Bargain Booze boss among new trustees at The Benevolent

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent has appointed four new trustees: Diana Hunter of Conviviality, Guy Lawrence of Mast-Jägermeister UK, Rita Greenwood of William Grant & Sons UK and Simon Difford of Difford’s Guide. 

Real wine month embraced by independent wine merchants

The UK’s wine industry is showing its support for “real wine” by backing the Real Wine Month through April and embracing the event on Twitter.

London Wine Fair has "most diverse content to date"

This year’s London Wine Fair will have the largest and most diverse content to date, according to the organisers.

Brothers Cider snaps up part of the abandoned Shepton Mallet cider mill

C&C Group has offloaded some of the Shepton Mallet cider mill to Brothers Drinks, which will use it to expand production of Brothers cider.

Stowford Press signs two-year deal with Barclaycard Arena

Stowford Press Cider has signed a two-year deal to become the Official Cider of Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena.

Pinkster calls for ‘ginvestors’

Pinkster Gin is offering an opportunity to invest in the brand via crowdfunding platform Growthdeck.

Litmus Wines creates Litmus Wine Agencies

Litmus Wines has created a new subsidiary company, Litmus Wine Agencies, to separate the growing wine sales side of the business from contract winemaking and wine production consultancy.

Chapel Down raises £1.7m to expand Curious Drinks business

Chapel Down Group has closed its equity crowdfunding campaign for its beer and cider business, Curious Drinks, having exceeded its targets.

BrewDog maps out plans for spirits arm

BrewDog is close to officially launching its spirits project, named the Lone Wolf Distillery.

Greencroft expands bottling capacity by 25%

Greencroft Bottling has invested £3m to increase its capacity by 25%, meaning the company can now fill up to 90,000 bottles and boxes of wine per hour.

Old Forester joins the BBFB portfolio

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands (BBFB) has announced it has taken over distribution of Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon.

Lidl Wine Cellar promotion expanded as retailer seeks to boost growth

Lidl is ramping up its Wine Cellar promotion by offering shoppers a fresh selection of wines every two months from June.

Heineken reveals new recruitment campaign

Heineken has launched a new campaign aimed at attracting top talent into its business.

Nisa launches wine festival

Nisa Retail, the wholesaler and convenience retail expert, has launched a new wine festival event to help drive sales while also encouraging cross-category purchasing in members’ stores.

Morgenrot adds Txakoli Agerre from Basque country

Morgenrot has strengthened its Spanish offering with the addition of Txakoli Agerre, a slightly sparkling, dry white wine made in the province of Gipuzkoa in the Basque country.

Mouton Cadet's Ryder Cup wine revealed

To celebrate Mouton Cadet as the Official Wine of the 2016 Ryder Cup, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA has partnered with wine lover and legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr, to design this year’s Ryder Cup limited edition.

Vagabond hosts Sherry ‘Tap Takeover’

Vagabond Wines is hosting a Sherry Tap Takeover throughout April to help spread the trade’s love of the Andalucian drink to consumers.

Boutinot introduces Provence producer to the UK

Boutinot has signed Provence producer Château Gairoird to its portfolio, replacing Château Moutête, which was sold to Domaine Ott in 2014.

Heineken creates small can formats for Desperados and Old Mout

Heineken has unveiled packaging extension for two of its brands: Desperados and Old Mout.

Heineken trials Cidrerie Stassen

Heineken is trialling a Belgian cider brand in Sainsbury’s stores with a view to growing the super-premium cider segment.

The Haciendas Company adds ‘Tapas’ range to wine portfolio

Premium Spanish wine and organic food producer, The Haciendas Company, has a new wine range developed specifically for UK consumers.

Carling launches promotion for May Day bank holiday weekend

Carling is launching a new ‘Bank Holiday in The Bag’ promotion, offering fans the chance to win a free holiday with three mates over the May Day bank holiday weekend.

Adnams reports profits rise

Adnams, the Suffolk brewer, distiller and retailer, has announced another strong year, particularly in spirits sales. The company reported sales of £65.7m and a 7.3% rise in operating profit to £4.1m for the year to 31 December 2015.

Foster’s announced as Official Lager of England Cricket

Foster’s, is to be the Official Lager of England Cricket, having signed a two-year deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board. The partnership sees Foster’s return to sports sponsorship for the first time in a decade.

