Champagne Tattinger has revealed the 14th edition of its Taittinger Collection, featuring designs by photographer Sabastiao Salgado.

The advertising watchdog has laid into wholesaler The Gin Lab for irresponsibly promoting alcohol on its Facebook page after a complaint from Alcohol Concern.

The Born Wine Digital Awards have been relaunched and are now open for entries from wine writers, photographers and filmmakers.

Colley: "previously we didn't put customers first"

Majestic’s new strategy is focused on growing customer numbers, increasing the percentage
 of exclusive lines it stocks, improving its multichannel offering, bringing older stores up to scratch and retaining its staff.

Bristol Cider Shop is moving to a new retail park housed in shipping containers.

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

The new classification was launched at the historic Palau de la Musica in Barcelona

A new classification for single estate, premium cava has been launched in a bid to raise the quality perception of the Spanish sparkler.

Vagabond Wines has revealed plans to open three new stores and create a London-based microbrewery and a separate urban winery in the capital.

London wine merchant The Sampler plans to double its retail estate, ramp up sales to the on-trade and develop its private client base to drive growth in 2016.

Leading Loire producer Bouvet Ladubay is hoping to capitalise on the UK’s growing love of sparkling wine by reigniting its passion for Saumur sparklers.

UK wine lovers are starting to realise that there is more to Germany than Riesling and experimenting with different grape varietals, according to Nielsen figures.

The Welsh Vineyards Association will be this year’s host for the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2016.

The Co-operative Group is getting ready for the next phase of its major BWS overhaul with a focus on packaging formats.

Fladgate Partnership chief executive Adrian Bridge has given the UK off-trade market a vote of confidence after fortified wine sales started to arrest years of decline.

The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) has unveiled its new summer campaign, which highlights the dry white wines of the region.

Smirnoff has revealed plans to break into the thriving cider market with the UK launch of Smirnoff Cider.

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is to announce the winners of the Champion Beer of Britain competition at a new awards ceremony.

Jarman: pushing quality envelope

Asda and Morrisons have unveiled plans to fight back against the discounters by revamping their drinks retailing strategies.

Charles Ireland has been appointed as general manager of Diageo GB in a job swap with Andrew Cowan.

The National Association of Cider Makers is launching its first consumer education drive after hiring a full-time marketing manager.

Sherry Wine is launching a Wine Label Design Competition for its generic labels, aimed at “breathing new life” into its overall image.

Maxxium UK plans to restructure its business to reflect the evolving spirits market and to cash in on growth opportunities in the category.

A report conducted by KPMG for major tobacco manufacturers claims there was a 300% rise in counterfeit cigarette volumes in the UK last year.

Instil Drinks Company has added four vodkas to its collection.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte is marking its 40th anniversary with the launch of a global marketing campaign called Enchanter La Vie.

Tesco is launching a new look own label wine range designed to help customers navigate its wine aisles.

Bodegas Bocopa from Alicante has joined the Crush Wines portfolio.

Hi-Spirits has announced a new partnership enabling it to become the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for Dutch spirits producer Toorank.

A leading Burgundy negociant has tipped Limoux to rival the world’s greatest Pinot Noir producing regions after snapping up a 25ha vineyard there.

The Glenlivet has launched The Glenlivet Cipher, a ‘mysterious’ single malt Scotch whisky released without any cask information or tasting notes, designed to test whisky fans’ noses and palates against the master distiller.

Blakemore Fine Foods has launched a new edition of its ‘Best of British’ alcohol catalogue, showcasing the best of British ales, ciders, wines and spirits.

Moët & Chandon has revealed details of its first global Moët Day, backed by a multimedia campaign.

Champagne de Castelnau has launched its first ever prestige cuvée to mark its 100th Anniversary this year.

Heineken is tripling its media spend on its Old Mout Cider brand to include the launch of a multi-million pound campaign this month.

More wine merchants have signed up to take part in this year’s Sherry Festival than the number that took part in 2015, according to the event’s organiser.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has launched a new pre-mix can range to extend the reach of its Red Square Vodka.

A UK and a US brewery have joined forces with a cider specialist to create a “special new style” of beer.

Meantime is re-launching an on-pack promotion offering shoppers the chance to win a trip to the Yakima Valley in Washington State.

The first shopkeeper to be convicted of selling alcohol below the cost of duty and VAT has been fined more than £3,000.

Meantime Brewing Company has given its flagship beers a makeover designed to reflect the brewer’s “bold and pioneering approach to the beer category”.

Pressure is building on the Department of Health to revise controversial guidelines limiting alcohol consumption to 14 units after it was revealed that anti-alcohol lobbyists played a large role in setting them.

Prosecco producers have failed to create strong individual brands and may lose market share to rival regions, according to wine industry consultant Mike Paul.

Toruńska Vodka, which was established in 1884 in Poland, has been introduced into the UK market backed by a marketing campaign.

Wine expert Jancis Robinson MW has appealed to Defra to reinstate its funding for the WineSkills Programme for UK wine producers, run at the UK’s centre for wine education, Plumpton College in Sussex.

Vins de Provence has announced the launch of a necktag promotion to support sales and drive further awareness of Provence rosé wines in independent retailers across the UK.

Aldi is opening a pop-up wine shop in time for London’s Wine Week, which is sponsored by the German supermarket.

Tasmania, Poland and Sweden could all become more prominent as wine growing nations in the near future, according to experts.

Kingland Drinks is working with Marks & Spencer to create a new sparkling wine; the deal makes M&S the first major retailer to sign up to use Kingland's newly launched carbonation line. 

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced its chief operating officer and MD International, Jeremy Parsons, is to leave the business after 11 years.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte saw sales increase by 2% in 2015, driven – it said – by its strategy to build brand equity.

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