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24 May, 2016

Henkel & Co snaps up remaining 40% of Copestick Murray

German firm Henkell & Co has purchased the remaining 40% of Copestick Murray shares, two-and-a-half years after buying the initial 60%.

Kopparberg is supporting the roll-out of its new Fruit Lager product with the launch of a new marketing campaign.

Treasury Wine Estates is relaunching Blossom Hill as part of a £2m summer campaign, to include new packaging and the brand’s first appearance on TV for two years.

One of the finalists for OLN’s 2016 Convenience Drinks Retailer of the Year award has opened his second store, combining his expertise in both convenience retailing and alcohol.

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Borough Wines & Beers, the London-based independent merchant, has opened a new shop on Islington’s Essex Road, marking the company’s seventh shop in the capital and eighth in total.

Adnams opens new store

23 May, 2016

Adnams has opened an eleventh retail store in the coastal town of Felixstowe that will sell a range of beers, wines and spirits.

AB-Inbev has given market leading lager brand Stella Artois a makeover as it seeks to “elevate the consumer experience in premium drinking occasions”.

Conviviality, the UK’s biggest independent alcohol wholesaler, has reported a 137% increase in sales in the last 12 months, following a ‘transformational’ year.

Spar plans to introduce eight new wines to its range this year as part of its ongoing review of its BWS category.

Pinkster, the premium gin brand, has “substantially surpassed” its £600,000 crowdfunding target in just six weeks.

Tuscan producer Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is converting a ramshackle building in the middle of its vineyards into a winery for its legendary Masseto brand.

St Peter’s Brewery has launched a new Crafted range, featuring new products – including its first foray into the cider market – all packaged in smaller 330ml versions of its iconic oval bottle.

Sud de France, the umbrella brand for wine, food and tourism from the newly extended Languedoc Roussillon Midi Pyrenees region of southern France is holding its first ever trade tasting in the city of Bristol.

Majestic Wine has announced that its own-label Definition range has passed the £5 million sales barrier since its launch in September 2015.

The organisers of this year’s London Wine Fair have reported that visitor numbers were slightly down compared to 2015, although feedback from exhibitors has been “overwhelmingly positive”.

Pickering’s, the craft gin distiller, has become the first gin distiller to launch a collection of five oak aged gins.

Jeroboams, the London-based wine merchant, is to distribute contemporary illustrative maps of the communities they are based in to their customers and beyond.

Supermarkets dominated the 2016 International Wine Challenge Great Value Awards, scooping 14 of the 17 gongs given out by the expert panel of blind tasters.

Möet & Chandon has revealed its latest innovation for the Champagne category, which it claims is the first ever Rosé Champagne to be served ‘on the rocks’.

A new small batch gin – one of only three single estate gins distilled in the UK – is set to launch under the Spitfire Heritage brand.

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