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Ridgeview launches limited edition wines

Ridgeview has confirmed the launch of new vintages from its limited edition range.

Masi releases its first sparkling Appassimento

Masi Agricola has released its first sparkling Appassimento wine, Moxxé.

Ancre Hill Estates doubles the size of its vineyard

Ancre Hill Estates, one of the top Welsh wine producers, has taken the first step towards tripling production by planting 8,000 new Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines on 11 acres of virgin land.

Hattingley Valley Wines launches UK Winemaking Apprenticeship

Hattingley Valley Wines has teamed up with The Worshipful Company of Vintners to offer the UK’s first winemaking apprenticeship.

Makulu launches spritzer and summer campaign

Makulu, the South African wine brand, is launching a rosé-based wine spritzer along with its Makulu Moments campaign; both in time for the key summer period.  

Carling secures three-year deal as official beer partner of Premier League

Carling has announced a three-year partnership with the Premier League, running until the end of the 2018/9 season.

Cantona kicks off new Kronenbourg 1664 campaign

Heineken has launched a new campaign for premium lager brand Kronenbourg 1664, starring Eric Cantona.

Bibendum PLB takeover will allow Conviviality franchisees to boost margins, says chief executive

Bargain Booze, Thorougoods and Wine Rack franchisees should see margins boosted as they benefit from greater buying power after parent company Conviviality snapped up Bibendum PLB for £60 million, according to its chief executive.

Bibendum PLB launches its first Chinese wine

Bibendum PLB is gearing up to unveil the latest addition to its portfolio – a Chinese wine from Chateau Changyu Moser XV in Ningxia.

Prosecco sales skyrocket and save wine from large decline

Prosecco has continued its recent record as the star performer of the UK drinks market and sales growth of 34% over the past year is propping up a struggling wine category.

Treasury Wine Estates stresses the importance of brand building

Treasury Wine Estates is on a mission to evolve from a business led by agriculture to a brand-building FMCG heavyweight and Blossom Hill is a perfect fit, according to its managing director.

Fruit cider sales soar but apple tipped to dominate

Fruit cider will never overtake apple as the most popular cider among UK drinkers, according to a leading supplier.

Glenlivet Auchavaich pays homage to 19th century smugglers that created the brand

Market leading single malt brand The Glenlivet has broadened its offering with the release of a limited-edition single cask whisky that called Auchavaich.

Kingsland Drinks launches new fusion wine range

Kingsland Drinks launched a new range of fusion beverages at this year’s London Wine Fair this week.

There's a Beer For That launches partnership with Co-op

There’s a Beer For That has launched the next phase of its campaign through a partnership with Co-operative Food.

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.