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Hospitality businesses will be “among the last” to reopen when the UK exists lockdown, according to Michael Gove. 

Pernod Ricard UK (PRUK) has announced that Ian Peart is taking over the position of commercial director, replacing Chris Ellis. 

Bacardi has partnered with Deliveroo Editions to deliver a number of cocktails from “some of the nation’s best bars” to consumers’ doors.

Britons spent £160 million less on Easter than in 2019 but alcohol sales for the bank holiday weekend surged 29%.

The online initiative aimed at driving interest and sales of English and Welsh wine – driven by the hashtag #theBIGenglishwinegoodfriday – reached 13 million consumers by the end of the Easter weekend with many producers reporting huge spikes in both sales and consumer engagement over the period. 

Global Brands has created two new flavours for its nostalgic British alcohol brand, Hooper’s.

OurWhisky is set to launch its first virtual whisky festival with the aim of connecting whisky fans with their favourite distillers and blenders around the world, while also raising money for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

A no and low alcohol drinks producer has extended into the RTD sector.

Small independent breweries have reported a decline in beer sales of 82% since the outbreak of coronavirus, with many businesses struggling to survive, according to the latest research. 

Hatch Mansfield, and the Villa Maria family of wineries, which Hatch Mansfield distributes in the UK, have contributed to The Drinks Trust with donations and fundraising initiatives.

Hensol Castle Distillery in South Wales has introduced a new drink to tap into the growing number of health-conscious consumers. 

Waitrose has announced it will continue to assess its existing BWS packaging while also seeking out packaging innovations as part of its efforts to become the “leading sustainable retailer in the UK”.

Tim Atkin MW has launched his inaugural Uruguay Special Report, focusing on 146 wines, which he scored 90 points or higher.

A convenience store retailer has brought forward plans to open a new store in order to provide more support to the local community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Armit Wines has launched a series of virtual tastings themed around escapism and relaxation, with the aim of allowing wine lovers to learn during lockdown.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has added a Watermelon & Lime Vodka to its JJ Whitley range.

Majestic has unveiled a number of new wines including “interesting parcels at the lower-premium end” as well as “brilliant wines lost to the range over recent years”, which the company has now brought back in. 

Off-trade alcohol sales saw another spike in sales in week two of the UK's Covid-19 lockdown according to new data from Nielsen.

When in Rome has joined forces with Phillip Schofield to launch two new boxed wines, which will be launched exclusively in Waitrose stores and Waitrose Cellar. 

The Wine Society is now open for business again having made “vital changes to its warehouse operations” to ensure the safety of its staff.

The Lakes Distillery has added a pink grapefruit gin to its family of spirits.

Northern Monk brewery in Leeds and Aunt Bessie’s, which is based in Hull, have joined forces to brew the UK’s first, two-course, roast dinner beers.

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust is launching a series of online events, which it hopes will help to raise much-needed funds for The Drinks Trust.

Famille Helfrich, the independents and on-trade arm of Les Grands Chais de France (GCF), is offering all independent wine merchants that are still open, a free case of Crémant with every mixed palette of wines they order.

Salcombe Gin, the spirits company based in South Devon, is creating the world’s first crowdsourced limited-edition charity gin via Instagram Live. 

The founders of Genius Brewing are celebrating the second anniversary of the launch of their light craft lager with investment from two drinks industry experts. 

Naked Wines has said revenues for the full-year 2020 will be in excess of £200 million due to increased demand from both new and repeat customers. 

Freixenet Copestick and Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC have announced a new wine partnership. The initiative aims to support the work done by the charity while also putting some “much needed life” into the South African wine category, which is in -6.4% decline in the UK. 

Shoppers made a noticeable switch to convenience store shopping for the last week of March, according to the latest Nielsen data.

Love Drinks has added to its portfolio of premium artisan spirits with UK brand Conker.