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Beefsteak Club has been confirmed as one of the sponsors involved in Sky Sport’s coverage of the England versus South Africa one-day international cricket match series.

Helen Mulholland, master blender at Bushmills Irish Whiskey, has been recognised by Drinks Ireland | Irish Whiskey Association for her outstanding contribution to the development of the Irish whiskey industry.

United Wine Growers (UWG) has launched its first brand for the UK drinks sector.

Ridgeview Wine Estate has appointed drinks marketing agency YesMore to launch a Christmas social media campaign that emphasises the English sparkling wine brand as “a perfect choice for celebrations, even when social distancing”. 

Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky plans to launch its “Dreaming of a Wild(ish) Christmas” campaign, which promises a raft of “smoky festivities”.

Churchill’s Port has launched a digital-first club for “port lovers and the port curious”.

Waitrose has identified a number of key drinks trends from 2020, which it predicts will escalate into 2021.

A new UK-based online wine shop has revealed plans to go up against its rivals by offering an exclusive portfolio of wines from 12 countries, while also positioning wine alongside different occasions.

The Drinks Trust has announced The Drinks Community Mentoring Programme, which forms part of The Drinks Community initiative.

The Portman Group has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive, Matt Lambert who will take up his post from January 2021.

Dishoom’s retail arm has launched a collected of bottled cocktails.

Ehrmanns-owned wine brand Beefsteak Club will be launching its first television campaign this winter.

Malux Wine & Spirits is launching a 25cl size bottle of Tokaji Aszu, which will sit alongside the full-size 50cl variants.

The Whisky Exchange’s Black Friday 2020 limited-edition single malt whisky sold out in less than two hours.

Millésime Bio 2021 has announced that it will now be taking place as a digital event. The organisers said this unprecedented move reflects Millésime Bio’s commitment to “all the professionals of the organic wine and alcoholic beverages sector who look forward to and rely on this key industry event every January”. The event’s dates remain unchanged: the world organic wine fair will take place from January 25 to 27 2021.

The Drinks Trust has partnered with Spectrum.Life, a leading corporate health and wellness provider, to provide enhanced wellbeing support to the drinks industry across the UK.

Appleton Estate Jamaica rum has introduced a complete brand relaunch alongside the release of a new minimum-age blend, as part of its strategy of becoming “the global leader in premium aged rum”.

An estimated 16 million bottles of Prosecco DOC Rosé are expected to be sold outside of Italy this year, according to the Consorzio Tutela del Prosecco DOC.

Bestway Wholesale is trialling a new premium-led drinks concept, which is an enhanced version of its Wine Rack stores, offering premium drinks for take home, food to go, and the option to drink and eat in store.

Campari UK is calling on businesses to put money behind the bar staff this Christmas, following new research which reveals Covid-19 will cost the hospitality industry an estimated £717 million over the festive season.

Dark Horse is ramping up its digital activity by asking consumers to “challenge their tastebuds and get creative in the kitchen”.

Concha y Toro UK is sponsoring this week’s virtual Future of Wine Forum.  

Natrl Drinks, one of the UK’s first hard seltzer brands, is being rebranded and relaunched as Berczy.

The Isle of Wight Distillery’s flagship Mermaid brand has been certified Net Zero, aslongside celebrating a full year of being plastic-free.

Wine List, a wine education startup founded in 2019, raised 100% of its £375,000 target in one day on Crowdcube this week.

Amathus Drinks is reopening its Muswell Hill store after an absence of 21 years, and it also has plans to open another outlet in early 2021.

UK consumer spending is expected to fall by £183.6 billion (14.9%) this year due to Covid-19 lockdowns, but alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks are set to be the top sectors for increased consumer spend through 2020, according to new research by Mintel.

Exports of Georgian wine to the UK have more than trebled in volume, according to the latest figures.

London-based fine wine importer and wholesaler Carson & Carnevale Wines (C&C Wines) has revealed a new partnership with Fine Wine Partners, the fine wine division of Accolade Wines.