Caorunn reveals revamped bottle design

Caorunn is set to release a new British-made bottle, which is designed to marry the spirit’s artisan roots with “seriously sleek aesthetics”.

North South Wines appoints new MD

North South Wines has appointed Kim Wilson as its new managing director.

Borough Wines & Beers reports strong sales growth

Borough Wines & Beers has reported 19% year-on-year sales growth on the back of a strong ecommerce performance and two new store openings.

Morgenrot adds Sauvignon Blanc with World's longest single wine name

Morgenrot is giving its customers a real mouthful with its latest launch from New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay.

Great Wines Estates to represent Voyager Estate in the UK

Great Wines Estates will now represent Voyager Estate across the UK, where it will focus on independent wine shops and the premium on-trade sectors for the wines, which are produced in Australia’s Margaret River region.

The Benevolent launches #NotAlone campaign

The Benevolent has launched its new mental health awareness campaign #NotAlone, which aims to encourage members of the trade to speak freely about mental health issues within the workplace, creating a stigma-free environment.

Boutinot targets UK multiple off-trade with Cantine Riondo

Boutinot is now working with north-eastern Italian producer Cantine Riondo, becoming the exclusive agent for wines targeted at the UK multiple off-trade.

Think Brands launches Pampelle into the UK

Think Brands has launched a grapefruit-based drink, which can be used in a range of cocktails.

Broadland Wineries owner discusses strategy after Schaafsma leaves

Broadland Wineries owner Mark Lansley has cooled talk of turnover growing to £100 million in two years after the sudden departure of chief executive Paul Schaafsma.

Koshu of Japan sets date for its annual UK tasting event

Koshu of Japan has announced the date for its 8th annual trade and press tasting; the event is due to take place on 14 February at 67 Pall Mall in London. 

Balblair launches new 1991 and 2000 editions

Balblair has unveiled the limited edition second release of its 2000 vintage and the third release of its 1991 vintage.

Paul Schaafsma leaves Broadland Wineries

Paul Schaafsma is leaving Broadland Wineries after four months as chief executive to start up his own business.

Seedlip reveals plans to launch portfolio of new brands

Seedlip has announced plans to launch a portfolio of new brands with the hire of former Belvedere Vodka head of spirit creation, Claire Smith-Warner.

BrewDog exceeds crowdfunding target by more than £1.3m

Brewdog has extended the investment deadline for its latest Equity for Punks crowdfunding programme and upped its target to a maximum of £50million.

Fentimans announces brand overhaul

Fentimans has overhauled its image with a rebrand costing £1.2 million.

Tesco renews WSET partnership

Tesco has reconfirmed its place as one of eleven Gold Corporate Patrons in WSET’s partnership programme, which includes supermarkets, drinks producers and distributors.

Conviviality reshapes its leadership team

Conviviality has announced it is reshaping its leadership team in order to “bring decision making closer to the customer”.

Halewood bolsters Liverpool Collection with Rose Petal Gin

Halewood Wines & Spirits is extending its Liverpool Collection by bringing back its limited edition, ultra-premium Rose Petal Gin following the drink's first appearance in 2016, which the producer hailed as “a resounding success”.

Wines of Germany targets younger demographic

Wines of Germany has seized upon Wine Intelligence research suggesting the average German wine consumer is getting younger and is shifting its marketing focus accordingly.

Skinny Brands earns £1.5 million investment to roll out low-calorie lager

Low calorie BWS supplier Skinny Brands has secured a £1.5 million cash injection to allow it to roll its brands out across the UK and Ireland.

Gin Lane 1751 predicts pink gin will drive sales for 2018

Gin Lane 1751 has announced ambitious plans to double volume sales through 2018, following a surge in sales last year driven by the popularity of its pink gin variant.

Bier Huis adds Clover Gin to its portfolio

Bier Huis has added Clover Gin to its portfolio as a UK exclusive.

Diageo teams up with Uber Eats to target online shoppers

Diageo has teamed up with Uber Eats to allow convenience retailers across the UK to sell their drinks to online shoppers.

Luscombe Drinks adds light variant to its tonics range

Luscombe Drinks is expanding its flavoured mixer portfolio and giving the full range a new look.  

Co-op plans to expand vegan wine range to 100 by 2019

The Co-op is expanding its vegan wine offering to 100 lines by the end of the year to meet customer demand, with eight new lines launching next month.

