Gallo adds Peach & Nectarine to its Spritz range

Gallo Family Vineyards has introduced a third variant to its Spritz family of carbonated fruit-flavoured drinks.

TWE launches Rosemount Meal Matchers

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has created a range of wines under its Rosemount brand, which are designed to better communicate the link between wine and everyday meals. 

Think Indie, Drink Indie prepares to champion vibrant sector

Independent drinks merchants will take centre stage at M Restaurant in the City of London tomorrow when Think Indie, Drink Indie celebrates the UK’s vibrant indie sector.

Bancroft Wines brings Australian producer Petaluma back to the UK

Bancroft Wines has branded the quality of top wine from Down Under “better than ever” after adding Australian producer Petaluma to its portfolio.

Brexit a ‘rude awakening’ for the drinks sector

Brexit will have critical implications for the drinks sector, given the UK’s role as both a major importer and supplier, according to Rabobank, which provides research and insights into the food and drink industry.

Bottle Apostle online move

London-based wine retailer Bottle Apostle is set to significantly ramp up its online business; meanwhile the company has confirmed it is not seeking out any new sites.  

'Unusual' wine trio pledged for London

A hospitality entrepreneur is set to open three “unusual and individual” wine retailers across London, along with a pop-up bar & club.

Morrisons celebrating second consecutive International Wine Challenge win

Morrisons is celebrating after being named Supermarket of the Year at the International Wine Challenge for the second year running.

Carlsberg launches ‘The San Miguel rich list’ consumer campaign

San Miguel has announced a consumer campaign in partnership with The Guardian and The Discovery Channel.

Budweiser Budvar grows sales as multiples plump for provenance

Czech brewer Budweiser Budvar has reported volume sales to the multiples have grown 11.6% so far in 2016 after strong performances in May and June. 

French co-ops unite for marketing drive

Twelve of France’s leading cooperatives have joined forces to launch a marketing drive designed to increase consumer and trade knowledge about the country’s wines.

Club for G&T fans aims to tap into gin growth

Three gin fans have launched an online G&T tasting club, which offers gin lovers a selection of gins and tonics each month for a monthly membership fee.

New Zealand wine legend cites Albarino and Godello as grapes of the future

Villa Maria founder and New Zealand wine legend Sir George Fistonich believes varietals like Albarino and Godello can ensure a healthy future for the country’s wine trade.

Champagne Castelnau lays out expansion plans and modern rebranding

Champagne Castelnau aims to double production by 2020 and win over younger consumers with new labelling and marketing techniques.

Unmade Kent wine hits retail radar

The Simpsons Wine Estate has already had interest from retailers looking to pre-stock their yet-to-be produced English sparkling wine.

Anakena Wines partners with tennis star Jamie Murray

Accolade Wines has announced a new partnership between its Chilean wine brand Anakena and Davis Cup winner, Jamie Murray OBE.

Diageo invests in non-alcoholic spirit

Diageo has made its first foray into the non-alcoholic spirits sector by investing in a brand called Seedlip.

Oddbins adds to its own-label craft beer project

Oddbins has teamed up with Bristol-based brewery Wiper and True to bring out another limited edition to join its own-label craft beer range.

Marlborough’s Nautilus Estate launches “alternative style” Sauvignon Blanc

Family-owned Marlborough winery Nautilus Estate has launched The Paper Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc into the UK market.

New Amsterdam Vodka launches 35cl bottle

E&J Gallo Winery has launched a new 35cl format of its premium New Amsterdam Vodka for the impulse and convenience channels.

California wine trade gives UK its backing despite Brexit

Californian wineries have given their backing to the UK trade in the wake of the decision to leave the EU.

Pernod Ricard launches Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Shiraz into UK market

Pernod Ricard is bidding to show that wine can match rival categories in the innovation stakes with the UK launch of Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz.

Waitrose expands in-store draft beer pump concept

Waitrose has installed its draft beer pump concept into a second store.

St Austell Brewery buys Bath Ales

St Austell Brewery Company has announced the acquisition of fellow West Country brewer and pub company, Bath Ales.

Bath Ales is purchased by St Austell Brewery

St Austell Brewery Company has announced the acquisition of fellow West Country brewer and pub company, Bath Ales.
The deal includes the Bath Ales brewery (situated between Bath and Bristol), its portfolio of beer brands and its 11-strong pub estates.
James Staughton, chief executive, St Austell Brewery, said: “For a long time Bath Ales has been a company I have admired and this exciting acquisition provides the coming together of two like-minded businesses.
“Bath Ales brews great beer and has a thriving pub estate, both of which complement those of St Austell Brewery. We want to build on Bath Ales’ success to date and are committing to a long-term significant investment in the Bath Ales brands, pub estate, people and brewing facilities.”
Staughton added: “Together St Austell Brewery and Bath Ales will deliver solid and distinctive offerings to customers combining conscious innovation, service excellence and the scaling of what works.”
Roger Jones, founder of Bath Ales, said: “This is a really exciting move for Bath Ales. With the investment and broader support from St Austell Brewery we are better placed to capture the opportunity that exists for Bath Ales.
“We are confident that we can also make a strong contribution to their operations so that the combined organisation can really set the standard for quality beers and outstanding venues.”
Jones added: “From the first contact with St Austell Brewery we genuinely found people and an operation that have a consistent set of values and the same commitment to quality. The combined business will be a force to be reckoned with.”
Bath Ales, founded in 1995, has an award-winning range of beers including Gem and Barnsey. St Austell has committed to a schedule of investment to expand the brewing and packaging facilities at Bath Ales. Sales of Bath Ales' beer brands were up 18% last year. 
St Austell Brewery, which is one of only 28 independent family-owned brewers in the UK, was founded in 1851 and is known to be one of the oldest businesses in Cornwall. The company has a range of beers including Tribute Cornish Ale, Proper Job PA and Korev lager.

