Wines of Basil is teaming up with OLN to offer independent wine merchants the chance to wine a four-day trip to the Brazil to visit its wine regions and sample some of its best wines.

Craft Clubs, the company behind subscription drinks service Craft Gin Club and Bubble Club, has secured an investment of £75,000 from food and drink entrepreneur and London Cocktail Club co-founder Sarah Willingham.

Friarwood Fine Wines has set up a partnership to distribute the Canadian Benjamin Bridge winery’s traditional method sparkling wines throughout the UK.

Midori has gone back to its Japanese roots with its UK-wide marketing campaign, including an exclusive off-trade partnership with Asda.

James Hall & Co, the Spar wholesalers for the north of England, has acquired the 30-strong chain, North East Convenience Stores (NECS).

Jagermeister is unveiling a new look bottle, which it says is the brand’s most significant change since it was created by Curt Mast in 1935.

Asda has refreshed its BWS team following the recent departure of Ed Ashley, who held the role of senior buying manager for wine.

Bibendum and its associated wine sales companies PLB and Walker & Wodehouse, has become the largest importer to date to join the Bottlebooks community.

Moet & Chandon has released two Grand Vintages from the 2008 harvest as well as a wooden trilogy gift set, which offers Grand Vintages from three separate decades.

A host of drinks retailers say Deliveroo’s new alcohol delivery service has already brought in new business in addition to overcoming the challenges of adding a delivery arm to their existing operations. 

Heineken is launching new Kronenbourg 1664 packs across grocery, wholesale and convenience, to follow on from the success of its limited edition Eric Cantona packs.

The Craft Beer Clan of Scotland has kicked off its new brewing venture with craft brewer Williams Brothers of Alloa by launching a series of whisky barrel-aged beers. 

Halewood Wines & Spirits has revealed its latest drinks innovation; a range of wines for everyday drinking called ‘Surprisingly Good’.

Uncertainty over exchange rates and trading relationships with Europe could open the door for China to seize a far greater share of the UK wine market, according to arguably the country’s leading buyer.

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner Conviviality grew retail revenues by 0.8% to £366.9 million in the past year thanks to growing like-for-likes and store openings.

Strongbow has launched a multi-million pound campaign as part of its exclusive sponsorship of Team GB ahead of Rio 2016.

Morgenrot is launching two “unique craft beers” from Rioja’s Cervecera Artesana.

Asset Wines is the UK distributor for a new style of Provence rosé, which it says is so full-bodied it could “even replace a light red”.

McColl’s has announced the acquisition of 298 convenience stores from the Co-operative Group for £117m.

London wine merchant Vagabond Wines was crowned the UK’s Best Independent Drinks Merchant last night after securing the most votes in a poll of industry experts.

A drinks delivery service and shop specialising in “a regularly curated selection” of alcohol is set to open in Shoreditch this week.

A collection of independently-owned Spar stores famed for its drinks offering is expanding out of London for the first time.

Gallo Family Vineyards has introduced a third variant to its Spritz family of carbonated fruit-flavoured drinks.

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has created a range of wines under its Rosemount brand, which are designed to better communicate the link between wine and everyday meals. 

Independent drinks merchants will take centre stage at M Restaurant in the City of London tomorrow when Think Indie, Drink Indie celebrates the UK’s vibrant indie sector.

Bancroft Wines has branded the quality of top wine from Down Under “better than ever” after adding Australian producer Petaluma to its portfolio.

Brexit will have critical implications for the drinks sector, given the UK’s role as both a major importer and supplier, according to Rabobank, which provides research and insights into the food and drink industry.

London-based wine retailer Bottle Apostle is set to significantly ramp up its online business; meanwhile the company has confirmed it is not seeking out any new sites.  

A hospitality entrepreneur is set to open three “unusual and individual” wine retailers across London, along with a pop-up bar & club.

Morrisons is celebrating after being named Supermarket of the Year at the International Wine Challenge for the second year running.

