to see a raft of activity through 2018, as newcomers and existing players reveal plans to tap into growth in this sector.

Gin boom sparks surge in distillery numbers

The amount of distilleries in the UK has grown by 127% in the past five years, according to the latest data from HMRC.

Krombacher launches 'Pourfection' campaign in UK

German brewery Krombacher has launched a campaign to drive the importance of perfectly pouring your beer, bolstered by the added incentive of an all-expenses trip to Germany.

Caorunn reveals revamped bottle design

Caorunn is set to release a new British-made bottle, which is designed to marry the spirit’s artisan roots with “seriously sleek aesthetics”.

North South Wines appoints new MD

North South Wines has appointed Kim Wilson as its new managing director.

Borough Wines & Beers reports strong sales growth

Borough Wines & Beers has reported 19% year-on-year sales growth on the back of a strong ecommerce performance and two new store openings.

Morgenrot adds Sauvignon Blanc with World's longest single wine name

Morgenrot is giving its customers a real mouthful with its latest launch from New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay.

Great Wines Estates to represent Voyager Estate in the UK

Great Wines Estates will now represent Voyager Estate across the UK, where it will focus on independent wine shops and the premium on-trade sectors for the wines, which are produced in Australia’s Margaret River region.

The Benevolent launches #NotAlone campaign

The Benevolent has launched its new mental health awareness campaign #NotAlone, which aims to encourage members of the trade to speak freely about mental health issues within the workplace, creating a stigma-free environment.

Boutinot targets UK multiple off-trade with Cantine Riondo

Boutinot is now working with north-eastern Italian producer Cantine Riondo, becoming the exclusive agent for wines targeted at the UK multiple off-trade.

Think Brands launches Pampelle into the UK

Think Brands has launched a grapefruit-based drink, which can be used in a range of cocktails.

Broadland Wineries owner discusses strategy after Schaafsma leaves

Broadland Wineries owner Mark Lansley has cooled talk of turnover growing to £100 million in two years after the sudden departure of chief executive Paul Schaafsma.

Koshu of Japan sets date for its annual UK tasting event

Koshu of Japan has announced the date for its 8th annual trade and press tasting; the event is due to take place on 14 February at 67 Pall Mall in London. 

Balblair launches new 1991 and 2000 editions

Balblair has unveiled the limited edition second release of its 2000 vintage and the third release of its 1991 vintage.

Paul Schaafsma leaves Broadland Wineries

Paul Schaafsma is leaving Broadland Wineries after four months as chief executive to start up his own business.

Seedlip reveals plans to launch portfolio of new brands

Seedlip has announced plans to launch a portfolio of new brands with the hire of former Belvedere Vodka head of spirit creation, Claire Smith-Warner.

BrewDog exceeds crowdfunding target by more than £1.3m

Brewdog has extended the investment deadline for its latest Equity for Punks crowdfunding programme and upped its target to a maximum of £50million.

Fentimans announces brand overhaul

Fentimans has overhauled its image with a rebrand costing £1.2 million.

Tesco renews WSET partnership

Tesco has reconfirmed its place as one of eleven Gold Corporate Patrons in WSET’s partnership programme, which includes supermarkets, drinks producers and distributors.

Conviviality reshapes its leadership team

Conviviality has announced it is reshaping its leadership team in order to “bring decision making closer to the customer”.

Halewood bolsters Liverpool Collection with Rose Petal Gin

Halewood Wines & Spirits is extending its Liverpool Collection by bringing back its limited edition, ultra-premium Rose Petal Gin following the drink's first appearance in 2016, which the producer hailed as “a resounding success”.

Wines of Germany targets younger demographic

Wines of Germany has seized upon Wine Intelligence research suggesting the average German wine consumer is getting younger and is shifting its marketing focus accordingly.

Skinny Brands earns £1.5 million investment to roll out low-calorie lager

Low calorie BWS supplier Skinny Brands has secured a £1.5 million cash injection to allow it to roll its brands out across the UK and Ireland.