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The recently-announced support package for small businesses is welcome but “the government could have gone further”, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Marks & Spencer has released a range of own-label wines priced at £5 per bottle.

Berry Bros & Rudd is pre-selling wines from two of its smaller producers, offering its customers the chance to buy early at a reduced cost.

Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, part of ABInbev, has added two new beeers to its low and no alcohol portfolio for the UK off-trade.

Comité Champagne has launched an official online learning course for those in the drinks trade.

Budweiser has given its iconic ‘Whassup’ advert a quarantine-themed remake, encouraging people to connect with friends and family.

Disaronno is extending into a new category with the launch of a cream liqueur variant.

Sales of wine from Rias Baixas in Spain are up by 42% in the UK.

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association is turning its focus on pushing for a broader definition of hospitality, to help suppliers to the on-trade to access the same levels of support.

A nationwide survey by The Brewers Association indicates the majority of breweries do not think their business can last three months given current conditions, suggesting thousands might close. 

Lay & Wheeler has bolstered its team with two high profile recruits.

Campari UK has announced the creation of the Shaken Not Broken Fund to provide much-needed support to front-line workers in the hospitality industry during and following the Covid-19 pandemic.

To celebrate Earth Day Lebanese winery Ixsir is marking the full fruition of a 10-year plant regeneration project.

Gose to Hollywood beer, by Denmark’sTo Øl brewery, is being rolled out nationally in Marks & Spencer stores.

The Wine Society is launching “the world’s first Austrian en primeur offer” with two white wines from the historic Schloss Gobelsburg. 

The World’s Biggest Cider Tasting will take place on May 2 via Instagram, with the aim of connecting cider fans and producers during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The five-week lockdown ban on wine exports could cost the South African wine industry one billion Rand (£43 million), while the damage to reputation and consistent supply, as well as future market opportunities could be “astronomical”, according to Wines of South Africa (WOSA).

The Drinks Coach UK is encouraging all brands featured in the daily sessions to donate to The Drinks Trust's Covid-19 Emergency Fund. 

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has selected east London Liquor Co to co-create and distill “the next generation of Kew spirits”.

Off-trade beer sales over the four-week lockdown period eclipsed the four-weeks of Christmas 2019 by a whopping £57 million. 

Matthew Langley, who left his role as supply chain manager at Westons Cider in March this year, has launched a new consultancy business for the off-trade. 

Aldi has teamed up with TV mixologist Pritesh Mody to recreate “an impressive collection of world-class cocktails”, but at a fraction of the price. 

Thornbridge Brewery is launching a beer in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with all profits raised to be donated to NHS Charities Together.