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Sales of alcohol via the off-trade are up by around 25% each week, in comparison to the same period in January 2020.

A good evening was had by all at this year’s Covid-friendly Drinks Retailing Awards.

A Scottish gin producer has created a full augmented reality (AR) experience within each of its six core range bottles.

Maverick Drinks has appointed five new hires in its sales team.

Indie Brands has announced a new UK distribution partnership with Don Papa Rum.

I Heart Wines has teamed up with confectionary brand Mars to deliver a ‘Give More’ partnership.

Pernod Ricard has launched “the most recyclable bottle yet” for its Absolut brand.

White Claw, the leading hard seltzer brand in the US, is introducing a new variant into the UK this month.

Hard seltzer brand, Berczy, has announced it has raised £475,000 in equity funding, from a new investor.

Cooper King Distillery has announced it now produces carbon-negative gins as part of its ongoing commitment to fighting climate change.

The Craft Irish Whiskey Co is set to debut its second release.

Ramsbury Single Estate Spirits has revealed a new packaging design for both its Single Estate Gin and Vodka.

Terre a Terre wines is actively seeking distribution in the UK, supported by the team at Spritz Marketing and PR.

Campari UK has taken over the distribution of super-premium Agricole brand Trois Rivieres.

Mix of Total Happiness (MOTH) has launched four classic RTD cocktails into Waitrose stores.

Pernod Ricard is rolling out its prototype Absolut Paper Bottle from today, initially just in the UK and Sweden.

Mocktail Beverages, which launched in the UK last year, has set out its plans for expansion. 

Love Drinks has added to its portfolio by securing the UK distribution rights for Mexican Mezcal company Casa Armando Guillermo Prieto (CAGP).   

Mangrove UK has joined forces with Empirical to distribute the Copenhagen-based distillery’s spirits and RTDs.

Sales of BWS are soaring ahead of those recorded at the start of the Covid-19 period in February last year.

A recent complaint against Silent Pool Distillery’s Colorado High CBD-infused gin has been upheld by the Portman Group’s Independent Complaints Panel.

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced a strong performance of New Zealand wine in the UK market, with sales up by more than 23% in value in the off-trade.

Alcohol-free brewer, Big Drop, has teamed up with four leading Nordic breweries to launch a limited-edition range of 0.5% abv collaboration brews.

Tesco has reported a “record” Christmas across all formats and channels.

West Berkshire Brewery has partnered with Seattle based Reuben's Brews, to brew and distribute its range of beers for the UK market.

Bristol Beer Factory is set to launch its first alcohol free beer in collaboration with Talk Club, a male mental fitness charity.

The online share of grocery sales at UK supermarkets doubled to 12.5% in the last four weeks ending  December 26, 2020. This is up from online’s 6.7% share of sales during the same time in 2019, in what was the biggest December on record, reveals new data released by Nielsen.

Jeroboams, the London-based wine merchant chain, has appointed Alex Turnbull to the position of Private Sales Manager.

Beer producers have slammed the Government’s latest lockdown rules, which ban takeaway alcohol sales from pubs.

More than three hundred small independent breweries have signed a letter by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) to the Prime Minister, calling on him to commit to “proper support” for the sector which has been decimated by the Covid lockdowns in 2020. 
 
Small breweries have faced harsh restrictions on their businesses over the last year and saw sales plummet by an average of 80% during lockdown but have not received much of the support given to the wider hospitality sector. 
 
Added to this, the Government is planning a tax increase for brewers via its planned changes to Small Breweries’ Relief (SBR) – the scheme that revolutionised brewing in the UK and made it viable for small businesses to compete against the Global beer companies.
 
James Calder, SIBA Chief Executive, said: “Over three hundred small breweries coming together to write to the Prime Minister will we hope convey the depth of feeling from the independent brewing sector that it has constantly been overlooked, but more so that it is imperative this Government acts now or risks setting the British brewing industry back a decade with widespread business closures.