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Stella Artois Cidre falls £23m as retailers rationalise ranges Subscription

29 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Sales of the cider portfolio plunged 40.4% to £33.9m on volumes down 42.6%


Investors back AB InBev/SABMiller deal as mooted protest fails to materialise Subscription

28 Sep 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

SABMiller investors overwhelming backed the multi-billion takeover offer from AB InBev this morning, dispelling concerns that activist hedge funds would try to derail the deal.

Lidl wine cellar promo: French Collection

Lidl adds French collection to Wine Cellar promotion Subscription

28 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The promotion features 42 limited edition wines

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Armagh Cider to launch two brands into UK supermarkets

28 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Northern Ireland’s Armagh Cider Company is gearing up to expand beyond the province

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Carlsberg unveils prototype of Green Fibre Bottle Subscription

28 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The brewer’s fibre-based packaging was revealed at the Sustainable Brands 2016 conference

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Off-trade beer sales overtake sales in pubs, clubs and bars Subscription

27 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Of the 44 million hectolitres of beer sold in Britain 51% of sales came from supermarkets and off-licences with the remain

Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle gin

Sipsmith offers cake-inspired lemon drizzle gin

27 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The 40.4% abv spirit is priced at £24 for a 30cl bottle

Isla Negra promo

Isla Negra wine links with English Heritage for on-pack promo

27 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The neck collar drive comprises 2.5 million bottles


The Co-op seeks bigger stake in craft beer with 18 new lines Subscription

22 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The beers will be available from the beginning of next month, featuring a selection from micro and major brewers

birra moretti cans

Birra Moretti lager makes debut in canned multipack format

22 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

330ml can format aims to broaden appeal of brand to outdoor events and on-the-go


British sparkling wine prices on the rise as demand grows Subscription

22 Sep 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Supermarket prices for British sparkling wines are on the up as shoppers increasingly clamour for home-grown fizz

La Marca Prosecco

E&J Gallo launches La Marca Prosecco into UK wine market Subscription

21 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The sparkling La Marca wine features citrus, honey and white flower aromas

anCnoc 2005

AnCnoc unveils its first-ever single cask bottling Subscription

20 Sep 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The liquid has a scent described as ‘wood smoke and burned stewed apples’…

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Angus & Oink adds experimental small batch beers to range

20 Sep 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The NPD is part of a strategy to encourage food pairing with beer

bombay sapphire gin

Gin renaissance helps boost spirits sales by nearly £110m Subscription

16 Sep 2016 | By Rob Brown

Gin sales have surged 16.1% to £338.3m on volumes up 16.2%, delivering growth worth £47m

Brothers 2015 range

Brothers sales slow in 2015 but output grows Subscription

15 Sep 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Joint MD Matthew Showering expects revenues to surge in 2017 when the new high-speed bottling line, which doubles capcity to 400 million bottles a year, becomes operational.

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The Co-op reports sales of premium spirits are soaring Subscription

14 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

“Brits are wanting to adopt this sophisticated way of drinking at home”

Rekorderlig spiced plum

Rekorderlig adds limited edition Spiced Plum cider Subscription

14 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The drink is a 4% abv pear cider infused with plums, cherries and a mix of spices

Guinness Hop House 13

Guinness Hop House 13 lager to get 12-pack and sharing bottle

14 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The duo joins the existing single 330ml and 4x330ml packs on shelf

Jose Mourinho Heineken

José Mourinho stars in Guy Ritchie-directed Heineken TV ad Video

13 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Prep Talk is the latest instalment in the brewer’s Champion the Match campaign

Westons cider

Westons launches canned Rosie’s Pig and Caple Rd collection

13 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The portfolio is being rolled into Tesco nationwide this week

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Aston Manor sales sour as UK cider market goes flat Subscription

12 Sep 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Aston Manor Brewery is seeking to grow exports as difficulties in the UK cider market continued to sour sales for a second consecutive year.

Blackthorn Dark Fruit

Blackthorn Cider unveils Dark Fruit and Super variants Subscription

12 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The new drinks would “enrich parts of the cider category”

Brooklyn Brewery

Carlsberg UK takes over as Brooklyn Brewery UK distributor Subscription

12 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The Brooklyn line-up comprises Lager, Scorcher IPA, Summer Ale and East IPA

Greene King rebrand

Greene King nets growth during Euro 2016 Subscription

09 Sep 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Brewer and pub group Greene King has also appointed former Tesco Ireland boss Gordon Fryett as a non-executive director.

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Bling It On! Spirits Category Report 2016 Subscription

16 Sep 2016 | By James Halliwell

Brits have spent an extra £108m on the hard stuff in the supers, as our thirst for premium brands grows

Your Wine Questions Answered Cover

Your Wine Questions Answered: simple and curious wine guide Subscription

15 Sep 2016 | By James Halliwell

When it comes to wine, my top questions include: ‘Is it wise to finish this bottle all by myself?’

innis and gunn vintage beer capsule

Innis & Gunn's Vintage beer begins a century of ageing

29 Jul 2016

An as-yet unborn taster will enjoy it more than anyone can now


Climate change, Defra, and Andrea Leadsom Subscription

28 Jul 2016

Sir, Defra is one organisation that could really benefit from a Brexiteer at its helm

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The thirst for new craft beers may run its course Subscription

20 Jul 2016

Will there really be growing demand for as long as producers of all scales offer something ‘new’?

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Can big brands play the craft card? Subscription

18 Jul 2016 | By Rob Brown

Britain’s biggest alcohol brands are under attack. As a bold new generation of brands lure drinkers away from the mainstream, we examine the craft movement’s influence and explore how big brands are adapting to suit the craft-thirsty consumer. Plus, for the first time, we list the top 10 craft beer and spirits brands

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Big brewers aren't ruining craft beer - they're helping it Subscription

15 Jul 2016 | By Rob Brown

Recent craft sales include Camden Town Brewery’s to AB InBev and Meantime’s to Asahi

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Will there be Brexit blues for booze?

14 Jul 2016 | By Helen Stares

The value of the off-trade alcohol market continues to grow in the face of a slight downturn in consumer confidence

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World of wine gets edgy with cat drink and blue booze

11 Jul 2016

The world of wine is sometimes seen as a stuffy one, with dusty old bottles prized by dusty old snobs


Responsible work on antibiotics should be recognised Subscription

07 Jul 2016

Over the past five years the UK has reduced antibiotic use in the poultry meat sector by 44%


Diageo spots potential of ‘zero proof’ adult soft drinks Subscription

05 Jul 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Temperate readers will be pleased to learn ‘zero proof’ is set to be the next big thing in the booze aisle

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Euro 2016 footy gives short boost to alcohol promotions Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Alcohol saw the biggest growth in promotions of any category – up 1.09% to account for 22.26% of offers

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