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Several major UK wine suppliers have banded together to launch a campaign aiming to secure a tax break for the nation’s favourite tipple.

Ramborn Cider Company, a premium craft cider and perry producer from Luxembourg, is launching its range of drinks into the UK and other global markets.

A premium coffee liqueur from New Zealand is gearing up to secure listings in the UK.

The drinks retailing trade has suffered a sluggish start to the summer as BWS value sales decreased 4.2% year-on-year (Nielsen, 12 weeks to July 13, 2019).

Brewers from across the globe are celebrating after dazzling a demanding judging panel and scooping medals in the International Beer Challenge 2019.

Lea & Sandeman is opening its first new store in 10 years, bringing its total number of retail outlets to five. 

The Good Wine Shop is opening its third store this autumn after taking over a former Oddbins in Richmond Hill, south west London.

Leading Spanish wine brand Campo Viejo has branched out of its Rioja heartland and it is launching an Albariño from Rías Baixas.

The gin bubble has not burst and growth in the category is in fact growing at an even greater pace, according to the latest WSTA data.

Diageo has acquired a “significant” majority shareholding of alcohol-free brand Seedlip.

Kopparberg is launching a rosé cider and it is confident the emerging category will “take the UK by storm in the later summer months and into the autumn”.

Bancroft Wines has appointed James Snoxell as its new Fine Wine Buyer. 

Hallgarten & Novum Wines enjoyed 16.4% year-on-year sales growth at the five-day Royal Ascot meeting in June.

Justin Knock MW is no longer working with the California Wine Institute and joint directors Justine McGovern and Damien Jackman will lead its UK operations going forwards.

American investment firm Fortress has wrapped up a £95 million deal to buy the Majestic retail chain, its Calais stores and its commercial arm.

Popular gin brand Brockmans has appointed Cellar Trends to handle UK distribution from September 2019.

Spirits giants Bacardi and Brown-Forman have decided to end a joint UK distribution agreement that has been in place since 2002.

Gosnells of Peckham has pledged to revolutionise the UK mead category by launching four new 4% abv cans of the honey-based tipple.

Australian Vintage chief executive Neil McGuigan has resigned and he will step down after the company’s AGM on November 20, 2019.

John Crabbie & Co has launched a new single malt whisky and at younger spirit fans who like long drinks and cocktails. 

Furleigh Estate, the Dorset-based wine producer, has released a dry rosé and it has also collaborated with a local ice cream producer for a rosé sorbet launch. 

ABInbev’s UK business saw strong volume growth for the second quarter of 2019, boosted by a number of its brands.

Diageo GB reports it has had “a positive year” in the UK, with sales up 4% driven by both the beer and spirits categories. 

Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies (ABS) has announced it will hold its annual portfolio tasting on September 11 this year. 

Adnams has added to its RTD portfolio as it continues to tap into the trend for pre-mixed gin and tonics.

Fever-Tree has announced its rapid growth in sales is slowing down in the UK, hindered by “seasonably poor weather” earlier this year.

The Hard Seltzer trend in the US is showing signs of spilling over into the UK with the launch of a premium brand called Bodega Bay.

Australian wine exports to the UK have decreased 4% in volume and 3% in value to $373 million over the past year.

Pernod Ricard UK is adding a new drink to its non-alcoholic spirits portfolio.

Armit Wines has reported strong sales for the last six months, including a 15% rise in the last quarter and it predicts it will reach £30 million turnover in the next five years.