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Jack Daniel’s marks birthday month with limited-edition can

22 Aug 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Jack Daniel’s is to launch a redesigned limited edition can of its premix whiskey and cola as the brand gears up for a month of birthday celebrations.

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Cream liqueur Amarula funds elephant conservation project

22 Aug 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

The Amarula Trust is investing in a new project to protect African elephants in Botswana.

Pernod Ricard range

Retailers missing out on premium spirits sales, says Pernod Ricard

21 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Retailers are missing out on a £13m sales opportunity by failing to get shoppers to trade up to premium spirits, according to Pernod Ricard.

Diageo Counter top

Portman Group slaps Diageo's wrist over promo unit

21 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Stone

Diageo has said it disagrees with a ruling by the Portman Group’s complaints panel that one of its promotional counter top units breached guidelines by encouraging binge drinking.

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Treasury Wine Estates hit by AU$100m loss

21 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Troubled Australian wine company Treasury Wine Estates has seen profits tumble by 30% following a “challenging” year that saw it lose $100m.


Chase Distillery launches RTD based on Marmalade Vodka Subscription

21 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Chase Distillery is launching its first RTD cocktail this autumn – Chase Marmalade Mule…


Vermouth's staid image shaken up by Belsazar in Selfridges

21 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Selfridges has listed a range of German vermouths that aim to shake up the ‘staid’ image of vermouth…

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Waitrose recalls batches of own-label Brazilian chardonnay

21 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Waitrose has recalled two batches of its own label Brazilian chardonnay.


Heineken beer volumes boosted by the World Cup

20 Aug 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Heineken saw overall beer volumes rise 3.1% and a “mid-single digit” figure in the UK as the World Cup and warm weather helped boost first half trading.

Wine bottles

Morrisons unveils wine screw cap with a green twist

20 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Morrisons is rolling out a new environmentally friendly wine screw cap that it claims will reduce its carbon footprint and makes the bottle easier to recycle.

Kevin Abrook

Kevin Abrook made global whisky specialist at William Grant

17 Aug 2014 | By Beth Brooks

William Grant & Sons has appointed its first-ever global whisky specialist for innovation…

Timothy Taylor

Timothy Taylor set to bottle British champion Boltmaker beer

15 Aug 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Brewer Timothy Taylor is considering extending its Boltmaker bitter into bottles…

Wolf Blass

Wolf Blass kicks off £1m rugby marketing campaign

15 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Wolf Blass has launched a £1m sports-themed marketing campaign…

Sparkling wine

Prosecco sales leapfrog Spanish sparkling wine for first time

14 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Sales of Prosecco have overtaken Spanish sparkling wine for the first time, according to Lanson’s third annual Champagne category report.


Fancy a glass of Kerrygold? Dairy drink hits the US

14 Aug 2014 | By Kevin White

Kerrygold is moving into the US alcoholic drinks market through a tie-up between the Irish Dairy Board and Imperial Brands…

Timothy Taylor's Boltmaker

Timothy Taylor's Boltmaker named Champion Beer at GBBF

12 Aug 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker has been named Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival.

Rosé Wine

Drinks trade hits back at call for on-pack health warnings Subscription

11 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Alcohol misuse was unlikely to be reduced by “heavy-handed” health warnings on drinks, claim drinks industry insiders.

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New bid made for Treasury Wine Estates

11 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Treasury Wine today confirmed it is considering a second bid for its wine portfolio from a private equity firm.

Warner Edwards rhubarb gin

Warner Edwards launches rhubarb gin

11 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Craft distillery Warner Edwards is launching a limited-edition rhubarb gin.

Stormhoek Chardonnay

Wine in pre-filled single serves boosted by NPD Subscription

10 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Packaging innovation has been tipped to help sales of pre-filled wine formats gather pace…

Bob Rishworth

Bob Rishworth to leave Halewood to set up own consultancy

10 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Stone

Bob Rishworth, a board director at Halewood International, is to take ‘semi-retirement’ to launch his own consultancy…

Tesco wines

Tesco looks for new ways to describe wine at tasting event

05 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Tesco is looking to generate ‘customer friendly’ wine descriptors to use in its marketing with the launch of a new ‘wine words’ tasting event.

Rosé Wine

Treasury Wine mulls revised takeover bid

05 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Australian company Treasury Wine is considering a revised takeover bid from a US private equity firm KKR – three months after turning down its original offer.

Singlz wine

Broadland Wineries to produce single-serve wine for own label

04 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Broadland Wineries is to supply own-label single-serve wine after signing a three-year bottling deal with the European distributor of Singlz.

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Grolsch offers free movies through digital beer bottles

02 Aug 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Grolsch has unveiled a new scheme in Russia allowing consumers to access free movies with digitally enhanced beer bottles…


How badly has the Russian crisis hit the global brewers? Subscription

21 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Stone, Alec Mattinson

Russia is yet to slap an import ban on western beer, but the global brewers are still haemorrhaging sales in the region as political tensions show few signs of easing.

Red Wine

Portman Group says voluntary action is tackling alcohol abuse Subscription

16 Aug 2014 | By Sarah Hanratty

From this week’s headlines, you wouldn’t think the overwhelming majority of adults in the UK drink responsibly…

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Alcohol abuse: no harm in providing more information

16 Aug 2014 | By Adam Leyland

“Alcoholic drink pictorial health warnings a step too far but what’s the harm in providing more information?”…

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Craft beer shops: the new-wave offie? Subscription

14 Aug 2014 | By Will Hawkes

Can the booming interest in craft beer generate enough business to create a new off-licence sector?…

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BB’s Warehouse piles ’em high in Wakefield Subscription

29 Jul 2014 | Updated: 30 Jul 2014 | By Eleanor Ross

BB’s Warehouse, which opened on Monday, is Conviviality Retail’s new brand designed to be “bold, fun and democratic”. The Grocer paid a visit.

BB's Warehouse wine displays

BB's Warehouse: Conviviality Retail's new format in pictures

29 Jul 2014 | By Eleanor Ross

Here’s a first look inside BB’s Warehouse, a new format from Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail.

Biggest booze brands 2014

Britain's 100 Biggest Alcohol Brands 2014 Subscription

22 Jul 2014 | By Rob Brown

Our 2014 survey of Britain’s Biggest Alcohol Brands shows we are drinking more and paying more for the pleasure. But is the value and volume turnaround sustainable, or was it just generated by 2013’s heatwave?

Branching Out - Britain's Biggest Alcohol Brands

Alcohol market sees shoppers shift towards premium products

20 Jul 2014 | By Helen Stares

The 2014 edition of Britain’s Biggest Alcohol Brands is out this week and there’s plenty to celebrate…

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Premiumisation only half the story as cheap stuff gets cheaper

19 Jul 2014 | By Rob Brown

William Grant’s MD Chris Mason used the word ‘premium’ five times in his introduction to Grant’s drinks market report…

tyskie beer

Tyskie is a good product and an icon of modern Britain

19 Jul 2014 | By Adam Leyland

Tyskie entering the 100 Biggest Booze Brands speaks to the massive demographic change in modern Britain…

Biggest booze brands 2014

Britain's 100 Biggest Alcohol Brands 2014

19 Jul 2014 | Updated: 01 Aug 2014 | By Rob Brown

Britain is hitting the bottle. We’ve spent £400m (5%) more on the UK’s 100 biggest alcohol brands in the off trade…

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Britain's 100 Biggest Alcohol Brands 2014: The List Subscription

18 Jul 2014

The Grocer presents its 2014 rundown of the UK’s biggest alcohol brands…

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