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Waitrose adds half bottles to redesigned Blueprint own-label range

Waitrose has launched the first phase of its redesigned mid-tier range of own label wines, within which it is introducing six half-bottle versions of the bestsellers in the range.

Kingsland appointed as distributor for Ventisquero wines

Chilean wine producer Viña Ventisquero has appointed Kingsland Drinks as the UK agent for its Ventisquero brand.

Schweppes unveils biggest UK investment in 200 years

Schweppes has announced its biggest GB investment in more than 200 years as it looks to respond more strongly to the growing demand for premium mixers.

Diet Coke reveals giveaway promotion

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has unveiled Diet Coke's latest on-pack promotion and stand-out limited edition designs, offering consumers the chance to win £5,000 every day to help retailers increase sales.

Dual-flavoured Slingshots set for UK launch

Australian drinks company Global Beverage Brands is bringing its shots brand to the UK off-trade.

Jacob's Creek unveils Australian Rosé with a French twist

Jacob’s Creek is launching a new French-inspired premium Rosé, to tap into growth of this style in the UK.

Drinkaware campaign aims to fight drink-related sexual harassment

Drinkaware says that new research reveals the extent to which drunken sexual harassment has become an accepted part of a night out for many young people.

Tesco expands its Finest sparkling wine collection

Tesco has added a selection of new sparkling wines to its Finest range, increasing its range of price points as well as introducing its customers to some traditional styles from lesser-known regions.

E&J Brandy launches E&J Apple into UK

E&J Brandy plans to introduce E&J Apple to its UK portfolio with the aim of building on the growth of the brandy category.

Glengoyne releases second gift tin featuring work of artist Jolomo

Scotland’s Glengoyne distillery has unveiled the second in a series of limited edition gift tins in partnership with the artist John Lowrie Morrison, also known as Jolomo.

The Benevolent reveals "ground breaking" new counselling helpline

The Benevolent has announced the launch of a new 100% confidential telephone helpline in partnership with social enterprise company Connect Assist.

Paul Schaafsma secures Broadland Wineries' ceo role

Paul Schaafsma, the former ceo of Accolade Wines, has been appointed as ceo of Broadland Wineries, with immediate effect.

Warner Edwards launches honey-infused gin

Warner Edwards has announced it has an exclusive ‘Spirit of the Month’ partnership with Fortnum & Mason this October with its Honeybee Gin. The gin will then be made available to the wider off-trade from November.

71 Brewing extends portfolio with two new brews

Dundee’s 71 Brewing has expanded its portfolio with the addition of an India Pale Lager (IPL) and a Munich Dunkel, Ferrous Red.

Sussex producer Ambriel releases its first vintage wine

Sussex winery Ambriel has just released its 2010 Blanc de Blancs. The traditional method English Sparkling wine, which has been crafted from hand-selected Chardonnay grapes, is aimed at independent wine merchants and the on-trade, and it is priced around £36 per bottle. Around 6,000 bottles are available.

Broadland taps into lower calorie and lighter alcohol segment

Broadland Wineries has launched TrimVin, a new range of low-calorie and lighter-alcohol wines aimed at the off-trade.

Highland Park releases its Dragon Legend

Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky has announced the arrival of its new single malt.

Tesco appoints new head of BWS

Robert Cooke has taken over as BWS director at Tesco following a long and varied career in the retail industry.

Charity Challenge in honour of Dan Townsend

Thirty members of the Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) team took on the Thames Path Challenge last weekend, in memory of their former managing director Dan Townsend, who passed away suddenly in March.

Flurry of openings as craft accelerates

The boom for specialist craft drinks stores continues apace as DRN has learned of shops opening in Merseyside, Gateshead and Bath during the past few weeks.

WSTA conference sees record attendance figures

The WSTA’s annual conference this month recorded its largest ever attendance figures, according to chairman Dan Jago.

Woodforde's ramps up off-trade focus

Woodforde’s brewery has announced plans to ramp up its focus on the off-trade after 18 months of planning and investment from its new owners.

Aldi hails wine surge despite market woes

Aldi has shrugged off market pressures like exchange rates and duty hikes to post surging wine sales figures this summer.

Madeira wine event planned for London this October

Seven leading Madeira wine producers are gathering in London next month to show their latest releases at a ‘walk-around’ tasting event.

