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Camden Town Brewery launches biggest ever marketing campaign

Camden Town Brewery has launched its 2018 advertising campaign ‘Hello Hells’ throughout the UK, its biggest marketing investment to date.

Kweichow Moutai to expand into Europe

Chinese distiller Kweichow Moutai Co. has outlined plans to expand sales overseas using the UK as a launch pad into Europe.

Castelnau releases second prestige cuvée

Champagne Castelnau has launched Hors Catégorie CCF 2067, the second prestige cuvée to be released as part of its premium Hors Catégorie collection.

Armagnac XO age guide increases to 10 years

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac (BNIC) has changed the minimum age limit of XO armagnac from 6 to 10 years, effective from 1 April 2018.

Beam Suntory acquires ABV Brands

Beam Suntory has acquired the remaining 50% shareholding of its South African distributor, ABV Brands, from the company founders, Ross Calow, Daniel Hawkins and Igor Boyadjian.

Advini acquires major stake in Stellenbosch Vineyards

Wine company Advini, owner of L'Avenir, Le Bonheur and majority shareholder in Ken Forrester Vineyards, has acquired a majority share in South African wine brand, Stellenbosch Vineyards for an undisclosed fee.

Diageo to invest £150m in Scotch visitor centres

Diageo has announced a £150m investment over three years to transform its Scotch whisky visitor experiences.

Heineken to boost on trade growth by £1bn

Heineken UK has unveiled The Greenpaper – a new initiative which aims to boost the on-trade by more than £1bn over the next three years.

Funkin launches Innovation Lab

Cocktail mixer brand, Funkin has launched its Innovation Lab in partnership with London’s Crucible, opening with workshops in Bristol and Manchester in May.

The Macallan 1926 sold for record $1.2m

Two rare bottles of The Macallan 1926 have been sold for a record US$1.2m in Dubai airport duty free.

Crowdfunding success for London brewery

London-based brewery, The Five Points Brewing Company, has surpassed its crowdfunding target of £750,000 a week early.

Croft and Taylor’s announce 2016 vintage

The three port houses belonging to The Fladgate Partnership; Croft, Fonseca and Taylor’s, have each announced 2016 as a vintage year.

New direction for international hop buying

Brook House Hops has become the first British hop grower to sell direct to brewers through an online retail channel.

Australian wine exports booming in China

Australian wine exports to China (including
 Hong Kong and Macau) increased by 51% for the year to March 2018, totalling $1.04bn – a first for exports to a single country – according to data released by Wine Australia.

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