BrewDog has revealed plans to build a standalone sour beer facility in Scotland to tap into demand for this beer style.

Stella Artois has unveiled new ‘streamlined’ design across its packaging while also introducing smaller pack formats.

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

Copestick: full of optimism and excitement

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

The site of the planned winery

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

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.

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.

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.

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’.

Molson Coors has revealed Carling’s activity in the lead up to 2016’s summer of football. The promotions are designed to help fans enjoy Carling both at home and in pubs during the tournament.

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.

Buckingham Schenk has added two New Zealand producers to its portfolio.

Diageo is urging retailers to mark World Whisky Day as it offers “the perfect opportunity” to make whisky the star in their stores.

Bath Ales’s craft beer brewery, Beerd, has added a new Saison to its range in time for the summer.

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

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

Henry Ashworth, chief executive, Portman Group

After last week’s negative headlines about hospital admissions among the over 65s, this week the national media painted a gloomy picture of alcohol use among young people.

Half of middle-aged men in the UK are putting their health at risk by drinking too much, according to a leading alcohol education charity.

Waitrose has overhauled its Australian wine range in a bid to grab more attention from its shoppers and drive sales growth.

Hi-Spirits is introducing two limited edition tequilas aged in Bourbon barrels to the UK market.

Heineken has prevailed in a dispute with Alcohol Concern, which complained to the advertising watchdog that a Bulmers promotion giving away trainers would appeal to underage drinkers.

The multiple retailers are going through the greatest upheaval in years in terms of range, pricing and promotional strategy. EDLP and range rationalisation are the current buzz phrases giving some suppliers sleepless nights as the grocers seek to fight back against the rise of Aldi and Lidl.

Off Piste Wines is tapping into the trend for wine cocktails with the launch of a new range.

The Co-op’s Truly Irresistible wine range has picked up five medals at the latest International Wine Challenge (IWC) awards.

Absolut is introducing its latest limited edition bottle design, which features the rainbow flag – an icon of diversity – in a mixed up format.

Tiny Rebel Brewing Co, the award-winning Welsh brewery, has returned to its roots by releasing its first home-brew kit for the Champion Beer of Britain 2015, Cwtch.

Status Quo has teamed up with British producers to create a cider and an ale.

Wild Knight Ultra-Premium English Vodka has teamed up with Hammonds of Knutsford to help extend distribution for the brand.

Louis Latour Agencies has bolstered its portfolio with the addition of Marlborough producer Seresin Estate.

Thatchers Cider has renewed its long-standing partnership with Bath rugby club.

Simpsons Wine Estate, has announced its application to the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) for grant funding to develop a state-of-the-art winery, has been successful.

Bell’s whisky is launching a bespoke, limited edition ‘Royal Birthday Decanter’ to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

Diageo Reserve has launched a new Pink Grapefruit variant of its luxury vodka, Ciroc, exclusively for the UK market.

Sharp’s Brewery has unveiled a new bottled Special bitter following “incredible demand” for the existing cask version.

The English wine industry should be able to produce 5.06 million bottles on the back of its second-largest harvest in 2015, according to new figures from the Wine Standards Branch.

Copestick Murray has reported record sales and profit for 2015.

Badet Clément plans to mark the inauguration of its new “ultra-high-tech” winery alongside its 20th anniversary celebrations in June.

Meantime Brewing Company has launched national plans for its ‘Make Time For It’ campaign, celebrating ‘time’ as the fifth ingredient in all of its beers.

Jacob’s Creek has brought out promotional bottle neck tags for its wines, offering consumers the chance to jet to the Australian Open 2017.

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