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Adnams has reported half year losses to June 30 rose to £783,000 from £557,000 in the previous year, but beer volumes grew for the first six months of 2019. 

The Portman Group has welcomed a report highlighting a decline in underage drinking in the UK.

Lanchester Wines has relaunched Dragon Tree Kombucha to tap into demand for healthy and low/no alcohol drinks. 

Fishers Gin has announced it will make production savings when it opens its new distillery, and it will pass this saving onto consumers.

Rebel Dsitillers has released an aperitif with a third less sugar than brands such as Aperol.

Spar UK has launched an incentive-driven wine club for its retailers with the aim of raising the quality credentials of its Spar wine range.

WKD has launched two RTD cocktails in cans.

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.