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The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has reported its highest-ever annual candidate figures for the latest academic year, with UK candidate numbers up 5%. 

Cognac exports to the UK decreased by 6.7% in volume and 4.1% in value during the 2018-19 financial year.

Bimber Distillery has announced the release its inaugural single malt whisky. 

Tobermory, the only whisky distillery on the Isle of Mull, has expanded its repertoire to produce a Tobermory Gin. 

Rockstar Spirits has secured a five-figure loan to expand the business, following the success of its Two Swallows rum range, which was recently selected by Coca-Cola as the official partner for its new Signature range of mixers. 

Fishers Gin has announced it will make production savings when it opens its new distillery, and it will pass this saving onto consumers.

A premium coffee liqueur from New Zealand is gearing up to secure listings in the UK.

The Spirited Union Distillery has launched what it claims is the world’s first botanical white rum.

The gin bubble has not burst and growth in the category is in fact growing at an even greater pace, according to the latest WSTA data.

Popular gin brand Brockmans has appointed Cellar Trends to handle UK distribution from September 2019.

Spirits giants Bacardi and Brown-Forman have decided to end a joint UK distribution agreement that has been in place since 2002.

John Crabbie & Co has launched a new single malt whisky and at younger spirit fans who like long drinks and cocktails. 

Diageo GB reports it has had “a positive year” in the UK, with sales up 4% driven by both the beer and spirits categories. 

Adnams has added to its RTD portfolio as it continues to tap into the trend for pre-mixed gin and tonics.

Pernod Ricard UK is adding a new drink to its non-alcoholic spirits portfolio.

The starts of hit TV series Breaking Bad have announced they are launching a Mezcal.

India’s first craft gin brand, Greater Than London Dry Gin, has been launched in the UK by Nao Spirits.

Bottlers and Distillers Wales (B&D Wales) has partnered with Vale Resort to open a full-scale distillery and visitor experience at Hensol Castle.

Ginking is adding another variant to its collection of wine and gin infused drinks.

Bloom Gin is the latest producer to introduce a range of ready-to-serve (RTS) drinks.

Hayman’s has launched a Small Gin, which it said will allow consumers to enjoy “a real gin & tonic with just 0.2 units of alcohol and 15 calories per serve”.

Dead Man’s Fingers is tapping into interest in Cannabis and CBD products with the launch of a Hemp Rum.

Amber Beverage Group has bought the UK-based drinks distributor Cellar Trends.

Majestic Wine has lowered the price of its entire spirit range and removed the two-tier pricing on the category.

Winchester Distillery has raised close to £500,000 to fund expansion plans.

William Grant & Sons has announced the sixth recipient of the Ian Murray Spirited Solutions Scholarship.

Greenall’s has introduced two new RTD gin & tonics to tap into growth in the pre-mixed canned drink sector, and well as the growing popularity of flavoured gin.

Eden Mill has unveiled plans for a major £3.1 million redevelopment of its brewery.

The Wine & Spirits Trade Association is working on a definition for flavoured gin, which “reflects the quality of the products that are already out there”, while also whittling out products that shouldn’t have the word “gin” on the label.

Australian spirits producer Manly Spirits is launching BlackFin Coffee Liqueur into the UK, to tap into growth at the premium end of this market.