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kopparberg fruit lager

Kopparberg Fruit Lager gets multimillion-pound art push

25 May 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The Shoreditch event will be followed by a three-part live music series

I Heart wine brand rose

Henkell buys remaining 40% shares in Copestick Murray Subscription

24 May 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Henkell & Co has snapped the remaining 40% of UK-based wine distributer Copestick Murray that it does not already own.

Tennent's Lager

C&C Group signs China distribution deal for Tennent’s Subscription

24 May 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Beer and cider producer C&C Group continues to ramp up its growth in Asia with the announcement of its fourth distribution partnership in the area.

Blossom Hill

Blossom Hill wine gets 'stylish' new look and £2m campaign

24 May 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The activity is the first for the struggling wine brand since being acquired from Diageo

pickerings gin

Edinburgh distiller Pickering's launches oak-aged gins

19 May 2016 | By Beth Gault

The casks were hand-picked from distilleries in five of Scotland’s whisky regions

red square vodka cocktail cans

Red Square Sloe and Toffee vodkas get pre-mixes

19 May 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

Halewood Wines & Spirits has launched a pre-mix cocktail range to extend the reach of its Red Square Vodka

Peroni 2016

“Super premium” growth drives up revenues at Miller Brands Subscription

18 May 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

SABMiller’s UK and Ireland subsidiary Miller Brands UK saw net producer revenues rise by 5% last year as UK appetite for “super premium” brands Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell grew.

Diageo Counter top

Diageo appoints former Bacardi CEO as chairman Subscription

18 May 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Javier Ferrán will replace outgoing chairman Dr Franz Humer

Carling

Carling reveals summer soccer offers and promotions Subscription

18 May 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

Football fans will be able to get £20 off the price of a club or country shirt

Indie beer

Windsor & Eton Brewery wins top Indie Beer Can award

18 May 2016 | By Beth Gault

The UK’s leading independent brewers gathered at the event to celebrate craft beer in a tin

Wine Wise website

Concha y Toro launches free category advice site for indies Subscription

17 May 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Wine-wise.co.uk gives retailers quick hints and advice to help maximise their wine sales

Spirits and wine

British Bottle Company seals US distribution deal Subscription

17 May 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

UK booze exports to the States reached a record high in 2015

tequila

Buffalo Trace releases limited edition barrel-aged tequilas

12 May 2016 | By Beth Gault

The drinks are from the Expresiones del Corazón range, first released in the US in 2013

CARLSBERG NEW

Carlsberg sales slump as Tesco delisting bites Subscription

11 May 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Sales at Carlsberg have fallen 5% in the first quarter as a result of being delisted by Tesco last year.

ASDA SPIRITS

Asda signs up trio of Scottish distillers in £300,000 deal Subscription

11 May 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

Asda has agreed to add four premium spirits to its Scottish stores’ listings

Henry Westons

Henry Westons takes to TV with 'Cider with Character' push

10 May 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The brand’s first-ever small screen push marks a £1m investment

Signal lager

Signal Brewery launches 'all-natural' craft lager in 330ml cans Subscription

09 May 2016 | By Beth Gault

The unpasteurised and unfiltered beer has a shelf life of 12 weeks

thatchers cider

Thatchers grows cider sales despite lack of fizz in the market Subscription

09 May 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Thatchers has continued to outperform a stagnating cider market for a sixth successive year, although the rate of growth has slowed at the brand.

john torode mcguigan wines

John Torode's Aussie rosé fronts premium push from McGuigan Subscription

05 May 2016 | By Amy North

The rosé has been launched alongside McGuigan’s Founder Series, which champions three of Australia’s winemaking regions

Liverpool Gin

Halewood adds Liverpool Gin to spirits portfolio Subscription

04 May 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The acquisition forms part of the company’s “continued expansion plans”

Premier League

Carling strikes three-year partnership with the Premier League Subscription

03 May 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The beer brand will be a co-sponsor along with Barclays, Nike, Electronic Arts and Barclays

magners new design

Magners gets 'more striking' new packs and adds rip tops Subscription

29 Apr 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The new look will be rolled out across all cans and bottles from this week

There's a beer for that co-op

There's A Beer For That hits Central England Co-op aisles Subscription

29 Apr 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Central England Co-operative has launched a new tie-up with the There’s A Beer For That campaign

SAB Miller beer brand Peroni

City snapshot: SABMiller to sell Central and Eastern European businesses Subscription

29 Apr 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

AB InBev to sell all of SABMiller’s Central and Eastern European businesses

Tennent's Lager

C&C Group signs deal to distribute Tennent's in India

29 Apr 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Brewer C&C Group has continued to ramp up its international expansion with the announcement of a partnership with Mahou India to distribute Tennent’s in the country.

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Joe Clayton of Beerd Brewery: Alternative CV Subscription

20 May 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

My first album was Smashing Pumpkins: Melancholy. Don’t judge

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Healthy convenience stores and brave beer pairings Subscription

12 May 2016

I congratulate the leadership team in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and National Services Scotland

dakota johnson estrella

Dakota Johnson stars in a pretty (pricey) puff for Estrella

12 May 2016 | By Mark Dishman

Big-shot director Alejandro Amenábar is behind this lush 10-minute short starring Estrella Damm beer

fuller's vintage ale

Fuller's itself: 'vintage' ale gets pricey Subscription

11 May 2016

Fuller’s has just blown its ‘Reassuringly Expensive’ lager out of the water

bibendum

Conviviality adds Bibendum to its drinks mix Subscription

06 May 2016 | By Edward Devlin

But Diana Hunter insists she’s a long way off dominating British booze

Legendary Dracula

London Wine Fair 2016: pear drop drinks to Dracula wine

06 May 2016 | By Amy North

A round-up of 10 standout products from the London Wine Fair 2016 at Kensington Olympia

Football

Captain Morgan teams up with Leicester's Wes for rum do Subscription

05 May 2016

Rum brand Captain Morgan snatched a PR win this week

Lanchester Wines

Tipple tips from the London Wine Fair Subscription

04 May 2016 | By Amy North

We reveal the latest trends and innovations from the London Wine Fair

gin and tonic

Gin: from mother’s ruin to Britannia’s anti-a-Gin tonic Subscription

28 Apr 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

Let’s raise two glasses – one of gin and one of scotch – to a prosperous future for the UK’s distillers

purple reign beer greene king

A purple pint fit for a Queen - and a Prince Subscription

28 Apr 2016

The good folk at Greene King had innocently been beavering away on a limited-edition ale to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday

fosters ad

Foster's new hero goes on the hunt for a new career Subscription

20 Apr 2016 | By Mark Dishman

Foster’s has a new hero: a ginger fella who works at a dry-cleaners

prosecco one use

Wine Category Report 2016

15 Apr 2016 Updated: 18 Apr 2016

So what has turned Britain into a nation of wine lovers? What’s driven overall wine prices up 0.5%?

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