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Producers are looking with interest at the UK’s liqueur sector, indicating that 2019 could be the year for increased NPD in this niche drinks sector. 

Italian grape varieties are helping Australia to drive sales at the premium end in the UK off-trade.

Australia and South Africa have both reported have a rise in exports to the UK as the British love of New World wine endures.

Drinks industry veteran James Lousada has joined Greenall’s gin supplier Quintessential Brands as managing director of its international arm.

Northern Monk has unveiled a brand refresh while also adding two new beers to its core range.

The Borders Distillery in Hawick has launched a barley-to-bottle gin as a tribute to the town’s explorer, William Kerr.

Amathus Drinks will now distribute Org de Rac wines in the UK.

Champagne Castelnau has appointed Olivier Legrand as its marketing and communications director.

Concha y Toro grew off-trade sales by 18.3% in the 12 weeks to January 5, 2019, to cap a strong year for the South American wine supplier.

Love Drinks has added three beers from Iceland’s Einstök brewery to its portfolio of drinks.

Beck’s Blue remains the top dog in the non-alcoholic beer sector, but it has seen its market share eroded by a plethora of newcomers to the category.

Krombacher has launched #Pourfection2019, its annual competition to win an all-expenses paid, three-day trip to visit the brewery in Germany.

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has added the Lismore Estate Reserve range of wines to its portfolio.

Camus Cognac has arrived in Barbados, concluding its 45-day journey across the globe as part of an approach that explores the effects of seafaring on the ageing process.

Mangrove UK has appointed Nate Booker as brand development manager for two of the premium spirits importer’s bourbon brands.

Naked Wines is celebrating its 10th birthday by funding the tuition fees for a student to study wine production at Plumpton College.

Diageo and HBO have joined forces to launch the Games of Thrones Single Malt Whisky Collection, inspired by the success of White Walker by Johnnie Walker.

Greene King has appointed Nick Mackenzie as its new chief executive.

Badet Clement plans to relaunch the Burgundian Grande Maison, Edouard Delaunay, at Wine Paris.

Amathus Drinks has added the Bierzo winery, Bodega del Abad, to its portfolio.

Manchester will soon boast another gin distillery and visitor experience centre, courtesy of Thomas Dakin Gin. 

Work has already begun on the Thomas Dakin Gin Distillery, a venue which is set to showcase the “rich heritage, craft excellence and entrepreneurial spirit” of both the award-winning Thomas Dakin and the city of Manchester. 

Jay Swanborough has resigned from his position as ecommerce and marketing director at online drinks retailer, 31Dover.com.

Dan Jago is stepping down from his role as chief executive at Berry Bros & Rudd, it has been announced. 

The Benevolent has appointed Michael Saunders as its new chairman, following Tom Yusef’s successful two-year tenure.

New Zealand wine brand Babydoll is set to enter the UK market this year to tap into growth at the premium end. 

Bolney Wine Estate has merged with a neighbouring vineyard in a move which the English wine producer said would “dramatically expand its business”, doubling the size of its estate.

The WSTA is calling for a temporary suspension on wine tariffs to prevent prices rocketing in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Naked Wines has retained its title as the UK’s most popular online drinks retailer when it comes to monthly searches.

Scotch Whisky specialist Douglas Laing & Co has released its Year of the Pig Limited Edition bottlings in celebration of the Lunar New Year.