There’s A Beer For That, the brewing industry campaign to revive the popularity of beer in Britain, has secured a further £5 million in funding.

A former licensing sergeant has branded Wirral council “disgraceful” and accused it of flouting licensing laws in its bid to roll out a Reducing the Strength scheme in the area.

Free Run Wines has created a new brand of AOP Bergerac wines called Le Village Anglais and will present them at the upcoming France Under One Roof tasting.

An Englishman who found fame with a viral video instructing people how to open a bottle of wine with a shoe is hoping to make his six-litre Imperials of Provence rosé the drink of choice at parties and BBQs this summer.

Kopparberg hopes to win over drinkers that find lager too bitter and fruit cider too sweet with its new lemon and limed flavoured fruit lager.

Organic sales at global drinks giant Diageo were up 1.8% for the second half of last year, the company has revealed.

Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled the first in a series of new expressions for its Speyside Longmorn whisky.

Last year’s 2% cut on excise duty helped the Treasury increase its take from the tax on UK spirits sales by 4% to £96 million, new figures reveal.

Leading UK wholesaler Bestway is keeping ahead of rapidly changing tastes in the marketplace with the launch of a number of new wine ranges.

Wine trade supergroup Skin Côntact is returning this year after raising more than £10,000 for Comic Relief in a 2015 charity gig.

Tesco has been ordered to make wide-ranging changes to its trading practices and systems in a report by Christine Tacon, the Groceries Code Adjudicator, published today.

Conviviality plc has appointed David Robinson as the new managing director of Conviviality Retail, which focuses on the company’s franchise store operations in the off-licence and convenience sector.

Brand-focused drinks distributor Hi-Spirits has added Brooklyn Gin to its spirits portfolio for both the on- and off-trade in the UK.

Iconic German white-wine brand Black Tower has revealed new packaging for 2016, which will be back by major above-the-line advertising spend through the year.

The London Wine Fair has announced the launch of a new feature at the 36th annual tasting when it returns in May.

Australian winemaker Wakefield Wines has launched a new on-bottle temperature indicator to ensure its wines are served at their optimum.

Griffiths: this concerns many MPs

MPs have warned the competition watchdog they will not stop pounding on its door over Reducing the Strength schemes after it suggested they are not an urgent enough priority to act upon.

The American Craft Beer Company is to sell Colorado’s Crazy Mountain Brewing Company’s range of beers in the UK.

Moët & Chandon has created three new packages for its Rosé Impérial cuvée to form its 2016 Valentine Collection.

A Brighton-based craft beer retailer has revealed plans for off-trade expansion just nine months after opening, in addition to its attempts to move into the on-trade.

Ahead of the upcoming Austrian Wine tasting at the Institute of Directors in London on February 8, we caught up with Willi Klinger, managing director at the generic body, to get the lowdown on Austrian wine.

Leading Spanish Cava producer, Vilarnau is to launch two limited-edition labels for its Brut Reserva and Brut Reserva Rosado in the UK.

Virgin Wines saw a 12% uplift in sales over the Christmas period, the online retailer has announced.

Majestic Wine put together a panel of almost 200 beer-loving shoppers and tasked them with choosing the next brew to join its range.

Aldi customers can now buy their wines online, the discount retailer announced today.

Diageo will offer consumers detailed calorific and nutritional information about its range of brands, the group has announced.

Enotria has rebranded as Enotria & Coe after buying out Coe Vintners in August, and the new firm’s portfolio will be presented at a tasting in London on February 23.

Think Gin will return to London for its second year on March 1.

The Society of Independent Brewers has added new categories for best independent craft beer retailer and best independent craft beer promotion in the off-trade.

Three leading industry bodies in the brewing sector have written jointly to MPs this week asking them to support an Early Day Motion calling for a one penny cut in beer duty in the forthcoming Budget on March 16.

Ultra-premium vodka Cîroc has unveiled a limited edition bottle to tie in the with release of Zoolander 2, starring Ben Stiller in the title role.

Brown-Forman is to sell its Southern Comfort and Tuaca brands to Sazerac for £378 million, the company announced today.

Naturally occuring chemicals found in red wine, tea, berries and fruits can help ward off erectile dysfuction, a major new study has found.

The Association of Convenience Stores briefed MPs this week as part of its ongoing campaign against the introduction of the National Living Wage.

The Vintners’ Benevolent Award for 2016 has been awarded to Caspar and Victoria Bowes, founders of the online wine auction site GrapePip.

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has been confirmed as the Official Partner of the annual Craft Beer Rising beer festival, which takes place on 26 and 27 February in London’s Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane.

Nottingham’s Left Coast Distribution has increased its range of American beers by adding ten new products from Seattle’s Two Beers brewery.

A Conservative MP has called on “misguided” local councils to stop demonising the cider industry by promoting Reducing the Strength schemes.

Big consumer spending in the Christmas week brought some good news for the UK’s supermarkets, according to consumer information analysts Nielsen, with sales up 8% to £3.3bn.

Japanese brewer Asahi is mulling over a £2.4 billion bid for SABMiller brands Grolsch and Peroni.

The beers, wines and spirits categories posted strong enough growth in the two weeks of Christmas and New Year to offset disappointing results elsewhere in food, according to the latest figures from IRI.

Heathwick, the import, distribution and brand-building specialist, is to launch a new US craft IPA on the UK market.

A substantial uplift in sparkling wine sales helped drive strong growth at the Southern Co-operative over the Christmas and New Year period.

The government’s new guidelines on healthy drinking, published today, have met with a mixed reception from the drinks industry.

HMRC has broken up a conspiracy to flood the UK with illicit cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol, which was organised from a prison cell.

Curious Brew lager from Kent’s Chapel Down winery was the bestselling craft beer at Waitrose over the Christmas season, posting sales growth of 116% at the multiple retailer across 2015.

Majestic Wine plc has posted strong sales growth for the ten-week Christmas trading period.

Armit Wines has added boutique New Zealand winery Stonecroft to its portfolio and claims it will now be distributing “some of the finest Syrah in the New World”.

AB InBev is to offer UK consumers full calorific information on its products, the global brewing giant has announced.

The drinks aisles boomed in the Christmas fortnight, according to the latest figures from data analysts IRI.

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