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WKD gets lower-calorie NKD baby brother from SHS Drinks Subscription

28 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The duo will roll into the major retailers from next week in lemon & lime and blueberry & elderflower flavours


Ocado and Peroni link for Amazon-aping online order button Subscription

27 Oct 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

The button which adds Peroni to shoppers next Ocado order is being trialled by 100 shoppers

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Spirit Cartel launches two limited edition rums

27 Oct 2016 | By Beth Gault

Spirit Cartel has unveiled two limited edition Don Q aged rums to mark the brand’s 150th anniversary

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City Snapshot: Brexit hits first half trading at C&C Group

27 Oct 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Currency volatility and consumer uncertainty after the UK’s vote to leave the EU has hit first half sales and profits at Magners producer C&C Group

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David Frost leaves Scotch Whisky Association for FCO role Subscription

26 Oct 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Frost replaced Gavin Hewitt as SWA chief executive in January 2014, having previously had a long diplomatic career

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Henry Ashworth to leave Portman Group for IARD role

25 Oct 2016 | By Ian Quinn

International Alliance for Responsible Drinking is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to addressing the global public health issue of harmful drinking

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Heineken offers BT Sport prizes in Champions League promo Subscription

25 Oct 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

A weekly draw will see a total of 4,500 people bagging half-price BT Sport subscriptions

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Hi-Spirits adds premium New Zealand brand Scapegrace Gin

24 Oct 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

Made by Auckland’s Rogue Society Distilling Co, Scapegrace bills itself as the gin ‘from the bottom of the world’

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Laithwaite's and eBay look to get wine lovers in the mood Subscription

22 Oct 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

carThe wine specialist is the first to use eBay’s new ‘mood marketing’ tool

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Minimum alcohol unit pricing approved in Scottish Parliament Subscription

21 Oct 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The minimum price of 50p per unit would take a standard 70cl bottle of spirits to at least £14

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The Famous Grouse goes outside for £2m Christmas push Subscription

21 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

It’s the biggest Yuletide campaign for the whisky brand to date

McGuigan Black Label Malbec

Wine producer McGuigan expands Black Label with Malbec variety Subscription

21 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The red wine rolls into Morrisons from 1 November (rsp: £7)

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Carlsberg to sell Celia gluten-free lager in the UK Subscription

20 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The Danish brewer will be distributing two of the craft brewer’s variants from 1 November

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C&C Group sells Shepton Mallet Cider Mill to Brothers Drinks Subscription

20 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The deal follows C&C’s announcement in January that it would close the mill by end of summer

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Devil's Peak readies King's Blockhouse UK craft beer launch Subscription

20 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The brewer has appointed independent brewer Charles Wells as its UK distributor

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Smirnoff #whatwebring YouTube advert survives complaints

19 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Three complaints were submitted on behalf of the Youth Alcohol Advertising Council, but none were upheld

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Wine industry calls for support as Brexit drives up prices Subscription

19 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

An average bottle of wine coming from the EU would go up 29p, while wine from outside the EU would be 22p more expensive

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Lyme Bay adds Chardonnay to English wine portfolio Subscription

18 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The 2015 vintage Chardonnay is described as a dry white wine enriched with subtle buttery and stone fruit flavours


Tesco extends craft beer offering at Express stores

18 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The retailer is rolling out additional beers across 402 Express stores next week

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Craft beer explosion behind record number of trademarks

17 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The number of beers registered with the Intellectual Property Office was up 12% year on year in 2015

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Asahi UK is formed following AB InBev and SAB Miller merger Subscription

13 Oct 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The Japanese brewer’s acquisition of Miller Brands for €2.55bn (£2.3bn) was completed this week

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Litmus Wines launches Ginking sparkling wine-gin combination

12 Oct 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The pre-mixed beverage is in a Victoriana style bottle and has an 8.5% abv

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Hofmeister confirms its return as Bavarian craft beer Subscription

11 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The Grocer reported the low-alcohol beer’s revival last week

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Prosecco Speciale leads Spar's Christmas drinks line-up

11 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The bubbly comes in a flute-shaped bottle to convey its premium credentials

Fuller's Frontier #FindFlavour poster push

Fuller's launches #FindFlavour push for Frontier ale brand

11 Oct 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The push invites East Londoners to take photos of seemingly blank posters and post them on Instagram

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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


Could nutritional labelling actually boost sales of beer? Subscription

14 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Originally the move was conceived as ‘the right thing to do’ from a CSR perspective

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Are independent retailers stealing the wine show? Subscription

13 Oct 2016 | By James Halliwell

Five years on from the dark days of 2011, how has the independent off-licence sector evolved to cope?

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Can the can save beer & cider? Alcohol category report 2016 Video Subscription

06 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

As Brits plump for posher drinks such as craft gin and fizz, beer and cider are losing out


Hip hops: why UK brewers are flocking to the US West Coast Video Subscription

06 Oct 2016 | By Rob Brown

I’m in Washington State with a bag of pungent green herbs. It stinks to high heaven

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Bling It On! Spirits Category Report 2016 Subscription

16 Sep 2016 | By James Halliwell

Brits have spent an extra £108m on the hard stuff in the supers, as our thirst for premium brands grows

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Your Wine Questions Answered: simple and curious wine guide Subscription

15 Sep 2016 | By James Halliwell

When it comes to wine, my top questions include: ‘Is it wise to finish this bottle all by myself?’

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Innis & Gunn's Vintage beer begins a century of ageing

29 Jul 2016

An as-yet unborn taster will enjoy it more than anyone can now


Climate change, Defra, and Andrea Leadsom Subscription

28 Jul 2016

Sir, Defra is one organisation that could really benefit from a Brexiteer at its helm

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The thirst for new craft beers may run its course Subscription

20 Jul 2016

Will there really be growing demand for as long as producers of all scales offer something ‘new’?

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Can big brands play the craft card? Subscription

18 Jul 2016 | By Rob Brown

Britain’s biggest alcohol brands are under attack. As a bold new generation of brands lure drinkers away from the mainstream, we examine the craft movement’s influence and explore how big brands are adapting to suit the craft-thirsty consumer. Plus, for the first time, we list the top 10 craft beer and spirits brands

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