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Fruit wine brand to be redesigned after breaching Portman Group code

Kingsland’s fruit wine brand, Mr Gladstone’s Curious Emporium, has fallen foul of industry watchdog the Portman Group for not clearly labelling itself as alcoholic and appealing to children.

Diageo uses smart posters to advertise Smirnoff cider on hot days

Diageo is using cutting edge technology to target consumers with Smirnoff cider ads when the mercury hits 19°C.

Tesco toasts ethical beer brand

Ethical beer brand Toast has gained a listing at the UK’s largest retailer for its Much Kneaded craft lager and Bloomin’ Lovely session IPA.

Tom King joins WSTA board

Treasury Wine Estates’ European managing director has joined the board of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association.

Ardbeg An Oa given a release date

Ardbeg has announced that its highly anticipated new expression, An Oa, is launching next month and will join its permanent range.

International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show moved to February 2017

The International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show in London has been pushed back a month to new dates of February 26-27.

Cognac exports to the UK rise

Cognac exports to the UK grew 3.6% in the year to July 31, 2017, and it held onto its position as the fourth largest export market for the spirit.

Pang Pang and Morgenrot help craft beer fans prepare for the apocalypse

Morgenrot has added two IPAs from Swedish brewery Pang Pang to its range in a bid to cause “mayhem” in the UK craft beer market.

Diageo launches Cîroc French Vanilla

Diageo has continued the pipeline of new releases under its Cîroc vodka with the launch of a French Vanilla variant.

Charity bike ride honours Dan Townsend

A peloton of riders raised £13,000 in a charity bike ride that honoured the life and times of Dan Townsend, the late managing director at Treasury Wine Estates.

Julie Buckley tipped to take Majestic's Spanish category to new heights

Majestic Wine has appointed former Sainsbury’s buyer Julie Buckley as senior buyer responsible for New Zealand, Spain and Burgundy.

Retailers warned to sharpen online offerings

Retailers have been warned to invest heavily in their digital offerings as online could soon overtake the convenience channel as the easiest way for shoppers to buy beers, wines and spirits. 

Online beer retailers raise cash to cope with increasing demand

Two online beer retailers have revealed ambitious expansion plans as they seek to cope with increasing demand.

Beer Hawk relaunches trade site

Britain’s largest online beer retailer is ramping up its wholesale arm and has launched a new website targeting bars, restaurants and retailers. 

Corks Out goes on the expansion trail

Cheshire-based wine merchant Corks Out is looking to grow the business from its current estate of five stores to a total of 10 over the next few years. 

Beer shop openings continue at rapid pace

The rapid pace of specialist beer shop openings is showing no signs of slowing down, with new stores springing up across the UK this summer. 

There's a Beer for That campaign targets indies

The team behind There’s a Beer for That has called upon smaller retailers from across the UK to work with it to spread the word about great beer.

Rush to open premium wine shops in Devon

Retailers believe the south west of England is lacking in premium wine destinations and are racing to establish venues in key sites across the region. 

45West opens second site in Leicester

A distiller that set up an independent bottle shop and bar to help boost sales of its gin has opened a second outlet as it proved so popular with locals. 

Virgin Wines launches new website after two-year project

Virgin Wines is celebrating the launch of its new website and IT platform – the culmination of a two-year project – and the company said it is now ready to offer customers a more personal service. 

San Miguel turns to gluten-free and no alcohol beers to further boost growth

San Miguel is seeking to build on impressive UK growth figures by rolling out a wider portfolio of SKUs, including gluten-free and no-alcohol variants. 

De Bortoli launches Down the Lane range

De Bortoli Wines has revealed three new blends, which have been created after years of experimenting with alternative grape varieties from its King Valley, Yarra Valley and Riverina vineyards.

Chris Porter to take over as chief executive at The Benevolent

Chris Porter is taking over from retiring incumbent David Cox as chief executive of drinks trade charity The Benevolent.

Aldi launches Featherweight low calorie and low abv wines

Aldi has released a new Featherweight collection of wines to address the trend for lower calorie and lower alcohol wines.

WH Palmer celebrates 200 years with London Dry Gin

WH Palmer has launched Palmers London Dry Gin to celebrate the Palmer family’s 200th year of distilling. This is the producer’s first eponymous-brand gin produced at its Langley Distillery in the Midlands.

