beers, wines & spirits news

focus on wine, glass of wine red white and rose

Morrisons returns to selling wine by country of origin

30 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Morrisons is returning to merchandising wine by country of origin – ditching the experimental approaches to the category brought in under former CEO Dalton Philips.

Healeys visitor centre

Cider supplier Healey's increases workforce by a third

30 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Healey’s Cyder Farm in Cornwall has upped its workforce by a third on the back of booming sales and increased interest in its visitor centre…

Little Valley Brewery

Booths increases range of Little Valley Brewery ales

30 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

West Yorkshire’s Little Valley Brewery has secured a listing in Booths for four of its bottle-conditioned beers.

lower abv drinks, beer

SIBA launches accreditation scheme for UK breweries

29 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Trade body the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has launched a quality accreditation scheme and is hoping to sign up 500 of its 820 members within two years.


Coconut water-based vodka RTD Lovo rolls out to stores

29 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

A coconut water and vodka brand has launched in Harvey Nichols and online retailer 31Dover.


Pogues and West Cork Distillers team up to launch spirit

29 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

It’s an Irish whiskey with the Body of an American: West Cork Distillers have teamed up with folk-punk legends The Pogues to launch…

Victor's Drinks homebrew

Victor's Drinks rolls out speedier homebrew ale/cider kits Subscription

27 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Homebrew kit supplier Victor’s Drinks has launched what it says is the world’s first 48-hour beer & cider kits…

hungarian winery

PLB takes on Hilltop Neszmély Hungarian wine in off-trade Subscription

25 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

PLB is to further tap growth in Hungarian wine by taking on exclusive off-trade distribution for Hilltop Neszmély

carlsberg ad

Carlsberg's latest stunt gives holidaymakers a pick-me-up

24 Jul 2015 | By Vince Bamford

The brewer livened up the baggage carousel at London City Airport last week by giving away crates of lager

John Smith's Golden Ale web resize

Golden ale is first John Smith's NPD in 22 years

24 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

John Smith’s Golden Ale will be available in a 500ml glass bottle, taking the brand into the PBA arena for the first time

Fosters ad

Foster's asks 'Why The Hell Not?' in new ad campaign

24 Jul 2015 | By Vince Bamford

The push comes a month after Heineken announced it was taking Foster’s into the burgeoning ‘speers’ - spirit beers - category

Strongbow Cloudy Apple

Strongbow targets older drinkers with Cloudy Apple variant Subscription

23 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Owner Heineken hopes the launch will help the brand retain 25 to 34-year-old drinkers

John Smith's constellation win a star competition

John Smith's to make stars of its customers

21 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The brewer has purchased rights to a pint-shaped constellation, and will run a contest giving away the constituent stars

Jacco van der Linden Heineken

Heineken UK marketing chief to head brewer's China business

20 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Heineken UK marketing director Jacco van der Linden is moving to head up the company’s business in China

IWC awards 2015

International Wine Challenge names Morrisons wine supermarket of the year

20 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Morrisons was named Supermarket of the Year at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) for the first time.

craft beer

Craft beer fears as range rationalisation looms for brewers Subscription

17 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Beer is facing trouble on two fronts, with anti-booze campaigners and supermarket range rationalisation hitting…

Caledonian Brewery

Caledonian Brewery opens new small-scale test site

17 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The 400l capacity pilot brewery is equipped to fill bottles, casks and kegs, allowing Caledonian to bring newly developed products to both the on and off trade

Stella Artois Cidre Peach and Elderflower

Fruit cider tops alcohol NPD

16 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

NPD sales, excluding non-flavoured wine and Champagne, contributed £102m to the category in 2014, down from £133m the previous year

Birra Moretti new label

Birra Moretti refreshes look as sales rise Subscription

15 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

New branding is meant to better communicate the Heineken brand’s Italian heritage

Spar new wine range

Spar turns to Malbec in expansion of own-label wine range

14 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Spar is the latest retailer to increase availability of Malbec, a grape that originated in France but has gained global popularity via Argentina


