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21 October, 2016

Majestic extends its Definition range into spirits

Majestic Wine is extending its successful Definition own brand range into spirits for the first time.

Chivas Regal is introducing its first blended malt whisky, which comprises a blend of five Speyside signature single malts.

Carlsberg UK is adding gluten-free Czech lager Celia to its premium beer portfolio.

The National Association of Cidermakers has a new chair and deputy chair after Martin Thatcher’s reign came to an end.


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A new specialist gin members club has launched this month with the aim of offering exclusive and affordable gin, delivered monthly.

Britain’s best beer retailers were honoured for their achievements in championing our country’s thriving brewing industry at an awards ceremony at the House of Commons yesterday.

Online retailer Rude Wines has launched a “cheeky duo” of own-label wines from France in a bid to inspire more consumers to choose quality wine.

Thatchers has ventured into spirits for the first time by introducing its first apple gin.

Amigos Tequila Beer is gearing up to celebrate the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) holiday, with a raft of activity to include a series of parties.

CWF has introduced two new season Novello wines.

Maison Bruno Paillard has launched its 2006 Blanc de Blancs Champagne, described by its founder as ‘voluptous’, onto the UK market.

Corky’s Schnapps has revealed a new visual identity with a metallic new look that aims to “bring the glitter to life”.

Waitrose is adding a raft of wines from Sicily in a bid to further develop its “significant” market share in Italian wines.

Vivino, which claims to be the world’s most downloaded wine app, has launched a new wine shopping experience aimed at changing the way the wine industry interacts and sells to its customers.

Fullers, Smith & Turner has announced it has been appointed as the distributor of Cerbezas Alhambras products in the UK’s off and on-trades.

Eighty-five per cent of BWS retailers expect trading this Christmas to be at least as good as last year, if not better.

The Co-operative Group’s revamped membership scheme is helping to drive sales of its own-label products, with the wine category benefitting the most.

Adnams has opened a pop-up shop in the centre of Chelmsford in Essex as it continues to expand its retail empire across East Anglia.

Berry Bros & Rudd has added a raft of new and “different from the mainstream” wines in preparation for Christmas.

Hungarian wine could enjoy a revival in the UK after one leading supplier decided to champion the category through a range of branded and own-label wines.

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