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Berry Bros brings UK spirits distribution in-house

Berry Bros & Rudd will be bring the distribution of its premium spirits portfolio in-house from 1 July 2016.

Magners unveils new look and multi-million pound campaign

Magners has introduced a new campaign to shake up the apple cider category.

Top 100 Most Influential People in Wine 2016

Welcome to our annual rundown of the 100 most influential people in the UK wine trade, spanning retailers, suppliers, lobbyists, writers, marketers and TV stars.

Conviviality Retail acquires Bibendum PLB for £60m

Conviviality Retail, the owner of Bargain Booze, has announced it plans to acquire wine wholesaler Bibendum in a deal worth £60m.

John Smith’s targets ‘modern males’ with Golden Ale campaign

John Smith’s has revealed details of a campaign to drive awareness of its Golden Ale among its target audience.

Craze for craft beer leads to fast growth

London-based beer retailer We Brought Beer is set to open its third store in less than two years, while other craft beer specialists have also revealed plans for expansion.

Kleine Zalze marks 20 years of success with investment into the future

Kleine Zalze is to mark its 20th anniversary this year with investment in a vineyard analysis programme as well as new wine launches.

Strongbow named as Official Partner of Team GB at Rio 2016

Strongbow is set to be the Official Partner of Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Freixenet has released an Ice Cava for UK fans

Freixenet will be kicking off the summer season with its new Ice Cava, which has been created exclusively for the UK market.

Vestal Vodka gears up for big UK push

Vestal Vodka is gearing up for a big push into the UK off-trade and beyond, following the appointment of a new brand development director.

Kingsland completes integration of Bottle Green business

Kingsland Drinks, which acquired Bottle Green in April last year, has now completed the strategic integration of the two businesses.

Bibendum PLB takes on Cellier des Princes

Bibendum PLB Group has been appointed by Cellier des Princes to distribute the Rhone Valley-based producer’s wines across all channels in the UK.

Ridgeview winery to feature in Michel Roux Jr’s show

English sparkling winery Ridgeview has announced it will feature in Michel Roux Jr’s series The Craftsmen’s Dinner.

Rekorderlig launches Cider Cocktail cans

Premium Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig has launched a “pioneering new range” of Rekorderlig Cider Cocktails.

Real Wine Fair "most successful yet"

The Real Wine Fair has been branded the most successful in its five-year history with a 25% increase in visitor numbers compared to 2015.

Gang jailed for 19 years for illegal alcohol sales

A criminal gang found responsible for selling alcohol illegally in the UK has been jailed for a total of 19 years.

‘Skinny Prosecco’ launches in the UK

Thomson & Scott, the company behind Skinny Champagne, has now launched Skinny Prosecco, which boasts just 67 calories per glass.

Amathus brings Sweden’s Spirit of Hven to the UK

Amathus Drinks has been appointed as the UK distributor for drinks from the Scandinavian distillery Spirit of Hven.

Armit reveals ‘archetypal English’ Digby wine promo

Armit Wines is launching Digby Fine English Non-Vintage Brut to the UK market for the first time at the London Wine Fair, alongside prizes from Savile Row tailor Cad & the Dandy and quintessential English leather lifestyle brand Aspinal.

Borough Wines extends its drink-in offering

Borough Wines has extended its drink-in offering to four of its London sites, along with the launch of a new menu of bar snacks and drinks.

Copestick Murray bolsters portfolio with leading Chilean winery

Copestick Murray has added wines from Chilean producer Aresti to its portfolio and believes it can help the firm become a major player in the UK market.  

Sherry Wines UK announces festival winners

Sherry Wines UK has revealed the winners of last year’s Sherry Festival and it has also released dates for its 2016 event.

Maxxium UK launches Jim Beam Double Oak

Beam Suntory has released the long-awaited Jim Beam Double Oak, which Maxxium is now introducing to the UK market.

CWF launches new Kissing Tree PET varietals

CWF, the wine importer and drinks producer, has added three new varietals to its range of 18.7cl PET wines under its Kissing Tree brand.

Kingsland adds sparkle with new carbonation line

Kingsland Drinks has unveiled its new carbonation line, which it claims makes it the first and only UK bottler to sparkle wine.

