Inverarity Morton makes inroads south of the border

Scottish wholesaler Inverarity Morton has finalised its offering after a three-year merger process and is now targeting indies in England as it marches southwards.

Seedlip gears up for new listings

The creator of non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip is gearing up for a host of new listings for the brand, as well as a pipeline of NPD, following the success of the original two variants launched in 2016.

Ginerosity reveals first round of funding

Ginerosity, the social enterprise gin, has announced its first round of funding to help disadvantaged young adults into skilled work and education using profits made from the sale of its gin.

London Wine Fair welcomes new exhibitors for 2017

The organisers of the London Wine Fair have announced there will be a number of new and returning exhibitors at this year’s event, including Wines of Germany, which is returning after an absence of seven years.

Kingsland Drinks reveals new British wine range

Kingsland Drinks has revealed a new range of British wines, comprising a white, rose and a rose fizz.

Mahiki bottles its party spirit with rum-based NPD

Mahiki, the world famous bar and nightclub, is launching Mahiki Coconut Rum this month, followed by Mahiki bottled cocktails this spring.

Lurvill's Delight moves into adult soft drinks market

A botanical soda first made in 1896 has been resurrected to appeal to consumers looking for something new, and low in sugar, in adult soft drinks.

Crush Wines rides a pale rosé wave with Bijou

Crush Wines has experienced such high demand for its Bijou rosé that it has been forced to expand out of its Cabrières heartland and source grapes from other appellations.

Diageo aims to break down barriers with International Scotch Day

Today is International Scotch Day, created by Diageo to showcase Scotch whisky’s diversity and versatility and broaden its appeal among different demographics.

Naked Wines' Angels vote for 'UK's next big Provence Rosé'

Naked Wines’ Angels have voted for what the retailer believes will be "the next big Provence rosé to hit the UK" via an interactive wine tasting event.

Kopparberg adds shareable Sparkling Ciders to its line up

Kopparberg has launched Sparkling Rosé Cider in two flavours: Strawberry and Raspberry.

Champagne Brimoncourt gets set for UK launch

Champagne Brimoncourt, a label that has laid dormant since the 1950s, is set to be launched at next month’s Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) event.

Pernod Ricard reports profits up, ahead of analyst forecasts

The French-owned global drinks giant recorded a strong performance - up by 4% - for the first half of its 2017 fiscal year, driven by various sectors including a good performance in the UK. 

Buckingham Schenk toasts successful 2016

Buckingham Schenk has announced its turnover grew by 19% last year compared to the previous year, driven by sales of Prosecco.

Dry January turns out to be pretty wet

The dreaded Dry January turned out to be something of a damp squib as sales of beers wines and spirits grew 2.1% in the four weeks to January 28, making it the best performing FMCG category.

Drinks Retailing Awards 2017 winners revealed

Lidl, Waitrose and Sainsbury's were among the retailers honoured at the Drinks Retailing Awards as leading lights from across the drinks trade converged on The Dorchester on Tuesday night.

Campari snaps up super premium Bulldog Gin

Gruppo Campari has acquired a majority stake in Bulldog London Dry Gin for £46.9m.

Amazon’s ‘no checkout’ c-stores may hit London soon

Amazon is seeking out shop space in London as part of its move into the convenience sector, according to reports.

Champagne Taittinger reveals limited edition gift pack

Champagne Taittinger has unveiled a modern gifting tin for its Taittinger Prestige Rose NV, which will be available to the off trade from this month.

Calvet sponsors 6 Nations Rugby

Calvet, the UK’s leading French wine brand, has announced it has a new advertising campaign to coincide with the RBS 6 Nations Rugby.

Diageo to launch International Scotch Day

The first International Scotch Day, which aims to celebrate and focus on the Scotch whisky category, will take place on 10 February.

Santa Rita jumps aboard the Conviviality train

Chilean producer Santa Rita Estates has joined the Conviviality revolution by signing a UK distribution deal with PLB.

Booths wine team grows own-label sales

Booths enjoyed 4.3% sales growth on its own-label wine in December after overhauling the range and championing premium wines and classic regions.

South African wine veterans aim to recreate their Kumala success in the UK

The family that created Kumala and turned it into a leading brand in the UK is targeting the UK with a new bulk wine supply business.

