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20 September, 2017

Booths adds Sauvignon and Malbec to spearhead own-label New World wine bid

North west England supermarket group Booths is looking to further increase the contribution of own-label to its wine range with a number of autumn launches.

Tesco appoints new head of BWS

19 September, 2017

Robert Cooke has taken over as BWS director at Tesco following a long and varied career in the retail industry.

Heineken’s Old Mout cider has launched an online campaign to help save the kiwi, the national bird of the country from which the drink comes.

Macallan has released the third single malt in its Edition Series of Scotch whiskies.

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Berry Bros & Rudd has released a limited edition bottling of its No 3 gin to coincide with the launch of the action comedy spy film Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

A new Guinness TV ad airs for the first time today.

Thirty members of the Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) team took on the Thames Path Challenge last weekend, in memory of their former managing director Dan Townsend, who passed away suddenly in March.

Aldi has shrugged off market pressures like exchange rates and duty hikes to post surging wine sales figures this summer.

The WSTA’s annual conference this month recorded its largest ever attendance figures, according to chairman Dan Jago.

The boom for specialist craft drinks stores continues apace as DRN has learned of shops opening in Merseyside, Gateshead and Bath during the past few weeks.

Woodforde’s brewery has announced plans to ramp up its focus on the off-trade after 18 months of planning and investment from its new owners.

Seven leading Madeira wine producers are gathering in London next month to show their latest releases at a ‘walk-around’ tasting event.

Plaimont Producers, the co-operative in South West France, has succeeded in gaining permission to reintroduce the long-lost grape variety ‘Tardif’.

Warm weather at the beginning of the summer propelled annual cider sales past the £1 billion barrier for the first time since 2014.

Acclaimed London tapas bar group Barrafina is launching its own brand of take-home wine.

This year’s Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) event will have a range of new masterclasses and workshops, and for the first year in its 12-year history the event will debut in the new location of Bristol, as well as London.

Honey beer brand Hiver is aiming to raise £350,000 on the crowdfunding platform Crowdcube.

Glenmorangie has linked with upmarket cycle manufacturer Renovo to create a bike made from whisky barrels.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has called on the government to hold back on further duty increases after what it described as a triple whammy of price hikes.

New figures reveal that Beaujolais wine exports to the UK increased by 15% in volume and 22.6% in value in the first five months of 2017.

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