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Innis & Gunn

Innis & Gunn to supply its beer to China and Taiwan Subscription

21 Feb 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

Dxcel International will distribute the Scottish craft brewer’s flagship ale Original and golden ale Ossian

Berry Bros. & Rudd limited edition Bacchus label

Berry Bros. & Rudd unveils second limited-edition wine label

21 Feb 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

As many as 4,000 bottles of Good Ordinary Claret have been released featuring Bacchus

Jack Black Brewing Co range

Jack Black’s Brewing Co craft beer to make UK debut Subscription

20 Feb 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

The South African brand was founded 10 years ago in Cape Town

Absolut Facet limited edition bottle

Absolut launches ‘gemstone’ limited edition bottle

20 Feb 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

Absolut Facet has cobalt-coloured glass with an asymmetric design to catch light

James MacTaggart and Euan Mitchell, Isle of Arran Distillers

Isle of Arran Distillers begins work on £10m expansion Subscription

20 Feb 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

The whisky maker’s second site, in the village of Lagg, is expected to open next year

Bud Light US website screenshot

Bud Light to return to UK 16 years after last attempt Subscription

17 Feb 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The royal blue can was revealed at a pop-up store in Brick Lane, London

bestway alcohol fraud

Bestway warns retailers over unregistered booze sellers Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme (AWRS) was announced in 2013’s autumn statement by then chancellor George Osborne

chivas regal 12 year old

Chivas Regal offers Bang & Olufsen prizes Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

The on-pack promotion will give consumers the chance to win one of 10 £10,000 vouchers

lidl prosecco

Lidl Prosecco sales almost double in January Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

UK transactions for the Italian tipple rose 79%

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European parliament approves CETA free trade deal with Canada Subscription

16 Feb 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

The deal, which could apply as early as April 2017, will remove tariffs on most traded goods and services

Kirin Ichiban- Japan's prime beer

Heineken continues acquisition hunt with £563m Kirin deal in Brazil Subscription

15 Feb 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Heineken has acquired the Brazilian operation of Japanese brewer Kirin for €664m (£563.4m) as it battles to keep up with AB InBev in the wake of the AB InBev mega-merger with SAB Miller

Alessandra Ambrosio for Ciroc's On Arrival push 2017

Alessandra Ambrósio to promote Cîroc vodka globally Subscription

14 Feb 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The activity will include exclusive moments with the supermodel shared across the brand’s social media

Cuvee Royale Brut Cremant

Waitrose sales of Crémant fizz soar ahead of Valentine’s Day

13 Feb 2017 | By Lisa Riley

Sales of the sparkling wine range are up 20% at the retailer

Aldi spring wine festival 2017

Aldi readies 12 wines for spring ‘festival’ Subscription

10 Feb 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The initiative forms part of the discounter’s aim of delivering ‘quality wine with outstanding value’

kopparberg sparkling rose cider

Kopparberg takes on Heineken with Sparkling Rosé Cider launch

08 Feb 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The 7% abv range has already been trialled in Asda and will return as a permanent offering this week

brewdog cloudwater ipa

BrewDog and Cloudwater breweries team up for new IPA Subscription

08 Feb 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The 6.8% brew is described as subtle but full of ‘flavour and depth’

TWE Blossom Hill Zinfandel for Valentines Day 2017

Blossom Hill adds Zinfandel fizz for Valentines and mums

07 Feb 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The limited edition range features colourful bows tied to the bottle necks to create a festive vibe

whisky in glass

Scotch Whisky Association calls for cut to duty burden Subscription

07 Feb 2017 | By Lisa Riley

New figures have revealed the tax on spirits in the UK to be ’far above” the EU average

top prods spirits

Call for 2% wine and spirits duty cut ‘to save British pubs’ Subscription

06 Feb 2017 | By Lisa Riley

Move would be equivalent to a £594 tax cut for every landlord, says WSTA

spar beer event

Spar runs beer promotional event to drive growth Subscription

02 Feb 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Month-long event will feature in-store promotions on popular craft, ale and world beer ranges

Carling portfolio redesign 2017

Carling given ‘striking’ makeover across portfolio Subscription

02 Feb 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The revamp is to reinforce the brand as ’Britain’s original and best loved lager’

premium Irish whiskey brand Roe & Co

Diageo to bring back premium Irish whiskey brand Roe & Co Subscription

01 Feb 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The drinks giant has unveiled plans for investment in an £18.6m distillery

twickenham real ale beers

Twickenham Fine Ales claims first with US hop Denali

30 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

Microbrewery Twickenham Fine Ales has expanded its recently launched Old Hands craft range

mcguigan founders range red wines

Wine producer McGuigan expands portfolio with four reds

30 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The quartet now in Sainsbury’s comprises Classic Pinot Noir, Classic Malbec, Reserve Merlot and Founders Merlot

dowie doole sparkling red wine

Aussie producers vie to make sparkling red 'the new Prosecco'

26 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

Sparkling red has been identified by Bibendum as a big trend for 2017


Dry January is a challenge for industry as well as individuals Subscription

30 Jan 2017 | By Anthony Myers

New research has revealed that dry January campaigns are having a lasting effect on the nation’s drinking habits … but will it last?

Special Brew

Who should carry the can for super-strength ruling? Subscription

20 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The Portman Group blames gaps in the CMO’s recommendations

friends in pub drinking beer

Revealed! Pubs make us happy

12 Jan 2017

It was good to have our suspicions confirmed this week by an Oxford University study

liam newton quote web

Lager must tell its story Subscription

09 Dec 2016

The truth is that lager is not connecting with 20 to 34-year-olds as a category in a way it once did

james lousada conviviality

James Lousada: the can-do caretaker of Conviviality's crown jewels Subscription

08 Dec 2016 | By Edward Devlin

You would think James Lousada would want to steer clear of selling booze to the supermarkets…

pint of beer

A new whey to brew beer – and fight food waste

24 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

A new conncotion made from a watery cheese by-product brings new meaning to the term ‘special brew’


Presenting The Grocer Drink Awards 2016 - the toast of the drinks industry

10 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The toast of the drinks industry gathered for a lavish ceremony to celebrate the inaugural The Grocer Drink Awards

Drinks Awards Group Winner

The Grocer Drink Awards winners are unveiled

08 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Heineken and TWE picked up trophies alongside Wychwood Brewery and Dunnet Bay Distillerrs

Champagne bottle

The Grocer Drink Awards land with a splash!

07 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The winners of the Grocer Drink Awards are about to be revealed. Join us for all the action

Chilean wine

Sheath is safe solution to wine woe

03 Nov 2016

‘Wine condoms’ now exist

Peroni 2016

Ocado is sure to get more sophisticated than the Peroni button Subscription

27 Oct 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

‘Push the Peroni’ may look like copycat technology, but it is a sign of things to come

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China's thirst for red wine grapes hikes Aussie varieties Subscription

27 Oct 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Prices for Australian wine grapes are bouncing back due to a growing thirst for red in China

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