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A number of emerging trends could vanquish the wine industry’s reputation for a lack of innovation, according to a panel of experts at the London Wine Fair.

Global Brands has extended further into canned cocktails with new “Instagrammable” and bag-in-box sharing options.

Nyetimber has been named the first-ever English Sparkling Wine Partner to Cowdray Park Polo Club.

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has promoted James Calder to chief executive.

Scotch whisky can now officially be matured in a wider variety of casks - including those previously used to age tequila, mezcal, calvados, cachaca, shochu and baijiu – following a change in the law governing the industry.

A pineapple flavoured rum from Manchester sold out online within 24 hours and became the number one rum on Amazon as a result of appearing on This Morning. It has also secured a number of new retail listings.

New research has dismissed the notion that today’s young adults are “sober vegans who prefer yoga to clubbing and think drinking is uncool”.

Stryyk has secured a £1 million investment from soft drinks company AG Barr, which also owns Funkin Cocktails.

In a small room upstairs at the St John’s Chop House in Cambridge on a wet Tuesday night, the Oxford Wine Company meet for a debrief following round one of their blind tasting challenge against hosts Cambridge Wine Merchants.

The results of this year’s International Cider Challenge have been announced and the Supreme Champion for 2019 is Karlau’s Sxollie Pink Lady.

The managing director of Majestic Wine is confident that all jobs will be preserved after the parent company decided to sell the entire retail estate.

Majestic Wine chief executive Rowan Gormley has confirmed that the group intends to sell the entire Majestic business after deciding Naked Wines offers greater growth potential.

The owner of Waterstones is reported to be a new contender in the £100 million battle for Majestic Wine’s 200-strong retail estate.

Diageo Reserve has launched a series of supper clubs in London under its single malt brand, The Singleton.

Bimber Distillery has launched the UK’s “first handpicked Oolong tea gin”.

A new distillery in the heart of Scotland’s whisky country has released a Speyside Gin and Vodka.

Total whisky sales in the UK are predicted to grow 6% in value to £2.4 billion by 2022, according to a report by Edrington-Beam Suntory (EBS). 

Accolade Wines has added a new spirit and wine fusion under its Echo Falls brand.

Diageo Reserve’s premium Irish whiskey Roe & Co is set to open the doors to a new £22.3 million urban distillery and visitor centre this month.

Bacardi is bringing out a coconut variant, which looks set to go head to head with category stalwart, Malibu.

Enoitalia, the largest privately-owned Italian winery, is introducing an organic and vegan Prosecco to the UK market.

Orchard Pig is the latest producer to add a pink cider to its portfolio.

Independent wine merchant Humble Grape has announced plans to open a fifth store in the heart of Canary Wharf in London.

A new “wild water” is being launched for those who prefer a splash of water with their whiskies.

Winebuyers.com, the online wine platform and members club, has launched a service that connects customers directly with British and Irish distilleries.

Denbies Wine Estate is the latest English wine producer to release a sparkling Bacchus wine.

Martini has launched a 0.0% abv tipple called Dolce to meet growing consumer demand for alcohol-free drinks for adults.

William Grant & Sons has entered the low and no alcohol spirits category with an “ultra-low alcohol spirit”.

Amathus Drinks has become the UK distributor for Britain’s first sake brewery.

Angostura has launched a summer campaign to highlight the role of aromatic bitters in the Pink Gin Cocktail.