Badet Clément to introduce new French ranges at LWF

Badet Clément, a specialist in branded varietal wines and AOCs from the south of France, has created three new ranges, which it will launch at the London Wine Fair.

Asda awards supply deals to 13 Scottish craft brewers

Asda has secured a deal with 13 Scottish breweries to stock a total of 75 beers, ales and ciders in its stores across Scotland.

Negociants UK to launch Chaffey Bros Wines at LWF

Negociants UK has expanded its premium Australian portfolio with the addition of Chaffey Bros Wine Co, which will be exclusively showcased for the first time at the London Wine Fair in May.

Guinness reveals TV ad for Hop House 13

Guinness is rolling out a new campaign for its Hop House 13, the latest innovation from The Brewers Project.

Buckingham Schenk extends its Spanish portfolio

Buckingham Schenk has expanded its Spanish portfolio with the addition of Bodega Otazu.

Peroni and Grolsch sold by ABInbev to Asahi

AB Inbev has accepted Asahi’s $2.9bn offer for some SAB Miller’s European premium beer brands, including Peroni, Grolsch and British craft beer Meantime. 

Real Wine Fair pulls in the crowds

Visitors flocked to this year’s Real Wine Fair at London’s Tobacco Dock’s this week as more producers than ever before showed off their ‘natural’ wines.

Greenall's celebrates British Horse Racing with on-pack promo

Greenall’s The Original London Dry Gin has launched a national on-pack promotion to highlight its partnership with British Horse Racing.

Meantime launches The Pilot Series of small-batch beers

Meantime Brewing Company has launched The Pilot Series, a range of small-batch beers brewed at its new Pilot Brewery in its Greenwich-based headquarters.

Interbev Brands brings popular global beers and a whisky to the UK

Interbev Ltd has announced the launch of Interbev Brands, a new international brand management and distribution business.

Thatchers secures five more years at Glastonbury Festival

Thatchers has agreed a deal to become the Official Cider of Glastonbury Festival for the next five years.

Foster’s launches new TV ad and on-pack promotion

Heineken has released a humorous new advert for Foster’s, ahead of an on-pack promotion which hits shelves on 25 April.

Pimm's Cider Cup range increases by three

Diageo has launched three new fruit cider drinks under its Pimm’s Cider Cup range.

Turkey's leading wine producer targets UK indies

Leading Turkish producer Kavaklidere Wines is investing in the UK market in a bid to win listings at independent wine merchants.

Tesco returns to profit after last year’s record loss

Tesco has reported a return to profit and its first quarterly sales growth for three years.

Independent wine merchants can boost sales by championing Argentina

Independents can boost profits by mimicking the way restaurants champion top-end Argentinian Malbec, according to a leading supplier.

Pinkster Gin partners up with Benefit Cosmetics

Premium gin Pinkster has been selected as a flagship spirits provider for the Good Ship Benefit.

Woodforde’s brewery sold to private consortium

Woodforde’s, the award-winning Norfolk-based brewery, has been purchased by a private consortium of investors.

Budweiser Twist-Offs target UK festival fans

Budweiser has launched twist-off bottle caps to ensure the beer is better placed for outdoor events. 

Jeroboams plans to strengthen its position in independent retail sector

Jeroboams, is launching plans to strengthen its positioning as a London wine merchant in order to take advantage of the current trend for shopping ‘local’.

Aldi wine team grows market share as rivals falter

Aldi has been the big winner in the wine category over Christmas and the start of 2016, having emerged as the only major retailer in growth (Kantar, 12 weeks to February 28, 2016).

Brexit bad for business, says UK drinks trade

Fears over a Brexit have sent exchange rates plummeting and caused consternation in a UK trade that is now paying considerably more for wines from Europe and South America.

Wine tipped to earn fairer deal in 2017 Budget by WSTA

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association is positive the wheels are in motion for a better outcome for wine in the 2017 Budget, following this year’s “disappointing” news of an inflationary duty rise.

Boutinot reveals Wines from Spain line up

Boutinot will display a wide range of Spanish wines at this year’s Wines from Spain event, including those with revamped labels, as well as a collection of Cavas and fortified wines.

Provence rosé tipped to continue growing UK sales

Wine drinkers are seeking out more sophisticated rosé and Provence is perfectly placed to capitalise, according to a leading independent.