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Waitrose extends contract with Wincanton by five more years

31 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Waitrose has extended its contract with Wincanton for another five years for the storage and distribution of wines and spi…

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Women more likely than men to drink a bottle of wine in one go Subscription

31 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

A third of Brits have confessed to drinking at home alone, and almost one in six to polishing off a whole bottle of wine t…

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BrewDog is Fast 50's top dog as growth soars to new high Subscription

31 Oct 2014 | By James Halliwell

Supermarkets might be struggling, but sales growth rates among the UK’s privately owned fmcg suppliers are the highest sin…


As Let There Be Beer falls flat comes There's a Beer For That

31 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Admitting that’s its Let There Be Beer campaign was a flop, brewers have come up with a new approach…

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AB InBev hit by slowdowns in US, Russia and China

31 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Global brewing group AB InBev posted below expectation growth this morning, with third quarter revenue rising by 2.3% as overall beer volumes fell thanks to a slowdown in US and China.

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'Two thirds of consumers' want calorie labels on alcohol

31 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Two thirds of British adults want calorie labelling on alcoholic drink packaging, according to a survey from the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).

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Hobgoblin hosts online Halloween gameshow

30 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Hobgoblin is marking Halloween with an online live-streamed gameshow called Wheel of Misfortune.

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Let There Be Beer campaign gets new name, new support and new TV ad Video

30 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Industry-wide beer marketing campaign Let There Be Beer has been relaunched as There’s A Beer For That.

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Hawkes Alcoholic Ginger Beer lands London listings at Tesco

25 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Alcoholic ginger beer brand Hawkes has won its first major listing…

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Greene King's Metropolitan craft beers to roll into Tesco

25 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Greene King has unveiled the first four beers from its craft Metropolitan Brewing Company…


Diageo launches major campaign to boost Baileys brand

24 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Diageo is launching a major push for Baileys as it looks to bring new and lapsed users to the brand…

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Pernod Ricard back in growth in first quarter

23 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Pernod Ricard has returned to growth, according to its 2014/15 Q1 sales figures, although performance of its top brands was mixed.

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Asda recalls Prosecco over shattering bottles

22 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Asda has recalled batches of its Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry wine following complaints about the bottles shattering.

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Carlsberg UK creates two new sales director roles

20 Oct 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Carlsberg UK has restructured its executive sales team creating two new roles to replace the one that was left vacant by its current UK chief executive officer.

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Tanners Wines eyes new stores as sales and profits rocket

18 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Tanners Wines is eyeing new store opportunities following the success of a pilot tasting concept launched this year…


Portman Group's new powers on alcohol spark retailer fears Subscription

17 Oct 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The government this week ramped up the powers of drinks industry self-regulatory body the Portman Group…

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Rising cost of illegal booze demands new controls, warns FWD

16 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

The UK needs new measures to tackle the rising cost of the black market trade in alcohol, the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) has warned.

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Diageo sales drop 1.5% in first quarter

16 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Uncertainty arising from the Ukraine crisis and weak consumer confidence has hit Diageo’s sales in Russia and Eastern Europe.


Sainsbury’s cuts abv in Prosecco as part of 20x20 plan

15 Oct 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sainsbury’s has reduced the average alcohol content (abv) of its Taste the Difference Prosecco Conegliano.

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SABMiller’s volumes dip on Australia and China weakness

14 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Global brewer SABMiller announced a 1% dip in second-quarter beverage volumes after a marked slowdown of beer sales in Asia Pacific.

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Tesco Express lists Hi Spirits' Antica Classic Sambuca

11 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Distributor Hi Spirits has secured a listing with Tesco Express for its Antica Sambuca…

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William Grant & Sons warns of effect of alcohol regulation Subscription

11 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

William Grant & Sons has warned in its annual accounts of the potential damage to vital exports…


More Brits drinking at home as pub sales carry on falling

11 Oct 2014 | By Rob Brown

Brits are boozing more at home as drink sales in pubs continue to fall, according to exclusive research for The Grocer…

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Molson Coors names Frederic Landtmeters UK & Ireland MD

08 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Molson Coors has appointed Frederic Landtmeters as MD of its UK and Ireland business.

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Bestway launches own-label fruity ciders

08 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Bestway claims it has become the first UK wholesaler to launch own-label products into the booming fruit-flavoured cider category.

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10 things you need to know about... alcohol

31 Oct 2014

The latest in our series of digital features turns the spotlight on beer, wine and spirits. Here’s what you need to know.

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Wine o'clock: 15% of Brits regularly polish off a bottle solo

31 Oct 2014 | By Sonya Hook

Do we drink sensibly? Almost half of us say we do, but some of us are more indulgent with alcohol.

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Beer, wine and spirits buyers: the people you need to know

31 Oct 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Do beer, wine and spirits buyers have the best job in the world? We caught up with the people every alcohol supplier needs to know.

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Alcohol sales: Smirnoff now UK's fastest growing booze brand

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

Smirnoff has struck gold. Thanks to premium brand extensions featuring gold leaf and a move into frozen cocktails the vodka brand has become Britain’s fastest ...

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Alcohol merchandising: 10 winning ways to stand out

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

From a mobile tuk-tuk bar to free-standing display units featuring everything needed to whip up a cocktail, alcohol brands are pulling out all the stops to stand out on shelf.

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Half of Brits are trying to drink less – but booze sales are up

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

While low-alcohol beers and ciders are proving popular, low-alcohol wine is struggling.

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Sherry and port given a 21st-century makeover

31 Oct 2014 | By Rob Brown

The Grocer commissioned global branding agency Coley Porter Bell to blow the proverbial dust off port and sherry and drag them into the 21st century…

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Video: Mango cider's not as mad as it sounds Video

31 Oct 2014 | By Rob Brown

Sales of sweet, fruity cider are soaring, while traditional favourites such as Strongbow lag behind. The Grocer’s Rob Brown heads to Heineken’s orchards to find out how the drinks giant is adapting

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The top 10 global alcohol innovations: in pictures

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

We round up 10 of the hottest (and weirdest) new launches from around the world, from umami-flavoured sparkling wine to custard apple colada.

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Carling is booze's biggest ad spender as investment surges 35% Video

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

Heritage and craftsmanship were the focus of alcohol’s biggest advertising spenders this year, as cider brands championed their roots in TV ads.

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Size matters: Blossom Hill 'most social' as fans question 50cl launch

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

Blossom Hill reached more people on Facebook than any other alcohol brand this year, exclusive research for The Grocer has revealed.


Change in the air for C&C Group whatever happens to Spirit bid Subscription

29 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

C&C Group caused a stir last week when news broke of its potentially transformative bid for Spirit Pub Company – its first half results this morning were a source of considerably less excitement.

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