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Campaign calls for 2% duty cut on wine and spirits

15 Dec 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Chancellor George Osborne is being urged to cut duty on wine and spirits by 2%, with a campaign claiming it would remove an unfair tax burden of British drinkers and give a £1.5bn boost to the public finances in 2015.

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Registration scheme 'massive boost' for alcohol traders Subscription

12 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

A new registration scheme for alcohol wholesalers is on its way to being enshrined in law…


Big four slash booze brand prices lower than last Xmas Subscription

12 Dec 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Supermarkets are offering shoppers a very merry Christmas this year – with many major drinks brands cheaper…

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Brookfield Drinks secures UK rights to Super Bock

12 Dec 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Leading Portuguese beer brand Super Bock will become widely available in the UK for the first time.

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A lotta bottle: Tesco selling Methuselah of Champagne

11 Dec 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Tesco is selling six-litre Methuselah bottles of Lanson White Label Champagne in four London stores.

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Pear cider sales down 29% as decline accelerates Subscription

10 Dec 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Accelerating decline in sales of pear cider has knocked more than a quarter off the value of the market in the year to September

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Jameson and AA team up for drink-drive campaign

09 Dec 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Jameson whiskey is featuring in this year’s anti-drink driving campaign from Pernod Ricard and the AA.

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The Wine Fusion creates new New Zealand sauvignon

08 Dec 2014 | By Lisa Riley

The Wine Fusion has developed an “affordable” New Zealand sauvignon blanc exclusively for off-licence chain Conviviality R…

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Celt Experience doubles capacity and plans new look

08 Dec 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Welsh brewery Celt Experience has doubled production capacity following a six-figure investment…


Tesco and Morrisons sherries take gold medals at IWC Subscription

05 Dec 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Sherry has been tipped for growth after two own-label sherries sold in UK supermarkets were among the gold medal winners…

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M&S tops medal table in 2015 International Wine Challenge

02 Dec 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Marks & Spencer has come out on top of the supermarkets in the first tranche of this year’s International Wine Challenge,

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West Berkshire Brewery planning £4m expansion

01 Dec 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

West Berkshire Brewery is aiming to raise £4m through an Enterprise Investment Scheme

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WKD unveils limited edition Las Vegas line

28 Nov 2014

WKD has been inspired by the Las Vegas strip for its latest limited edition…

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Wine development chief Laura Jewell to leave Tesco

27 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Tesco senior wine product development manager Laura Jewell MW is leaving the company

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Aldi brings back super premium wines and spirits

26 Nov 2014 | By Andrew Don

Aldi is reintroducing super premium wines and spirits as part of its ‘special buy’ offering for the festive season


Arbikie rolls out 'super premium' three-potato vodka

24 Nov 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Scottish distillery Arbikie has launched its first drink – a ‘super premium’ potato vodka…


Christmas comes early as lager prices fall by 5% Subscription

21 Nov 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Christmas has come early for shoppers in the booze aisle – with festive deals and discounts…

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Craft beer boom prompts Beatson Clark plant upgrade

21 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Glass manufacturer Beatson Clark has completed a £6.5m upgrade to help it meet soaring demand for craft beer bottles.

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Catherine Friend and Nick Hood appointed to Tesco wine team

20 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Tesco has appointed Catherine Friend as an assistant buyer on its wine team…

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MD Davin Nugent leaves Kopparberg cider

20 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Davin Nugent has stood down as MD of Kopparberg distributor Cider of Sweden.

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Lovely plumage: Old Speckled Hen gets new look

17 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Greene King is rolling out a fresh look for its Old Speckled Hen family of beers.

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Famous Grouse whisky's £1.1m sponsorship deal with C4 and UKTV

17 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Maxxium UK has agreed a £1.1m sponsorship deal with Channel 4 and UKTV for its Famous Grouse blended whisky…

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Jack Daniel's rolls out Tennessee Honey & Lemonade premix cans

14 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Jack Daniel’s has added a Tennessee Honey & Lemonade premix to its line-up…

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Co-op Group signs up to super-strength alcohol cans clampdown Subscription

13 Nov 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The Co-operative Group has become the third supermarket to sign up to a voluntary clampdown on super-strength alcohol…

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Spar and Londis unwrap their Christmas marketing plans

13 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Symbol groups Spar and Londis have revealed their Christmas plans…

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Alcohol: Prosecco tops an uplifting year for alcoholic drinks Subscription

17 Dec 2014 | By Rob Brown

Heroes emerge from the unlikeliest of places at times of war. In the price war, they’ve stepped out of the booze aisles…

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This ain’t your grandma’s sherry Subscription

09 Dec 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

I recently moved into a shared house in London – the sort of home typical of late twenty-somethings in the capital priced out of the…

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Blossom Hill's Marty Spate: Big Interview Subscription

05 Dec 2014 | By James Halliwell

On a brief visit to the UK, Marty Spate, master winemaker at Blossom Hill, talks wine snobs, creating crowd pleasing wine, going global and Christmas.

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No delay on Deal report

04 Dec 2014

We were surprised by the claim in The Grocer that the Responsibility Deal evaluation report is “delayed until at least 2016”…

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Girls' night out reminds us to get the Baileys in

28 Nov 2014 | By Mark Dishman

The glad rags are on, the friends are assembled and the taxis are hailed…

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Are soft drinks the next battle ground for the global brewers? Subscription

25 Nov 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

SABMiller cause a stir in September when news broke in was exploring a bid for Heineken amid suggestions it was seeking to defend itself from the advances of AB InBev.

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Wine prices in flux thanks to years of droughts and floods Subscription

02 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Alternating floods and droughts (of both water and wine) have, over the past few years, kept European wine producers on th…


Why is C&C Group so keen to get hold of the Spirit pubco? Subscription

02 Nov 2014 | By Nigel Huddleston

If Magners cider owner C&C Group can pull off a successful takeover of the Spirit Pub group it would represent something o…

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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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