2017 September

Australian drinks company Global Beverage Brands is bringing its shots brand to the UK off-trade.

Jacob’s Creek is launching a new French-inspired premium Rosé, to tap into growth of this style in the UK.

William Grant & Sons will be encouraging convenience retailers to maximise sales in the run up to Christmas with its latest ‘Get your sales on the move’ campaign.

Scotch whisky distiller Tomatin has released Earth, the third expression in its Five Virtues series of whiskies.

Carlsberg claims to have used red hops to create the a “fan beer” to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its sponsorship of Liverpool FC.

Tesco has added a selection of new sparkling wines to its Finest range, increasing its range of price points as well as introducing its customers to some traditional styles from lesser-known regions.

Diageo Scotch Whisky brand Johnnie Walker has released three new whiskies in world markets to showcase the art of blending.

Drinkaware says that new research reveals the extent to which drunken sexual harassment has become an accepted part of a night out for many young people.

E&J Brandy plans to introduce E&J Apple to its UK portfolio with the aim of building on the growth of the brandy category.

Research conducted for the generic marketing group There’s A Beer For That has shown that consumers are more interested in knowing about the ingredients are used in beer than they are what goes into other drinks or food.  

Scotland’s Glengoyne distillery has unveiled the second in a series of limited edition gift tins in partnership with the artist John Lowrie Morrison, also known as Jolomo.

Thatchers has unveiled a new look for its Katy varietal cider. The revamped label is being introduced to coincide with the 21st harvest for the apple at Thatchers’ Myrtle Farm in Somerset.

Highland distillery Tomatin has released a 2006 vintage edition as part of its range of limited edition Cù Bòcan single malts.

The Benevolent has announced the launch of a new 100% confidential telephone helpline in partnership with social enterprise company Connect Assist.

Dundee’s 71 Brewing has expanded its portfolio with the addition of an India Pale Lager (IPL) and a Munich Dunkel, Ferrous Red.

Paul Schaafsma, the former ceo of Accolade Wines, has been appointed as ceo of Broadland Wineries, with immediate effect.

Fuller’s has collaborated with six UK craft brewers to produce a mixed pack of half a dozen new beers.

Warner Edwards has announced it has an exclusive ‘Spirit of the Month’ partnership with Fortnum & Mason this October with its Honeybee Gin. The gin will then be made available to the wider off-trade from November.

Scotch whisky distiller Strathearn has launched what it claims is Scotland’s first golden rum.

Sussex winery Ambriel has just released its 2010 Blanc de Blancs. The traditional method English Sparkling wine, which has been crafted from hand-selected Chardonnay grapes, is aimed at independent wine merchants and the on-trade, and it is priced around £36 per bottle. Around 6,000 bottles are available.

The Scotch Whisky Association has welcomed a Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada which came into force this week.

Major rum brands have pledged financial support for islands hit by recent hurricanes in the Caribbean.

Orkney distillery has released Dragon Legend, a new whisky made with a higher proportion of peated malt.

Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey is giving away DNA testing kits as part of its global Beauty of the Blend advertising campaign.

Glenfiddich is launching a new limited edition whisky, aged in ice wine casks, as part of its Experimental Series.

Broadland Wineries has launched TrimVin, a new range of low-calorie and lighter-alcohol wines aimed at the off-trade.

Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky has announced the arrival of its new single malt.

Spring frosts and summer hail will leave Champagne growers and houses drawing on reserve stocks from previous vintages to supplement 2017 production, the Champagne Bureau in the UK has said.

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.