Aston Manor boosts its spend on Kingstone Press

Aston Manor has announced it plans to increase its investment in its flagship brand, Kingstone Press, following positive growth for the brand and increased distribution across all channels.

Tesco launches Champagne deal to woo Easter shoppers

Tesco is selling a bottle of Champagne for less than £7.50 per bottle over the Easter period.

McGuigan teams up with Waitrose for its new range

McGuigan Wines has launched a new Family Release range exclusively into Waitrose.

Britvic adds Purdey’s Edge to its portfolio

Britvic Soft Drinks is bringing out a new variant for its multivitamin fruit drink Purdey’s, to tap into increasing demand for vitality options.

Football Manager unveiled as latest Carling iPint partner

Molson Coors has announced a new partnership with football managing simulation game Football Manager for its award-winning loyalty programme iPint.

Free Run announced new flavour for Manavista

Free Run Wines is adding a new variant to its wine-based drink, Mr Peel’s Manavista. The brand, with its new variant, will be on display at the London Wine Fair.

Laphroaig launches new “exquisite” single malt

Laphroaig has announced the launch of Laphroaig Lore, described by the producer as “the richest of the rich”.

Sake exhibits at London Wine Fair for first time

Sake is set to exhibit at the London Wine Fair in May for the first time.

Quintessential Brands acquires The Dublin Whiskey Company

International drinks group, Quintessential Brands, has acquired the Dublin Whiskey Company as part of an 10 million Euro investment.

Crabbie’s reveals Grand National on-pack offer

Crabbie’s has launched an on-pack promotion to engage with consumers in the run up to the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National event.

Champagne Gosset reveals its latest cuvee

Champagne Gosset is launching a new cuvee, which has been resting in house cellars for more than 15 years.

Naked Wines hits record £100m sales

Majestic Wine has announced that its Naked Wines arm has hit a key milestone of £100m in sales in the past year.

Changing shopper behaviour drives soft drinks sales through convenience

Soft drinks increased sales by 2.2% to £3.1bn in the convenience channel in 2015, according to the 2016 Britvic Soft Drinks Review (Nielsen, 52 w/e 09 Jan 2016). This was ahead of the total soft drinks market, which contracted by 0.6%.

Gonzales Byass acquires a winery in DO Rías Baixas

Gonzales Byass has acquires a winery in Rías Baixas called Pazos de Lusco.

World Beers adds to Italian beer portfolio

Speciality beer importer World Beers is extending its range of Birradamare craft beers in the UK.

French Wines with Style app matches wines to your personality

French Wines with Style has launched a new wine style application that aims to match the style of French wine that best suits your personality.

North South Wines to distribute Berberana and Monistrol brands

Independent wine supplier United Wineries has announced a UK & Ireland agency deal with distributor, North South Wines.

Drinks producers hit out against ‘sugar tax’

Leading drinks producers have voiced their disappointment about the UK's new 'sugar tax' introduced in last week's budget, and are thought to be considering a legal challenge.

Lidl’s Glen Alda crowned ‘World’s Best’ just five months after launch

Lidl has announced it took home its 1,000th award last night after picking up a trophy at the World Whiskies Awards in London this week.  

Hogs Back Brewery freezes beer prices

Hogs Back Brewery has announced it is backing the Budget duty freeze on beer and cider with a wholesale price freeze across its full range.

Chivite introduces new style of Spanish rosé to UK market

Spanish wine company the Chivite Group is bringing its Las Fincas Rosado to the UK market In June this year.

Tesco trials pre-mixed Finest wine cases

Tesco plans to trial a pre-mixed case of wines from its Finest range in 280 stores, following the success of these wines over Christmas.

MMD adds a Puglia Estate to its Italian portfolio

Maisons Marques et Domaines (MMD) has announced it will be the sole importer and distributor of the Masseria Surani Wines, a Tommasi Family Estate, in the UK market.

Halewood Group acquires 50% stake in The Pogues Irish Whiskey

Halewood International has purchased a 50% stake in The Pogues Irish Whiskey, with the famous Irish band retaining ownership of the remaining 50%.

Budget 2016: Duty freeze for beer, cider, whisky and other spirits

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a tax on the makers of soft drinks to tackle childhood obesity, but for producers of alcoholic drinks the 2016 Budget held no nasty surprises.

Stella Artois launches ‘Be Legacy’ campaign

Stella Artois has launched its ‘Be Legacy’ campaign to celebrate its 600-year brewing heritage.