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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.

Leading independent spirits retailer The Whisky Exchange has introduced a new classification system for rum. placing more emphasis on flavours and production than colour.

The family behind the Gordon & MacPhail whisky production, supply and retailing operation have made the Sunday Times Rich List for the first time.

The Boutique-y Gin Company (TBGC) is resizing its ten most popular gins from 50cl to 70cl, with no additional costs to the consumer.

A new Żubrówka vodka variant is set to launch in the UK, offering a "premium-tasting base spirit" with an affordable price tag. 

Chapel Down is launching its Bacchus Gin paired with tonic in a 25cl can format, marking the first time the wine producer has entered the convenience market with a pre-mixed product.

Kopparberg is venturing into the popular pink gin category with a premium variant infused with its iconic strawberry & lime flavour.

Marussia Beverages UK is to distribute drinks from the newly-founded Hinch Distillery in Ireland as interest in Irish whiskey continues to grow.

Edinburgh Gin has launched a full strength Rhubarb & Ginger Gin following the success of its Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Liqueur and a ready-to-drink variant, which blends the liqueur with ginger ale.

The flavoured and spiced rum sector will overtake white rum as the most popular type of rum bought in the off-trade by the end of 2019, according to the WSTA's latest Market Report. 

Waitrose looks set to be the first off-trade retailer to stock a Japanese vodka, following last year's milestone when it was the first to list a Japanese gin. 

Scotch Whisky’s contribution to the UK economy has grown by 10% since 2016 to £5.5 billion, according to a new report by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Brighton Gin has launched a Navy Strength variant as consumers continue to seek out new styles and tastes in gin.

Rum continues to be cited as “the next big trend” for the UK spirits market and a raft of activity this month indicates producers are backing this theory.

Diageo is introducing Smirnoff Infusions, creating a range for the Smirnoff portfolio that is designed to be mixed with soda to create a lower calorie finished serve.

Pernod Ricard has bought the Italian super premium gin brand Malfy.

The UK’s Swedish whisky market is about to get a new player with the news that Fields, Morris & Verdin (FMV) is to add High Coast to its spirits portfolio.

Waitrose has launched a new service allowing customers to try a variety of gins without leaving the house.

A burst of summer-specific spirits has appeared as producers hope to tap into the craze for pink and seasonal variants.

Cellar Trends is launching two non-alcoholic brands in order to tap into this “seemingly unstoppable” consumer trend.  The company also has a number of other launches and line extensions in the pipeline.

The Macallan’s first global advertising campaign has been banned by The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for promoting “extreme risk-taking behaviour”.

Jägermeister has revealed a new “Ice Cold” wrap pack that will launch exclusively to the convenience channel this month.

A new contender in the alcohol-free spirits and liqueurs category has already secured a listing with Sainsbury’s.

The EU Commission has confirmed Irish Whiskey’s status as a Geographical Indication (GI) has been approved.

A raft of activity and investment in the spiced rum market indicates a confidence from producers that this sector is set for more growth in the months ahead.