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Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I is the latest producer to announce plans to eliminate plastic rings from all of its products.

Wines of Hungary UK is creating “the largest UK tasting solely dedicated to Blaufrankisch, the most important black grape of Central and Eastern Europe”.

Elixir Distillers claims to be turning navy rum on its head with the launch of its latest product.

Off-Piste Wines has become the exclusive representative for Italian producer Piccini in the UK multiple off-trade.

Drygate Brewing Co claims it has launched “Europe’s first reforestation beer”, and it has pledged to plant 10,000 trees with the proceeds.

Asterley Bros has secured its £100,000 Crowdcube fundraising target and it is now extending this to £150,000 following an “overwhelming response” to the campaign.

Fentimans is launching its biggest marketing push to date to encourage more consumers to trade up to its premium products. 

Atom Brands is introducing The Character of Islay Whisky Company, with the aim of “reaching a wider pool of whisky drinkers” with continuous liquid, rather than small batch and single cask expressions. 

Accolade Wines is expanding its South African wine portfolio by adding a Pinotage to its Kumala brand.

Plumpton College is set to launch the UK’s first nationwide Vicitulture apprenticeship.

Douglas Laing has released the 2019 edition of its festive Big Peat brand.

Popular ale brand Hobgoblin has been given a stripped back new look as part of the biggest overhaul in its 31-year history.

London’s first rum blending house in more than 100 years is set to open next month.

Kopparberg’s Balans “aqua spritz” could be the pioneer for a new drinks category that enjoys a similar level of success to fruit cider, according to head of marketing Rob Salvesen.

Franklin & Sons has unveiled new spirit and mixer partnerships by pairing two of its variants with a gin and a rum brand to add to its pre-mixed drinks collection.  

Global Brands is bringing back its movie campaign for Hooch, promising it will be “bigger and better than ever before”.

The Cotes du Rhone appellation is launching a European wine festival in October as part of a wider global campaign. 

The latest Nielsen stats make sobering reading for the BWS trade as they show year-on-year value sales decreased by 2.8% this summer. 

Pernod Ricard reported a 10% rise in UK spirits sales for the past year as launches such as Beefeater Pink and Beefeater Blood Orange proved successful. 

Administrators have closed almost half the EFB Retail estate and raised £11.4 million through asset sales since they were appointed in February.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has criticised Government plans to introduce red tape which is expected to generate over 600,000 additional forms, costing UK wine businesses £70 million.

31Dover has launched a new premium spirits subscription service designed to “lead its members on a voyage of discovery and flavour”.

Love Drinks has secured the distribution rights for White Heron Drinks, which produces British Cassis.

Four Roses Distillery has revealed a series of limited-quantity special bottlings following the culmination of its four-year, £44.4 million expansion project, which has now doubled its production capacity.

The trend for coffee in alcoholic beverages looks set to continue and a number of producers are hoping to tap in with their latest innovations.

Tennent’s Lager, the official beer of Scottish Rugby, is offering fans the chance to win a money-can’t-buy experience to see the national team play pitch side with its latest on-pack promotion.

The winning wines from the 2019 Wines from Spain Awards will be available for the trade to taste at an event in London next month.

Rebel Distillers has created a vodka made from smoked bone marrow with a new partnership linking the brand to the blockbuster video game Doom.

Bolney Wine Estate has officially opened its new winery, allowing the third-generation family business to increase its production of premium still and sparkling wines by 170% within the next three years.

Spirit Cartel is introducing Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin and Schiedam Jenever to the UK.