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What a 'no-deal' Brexit would look like for drinks companies - Focus 15 Oct 2018

As Brexit Day draws ever closer, the negotiations between the UK and the European Union have reached a critical point this week, with the European Council set to meet on Wednesday to discuss what happens next. In two separate statements, released today, two drinks trade associations have sounded the alarm bells about the consequences of the two sides failing to reach an agreement. Here, according to SpiritsEurope and the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, is what a 'no-deal' Brexit would look like.

Six companies that are shaking up the non-alcoholic drinks category - Focus 15 Oct 2018

On Saturday, mindful drinking consumer group Club Soda held its Mindful Drinking Festival outside of London for the first time. Just-drinks visited the event in Glasgow to speak to some of the beverage companies helping to mark out the future course of the growing non-alcoholic category. From "no sin gin" to vinegar drinks, here's a selection of what we found.

Limestone Branch Distillery targets UK with Bourbon, rye launches 26 Sep 2018

Kentucky-based Limestone Branch Distillery is to launch two of its North American whiskey expressions in the UK.

The Coca-Cola Co's US$5.1bn acquisition of Costa - Analysis 31 Aug 2018

Under current leadership, The Coca-Cola Co has begun to view itself as a "total beverage company". This means entering new and emerging soft drinks categories outside of CSDs, such as the acquisition of Mexican sparkling water brand Topo Chico last year or this month's investment in Bodyarmor, for example.

Will the sugar tax story pan out as expected? - Comment 16 Aug 2018

Four months on from the arrival of the tax on full-sugar soft drinks in the UK, category commentator Richard Corbett looks at what the numbers can tell us about its effect so far on the soft drinks industry.

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Punchy Drinks' 0%-abv and 4%-abv RTD Spiced Rum Punch - Product Launch 19 Oct 2018

A new UK drinks company has launched a rum RTD that comes in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions.

Halewood Wines & Spirits' John Crabbie & Co 12-Year-Old single malt - Product Launch 18 Oct 2018

Halewood Wines & Spirits has added a 12-year-old to its John Crabbie Whisky range months after it revealed plans for a new distillery for the Scotch brand.

Lidl's private-label London dry gin, Aquine - Product Launch 17 Oct 2018

Supermarket operator Lidl has released a private label Scottish gin brand in the country.

Champagne Castelnau's Extra Brut – Product Launch 17 Oct 2018

Champagne Castelnau has added an ultra-dry Champagne to it namesake range as it looks to respond to increased demand for "low dosage" expressions.

Bimber Distillery's The London Classic Rum - Product Launch 16 Oct 2018

Bimber Distillery has added to its spirits stable, launching a white rum that has been produced in the UK.

Another Scotch whisky distillery on the way - Ardgowan 16 Oct 2018

Ardgowan Distillery has lined up a GBP12m (US$15.8m) investment in the construction of a new Scotch whisky distillery on Scotland's west coast.

Kopparberg's Rhubarb cider - Product Launch 16 Oct 2018

Kopparberg has added a rhubarb variant to its namesake fruit cider range.

Chapel Down poaches Anheuser-Busch InBev brewing manager to lead Curious Brew production 16 Oct 2018

English wine producer Chapel Down has appointed a former Anheuser-Busch InBev UK brewing executive to lead production at its beer unit, the Curious Brewery.

Spirits industry warns of "disastrous" no-deal Brexit 15 Oct 2018

A 'no-deal' exit from the European Union for the UK would be "extremely detrimental" to the continent's spirits producers, while the absence of a withdrawal agreement would be "disastrous" to spirits companies either side of the Irish border, according to two trade associations.

Beam Suntory lines up Harvey Nichols Maker's Mark Private Select 15 Oct 2018

Beam Suntory has launched its first UK single barrel programme for Maker's Mark, as part of a tie up with high-end department store Harvey Nichols.

Latest blogs

Feeling Blue on Monday? Help is at hand 15 Jan 2018

It may not be scientific, but the third Monday in January has been coined 'Blue Monday' - the most depressing day of the year. Dreamed up in the UK by a psychologist commissioned by a holiday company 14 years ago, there's method in the madness: Lousy weather, post-Christmas blues, last pay-day feels ages ago, next pay-day barely on the horizon...

Non-alcoholic beer fails the Bernstein challenge 14 Jul 2017

Crazy days in the Bernstein offices. Taking time out from being one of the world’s top beverage analysts, the Bernstein team, lead by its London-based veteran Trevor Stirling, held its very own taste test on a range of beers while researching a new report on the non-alcoholic category.

AG Barr launches Funkin innovation search 5 Jul 2017

AG Barr has lined up a Funkin campaign in the UK to find an 'innovation champion'.