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Star names launch coconut rum

Heather Graham and Guy Ritchie have launched a coconut-flavoured rum, but these are drinks industry stars rather than Hollywood icons.

Halewood adds new wines from Rioja

Rioja brand, Marques de Caceres, has released a series of new vintages, which will be available to the UK market via is Halewood Wines & Spirits.

Brockmans gin gains traction in UK market

Brockman’ gin saw UK sales grow 245% in 2016 after it gained listings with Marks & Spencer and Harvey Nicholls, among others.

Elements Eight rum adds premium aged variant

Elements Eight, the independent craft rum brand, has a new addition to the range.

Thornbridge and Waitrose relaunch home brew challenge

Thornbridge Brewery has resurrected its partnership with Waitrose and Brew UK to launch The Great British Home Brew Challenge for 2017.

Bullards blends strawberry and pepper to create new gin

Norwich’s only gin producer has unveiled its latest variant, a unique combination of strawberry and black pepper.

Entrepreneur launches UK's first golf and wine estate

Mannings Heath Golf Club & Wine Estate has begun planting 38,000 vines to create England’s newest vineyard, with wines expected to be available in 2023.

Portman Group appoints Tesco executive as new ceo

The Portman Group has appointed John Timothy as its new chief executive.

Waitrose boosts craft beer line up

Waitrose is gearing up to add 27 new craft beers to its range, with the new additions set to go on shelf from 1 May.

Brookfield aims to fizz up UK cider market with Finnish brand

The team that rejuvenated Kestrel lager and Diamond cider is now targeting UK retailers with a Finnish cider called Fizz.

Beer Hawk appoints head of trade

Leading online craft beer retailer Beer Hawk has appointed Russell Clarke to head up efforts to boost sales to the trade.

John Timothy appointed chief executive at the Portman Group

John Timothy has taken over as chief executive at the Portman Group after a decade in senior public affairs roles at Tesco.

Aspall launches its first ever canned cider

Suffolk producer Aspall has launched canned cider to satisfy growing demand for consumers for “mid-strength cider that doesn’t compromise on quality or taste”.

Lyme Bay extends portfolio of English sparkling wines

Lyme Bay Winery has added two new additions to its line-up of English sparkling wines.

Cornish Orchards moves into cans with 33cl range

Cornish cider producer, Cornish Orchards, has extended into 33cl cans with three of its ciders.

Chapel Down reveals "exceptional" single vineyard wine

Chapel Down is launching a prestige cuvee from its single vineyard estate, Kit’s Coty, which will form part of a new trio of wines.

Heineken reveals £5m campaign for Old Mout

Heineken has launched a £5m campaign for its New Zealand cider brand, Old Mout.

Heineken creates new SKUs for Sol

Sol lager is now available in two new SKUs to help retailers cash in on the key summer season.

Big Drop launches second low alcohol beer

Big Drop Brewing Co, the UK’s first brewer dedicated exclusively to producing beers under 0.5% abv, has added a new beer to its portfolio.

Co-op members given decision-making powers for new wine

The Co-op has revealed details of a new project, which follows the success of its recent member-led own-label beer launch, and this time it's focused on wine.

Pernod Ricard aims to revitalise cognac

Martell has refreshed its original VS expression as part of its strategy to modernise the cognac category.

Chapel Down toasts "excellent year"

Chapel Down has announced last year was “another fantastic year of growth” with year-on-year sales up by 25% to £6.8m, and wine gross profit up by 30% to £2.8m.

Australian wine on trade-up mission

Australia has long been head and shoulders above the other wine producing countries in UK volume and value sales, but sales have finally started to dip slightly. The only top 10 countries of origin in growth – New Zealand, Argentina and Chile – all have a higher average bottle price than Australia, so it is arguably time for the industry to come together to drive value into the Australia category to preserve its long-term health.

Discover Riesling and the other grapes of Germany at trade tasting

More than 250 wines will be poured at the Wines of Germany trade tasting at the Hospital Club in London on May 9.

Tequila fans look for ‘sophisticated’ options

Tequila sales are soaring in the UK as fans seek out premium variants for cocktails or as a sipping spirit, according to the latest data.

Carling Premier gets set for increased distribution

Carling has relaunched its premium lager, Carling Premier.