Innis & Gunn reports "exceptionally strong" UK performance in 2016

Innis & Gunn increased turnover by 22% last year to more than £14.3m, with gross profit also up 25% to £8.5m.

WSTA urges Government to "get a grip" to prevent Brexit chaos

The Government needs to “get a grip” and produce a clear plan to prevent Brexit chaos, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

WSTA: sparkling wine sales grew 12% last year

Sales of sparkling wine grew 12% in the last year, according to the latest figures from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Rum Sixty-Six adds two new expressions

Rum Sixty-Six has launched two new expressions: Extra Old and Cask Strength, which are aged for six and 12 years respectively.

Majestic reveals celebrity winemaker trio

Majestic has enlisted three celebrity winemakers to create their own ‘signature dish’, which will then be bottled and sold in stores.

Kokoro Gin introduces miniatures

Kokoro Gin has launched a miniature bottle of its Japanese-inspired London Dry Gin.

Xeco set to reinvigorate sherry market

Xeco Wines is on a mission to give sherry “a total reinvention” by taking it into the aperitif scene.

Mangrove adds Jamaica Inn Black Ginger Rum

Jamaica Inn Black Ginger Rum has been “quietly launched” into its Cornwall heartlands, by premium spirits distributor, Mangrove.

Brighton Gin releases limited edition bottle for Pride

Brighton Gin has created 400 limited edition bottles of its gin designed to celebrate Brighton Pride.

Vinalba introduces new Malbec blend

Buckingham Schenk has launched a new Malbec blend from Vinalba.

Hambledon approved as WSET course provider

Hambledon Vineyard in Hampshire has been approved as an official programme provider for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and will be offering WSET Level 1 and Level 2 courses starting this Autumn.

Fentimans launches canned range

Fentimans has launched a canned range of its most popular botanically brewed flavours.

Morrisons agrees wholesale deal with McColl's

McColl’s Retail Group has reached an agreement with Morrisons Supermarkets to supply McColl’s growing estate of 1300 convenience stores and 350 newsagents.

Loch Lomond Whiskies unveils two single malts

Loch Lomond Whiskies has unveiled two new single malts from its Island Collection.

Aston Manor grows sales by 4%

Aston Manor’s sales grew by 4% to £113 million in 2016 and it now believes it offers a breadth of range that is unrivalled in the cider category.

Diageo enjoys strong UK sales growth

Diageo has reported that it grew market share in the UK off-trade and on-trade in the past year, largely thanks to the strength of Baileys, Guinness and Gordon’s.

Retailers dominate latest customer service poll

Amazon finished top of the pile as retailers completed a clean sweep in a survey designed to find the UK’s top brands for customer service.

“Slow news day produces unexpected headlines”: researcher reacts to Guardian front page

The researcher responsible for a Guardian front page suggesting a soaring alcohol misuse epidemic could kill 63,000 people said the real headline should have been: “slow news day produces unexpected headlines”.

Commentator accuses anti-alcohol lobbyists of using "fundamentally flawed" research to try to engineer "a tax on the poor"

Commentator Steve Topple has ripped into “fundamentally flawed” research suggesting alcohol abuse will kill 63,000 people in the next five years if punitive measures are not slapped on alcohol.

Fine wine merchant shrugs off sterling fears to record strong en primeur campaign

Fine wine merchant BI Wine said British clients are undeterred by the weak sterling rate after reporting its most successful en primer campaign in seven years.

Scotch whisky auction market enjoys record sales run

The UK auction market for single malt Scotch malt whisky has enjoyed a record breaking three months, with sales surpassing £6 million between April and June.

Online retailer 31Dover.com appoints new chief executive

Online drinks retailer 31Dover.com has appointed former Naked Wines sales and marketing director James Bagley as its new chief executive.

Cider and bubbly sales soar as Brits enjoy summer sun

A prolonged summer heatwave sparked 19% growth in cider sales and a 17% rise in sparkling wine sales in the grocery channel this summer.

Industry hits back at "lazy scaremongering" story that claims alcohol will kill 63,000 people unless affordability, availability and advertising is reduced

The public health lobby has called for off-licence hours to be cut to 10am-10pm, the reintroduction of the duty escalator, minimum unit pricing of 50p and tighter regulations on alcohol advertising.

WSTA conference attracts "two business titans" for headline speeches

Outspoken Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin will join Lord Price, the Minister of State for International Trade, on stage at the annual WSTA Conference.