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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.

Rum sales continue to soar

Rum sales have soared in the UK over the past five years and broke through the £1 billion boundary in 2017, according to the WSTA.

Cava aims to overtake Prosecco on quality reputation

Cava’s reputation as a quality sparkler could soon overtake that of Prosecco after the launch of a new premium classification, according to the regulatory council president. 

St Peter's adds to its alcohol-free portfolio

St Peter’s has launched an organic alcohol-free beer to add to its popular zero-alcohol collection.

Crabbie's adds Stout to Crafty Ginger Collection

Crabbie’s is adding a Stout to its Crafty Ginger Collection.

Bain's Whisky comes to UK

A South African whisky, which its producer claims is the only one to be double-matured in first-fill bourbon casks and made from 100% South African maize, is now available in the UK.

Bruichladdich launches Rare Cask Series

Islay distillery Bruichladdich has launched a Rare Cask Series and it has also revealed plans for a potential Islay Single Rye in the future. 

Predictions: What's in store for 2018

Sparkling wine, magnums and increased interest in wines from Eastern Europe are just some of the industry’s predictions for the BWS category in 2018.

Retailers advised to prepare for up to six million Dry January drinkers

Retailers need to make sure they are prepared for the record number of people who are expected to take part in Dry January 2018, according to industry experts.

Crimestoppers links with WSTA to highlight health risks from fake alcohol

Independent charity Crimestoppers and the Wine and Spirit Trade Association have launched a Christmas campaign in Newcastle to warn the public about the danger to health of drinking fake alcohol.

Underage drinking falls to record low

Underage drinking has fallen to record lows, according to new findings from NHS Digital.

Gin is now UK's favourite spirit according to new poll

Gin has recorded another bumper quarter as sales continue to soar, according to the Wine and Spirit trade Association’s latest market report.

Conviviality eyes up P&H's Central Convenience chain

Conviviality’s retail chain Bargain Booze has made a bid to buy 109 convenience stores from Palmer & Harvey, which went into administration last month.

Budweiser becomes king of UK supermarkets

Budweiser is the fastest-growing product of 2017 in UK supermarkets, ahead of Monster energy drinks and avocados.

Think Rum to help retailers unlock huge potential

DRN is gearing up to host its second annual Think Rum event in London and co-chairman Peter Holland believes there is huge untapped potential in the off-trade.

Paul Schaafsma outlines vision for Broadland Wineries

English wine is now considered so classy and fashionable that even the Queen has started producing it, but British-made wine is not exactly sexy.

WSET urges trade to increase knowledge of growing sake category

The UK drinks trade has been urged to develop its expertise in sake to capitalise on this burgeoning category.  

Johnnie Walker links with street artist to release Artist Series

Johnnie Walker has teamed up with acclaimed street artist Tristan Eaton to create a new, limited edition Artist Series of gift packs.

National body for English and Welsh wine gets new name and ceo

Wines of Great Britain is the new name for the national body for English and Welsh wine while the organisation has also appointed a ceo.

Magners taps into craze for Dark Fruit cider

Magners is gearing up to take on Strongbow with the launch of a rival Dark Fruit variant for the off-trade.

Lamb & Watt adds ginger variant to its mixers portfolio

Lamb & Watt has added to its tonics and mixers line up with a new Ginger Ale variant.

Beer fan's honey and chilli recipe wins Innis & Gunn's competition

A chilli honey pale ale has been chosen as the winning recipe for Innis & Gunn’s competition to create a limited edition barrel-aged beer.

Black Tower gets wrapped up for winter

Black Tower has launched a new limited edition bottle design for the winter period.

James Davis MW heads new buying team at Adnams

Former Tesco wine buying manager James Davis MW has been appointed commercial director for Adnams’ beers, wines and spirits team.

Sir Ian Botham to launch wine range with Broadland

Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham is launching a range of wines in partnership with Broadland Wineries.

Highland Park reveals The Dark before The Light

Highland Park has released a new 17 year-old single malt called The Dark, which will be followed by the launch of The Light early next year.

Chapel Down raises £18.5m, marking a ‘new chapter of growth’

Chapel Down has completed £18.5 million fundraising by issuing new shares, and it hopes to raise around £1.4 million more with the help of existing shareholders.

White Castle creates a fortified first for Wales

A Welsh vineyard claims to have launched Wales’ first fortified wine.

Vivino introduces ‘Amazon Prime’ style delivery service

Vivino is launching a free delivery service, which it describes as the “Amazon Prime” of the wine industry.

Morgenrot adds Alhambra Reserva Roja to its portfolio

Morgenrot has strengthened its Spanish beer offering by becoming the exclusive importer of Alhambra Reserva Roja.

Pickering's gives its 3 Queens gins a full off-trade launch

Pickering’s Gin’s 3 Queens range, which was originally created exclusively for luxury British cruise line, Cunard, is now being made available on dry land.

Boutinot maps South African regionality with new range

Boutinot has launched The Capeography Co, a new range which aims to chart the story of the Cape’s regional diversity.

UWA debuts with Scotland's first tequilas

Scotland’s first tequila company has officially launched, releasing the world’s first Speyside whisky cask-aged tequilas to the market.

Berry Bros to distribute Daftmill whisky

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced a new distribution agreement with Scottish “new wave” distillery, Daftmill.