Copper Rivet Distillery set to open in Kent

A new craft distillery is due to open its doors in Kent this summer, offering gin, vodka and other spirits for the UK and overseas markets. 

The 31 Days of German Riesling promotion returns to UK this month

German Riesling will be highlighted in stores across the country this month as part of a nationwide promotion for the "King of German grapes".

Elements Eight gets a tenth anniversary revamp

Elements Eight, the single distillery rum from St Lucia, will be relaunched in the UK as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

Brexit poll: majority of drinks trade disappointed and fearful after result

The vast majority of retailers, wholesalers and suppliers are unhappy with the result of the EU referendum and believe their businesses with take a battering in the short term, an OLN survey has found.

Tesco to open a pop-up wine bar this summer

Tesco has revealed plans to open a pop-up Tesco Finest wine bar for 11 days in Soho's Wardour Street in August, offering the entire 70-plus Finest wines to taste and a selection of ‘discovery wine flights’ to introduce consumers to new varieties.

Citra hop beer leads the way for Oakham

Citra, which Oakham Ales launched five years ago, has overtaken JHB as the brewer’s most popular ale, ending its 23-year position in the top spot.  

The Guildford Wine Company prepares to celebrate 10th anniversary

The Guildford Wine Company will open some “cracking” wines alongside big discounts as part of the celebrations for its 10-year anniversary this weekend.

Crush releases magnum format for Bijou Rosé

Crush Wines has released its Bijou Rosé in a magnum format, following the “unbelievable increase” in consumers looking for larger sharing formats.

Kopparberg unveils cider in a keg in time for summer

Kopparberg has launched a limited-edition Kopparkeg, to help encourage its fans to share their fruit cider this summer.

UK votes to leave Europe: The drinks industry reacts to Brexit

The UK has voted to leave the EU and Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned. Meanwhile, the pound has dropped to its lowest level since 1985.

My Local chain faces administration

Convenience store chain My Local, which was sold by Morrisons last September, is reported to be on the verge of collapse.

Maxxium reveals strategy for boosting spirits growth

Maxxium UK has revealed its strategy for accelerating spirits sales growth over the next five years for the off-trade and on-trade channels.

Bloom Gin links with Bloom & Wild for on-pack promo

Bloom Gin has announced an on-pack promotion with flower delivery company Bloom & Wild.

Waitrose adds Spar buyer Daphne Teremetz to buying team

Waitrose has bolstered its buying team with Spar’s Daphne Teremetz after Cat Lomax left the business to join Majestic Wine.

Heineken reveals first TV ad support for relaunched Amstel

Heineken has launched its first television advert for its Dutch brand Amstel; the ad will premier tonight during the England v Slovakia game.

Franciacorta producer Mosnel aims to win over Brits with quality Italian sparklers

Premium Franciacorta producer Mosnel is bidding to show bubbly-loving Brits that Italy is about more than bulk Prosecco production and can produce sparklers to rival Champagne.

Majestic Wine results: sales rise but profits plummet

Majestic has reported a 43.1% sales rise on the back of the purchase of Naked Wines, but profits plummeted 74.5% (year to March 28, 2016).

Lidl reveals summer Wine Cellar line up

Lidl is focusing on Spanish and Portuguese wine for its next Wine Cellar promotion, which goes into stores on 4 August.

Crush takes on South Australian producer Glenlofty

South Australian producer Glenlofty has joined the Crush portfolio.

Hallgarten extends its Greek portfolio with Cretan trio

Hallgarten is adding a trio of white wines from Crete to its extensive Greek portfolio of wines.

WKD supports Blush variant with digital campaign

WKD has revealed details of its latest marketing campaign to support the launch of WKD Blush.

Hi-Spirits to distribute Paddy Irish Whiskey in UK

Hi-Spirits will take on the UK distribution rights for Irish whiskey Paddy from 1 July.

Lager and cider sales skyrocket as football fans toast Euro 2016

Lager sales soared in the week leading up Euro 2016 as fans prepared to gather at home to watch Wayne Rooney and co attempt to end 50 years of hurt.

Kingstone Press secures two-year deal with England Rugby League

Kingstone Press has been announced as the Principle Partner of England Rugby League ahead of this year’s Four Nations tournament and Rugby League World Cup in 2017.

Litmus launches first wave of new Mont Rochelle wines

Litmus Wines is introducing new wines from Mont Rochelle in South Africa for the UK market. The launch marks the first wines from the vineyard to hit the UK since the joint venture between Litmus and Virgin Limited Edition was formed 18 months ago.