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Pernod Ricard back in growth in first quarter

23 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Pernod Ricard has returned to growth, according to its 2014/15 Q1 sales figures, although performance of its top brands was mixed.

Asda Prosecco

Asda recalls Prosecco over shattering bottles

22 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Asda has recalled batches of its Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry wine following complaints about the bottles shattering.

Tony Watson Carlsberg UK

Carlsberg UK creates two new sales director roles

20 Oct 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Carlsberg UK has restructured its executive sales team creating two new roles to replace the one that was left vacant by its current UK chief executive officer.

Rosé Wine

Tanners Wines eyes new stores as sales and profits rocket

18 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Tanners Wines is eyeing new store opportunities following the success of a pilot tasting concept launched this year…


Portman Group's new powers on alcohol spark retailer fears Subscription

17 Oct 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The government this week ramped up the powers of drinks industry self-regulatory body the Portman Group…

Harrow booze raid

Rising cost of illegal booze demands new controls, warns FWD

16 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

The UK needs new measures to tackle the rising cost of the black market trade in alcohol, the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) has warned.

Johnnie Walker Red Label

Diageo sales drop 1.5% in first quarter

16 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Uncertainty arising from the Ukraine crisis and weak consumer confidence has hit Diageo’s sales in Russia and Eastern Europe.


Sainsbury’s cuts abv in Prosecco as part of 20x20 plan

15 Oct 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sainsbury’s has reduced the average alcohol content (abv) of its Taste the Difference Prosecco Conegliano.

SABmiller 3 beer

SABMiller’s volumes dip on Australia and China weakness

14 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Global brewer SABMiller announced a 1% dip in second-quarter beverage volumes after a marked slowdown of beer sales in Asia Pacific.

Antica classic

Tesco Express lists Hi Spirits' Antica Classic Sambuca

11 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Distributor Hi Spirits has secured a listing with Tesco Express for its Antica Sambuca…

William Grant Brands

William Grant & Sons warns of effect of alcohol regulation Subscription

11 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

William Grant & Sons has warned in its annual accounts of the potential damage to vital exports…


More Brits drinking at home as pub sales carry on falling

11 Oct 2014 | By Rob Brown

Brits are boozing more at home as drink sales in pubs continue to fall, according to exclusive research for The Grocer…

Frederic Landtmeters

Molson Coors names Frederic Landtmeters UK & Ireland MD

08 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Molson Coors has appointed Frederic Landtmeters as MD of its UK and Ireland business.

Bestway fruit cider

Bestway launches own-label fruity ciders

08 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Bestway claims it has become the first UK wholesaler to launch own-label products into the booming fruit-flavoured cider category.

Absolut Cherrys White

Absolut expands range with Cherrys flavour

06 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Absolut has added a new Cherrys flavour to its line-up.


Disaronno rolls out bottle designed by Italian fashion house Versace

06 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Disaronno rolls out bottle designed by Italian fashion house Versace


Carling brings back Sky Sports day passes promotion

04 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Molson Coors has extended its partnership with Now TV to bring back a Carling promotion giving away Sky Sports day passes…


Jura whisky a winner at The Grocer MAP Awards Subscription

03 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

A social media push with a budget of just £500 has won the Chairman’s Award at The Grocer’s Marketing, Advertising and PR …

Co-op wines

Co-op expands its Irresistible wines Subscription

03 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

The Co-operative Group has expanded its Truly Irresistible own-label wine range with three Old World Wines…

Jagermeister Spice

Jägermeister brand extension Spice looks to tempt the ladies Subscription

03 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Jägermeister is launching the first brand extension in its 80-year history…

boxed wine

Tesco rolls out Finest wines in box format

30 Sep 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Tesco is this week rolling out a selection of its premium Finest wines in box format – a launch exclusively revealed by The Grocer four months ago.

Chivas Regal gift set

Pernod Ricard tempts Christmas shoppers with gift box range

29 Sep 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Pernod Ricard has unwrapped its festive range with a host of gifting packs across its spirits, wine and Champagne portfolios.

Grant's advert

Grant’s whisky targets younger consumers with #IOU campaign

26 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Grant’s has launched a global campaign to introduce the whisky to younger consumers.

Tesco's Wine Magazine app

Tesco uncorks digital edition of its Wine Magazine

26 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Tesco has unveiled a digital edition of its Wine Magazine featuring video content and interactive features.

Smirnoff 2014 TV campaign

Diageo unveils £15m Smirnoff campaign

24 Sep 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Diageo has this week launched a £15m push for its Smirnoff vodka brand.

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Portman Group's increased interference is unacceptable

17 Oct 2014 | By Steve Parfett

I have written before of my concerns that initiatives introduced by local authorities…


How independents can make more money from the wine fixture Subscription

16 Oct 2014 | By Sophie McLean

Wine is daunting to a lot of shoppers. And supermarket deals are hard to compete with if you don’t know what you’re doing…

Steph & Dom

Alcoholic Drinks Category report 2014 Subscription

10 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

For all our good intentions, we’re still drinking more at home…

Steph & Dom

Focus on Alcohol Subscription

09 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

Meet Steph and Dom, the ‘posh couple’ from Channel 4 show Gogglebox, who once had such a good night in on the fizz and coc…

Henry Powles

Henry Powles, Encirc Wines, on Holst, elephants and acrophobia Subscription

09 Oct 2014 | Updated: 09 Oct 2014 | By Beth Brooks

I was a complaints clerk at Fortnum & Mason. It certainly taught me the need for a quick and prompt response!…

on spirits

Focus on Spirits: highs and lows Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Natalie Brown

The spirits market is increasingly polarised, with premium lines and premixes thriving alongside cheaper, lower-abv produc…

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Spirits Category Report 2014 Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Natalie Brown

It’s a tale of two extremes in the spirits market. Premium spirits are flying, while cheaper brands are also performing strongly…

Peroni beer

Global beer industry looks ripe for consolidation

16 Sep 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

As AB InBev steps up its interest in SABMiller, the next wave of beer industry consolidation could finally be upon us.

Andy Brown

Andy Brown, Liberty Wines, on parties, Blues Brothers and cork Subscription

14 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

“If you grit your teeth and show real determination, you always have a chance” – Charlie Brown…

Beer Glasses world record

Glass class for beer-bearing German hero Struempfl

13 Sep 2014

Congratulations to Oliver Struempfl, who has claimed a world record – for carrying beer glasses…

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Bavaria braces for Oktoberfest pretzel problems

06 Sep 2014

Lederhosen-sporting Germans are already beginning to froth at the tankard as the Oktoberfest beer ­extravaganza looms…


Marston's show has One Ale of a Job to keep viewers interested

30 Aug 2014 | By James Halliwell

“We like to think of ourselves as the fourth emergency service,” said two cheery Marston’s drivers…

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