Black Sheep's lager gets off-trade launch

Black Sheep Brewery is gearing up for the off-trade launch of its first-ever lager.

Whyte & Mackay sponsors Glasgow comedy festival

Whyte & Mackay Blended Whisky has announced its headline sponsorship of the 2018 Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Kopparberg makes sweet addition to its portfolio

Kopparberg has introduced a new variant, which will be exclusively available in Asda stores until August 2018.

Nisa shareholders back Co-op takeover

The Co-op has secured the £143m takeover of Nisa, with slightly more than the 75% of votes required to succeed.

Dingle Distillery looks to boost capacity to meet demand

The Dingle Distillery in Ireland has begun an investment drive with the aim of scaling up its production capacity to meet demand. 

Soft drinks maker turns to crowdfunding to accelerate business before sugar tax

The Natural Drinks Co has launched a campaign on Crowdcube for one month with the aim of raising an investment figure of £750,000 in exchange for a 5.08% equity stake. To date the campaign has hit almost 10% of its target with more than £70,000 secured in the first 24 hours.

Wines from Spain reveals revamped format for 2018 tasting event

Fentimans adds canned format to its range of mixers

Fentimans has launched its first range of mixer cans, as part of its ongoing mission to extend its botanically brewed beverage range.

Cobra Beer sets off on foodie road trip

Cobra Beer is setting off on a worldwide road trip to demonstrate how the beer is “the perfect partner for all food”.

Kokoro Gin adds 20cl variant to portfolio

Kokoro Gin has launched a 20cl bottle of its Japanese-inspired gin in time for the festive season.

Norwegian gin looks to tap into UK gin craze

A Norwegian spirits producer is introducing its gin to the UK market this month.

Co-op waits approval from Nisa members for its takeover bid

Nisa members are set to vote today on the Co-operative’s proposed buyout of the convenience chain.

Whyte & Mackay offers retailers chance to win a van

Whyte & Mackay has launched a new promotion offering its licensed trade customers the chance to win a van loaded with £500 worth of prizes. The promotion coincides with the launch of two new price-marked packs.

Tovey reveals new appointments for LWF 2018 team

Four new appointments have been made by head of London Wine Fair, Hannah Tovey, to help her deliver the 2018 show.

Retailers spared from curbs on multibuys and super-strength bans

The government has declared it has no plans to grant local licensing authorities the power to ban “super-strength” alcohol across stores in their areas.

Jacob's Creek unveils packaging revamp

Jacob’s Creek has revealed revamped packaging for its full Classics range in the UK.

Slurp aims to become UK's leading premium online retailer

Copestick Murray has unveiled plans to turn Slurp into the UK’s leading premium online drinks retailer after buying a 40% stake in the business. 

Waitrose wine team pledges loyalty to Old World regions

Waitrose has no intention of turning its back on classic wine regions that have been ravaged by spring frosts, hail and other issues that have driven up prices.

Spar launches two own-label wine ranges to simplify category

Spar is aiming to simplify the wine category for its shoppers with two new own-label ranges. 

'Ciderologist' is ICC chairman for 2018

Cider expert Gabe Cook – aka The Ciderologist – has been appointed chairman of the International Cider Challenge.

Shiraz ousts Merlot as British shoppers' red wine favourite

Shiraz has overtaken Merlot as the number one varietal red wine in the off-trade.

I Heart gains Asda listing after showing strong sales growth

Copestick Murray’s I Heart brand has gained a listing in Asda as it continues to surge up the chart of the UK’s most popular wine labels.

Sainsbury's wine team reports surging New World sales among Millennials

Sainsbury’s has reported a 26% growth in sales of Taste the Difference wines thanks to a strong performance from New World regions.

Big Peat 25 Years Old set to dazzle Islay aficionados

A limited edition Big Peat 25 Years Old comprising some of Islay’s most sought-after malts will go into specialist whisky retailers this December.

Hop, Burns & Black reveals anniversary beer creations

Independent beer, hot sauce and vinyl retailer, Hop Burns & Black, is celebrating its third birthday by creating a limited edition anniversary series via a raft of collaboration projects.

