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Alcohol Solutions, a specialist in alcohol-based drinks development, distilling and packaging, is doubling production capacity at its Carrington-based site as a result of business growth from both off and on-trade customers. 

Purato, the sustainable organic brand from Sicily, has joined up with artisanal pasta company La Tua Pasta for a neck collar competition starting in August.

Ireland’s Waterford Distillery has confirmed that its Biodynamic: Luna – which it claims is the first whisky anywhere in the world to go on sale made from solely biodynamic barley – will be bottled this summer.

Wolfcraig Distillery has signed a new deal, which will result in the £15 million development of a new Scotch Whisky distillery and visitor centre being located at the Craigforth Campus in Stirling.

DO Cava has launched the Cava Academy, a modern e-learning platform to train professionals to become Cava experts of the future.

Hendrick’s Gin has announced it will be releasing a ready to pour, batched and bottled martini as part of a new super premium cocktail range by William Grant & Sons called Batch & Bottle.

Luxco, the American distiller, producer, supplier and bottler of alcohol products, has appointed spirits distributor Craftwork to grow UK sales for its range of bourbon and rye whiskeys. 

The Wine Society’s Chairman of 12 years, Sarah Evans, is retiring and Alan Black has been appointed as the new Chairman.

Roussillon producer Domaine Lafage is launching a sparkling rosé made using beer yeast in the fermentation process.

Asahi UK today announces its entry into the hard seltzer category with the arrival of Viper Hard Seltzer (4%ABV) to complement its portfolio of premium beer and cider brands.

UK wine and spirit businesses are celebrating the free trade agreement (FTA) with Australia, which is expected to reduce the cost for exporters and importers and will mean greater choice for UK consumers.

Wines of South Africa has launched a new digital marketplace, entitled Wines of South Africa Gateway.

CBA Gin Co, the new London-based premium spirits brand, is launching its first two gins this month: Marrakech Gin and California Gin.

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has named its new National Chair, Roy Allkin of Boss Brewing in Swansea, following the organisation’s outgoing Chair Ian Fozard of Roosters Brewery in Harrogate, who is stepping down by rotation at the end of his three year term.

Fozard was thanked for his outstanding contribution to the organisation over his term and presented with a commemorative Silver Tankard at SIBA’s Board meeting this month, where Allkin was named the new Chair and Richard Naisby, of Milton Brewery in Cambridge, the new Vice Chair.

James Calder, SIBA Chief Executive, said: “On behalf of everyone at SIBA I would like to thank Ian for the huge contribution he has made to SIBA through his tireless work and dedication to the organisation and its members over the last three years. His expertise and business savvy has been invaluable and has helped to guide the organisation through some of the toughest times in recent memory for the independent brewing sector.

“I would also like to warmly welcome our incoming Chair Roy Allkin and Vice Chair, Richard Naisby, who I look forward to working closely with in the future as we guide the organisation towards the betterment of SIBA Members and the broader independent brewing industry.”

James Watt, co-founder of Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog, has apologised and “promised to take action” after former employees accused the company of fostering a culture of fear.

Wines of Portugal has created a new campaign to promote Portuguese wines in the independent retail sector.

The Liana Collection and Jim and Tonic, in collaboration with the Drinks Trust, are inviting members of the industry to a not-for-profit trade show aimed at celebrating independent, sustainable drinks producers.

Molson Coors Beverage Company is investing £5 million in its new hard seltzer brand Three Fold. The move marks the biggest brand investment the company has ever made into a new category in the UK.

I Heart Wines is launching a national campaign this summer to celebrate its tenth birthday.

Manchester based spirits brand Didsbury Gin has announced the appointment of C&C Group as it’s UK distributor.

Vivino has named Olivier Grémillon as its new chief executive.

Aldi is launching the ‘At-Home Bar’ mixed case to continue to tap into the trend for creating bar experiences in the home.

A temporary limit has been placed on Cava production for the second year in a row.

WineGB has announced a number of board changes.

Grimbergen, known for its Belgian-style beers, has unveiled its innovative new brewery inside the famous Grimbergen Abbey near Brussels, Belgium.

Grimbergen, part of the Carlsberg Group. has unveiled its new brewery inside the famous Grimbergen Abbey near Brussels, Belgium.

The Association of Wine Educators (AWE) has appointed Mandy Stevens as its new chairperson.

Cambridge Distillery is introducing Three Seasons Gin, which will join an illustrious collection of ‘world firsts’ from the distiller including Anty Gin - the first gin distilled from insects, Japanese Gin - the first gin distilled purely from Japanese botanicals complementing the juniper, and Truffle Gin - the first digestif gin made from white Piedmont truffle.

Chilean winery, MontGras is launching three new wine ranges in the UK – MontGras Organic, Day One and DeVine Reserva – which will be distributed by North South Wines.

Herdade do Mouchão, a family-owned estate now owned by the sixth generation of a British-Portuguese family, is set to focus on the UK independent trade by offering a new summer promotion on three of its key table wines.