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Greenall’s has introduced two new RTD gin & tonics to tap into growth in the pre-mixed canned drink sector, and well as the growing popularity of flavoured gin.

Eden Mill has unveiled plans for a major £3.1 million redevelopment of its brewery.

The Wine & Spirits Trade Association is working on a definition for flavoured gin, which “reflects the quality of the products that are already out there”, while also whittling out products that shouldn’t have the word “gin” on the label.

Australian spirits producer Manly Spirits is launching BlackFin Coffee Liqueur into the UK, to tap into growth at the premium end of this market.

Flavoured gin and gin liqueurs have brought in “a new and unique shopper base”; a group which otherwise would not have bought into regular gin, according to Kantar data.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Two-thirds of all spirits bottles sold in Europe should have calorie information on the labels by 2022 after trade body spiritsEUROPE signed a memorandum of understanding.

That Boutique-y Gin Company has extended into the RTD category with five of its gins mixed as cocktails and packaged in 33cl cans.

Kopparberg has announced it is ready to add a second flavour to its new premium gin collection, just weeks after it introduced Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime Gin to the UK market.

Chapel Down saw sales for its full portfolio of products grow by 10% to £13 million in 2018, driven in particular by its wines and spirits.

Diageo Reserve is launching two ready-to-drink (RTD) formats for its Tanquaray brand. 

Whyte & Mackay has launched a lower abv drink, which it describes as “a category defining premium spirit drink from Scotland”.

Black Cow is reinforcing its sustainability message and the issue of food waste with its first flavour innovation.

Chase Distillery has launched its first-ever advertising campaign to celebrate the success of its range of premium spirits.

Winchester Distillery is on track to reach its £375,000 crowdfunding target with more than 65% of funding achieved one month before the deadline.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced its Level 3 Award in Spirits is now live, with the first courses in the UK and USA now open for booking.

Accolade Wines has launched a 37.5% abv pink gin under its Echo Falls brand in a bid to tap into the category’s growing popularity.

Fever-Tree is entering the RTD market with three pre-mixed Gin & Tonics in 27.5cl bottles.

Bacardi is bringing out an RTD called Breezer, not to be confused with the original (discontinued) Bacardi Breezer brand, which was phased out in the UK in 2015.