2019 October

Marks & Spencer has unveiled plans for all of its own-label wines to be vegan by the end of 2022.

Marks & Spencer has announced it plans to ensure all of its own-label wines are vegan by 2022.

The Portman Group has urged retailers not to stock a cider brand called Suicyder that was produced by The Bearded Brewery in Cornwall.

Brits’ surging demand for Aperol has helped supplier Campari enjoy 27.9% UK sales growth during the first nine months of 2019.

Popular single malt brand Auchentoshan has been given a rebranding in an effort to appeal to younger consumers.

Scottish hotel, Peebles Hydro, has been transformed into a distiller with the launch of a new gin, distillery and school, using water from its own hillside spring water.

Rock band Motörhead has moved into spirits with the launch of a dark rum, vodka and single malt whisky.

ABInbev has reported its UK business has had a “strong third quarter”, driven by the continued popularity of Corona and Budweiser, however its overall global business delivered weaker than expected sales over the period. As a result the company lowered its profit growth forecasts for the year, sending shares tumbling 10%.

Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes due to wildfires in California, including key wine regions in the county. 

BrewDog Distilling Co has launched its latest spirit, described as “an innovative botanical rum”.

Sliabh Liag Distillers has added to its gin collection with a navy strength variant, while also branching into vodka.

Douglas Laing & Co has announced the acquisition of Strathearn Distillery.

Les Grand Chais de France (LGCF) is taking its JP Chenet brand in a new direction to target a younger millennial audience.

A team of rum experts has created a rum made from two distilleries on two different continents, described as “a perfect collaboration of east and west”.

Amazon UK has teamed up with the Bacardi-owned John Dewar & Sons for the online retailer’s first livestream alcohol tasting.

Brewgooder has joined forces with craft brewer Fourpure to launch two new beers that will fund clean water projects.

Accolade Wines is investing £1million in a Christmas campaign across a number of its brands.Each brand is set to launch its own mini Christmas creative that favours its brand personality over the festive period. Branded gift bags will be rolled out across multiple customers and channels to capture the gifting market.

Broadland Wineries is installing a new canning line in direct response to the summer success of its Minivino brand.

Macknade, the food hall in Faversham, Kent, has added a wine retail outlet called Macknade Wine & Spirits, offering more than 400 wines.

The UK government has decided to put a nine-month hiatus on the dreaded VI-1 forms after Britain leaves the EU.

Amazon has extended into gin with the launch of its first premium spirits brand.

A record number of trademark registrations for spirits were lodged last year, according to law firm RPC.

White Heron Drinks has added a “younger sibling” to sit alongside its popular British Cassis artisan liqueur brand.

A member of the billionaire Barclay family has invested in online drinks retailer 31Dover.

The Famous Grouse is launching a new campaign this month focusing on its Smoky Black expression.

Aldi is launching its own wine course to help shoppers navigate the wine aisles.

Bacardi is launching the latest addition to its collection of barrel-aged rums into the UK, in response to the growing trend for premiumisation across the spirits market.

Diageo is introducing a new festive flavour for its Captain Morgan rum brand.

Marketing messages related to the CBD and Hemp-infused rum Dead Man’s Fingers Hemp, owned by Halewood International, have been found to be in breach of the UK Advertising Code.

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger is stepping down from the role of president of Taittinger Champagne and he has announced he is entrusting the future of the family business to his daughter.