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The Rhone wine region is focused on engaging on a “deeper level” with the UK off-trade for 2020, according to a senior spokesperson.

Off-Piste Wines has appointed former Waitrose and Co-op buyer, Maria Elener, as sourcing and supplier manager for Europe.

Paul Beavis, who stepped down as managing director of Champagne Lanson at the end of 2019, has taken on a new role as managing director of the Iconic Wineries of British Columbia, DRN has learned.

Strongbow has unveiled its first “ultra-low” alcohol cider, with a 0.5% abv product aligned with its Dark Fruit variant.

The House of Lanson has appointed Robert Rand as its new managing director.

The Spirit of Yorkshire has launched a second release single malt whisky, following the success of its first release last year.

The Lakes Distillery has announced it will fast-track its growth plans following a £4.2 million investment.

England Rugby is extending its partnership with Champagne Bollinger as its official Champagne supplier for a further five years.

Brewdog has expanded its range of alcohol-free beers while also adding an alcohol-free cider from Hawkes cider.

Think Spirits is gearing up to launch the Dragons’ Cup at this year’s event, offering attendees the chance to be part of an interactive and light-hearted debate about the spirits category.

Drygate Brewing Co has launched a citrus alcohol-free beer created to “boost battered immune systems across the UK”.

A Baijiu made in the UK is launching in time for Chinese New Year.

Yealands Wines is to unveil new label designs at the New Zealand Annual Trade Tasting event in London on January 15.

Mangrove UK has appointed Joel Defries as head of marketing.

Naked Wines has reported its Christmas trading was in line with expectations, up by 11% on the same period last year.

The Cava Designation of Origin has unanimously approved a “momentous and unprecedented” plan to overhaul its classification system.

Vinexpo has teamed up with global event organiser Comexposium to become the world’s leading organiser of events dedicated to wines and spirits.

Seedlip is set to unveil its first advertising campaign, supported by the strapline “Drink to the Future”.

Whitley Neill is adding to its range of gin flavours with a limited-edition Gooseberry variant, launching next month.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has investigated separate adverts featuring Southern Comfort and Bombay Sapphire Gin and it concluded ads related to the former to be in breach of the CAP Code.

Morgenrot has extended its selection of low alcohol beers from the Netherlands with the launch of a new “fresh and fruity” sour beer called Fruit Machine.

Bodega Argento is introducing a new brand for the UK off-trade with its first variant set for Sainsbury’s shelves this month.

Majestic secured the highest online visibility score of any online drinks retailer during the crucial December trading period, according to a new report.

BWS sales decreased 0.1% over the four-week Christmas trading period as consumers switched to alcohol-free alternatives and soft drinks, according to Nielsen till data.

Majestic sees "largest-ever trading day" and festive sales rise

Aldi has reported that BWS sales grew 9.2% year-on-year at its stores over the Christmas trading period.

Thatchers Cider has introduced its first alcohol-free cider, Zero.

Fourpure Brewing Company’s product Juicebox IPA has been upheld in one of the first complaints under the Portman Group’s new Code of Practice, following concerns that the citrus-themed packaging and brand name could appeal to children. 

Black Chalk English Sparking Wine has entered the next phase of its expansion plans, with the addition of vineyards.

Liberty Wines has added one of the world’s most iconic producers to its portfolio by becoming the UK agent for Henschke.