Pickering’s releases its sloe variant in new 70cl size

Pickering’s Gin has released its 2016 vintage of Sloe Gin and for the first time it is introducing this variant in a 70cl format.

Ginfusion helps gin fans create bespoke drinks

Ginfusion has launched a product designed to tap into the growth of craft gins and drinks-related gifts.

Guinness cans get a limited-edition makeover

Guinness is launching two limited-edition can designs to celebrate John Gilroy, the artist behind some of the brand’s most iconic advertisements.

Freedom Brewery launches campaign to address work-life balance

Freedom Brewery has launched a new UK campaign called My 25th Hour, which will comprise digital, print and social media activity.

Gordon & MacPhail invests in website revamp

Gordon & MacPhail has launched a new online platform, which aims to enhance its customers’ digital experience as well as helping the brand to become a respected source of single malt whisky information.

London Wine Fair has no plans to move 2019 show to avoid Vinexpo clash

Brintex has no plans to shift the London Wine Fair to another month to avoid a clash with Vinexpo in 2019.

Japanese producer aims to ‘lead the saké revolution’ in London

An ultra-premium saké producer, which makes only one batch a year, is ready to enter the UK market.

Fever-Tree continues fast pace of growth

Fever-Tree has reported that the strong growth recorded during the first six months of 2017 has continued during the second half.

Les Grands Chais de France creates new UK role

Les Grands Chais de France has appointed Nick Butler to take up the newly created role of UK and Ireland Wine Director.

Conviviality reports sales up 10% for its retail arm

Conviviality has reported revenue for the 26 weeks to 29 October 2017 was 9.2% ahead of last year to £836m, with particularly strong growth from its retail arm. 

Underage sales reach record low in off-trade

An off-trade clampdown on underage sales appears to be working as the number of 11 to 15-year-olds that reported purchasing alcohol from retailers fell to an all-time low.

Morgenrot adds canned format for Cisk Lager

Morgenrot has introduced its Maltese beer Cisk in 33cl cans.

Vina Ventisquero highlights Chilean heritage grapes with its latest additions

Vina Ventisquero is launching three new wines, two of which are made from Chilean ‘heritage grapes’.

Watermelon beer wins the 2017 Great British Homebrew Challenge

A watermelon-infused beer nudged ahead of the competition to take the top spot at the 2017 Great British Homebrew Challenge.

Paragon Brands taps into premium and craft trends

A drinks expert has launched a new UK drinks agency to meet the growing demand for premium and craft alcohol brands.

Kronenbourg 1664 gets festive makeover

Kronenbourg 1664 is featuring in a new campaign encouraging consumers to ‘Give the Gift Supreme’ this Christmas.

Celebrate British Beer 2017: winners announced

Britain’s leading beer retailers were honoured for their achievements in promoting our country’s thriving brewing industry at an awards ceremony at the House of Commons this week.

Copestick Murray invests in Slurp

I Heart supplier Copestick Murray has purchased a 40% share in Slurp, which has an online retail site and two bricks and mortar stores.

Chapel Down reports second highest harvest by volume

Chapel Down has reported its 2017 harvest is its second highest harvest by volume.

Freya Woodsmoke extends first birch tree sap spirit brand

Freya, which claims to be the first spirit created from birch tree sap, has a new addition to the range.

Campo Viejo Cava gets wider off-trade launch

Pernod Ricard UK is giving its Campo Viejo Cava a wider launch to extend it from convenience into the full grocery channel.

NB Distillery and Bon Accord release co-branded tonic

A Scottish gin producer and a soft drinks manufacturer have joined forces to revitalise the mixer category with a co-branded premium tonic.

Coca-Cola reveals its Christmas campaign

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has revealed its Christmas campaign,which includes a return of the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour, the ‘Holidays Are Coming’ TV advert, limited edition Christmas packs and sponsorship of Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball.

The Pogues Whiskey reveals full revamp

The Pogues Irish Whiskey has launched a new brand identity, bottle and limited-edition gift set.

Waitrose reveals key drinks trends in its latest report

Southerners are the biggest fans of bag-in-box wine, according to the latest data from the Waitrose Food & Drink Report 2017-18.