Plaimont permitted to reintroduce long-lost Tardif grape

Plaimont Producers, the co-operative in South West France, has succeeded in gaining permission to reintroduce the long-lost grape variety ‘Tardif’.

Cider sales push past £1 billion barrier

Warm weather at the beginning of the summer propelled annual cider sales past the £1 billion barrier for the first time since 2014.

SITT: Masterclasses for wine specialists revealed

This year’s Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) event will have a range of new masterclasses and workshops, and for the first year in its 12-year history the event will debut in the new location of Bristol, as well as London.

Drinkers' Voice enjoys strong start in bid to fight back against anti-alcohol lobby

A new campaign group set up to give drinkers a voice in the national media has enjoyed plenty of success on its first weekend up and running.

Bristol gears up for the biggest wine industry tasting in its history

The biggest wine tasting in the history of Bristol is just days away and there is still time for members of the trade to register.

Morgenrot extends Quilmes range as demand grows

Morgenrot, the Manchester-based drinks importer, has launched new 35.5cl canned versions of the Argentinian Lager, Quilmes.

Halewood bolsters wine arm with Bonfils deal

Halewood Wines & Spirits has bolstered its wine portfolio by securing a deal to distribute French wine brand Bonfils in the UK.

Buckingham Schenk adds to Vinalba line up

Buckingham Schenk has launched a new Patagonian wine from Vinalba.

Gordon's taps into Pink Gin growth

Gordon’s London Dry Gin is extending its portfolio with the addition of a new Premium Pink Distilled variant, designed to appeal to a younger adult audience.

Sailor Jerry gets tattoo-inspired makeover

William Grant & Sons is set to launch a limited-edition bottle design for its premium spiced rum, Sailor Jerry.

UK wholesale sector growth driven by strong BWS sales

The UK grocery wholesaling sector has experienced another year of growing sales, driven by the expanding out-of-home market and strong growth in beer, wines and spirits in particular.

Casillero del Diablo reveals major Halloween push

Casillero del Diablo is gearing up to launch its biggest ever raft of activity for the build up to the Halloween trading period.

Isle of Arran Distillery reveals limited edition bottle

The Isle of Arran Distillery’s master distiller has created a unique limited edition bottle that marks his 10th anniversary with the producer and a total of 40 years in the Scotch whisky industry.

California triumphs at the International Beer Challenge 2017 awards

Californian brewery Firestone Walker triumphed at the International Beer Challenge 2017 awards as its Union Jack IPA scooped the coveted Supreme Champion gong.

Our Vodka aims to "shake up vodka industry"

Our Vodka has launched four DIY infusion kits as part of its mission to “shake up the vodka industry”.

Nisa gets set for second Wine Festival of the year

Nisa is set to launch its second Wine Festival event this year to help its members drive footfall and sales.

Institute of Masters of Wine names 14 new MWs

The Institute of Masters of Wine has added 14 new MWs from five countries, including four from the UK.

Armit launches new wine from La Rioja Alta SA

Armit Wines has released a new wine from Torre de Ona in Rioja Alavesa, part of the La Rioja SA stable.

London Wine Fair director outlines her vision for the event

Hannah Tovey has just taken over from Ross Carter as event director for the London Wine Fair following a long and varied career in the industry.

Healeys resurrects old cider recipe

One of Cornwall’s oldest cider producers has launched a new premium variant.

Gigglewater launches 20cl cans of sparkling wine

Sparkling wine brand Gigglewater has launched 20cl cans of Vino Bianco Frizzante across Waitrose’s retail estate and online store.

Waddesdon Wines bolsters team to cope with increased demand

The UK distributor for Rothschild wines has bolstered its sales force with the appointment of two account managers.

Treasury Wine Estates targets male millennials with The Banished

Notorious 19th century revolutionary James Wilson has been immortalised in a bottle of wine as Treasury Wine Estates has based its new 19 Crimes expression on his exploits.

Waitrose launches cider produced using the Champagne method

Waitrose has given a listing to a sparkling apple cider made in the traditional Champagne method by a producer in Hampshire.

Majestic reveals new 'franchise-lite' model

Majestic Wine has revealed plans to invest in a ‘franchise-lite’ model.

Jack Daniel's brings a taste of Tennessee to UK retailers

Jack Daniel’s is teaming up with a range of UK retailers to launch initiatives designed to showcase its versatility.