San Miguel has announced a consumer campaign in partnership with The Guardian and The Discovery Channel.

Three gin fans have launched an online G&T tasting club, which offers gin lovers a selection of gins and tonics each month for a monthly membership fee.

Czech brewer Budweiser Budvar has reported volume sales to the multiples have grown 11.6% so far in 2016 after strong performances in May and June. 

Twelve of France’s leading cooperatives have joined forces to launch a marketing drive designed to increase consumer and trade knowledge about the country’s wines.

Villa Maria founder and New Zealand wine legend Sir George Fistonich believes varietals like Albarino and Godello can ensure a healthy future for the country’s wine trade.

Champagne Castelnau aims to double production by 2020 and win over younger consumers with new labelling and marketing techniques.

The Simpsons Wine Estate has already had interest from retailers looking to pre-stock their yet-to-be produced English sparkling wine.

Accolade Wines has announced a new partnership between its Chilean wine brand Anakena and Davis Cup winner, Jamie Murray OBE.

Diageo has made its first foray into the non-alcoholic spirits sector by investing in a brand called Seedlip.

Oddbins has teamed up with Bristol-based brewery Wiper and True to bring out another limited edition to join its own-label craft beer range.

Family-owned Marlborough winery Nautilus Estate has launched The Paper Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc into the UK market.

E&J Gallo Winery has launched a new 35cl format of its premium New Amsterdam Vodka for the impulse and convenience channels.

Californian wineries have given their backing to the UK trade in the wake of the decision to leave the EU.

Pernod Ricard is bidding to show that wine can match rival categories in the innovation stakes with the UK launch of Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz.

Waitrose has installed its draft beer pump concept into a second store.

St Austell Brewery Company has announced the acquisition of fellow West Country brewer and pub company, Bath Ales.

St Austell Brewery Company has announced the acquisition of fellow West Country brewer and pub company, Bath Ales.
The deal includes the Bath Ales brewery (situated between Bath and Bristol), its portfolio of beer brands and its 11-strong pub estates.
James Staughton, chief executive, St Austell Brewery, said: “For a long time Bath Ales has been a company I have admired and this exciting acquisition provides the coming together of two like-minded businesses.
“Bath Ales brews great beer and has a thriving pub estate, both of which complement those of St Austell Brewery. We want to build on Bath Ales’ success to date and are committing to a long-term significant investment in the Bath Ales brands, pub estate, people and brewing facilities.”
Staughton added: “Together St Austell Brewery and Bath Ales will deliver solid and distinctive offerings to customers combining conscious innovation, service excellence and the scaling of what works.”
Roger Jones, founder of Bath Ales, said: “This is a really exciting move for Bath Ales. With the investment and broader support from St Austell Brewery we are better placed to capture the opportunity that exists for Bath Ales.
“We are confident that we can also make a strong contribution to their operations so that the combined organisation can really set the standard for quality beers and outstanding venues.”
Jones added: “From the first contact with St Austell Brewery we genuinely found people and an operation that have a consistent set of values and the same commitment to quality. The combined business will be a force to be reckoned with.”
Bath Ales, founded in 1995, has an award-winning range of beers including Gem and Barnsey. St Austell has committed to a schedule of investment to expand the brewing and packaging facilities at Bath Ales. Sales of Bath Ales' beer brands were up 18% last year. 
St Austell Brewery, which is one of only 28 independent family-owned brewers in the UK, was founded in 1851 and is known to be one of the oldest businesses in Cornwall. The company has a range of beers including Tribute Cornish Ale, Proper Job PA and Korev lager.

A new craft distillery is due to open its doors in Kent this summer, offering gin, vodka and other spirits for the UK and overseas markets. 

German Riesling will be highlighted in stores across the country this month as part of a nationwide promotion for the "King of German grapes".

Elements Eight, the single distillery rum from St Lucia, will be relaunched in the UK as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

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