Craft beer suffering from high-strength alcohol crackdown

14 Jul 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Schemes aimed at low-price high-strength alcohol are also affecting premium products

Macallan 1824 series whisky

Edrington hit by Brugal rum sales struggle Subscription

05 Jul 2015

The spirits group behind Macallan and Famous Grouse has been hit by a £239m writedown for its Brugal rum brand

Greene King rebrand

Greene King revenues buoyed by 'fantastic' off-trade growth Subscription

03 Jul 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

Greene King boss Rooney Anand has credited booming sales of bottled ale with helping the company hit £1bn in retail sales…

Cantona Kronenbourg LeSwim

Eric Cantona to swim English Channel for Kronenbourg - on one condition Video

02 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Cantona has pledged to swim the Channel… if 10,000 Brits say Kronenbourg is world’s best-tasting beer

Rekorderlig dry apple cider

Molson Coors buys Rekorderlig cider UK rights

02 Jul 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Rekorderlig UK will operate as part of Molson Coors UK, and its employees will continue to lead sales and marketing for Rekorderlig range

scotland one use

Scotland hosts wine tastings, deep-fried Mars bar row

24 Jul 2015 | By Mark Dishman

Salmon, whisky, haggis, shortbread, ‘neeps’, Irn-Bru: all things consumed by all Scottish people…

Simpsons ice cream

Duff is on its way: mmmm, beer Subscription

17 Jul 2015

Duff beer – Homer Simpson’s tipple of choice – is finally to get a consumer launch

Focus on Spirits (Landing page)

OC&C Global 50: Alcohol sales go flat but time not yet called on global potential Subscription

13 Jul 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

On the surface the global alcohol giants were amongst the worst performers in the 2015 OC&C Global 50, but the sector still looks well positioned for longer-term global growth.

cider rat

Focus on beer & cider 2015 Subscription

26 Jun 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

A year ago cider was booming. Now, in absolute volume terms, it’s the sector’s worst performer. Why?…


Beer & cider category report 2015

26 Jun 2015 Updated: 13 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Is cider’s slight slide over the past year just a blip or a sign of things to come?

Guinness Gate ad

Is a sale or break-up on the cards for Diageo? Subscription

08 Jun 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

It’s Diageo’s turn as the latest international fmcg company that acquisition-hungry 3G Capital has its eyes on

fosters ad brad dan

Foster's Brad and Dan reach the end of the road - a good call

28 May 2015 | By Mark Dishman

“Well, this is it mate.” And so, two more ad characters we’re for some reason supposed to care about are gone…

craft beer ale

High-strength alcohol bans could breach competition law Subscription

28 May 2015

Public authorities are increasingly asking retailers to help deliver social, health and other policy objectives

alcohol calorie labelling, champagne and glasses

Calorie labelling threat from EU looms for alcoholic drinks Subscription

08 May 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Three cheers for Champagne was probably not the message MEPs had in mind when they overwhelmingly backed plans last week f…

beer and cider

The alcohol industry should prepare for a bumpy election ride Subscription

26 Mar 2015 | By Ian Quinn

The furore over Responsibility Deal reports is threatening to push alcohol back to the front of the election campaign


Palcohol: will US powdered alcohol face PR minefield in UK? Subscription

21 Mar 2015 | By Vince Bamford

“Palcohol would be very divisive as many consumers would not want it to be available,” suggests Vhari Russell of The Food Marketing Expert


Focus on Wine & Champagne: 11 April

04 Mar 2015

Wine and Champagne is in strong growth, with value and volumes up. Look no further than the astounding growth of Prosecco.

Sign in

Newsletter Sign-up


I wish to receive the following newsletters:

For Members

Become a Gold Member to receive these newsletters:

Become a Finance Member to receive these newsletters:

Become a member of The Grocer

Grocer jobs Experts in FMCG

Yankee Candle Product Development Executive

Product Development Executive - Yankee Candle

£27k-£28k (DOE) plus benefits
Search jobs



CLICK HERE to search for the products, services and companies you need in the definitive guide to the UK food and drink industry.


The Grocer's commentators and opinion makers