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The Chancellor’s statement today revealed a significant focus on jobs with a number of schemes launched to try to stop a spike in unemployment over the coming months. He has also temporarily dropped VAT to 5% for the hospitality sector. 

Beer and cider contributed to half of all off-trade growth in the last week of June, equating to more than £69 million.

Spanish liqueur brand Licor 43 has launched a UK-focused digital advertising campaign to support the launch of its latest range extension - Licor 43 Horchata - focusing on the product’s vegan credentials.

Licor 43 Horchata is a dairy-free, light and silky-smooth “cream” liqueur, which is suitable for vegans as it combines the essence of Licor 43 Original with the iconic Spanish horchata drink made from the “milk” of tiger nuts. The product launched in May and is now listed at Tesco at RRP £18.

The new campaign has been designed to reach vegan and free-from consumers and those who appreciate premium “cream” liqueurs.

Pernod Ricard UK has launched a collection of 15 rare single malts from sought-after distilleries.

Specialist premium baijiu importer and distributer, Cheng International, is launching a four-part online masterclass in the UK.
The series of classes, which starts on July 13, will focus on baijiu, China’s most famous spirit.

BrewDog Distilling has now officially launched its Clean & Press hard seltzers.

Chase Distillery is extending its spirits expertise into the emerging seltzer category with an RTD range called Chase’s Gin Seltzers.

Accolade Wines confirm Caroline Thompson-Hill as Regional Managing Director for Europe

Caroline Thompson-Hill has been appointed Accolade Wines' new regional Managing Director for Europe.

Eco-packaging company Frugalpac has launched a lightweight bottle that weights five times less than a typical 75cl glass wine bottle. 

The off-trade recorded the highest level of value sales growth in the week ending June 20, 2020, according to Nielsen data.

Waitrose & Partners is reporting a surge in low and no alcohol sales.

London-based artisan spirits distillery, 58 Gin, has launched what it claims is the first gin-based hard seltzer in the UK.

Surrey brewery Hogs Back has expanded its craft beer range with the launch of a seasonal East Coast IPA.

A new distillery, based in north Cornwall, has launched its first small-batch spirits.

WKD aims to build on strong volume sales for the first quarter of 2020 with the launch of a new Lemon variant.

William Grant & Sons is celebrating ten years of ownership of the Irish whiskey brand Tullamore DEW by offering consumers the chance to win a rare edition from a ‘no longer available’ very limited batch of whiskey.

Tesco has announced its total sales increased by 8.2% to £13.4 billion in the first sales quarter of 2020, but it warned that coronavirus-related costs were set to hit £840 million this year.

Majestic Wines has announced it is ready to reopen all of its stores from tomorrow.

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) has reported a “notable spike” in retail sales of English and Welsh wines in the last few months. 

Luxco, the American distiller, producer, supplier and bottler of alcohol, has appointed Lightbox Brands to grow UK sales.

The off-trade recorded a slight slowdown in growth for the cooler week ending June 13, but this still equated to an additional £110 million in value, compared to the same week in 2019.

Waitrose is predicting record-breaking demand for rosé wines over the next few weeks.

Naked Wines has appointed James Crawford as managing director of its UK business.

Spar is launching two new organic wines under a new brand name, Orbis (Latin for ‘World’)

Chivas Brothers has announced it will dedicate its pitch-side advertising space to support the Covid-impacted charity, MND Scotland (Motor Neurone Disease Scotland), when Manchester United hosts its first Premier League game back at Old Trafford this Wednesday evening.

Camden Town Brewery is launching a beer to celebrate the return to pubs.

A Mexican whisky is set to launch in the UK in July.

Cramele Recas, the Romanian wine exporter, is launching its first wines into Waitrose stores.

Ridgeview Wine Estate has revealed its plans for English Wine Week (EWW), which – this year, for the first time - will comprise a series of virtual events from June 20 to 28.