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Messe Düsseldorf has decided to postpone Prowein due to fears about the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Bacardi has announced it is extending its Martini brand into the booming low and no-alcohol category.

Hambledon Vineyards as switched distribution from FM&V to Mentzendorff & Co.

Strongbow is introducing Strongbow Rosé to tap into the ongoing trend for pink and rosé drinks.  

Pernod Ricard is investing in a multimillion-pound ad campaign designed to give leading Irish whiskey brand Jameson a boost in the build-up to St Patrick’s Day.

Kingsland Drinks has expanded its operations in Manchester to include a new £1.2 million canning line. 

Independent retailers have been earmarked as a key sector for growth for Portuguese wines in 2020, according to trade body, Wines of Portugal UK. 

Asda has slashed the price of Mumm Champagne by a third in case anyone decides to celebrate an engagement on February 29.

ABInbev has said its UK business grew in revenue “by high single digits” in 2019, driven by strong performances from its global brands and craft portfolio. 

The team behind Thunder Toffee Vodka have now created Frejya’s Crema Custard Liqueur.

L’Atelier du Vin, the Brighton-based wine and cocktail-bar concept, is making its first foray into the retail sector.

Reh Kendermann has bought a 16% share in North South Wines, matching the amount held by existing shareholders The Wine People and De Bortoli Wines. 

The trade body representing wines from Bordeaux has announced it is launching Bordeaux Day in the UK.

Mentzendorff & Co has announced it will now represent Jean-Luc Columbo in the UK.

Toast Ale has teamed up with Warburtons to unveil the UK’s first ever beer brewed with leftover crumpets.

Gusbourne has released its latest vintages of Blanc de Blancs and Brut Reserve.

The Portman Group now has 11 members after Asahi UK, Aston Manor Cider and SHS Drinks all decided to join the organisation.

Diageo has launched Gordon’s Sicilian Lemon in a bid to reignite growth in the UK gin category.

Quintessential Brands Group has appointed Alex Pollard as Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as the company looks to accelerate the growth of its business internationally.

Highweald Wine has completed the acquisition of a vineyard planted with classic traditional method grape varieties.

True British Spirit is launching Nectvs, which it describes as “a luxurious thoroughbred spirit for the truly discerning drinker”.

Global Brands has opened a new premium spirit division called Inspirit to capitalise on the growing trend for premium drinks.

Global investment firm Lightspeed Venture Partners has selected The Clean Liquor Company from a group of 50 international producers to become “the global leader in the no and low-alcohol category”.

Rooster’s Brewing Company is set to launch six new small batch beers, following a £850,000 investment in a new pilot brewery and taproom.

The Spring tastings for SITT, the Specialist Importers’ Trade Tasting event, will shine a spotlight on the topic of sustainability in wine.

Awin Barratt Siegel (ABS) Wine Agencies has released an own label wine from the Yakima Valley in Washington State.

Aviation American Gin, which is reported to be the fastest growing gin brand in the US, has appointed Proof Drinks to lead its UK distribution.

A Kent winery is launching a Spritz-style drink made from honey wine, which it hopes will tap into the consumer demand for wine spritzers.

The Co-op is adding its first unfiltered and organic natural wine this month, to build on its “green” wine offering.