Majestic Wine appoints managing director for retail arm

Majestic Wine has appointed Joshua Lincoln as retail and managing director of Majestic Retail; it has also announced its Group sales increased by 3.2% for the 10-week Christmas trading period, compared to the same period the year before.

Buckingham Schenk taps into demand for Malbec

Buckingham Schenk is launching Latis, a new brand from Cahors in France.

Stirling Gin gets set to invest in new premises

Stirling Gin has been given the green light to create the first gin distillery and visitor centre in Stirling.

Pinkster gin aims to help romantic shoppers keep things fruity

Pinkster gin is releasing a limited-edition, Cupid-themed bottle in a bid to boost sales in the build up to Valentine’s Day.

Nick Hyde replaces James Simpson MW on WSET Board

Nick Hyde has taken over from James Simpson MW as chairman of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Board of Trustees. Simon McMurtie has also joined the Board.

There's a Beer for That campaign rebooted to lobby against high beer duty

Industry campaign There’s A Beer For That is switching its focus to lobby against high beer duty in a bid to safeguard the industry’s future.

Drinkaware and Asda join forces for 2018 responsible drinking campaign

Alcohol charity Drinkaware is joining forces with Asda to launch a responsible drinking campaign.

The second International Scotch Day will take place in February

A series of celebrations have been planned across the globe for International Scotch Day, which takes place on 8 February 2018.

Drinkaware and Asda team up for responsible drinking initiative

Drinkaware ambassadors will be in 100 Asda stores across the UK on January 12 to hand out thousands of specially created alcohol assessment scratchcards to shoppers.

Aspall cider snapped up by Molson Coors

Molson Coors has acquired cider producer Aspall, stating its ambitions to turn the brand into the UK’s top-selling premium cider.

Retailers urged to champion smaller formats to drive January sales

Smaller formats are key to driving BWS sales among cash-strapped convenience shoppers in January, according to leading supplier Diageo.

Durham Distillery gears up to add whisky to its spirits portfolio

Durham Distillery is to start producing whisky this year to add to its existing portfolio of gin and vodka.

Diageo taps into at-home cocktail making via Alexa

Diageo has launched a new concept for the Amazon Echo Show in the UK to help consumers create cocktails at home.

Berry Bros hails quality of reduced 2016 Burgundy vintage

Berry Bros & Rudd has praised the quality, charm and complexity of the 2016 Burgundian vintage and claims to have an industry-leading offer.

Gin sales up 45% for festive week compared to 2016

UK consumers spent £36 million on gin in supermarkets during the week before Christmas, which is a 45% increase on the previous year, according to the latest data from IRI.

Aldi sales top £10bn after record Christmas

Aldi has reported strong growth across all categories resulting in its busiest-ever Christmas, pushing its total 2017 UK and Ireland sales over the £10bn barrier for the first time.

The 30 most popular online drinks retailers revealed

Naked Wines is the most popular online drinks retailer when it comes to monthly searches, according to research from search engine strategy firm Inside Online.

Love Drinks adds Sweden's Herno to its gin line up

Love Drinks has added an award-winning Swedish gin to its portfolio of spirits.

Coca-Cola brings its 'Soft Drinks Tax exempt' Fuze to UK

Coca-Cola European Partners has announced it is bringing its premium iced tea brand Fuze Tea to the UK.

Diageo pulls Snapchat advertising after Captain Morgan ad breaches ASA code

The advertising watchdog has given Diageo a rap on the knuckles for releasing a Captain Morgan Snapchat ad that would appeal to children.

Seedlip extends portfolio with 20cl bottles

Seedlip has added 20cl bottles to its range in single bottle and duo gift boxes for its two expressions: Spice 94 and Garden 108.

EeBria highlights Tryanuary campaign with daily beer deals

EeBria Trade is showcasing a different beer from a unique brewery for each day of January, to highlight Tryanuary’s nationwide Beer Days campaign.

William Grant announces leadership changes for UK and EMEA regions

William Grant & Sons has announced two changes to its leadership team in the UK and EMEA regions.

Accolade Wines makes senior appointment

Accolade Wines has appointed David White to the role of UK marketing director.

Ian Harris appointed MBE

WSET chief executive Ian Harris was appointed an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2018 in recognition of his services to the drinks industry.