2017 August

Notorious 19th century revolutionary James Wilson has been immortalised in a bottle of wine as Treasury Wine Estates has based its new 19 Crimes expression on his exploits.

Portmore Rum Company has added a new variant to join its recently-launched Black Ginger Rum.

Jack Daniel’s is teaming up with a range of UK retailers to launch initiatives designed to showcase its versatility.

Majestic Wine has revealed plans to invest in a ‘franchise-lite’ model.

Waitrose has given a listing to a sparkling apple cider made in the traditional Champagne method by a producer in Hampshire.

The Co-op has entered exclusive talks to buy Nisa, just two weeks after rival Sainsbury’s chose to delay its potential bid.

British Cassis has revealed plans to invest in nationwide marketing and sampling activity to boost the profile of the brand over the next 12 months.

Welsh soda maker Lurvill’s Delight is introducing a new Lavender Spice flavour, following an award-win for its Original variant.

Rum sales are following that of gin with sales set to break the £1 billion sales barrier later this year, according to the latest report from the Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).

Carlsberg is celebrating its 170th birthday this weekend by launching a range of celebrations across its hometown of Copenhagen.

Diageo is targeting Scotch aficionados and cocktail lovers with three new experimental whiskies launched under its Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch brand.

The Macallan has increased its dominance over the rare Scotch whisky auction market and now accounts for 29% of sales at Rare Whisky 101.

Big Drop Brewing Co, the UK brewery dedicated exclusively to making less than 0.5% abv beer, is celebrating its first anniversary with the launch of two new beers and refreshed branding.

Six hundred Californian wines will be poured for the trade at the Dream Big California Wine Fair in London on September 27.

Reigning European champions Saracens are now sponsored by South African cider brand Savanna Dry.

Felix Solis has launched two new sparkling wines under its flagship Vina Albali range.

The makers of Collagin have hit out at industry watchdog The Portman Group after it warned retailers not to stock the collagen-infused gin.

Plastic has conquered the world. From manufacturing to retail, its presence is felt in virtually every stage of the supply chain. The soft drinks industry has been particularly quick on the uptake, with plastic bottles the pack solution of choice for some of the world’s biggest brands.

Greene King is commemorating iconic British sporting moments from recent times in a range of limited-edition bottles of its flagship IPA.

A gin infused with collagen and described as “the elixir of youth” has had two complaints against it upheld by industry watchdog the Portman Group.

Kingsland’s fruit wine brand, Mr Gladstone’s Curious Emporium, has fallen foul of industry watchdog the Portman Group for not clearly labelling itself as alcoholic and appealing to children.

Diageo is using cutting edge technology to target consumers with Smirnoff cider ads when the mercury hits 19°C.

Tom King joins WSTA board

21 August, 2017

Treasury Wine Estates’ European managing director has joined the board of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association.

Ethical beer brand Toast has gained a listing at the UK’s largest retailer for its Much Kneaded craft lager and Bloomin’ Lovely session IPA.

Ardbeg has announced that its highly anticipated new expression, An Oa, is launching next month and will join its permanent range.

Cognac exports to the UK grew 3.6% in the year to July 31, 2017, and it held onto its position as the fourth largest export market for the spirit.

The International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show in London has been pushed back a month to new dates of February 26-27.

Morgenrot has added two IPAs from Swedish brewery Pang Pang to its range in a bid to cause “mayhem” in the UK craft beer market.

Diageo has continued the pipeline of new releases under its Cîroc vodka with the launch of a French Vanilla variant.

South Africa secured a resounding victory when DRN recently polled 200 independent merchants in a bid to find which countries’ wines are performing best in the sector. It finished ahead of Italy, Argentina and Spain as the country growing sales in the strongest fashion and it is easy to see why. Quality has improved drastically in recent years. Classics from well-established regions are winning plaudits, a dynamic new wave of winemakers is pushing boundaries and producing intriguing offerings and at the very top end scores from critics speak for themselves.