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Douglas Laing & Co has announced the acquisition of Strathearn Distillery.

Les Grand Chais de France (LGCF) is taking its JP Chenet brand in a new direction to target a younger millennial audience.

Amazon UK has teamed up with the Bacardi-owned John Dewar & Sons for the online retailer’s first livestream alcohol tasting.

A team of rum experts has created a rum made from two distilleries on two different continents, described as “a perfect collaboration of east and west”.

Brewgooder has joined forces with craft brewer Fourpure to launch two new beers that will fund clean water projects.

Broadland Wineries is installing a new canning line in direct response to the summer success of its Minivino brand.

Accolade Wines is investing £1million in a Christmas campaign across a number of its brands.Each brand is set to launch its own mini Christmas creative that favours its brand personality over the festive period. Branded gift bags will be rolled out across multiple customers and channels to capture the gifting market.

Macknade, the food hall in Faversham, Kent, has added a wine retail outlet called Macknade Wine & Spirits, offering more than 400 wines.

Amazon has extended into gin with the launch of its first premium spirits brand.

White Heron Drinks has added a “younger sibling” to sit alongside its popular British Cassis artisan liqueur brand.

A member of the billionaire Barclay family has invested in online drinks retailer 31Dover.

The UK government has decided to put a nine-month hiatus on the dreaded VI-1 forms after Britain leaves the EU.

The Famous Grouse is launching a new campaign this month focusing on its Smoky Black expression.

Aldi is launching its own wine course to help shoppers navigate the wine aisles.

Bacardi is launching the latest addition to its collection of barrel-aged rums into the UK, in response to the growing trend for premiumisation across the spirits market.

Marketing messages related to the CBD and Hemp-infused rum Dead Man’s Fingers Hemp, owned by Halewood International, have been found to be in breach of the UK Advertising Code.

Diageo is introducing a new festive flavour for its Captain Morgan rum brand.

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger is stepping down from the role of president of Taittinger Champagne and he has announced he is entrusting the future of the family business to his daughter. 

The Beaujolais region has reported that exports to the UK are up 35.6% in volume and 19.6% in value during the first eight months of 2019.

An increasing number of vineyards in Bordeaux are exploring sustainable and environmentally-friendly production methods with a record 60% now certified as either organic, biodynamic or the French HVE (High Environmental Value) certification, according to The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB). 

Brockmans has appointed former Diageo chief executive Paul Walsh to its Advisory Board, as it finalises a five-year growth plan designed to double sales.

Cardrona Distillery, a New Zealand family-run venture, is launching its super-premium range of spirits into the UK.

Carlsberg has announced it has made big steps with its plans to create the world’s first ‘paper’ beer bottle, made from sustainably-sourced wood fibres that are both 100% bio-based and fully recyclable.

Nisa has announced it is helping retailers transition into colder weather with a Hail the Ale event to help drive footfall and sales.

Lyme Bay Winery has teamed up with Morrisons to launch an English Dry White wine, which will feature as part of the retailer’s The Best wine collection.

Freixenet Copestick is extending its successful I Heart brand into spirits, starting with the launch of two gins.  

Booths has revealed that gin’s sharp upward sales curve has finally started to peter out and rum is now leading the growth in the spirits category.

A number of the UK’s leading wine companies have banded together to campaign for wine to be treated fairly in future Budget announcements. The category was singled out for punitive tax rises in 2016 and 2018, while beer, cider and spirits were given a break. The wine trade has reacted with grim exasperation to recent Budget clobberings, but it has not altered its strategy for influencing policymakers – until now.

Virgin Wines has laid out ambitious plans to become the nation’s ultimate one-stop online shop for all drinks categories. 

The Co-op is ramping up efforts to ensure its BWS products appeal to younger adult consumers, particularly in its urban stores.