Bolney and Kew join forces to launch English sparkling range

The Bolney Wine Estate and The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew have joined forces to launch a new collection of  “quintessentially English” sparkling wines for spring.

Pernod Ricard posts 3% sales growth for third quarter

Pernod Ricard posted a 3% rise in sales for its third quarter, boosted by good growth in both Europe and the Americas.

Tristan Stephenson gives his verdict on the off-trade after joining Lidl

The off-trade spirits market is in a good position for growth, with signs it is picking up traction from the on-trade, according to a leading bartender.

Licensing Act changes would offer "no benefit" to retailers

A recommendation by a Lords Committee to abolish local authority licensing committees brings no obvious benefit for “real people on the ground”, according to an expert in licensing law.

Cider producer in challenge to anti-alcohol lobby

A leading cider producer has challenged the anti-alcohol lobby over the unsubstantiated claims it has been making about white cider in the national media.

Lanchester Wines goes back to its roots

Lanchester Wines has bolstered its sales team in a bid to re-establish itself as a quality supplier and target numerous trade channels with “boutique bulk” wine.

Buckingham Schenk strengthens Spanish operations

Buckingham Schenk has announced it is strengthening its Spanish operations with the aquisition of a new winery.

Burgundy winemakers invest in hi-tech 'shield' for hail protection

Vineyards in Burgundy are set to become the first in France to be covered by a hi-tech 'hailstone shield'.
Over the next few weeks the entire Burgundy wine region will be sheltered by a network of 125 generators, according to the latest reports.

Distillery numbers up 135% since 2010 in UK

The amount of distilleries registered in the UK grew by 17% in 2016 compared to the year before, according to the Wine and Spirits Trade Association. This brings the total number of distilleries in the UK to an estimated number of 273.

English wine: 2017 is record year for vine planting

One million vines will be planted in the UK this year; the largest number ever planted in a single year in the UK.

Oxford Landing immortalises vineyard manager with Marty's Block tier

Australian winery Oxford Landing has launched a premium tier called Marty’s Block to honour the estate’s long-serving vineyard manager.

Oxford Landing targets £6-10 bracket with latest NPD

Oxford Landing Estates has introduced its first piece of NPD since it arrived in the UK in 1989.

Ciroc gets first limited-edition variant

Diageo Reserve has introduced the first limited-edition expression for its ultra-premium vodka, Ciroc.

Spanish wine tipped for UK revival

Spanish wine sales can return to growth in the next year thanks to its diversity and ability to compete at both ends of the market, according to a leading importer.

Tails Cocktails creates 50cl Tesco exclusives

Tails Cocktails has made its range of pre-mixed cocktails available in a 50cl bottle format, exclusively for Tesco.

Wines of Georgia reveals plans for UK

The National Wine Agency of Georgia has launched a “major” 2017 UK trade campaign to build on record exports to the UK in 2016.

Diageo swaps multi-buy offer with price-marking for RTDs

Diageo has relaunched its RTD range with six new price-marked packs.

Meantime launches its top beers in 33cl cans

Meantime has added a new range of 33cl cans to its core portfolio of beers, as a result of customer demand.

Halewood investment boosts City of London Distillery

Halewood Wines & Spirits has made a strategic investment in The City of London Distillery, enabling the microdistillery to further capitalise on the gin renaissance by gaining new routes to market.

Dom Perignon gears up for new P2 launch

Dom Perignon is to launch Dom Perignon P2-2000, three years after its last P2 release, P2-1998.

Morrisons wine buying manager heads to top on-trade role

Morrisons' wine buying manager Andrew Ingham is leaving the retailer to take over as category manager for wine at Greene King.

Nicolas Feuillatte launches limited edition for John Lewis

Nicolas Feuillatte has launched a new limited edition floral sleeve at John Lewis for its Brut Reserve Champagne.

Portugal pulls in Millennial wine fans

Portugal is outperforming other countries in the mid-range price bracket, with the younger generation – and females in particular – driving growth, according to an industry expert.

Majestic Wine own-label range gets consumer seal of approval

Majestic ran a blind tasting exercise with 1,100 shoppers and found that 66% preferred its new Majestic Loves range to supermarket wines of a similar price.