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Molson Coors kicks off Grolsch 400th anniversary celebrations

02 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Molson Coors is marking the 400th anniversary of Grolsch with a £2.7m UK media campaign.

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£80,000 of wine stolen from Sussex winery

02 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Bolney Wine Estate said the culprits had stolen almost 5,000 bottles from its warehouse at the estate near Haywards Heath

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Former drinks boss Dan Jago returning to Tesco following accounts probe

27 Feb 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Tesco’s former head of alcoholic drinks Dan Jago is returning to the business in March.

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Diageo adds strawberry and mint drink to Pimm's range

27 Feb 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Diageo is expanding its Pimm’s range with the addition of a Strawberry With A Hint Of Mint flavour.

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Carlsberg takes Somersby cider into fruit flavoured market

24 Feb 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Carlsberg is looking to grab a slice of the fruit cider market with the launch of three new flavours under its Somersby brand.

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Brewery brings trademark lawsuit against Magners

23 Feb 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Hogs Back Brewery launched cloudy cider Hazy Hog in 2013, Magners launched a portable cider dispense system called Cider Hog, using what Hogs Back believed to be a similar name and graphics

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The Glenlivet launches new core expression

23 Feb 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

New product sees a higher proportion of whisky from first-fill American oak casks than 12 Year Old, lending some flavour similarities to bourbon

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Counterfeit Glen's Vodka found in several locations across the UK

20 Feb 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The bottles, which were sold by independent retailers in London, the Midlands and north Scotland, can be identified by two mistakes on the labelling

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Carslberg beer volumes fall 3% on Eastern Europe weakness Subscription

18 Feb 2015 | By Andrew Don

Carlsberg’s UK business grew about 1% last year on the back of a growing off-trade business, the Danish brewer has reported.

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Warm summer drives 2.4% rise in 2014 drink can volumes

18 Feb 2015 | By Lisa Riley

The UK canned drinks market has recorded its strongest performance to date - boosted by ‘the warmest year since 1910’.

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Hawkes launches cider made with fruit from urban areas

17 Feb 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

London drinks company Hawkes has followed its alcoholic ginger beer with the launch of its first cider.

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Saltaire to offer 'intense flavour' with new XS beer range

17 Feb 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Saltaire Brewery has launched a range of beers designed to offer intense flavour and high strength.

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Duvel Moortgat brings Boulevard Brewing Co beers to the UK

17 Feb 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Belgian craft brewer Duvel Moortgat is bringing beers from Boulevard Brewing Company to the UK market.

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UK Rioja wine imports up 10.3% year-on-year

13 Feb 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

UK imports of Rioja wine rose 10.3% in 2014 to 36.2 million litres.

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Kingsland to bottle New World wines for Marks & Spencer

13 Feb 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Marks & Spencer has for the first time appointed a UK bottler for New World wine.

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AB InBev launches "hackathon" in search of tech innovation

11 Feb 2015 | By Andrew Don

Beverage giant wants to find best program for suggesting food and drink pairings

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Premium bottled ale prices tipped to fall, finds survey Subscription

10 Feb 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Almost a third of brewing industry workers believe premium bottled ales prices will fall…

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Jägermeister becomes first spirits partner of London's Craft Beer Rising Festival

10 Feb 2015 | By Lisa Riley

Jägermeister has signed up as official ‘boilermaker’ - beer cocktail and shots - partner of the Craft Beer Rising London Festival.

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SHS rolls out new look across WKD ready-to-drink range

10 Feb 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

WKD is rolling out a fresh look across its range as it looks to revitalise the brand.

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Stella Artois Cidre range expanded with peach and elderflower flavours Subscription

09 Feb 2015 | By Vince Bamford

AB InBev is expanding its Stella Artois Cidre range with the launch of peach and elderflower variants.

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Brewer Innis & Gunn whips up 50 Shades beer

06 Feb 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Brewer  Innis & Gunn has been inspired by raunch-fest 50 Shades of Grey to whip up a new beer.

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Interest groups slam new alcohol brand awareness survey

05 Feb 2015 | By Andrew Don

New survey claims children more aware of alcohol brands than other major food brands

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Bacardi gets new look to flag up Cuban heritage

04 Feb 2015 | By Lisa Riley

Bacardi has given its rum portfolio a makeover with a stronger emphasis on the brand’s Cuban heritage.

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Westons launches Caple Rd craft cider in a can

03 Feb 2015 | By Lisa Riley

Westons Cider has claimed a category first with the launch of a craft cider in a can.  

Magners with Irish WHISKEY

C&C Group mixes whiskey and Magners cider for 'spiders' category debut

30 Jan 2015 | By Vince Bamford

C&C Group has expanded its Magners brand into the spiders – spirits ciders – category with a variant containing Irish whiskey.

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How traditional RTDs are fighting the rise of the newcomers Subscription

12 Feb 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

WKD is looking to shore up declining sales with a new look as it and other traditional RTDs continue to lose ground to newer products.

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I'll drink to that Subscription

23 Dec 2014 | Updated: 06 Jan 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Typical: we learn of one of the biggest industry breakthroughs in cutting the amount of alcohol the nation knocks back through a mistake…

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Jack Daniel’s racks up £26.3m growth Video

19 Dec 2014 | By Rob Brown

Supermarket spirit sales are booming, and premium brands are taking much of the glory. In our fifth and final video to mark the launch of…

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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…

Supermarket Soft Drinks

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…

Magners

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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