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Quintessential Brands has revealed plans for a marketing push for its key gin brands to help its retail customers in the run-up to the festive trading period.

Hanging Ditch Wine Merchants has closed its doors for good with owner Ben Stephenson admitting the store had become a casualty of Covid-19.

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has criticised the Government’s latest “unjustified” restrictions, which prevents pubs and breweries from selling takeaway beer over the national lockdown period.

The WSTA has welcomed the Government’s decision to temporary suspend the introduction of VI-1 forms until July 2021.

Borough Wines is expanding its offering with a new Zero Waste wine range for both off and on-trade customers.

Cellar Trends has added Hardy Cognac to its portfolio, ahead of the key Christmas trading period.

Spar has redesigned its own- label premium gin range.

Guinness will be joined by an alcohol-free variant.

Vivino has appointed Joshua Lincoln as its new UK managing director, as part of its strategy to invest in UK growth.

Pernod Ricard has forecast its sales will return to growth in the second half of its financial year, but it said the Covid-19 crisis will still have a major impact on the business.

Disaronno International UK has made two new senior appointments in its UK sales division.

South Downs Cellars has expanded the floorspace within its Lindfield branch in order to offer an extended range of craft beers.

Vino Vero’s co-owners, Sam and Charlie Brown, have announced they have sold the business with plans to explore a “nomadic life” overseas.

The founder of Slim Wine has confirmed his company is one of the frontrunners in the race to bring Prosecco DOC Rosé to the UK.

Bacardi has unveiled plans to put “the world’s most sustainable spirits bottle” on shelf by 2023.

WineGB has appointed Simon Thorpe MW as its new chief executive officer.

Off-trade alcohol sales are being driven by spirits, with a number of different spirits categories recording growth more than 50% higher than in 2019, according to the latest data.

Bancroft Wines has created 10 new roles across all departments, following the news that 37 producers have joined its portfolio, with several more to be confirmed over the coming weeks.

Millesime Bio, the trade event for the organic wine, beer and spirit sector, will take place in Montpellier Exhibition Centre between January 25 and 27, 2021, the organisers have confirmed.

The Portman Group has announced the addition of Campari UK as its newest member. It is the fifth member to join this year, bringing total membership to 13.

New Zealand Winegrowers is re-launching the Independent Retail Promotion which was due to take place in April and May this year. The event, which was postponed due to Covid-19, will now run in Spring 2021.

Waitrose is introducing a new interactive service with its exclusive ‘Cocktails at Home’ Experience Boxes, in partnership with John Lewis. 

Freixenet Copestick is launching a Rosé Prosecco under its I Heart label.

Roust UK has announced it is breaking away from its long-term partnership with William Grant & Sons UK in order to operate as a full-service distributor.

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is introducing a bag-in-box format for its 19 Crimes brand, and it will be launched into the UK’s supermarkets this month.

Quintessential Brands, has chosen The Drinks Trust as its first official UK charity partner, committing to raising funds for the charity over the coming year to support the many people in the industry struggling as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Fishers Gin, founded by Andrew Heald, has opened its own distillery in Aldeburgh.

Speciality Brands has signed an exclusive deal with The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney to distribute its first global whiskey release, Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, in the UK.