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Halewood Wines & Spirits is tapping into an anticipated “significant growth” across all vodka categories with the launch of its first flavours for Vestal Vodka.

Kingsland Drinks has revealed the creation of a new drinks company, which will focus on premium spirits for the off and on-trade. The new company, which is yet to be named, will focus on curating, creating and crafting a portfolio of premium drinks brands, and it will benefit from Kingsland’s route to market and end-to-end category service, although it will run as an entirely separate business.

Silent Pool Gin has secured a new UK distributor.

Storywood Tequila has announced a new distribution partnership with Proof Drinks in the UK.

Independent bottler That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC) has revealed a plan to release batches on a quarterly basis.

Japanese whisky producer Nikka has released two single malts finished in apple brandy barrels.

Premium rum brand Equiano has signed a UK distribution deal with Spirit Cartel.

Didsbury gin has entered the RTD category with the launch of four canned versions a G&T, each featuring a gin from its range.

The founders of the sustainably-focused Calvados brand Avallen have launched a Seedrs crowdfunding campaign to raise £175,001 to expand the business.

Two canned ready-to-drink versions of Opihr gin are being launched by Quintessential Brands.

Drinks supplier Mangrove UK is adding an aperitif drink to the range it imports from the Barcelona-based El Bandarra vermouth brand, owned by Democratic Wines.

Diageo claims to have made the world’s first plastic-free, paper-based spirits bottle. The bottle will be used commercially for the producer’s Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky brand in early 2021.

Master of Malt has reported a “significant double-digit” uplift for vodka sales through May, while June was “all about whisky”.

Spanish liqueur brand Licor 43 has launched a UK-focused digital advertising campaign to support the launch of its latest range extension - Licor 43 Horchata - focusing on the product’s vegan credentials.

Licor 43 Horchata is a dairy-free, light and silky-smooth “cream” liqueur, which is suitable for vegans as it combines the essence of Licor 43 Original with the iconic Spanish horchata drink made from the “milk” of tiger nuts. The product launched in May and is now listed at Tesco at RRP £18.

The new campaign has been designed to reach vegan and free-from consumers and those who appreciate premium “cream” liqueurs.

Pernod Ricard UK has launched a collection of 15 rare single malts from sought-after distilleries.

Specialist premium baijiu importer and distributer, Cheng International, is launching a four-part online masterclass in the UK.
The series of classes, which starts on July 13, will focus on baijiu, China’s most famous spirit.

Chase Distillery is extending its spirits expertise into the emerging seltzer category with an RTD range called Chase’s Gin Seltzers.

A new distillery, based in north Cornwall, has launched its first small-batch spirits.

William Grant & Sons is celebrating ten years of ownership of the Irish whiskey brand Tullamore DEW by offering consumers the chance to win a rare edition from a ‘no longer available’ very limited batch of whiskey.

Luxco, the American distiller, producer, supplier and bottler of alcohol, has appointed Lightbox Brands to grow UK sales.

Chivas Brothers has announced it will dedicate its pitch-side advertising space to support the Covid-impacted charity, MND Scotland (Motor Neurone Disease Scotland), when Manchester United hosts its first Premier League game back at Old Trafford this Wednesday evening.

A Mexican whisky is set to launch in the UK in July.

Kopparberg has extended into the rum category, following the success of its first foray into spirits last year with the launch of a fruit-flavoured gin range.

Off-Piste Wines has extended into spirits by creating a new gin brand called Off-Piste Gin.

Master of Malt has reported it is seeing high demand for liqueurs and tasting sets.

Last year 83 million bottles of gin were sold in the UK - worth around £2.6 billion - with gin sales almost doubling in value in just two years.

Diageo has launched a gift service that allows people to personalise a bottle of single malt Scotch whisky with their own video message, in a link with the Whisky Shop chain. 

Waitrose has added an exclusive product to its premium spirits range in partnership with US whiskey producer Woodford Reserve.

Smirnoff has entered the hard seltzer market that is being widely-tipped as the next big thing in the UK drinks market.