Zymurgorium and Duerr's team up to create gin

Zymurgorium, the Manchester-based distillery, has teamed up with the UK’s oldest family run marmalade producer to create a new gin.

Budvar forges partnerships with cider brands

Budweiser Budvar has announced it is broadening its UK portfolio by forming strategic partnerships with “credible, craft drinks brands” that meet the growing opportunities in the UK market.

Majestic bolsters beer range with Black Isle organic blonde

Majestic Wine has demonstrated its continued focus on the beer category by giving a national listing to organic Scottish brewer Black Isle.

Carling refreshes brand identity

Carling has unveiled a refreshed brand identity that will be introduced across its full portfolio.

Pinkster launches alcohol-infused jam

Pinkster is introducing Gin Jam, a mildly alcoholic preserve made with fresh raspberries left over from the company’s gin production.

Spar showcases craft beer and ale

Spar plans to run an in-store Craft Beer and Ale event next month to showcase these areas within its beer range.

Box Steam Brewery adds to its line up

Box Steam Brewery has added an IPA to its growing range of beers.

World of Zing shows its commitment to bottled cocktail sector

World of Zing has anounced plans to rebrand its drinks division to Spirit of Zing, following its successful crowdfunding campaign, which saw it surpass its £150,000 target. 

Hallgarten adds to its Argentinean portfolio

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has added to its Argentinean portfolio with the Zorzal Eggo range, a collection of wines which are all vinified in concrete eggs.

Carlsberg UK creates ‘The Kobenhavn Collection’

Carlsberg UK’s revitalisation of its Carlsberg brand continues with the launch of limited edition packaging for its 3.8% abv beer – called The Kobenhavn Collection – as part of a planned £15m spend to connect with millennial drinkers. 

Conviviality swings to first half profit

Conviviality has reported strong half-year results following the major restructure last year, which segmented its business into three separate units.

Tesco and Booker to merge in £3.7bn deal

Tesco has agreed to buy the UK’s biggest food wholesaler, Booker Group, in a £3.7bn deal.

Diageo toasted by City after strong sales growth

Diageo said sales in Great Britain “were broadly flat” in the second half of 2016 as global sales rose 4.4%.

Borough Wines appoints commercial director to drive wholesale arm

Borough Wines has appointed Kent Barker as its new commercial director for its wholesale business, the newly renamed Borough Wines Imports.

Sopexa unveils new managing director

Michèle Haddon has taken over as managing director for Sopexa UK and Ireland after Anne Burchett left the business in late 2016.

William Grant appoints two new brand ambassadors

William Grant & Sons UK has appointed two new UK brand ambassadors for its brands The Balvenie and Reyka Vodka.

Funkin pledges to grow at-home cocktail occasion

Funkin is gearing up to expand its on-trade cocktail expertise further into the off-trade.

Hogs Back extends London's Outback into cans

Hogs Back Brewery is putting its London’s Outback ale into cans, following the success of its Hogstar English Craft Lager in the same pack format.

ACS calls on government to support rural shops

The Association of Convenience Stores has called on the government to help secure the future of the UK’s 19,128 rural shops, allowing then to continue to provide essential services such as Post Office, for customers that would otherwise be isolated.

Morgenrot adds Maltese lager Cisk to its line up

Morgenrot, the Manchester-based beer and wine importer, has enhanced its world beer collection with a lager from Malta.

Diageo highlights at-home ‘theatre’ and digital technology as key socialising trends for 2017

Diageo has identified a number of emerging socialising trends for the year ahead in its first Future Series report, highlighting in particular the growing importance of entertaining at home.

Barwell & Jones set to highlight its Rioja wine house

Barwell & Jones plans to launch an “invigorated campaign” to promote its new Rioja wine house, Marques de Riscal, in the UK.

Wolf Blass resurrects Limited Edition Rugby Label campaign

Wolf Blass has announced it plans to bring back its Limited Edition Rugby Label campaign in time for the key winter rugby season.

Litmus releases long-awaited English red wine

Litmus Wines has released its 2014 Litmus Red Pinot, the first red Pinot Noir released under this label since 2011.

Ka Tahi Wines gears up for UK launch

Ka Tahi Wines is set to introduce its wines to the UK market and multiple retailers sit at the top of its wish list for listings.

Ilkley Brewery makes move into cans

Ilkley Brewery has revealed plans to introduce its bestselling beers in a new canned range.