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Quintessentially English wheat beer listed by Tesco

17 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Cambridgeshire-based Elgood’s Brewery has won a listing in 21 Tesco stores in the East of England for its QE (Quintessentially English) Apple & Vanilla Wheat Beer (rsp: £1.89/330ml).


Diageo shares drop following sales decline in many markets Subscription

16 Apr 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Diageo’s share price fell almost 3% today after the drinks giant reported declining sales in many regions.

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Currency issues drive 2% drop in SABMiller reported revenues Subscription

16 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

SABMiller’s group net producer revenue (NPR) grew 4% in the financial year from April 2014 to March 2015, the company announced in a trading update today.

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Less than 2% of Brits cutting down with lower-abv drinks

16 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

UK consumers have almost no interest in using lower-strength drinks to cut down on alcohol consumption, according to a major new study.


Concha y Toro sales surge 22.6% to break £1bn barrier Subscription

15 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Concha y Toro sales have passed $1bn for the first time following a 22.6% hike.

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C-store bottled ale sales could top £100m, says Marston's

15 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Premium bottled ale (PBA) represents a £104m opportunity for the convenience channel, a brewer’s report has claimed.

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EU wine producers get go-ahead to increase plantings

15 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Major European wine producers will be allowed to increase their wine growing areas by 1% annually from next January under new rules issued this week by the EC.

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Pernod Ricard launches summer drinks marketing push

13 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

A Wimbledon-inspired Jacob’s Creek bottle and Havana Club Mojito tin cup are among a range of activity launched by Pernod Ricard to drive sales this summer

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Carlsberg unveils beer-dispensing billboard

10 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Carrying the message ‘Probably the best poster in the world,’ it featured a Carlsberg dispenser from which members of the public were able to pour themselves a half-pint of the lager

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Johnnie Walker débuts glass that projects sounds into drinker's ear

10 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

‘The Boldest Glass’ contains a device that turns the surface of the glass into a speaker. Bone conduction is then used to carry sound to the user’s ear.

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Prosecco passes Champagne to become top seller at supermarkets

10 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

UK grocery shoppers splashed out £181.8m on the Italian sparkling wine in 2014 - almost twice that of the previous year

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Cross-Atlantic collaboration for like-minded brewers

09 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

York’s Rudgate Brewery has teamed up with Denver-based Hogshead Brewery to create Atlantic Crossing Best Bitter

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Bob Mortimer to be the new face of Bombardier

09 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The ex-Shooting Stars host will depict a new version of the Bombardier Bedford character in a TV ad that launches on 23 April – St George’s Day


C&C Group streamlines businesses into single entity

08 Apr 2015 | By Helen Gilbert

The new division will incorporate Magners, Chaplin & Cork’s, Blackthorn, K, Ye Olde English, Natch, Woodchuck, Gaymers, Montano (cider) and others

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Steep fall in Scotch exports

01 Apr 2015 | By Vince Bamford

The SWA said the decline – following flat value sales in 2013 – had in some areas been a result of political volatility and changes in stock levels

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Miller Brands Pilsner Urquell gets new retro bottle

01 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The redesigned bottle uses traditional brown glass used to package the beer – though in a slightly lighter ‘amber’ shade. The bottle has a contoured shape.

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Carlsberg directly addresses Stella Artois in new ad campaign

30 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The ‘Trust Your Tastebuds’ push will centre on billboards advertising Carlsberg Export carrying the messages ‘7/10 prefer Export to Stella – 3/10 can still change their mind’

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Furore over negative Responsibility Deal report continues as DH claims to 'welcome' review

26 Mar 2015 | By Ian Quinn

This morning’s PIRU report has caused an industry storm over the effectiveness of voluntary policy on alcohol consumption


Department of Health-commissioned alcohol report attacks Responsibility Deal, demands more action

26 Mar 2015 | By Ian Quinn

 Research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said measures on alcohol had been, at best, “ineffective” with actions “poorly reported” by suppliers

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'Billion units of alcohol removed' claim is flawed, says report Subscription

25 Mar 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Claims that up to 870 million of the 1.3 billion units removed from the market were accounted for by changes to the way HMRC recorded beer data

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Diageo goes all-out with Pimm's, Captain Morgan, Smirnoff NPD

23 Mar 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Pimm’s Summer Crush and Gordon’s Frozen Cooler will be rolling out this month to join the brand’s existing Smirnoff and Parrot Bay pouched products

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Brothers brings coconut water to the cider market

20 Mar 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Brothers Cider is looking to tap the coconut water boom with the launch of a Coconut & Lime cider.

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Diageo to roll out Guinness Golden Ale next month

20 Mar 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Diageo is further expanding its Guinness brand into the premium bottled beer market with the launch of a golden ale.


Diageo to put 'per serving' calorie content on its alcohol

19 Mar 2015 | By Ian Quinn

The company said it believed existing lack of information led to “confusion” among consumers who wanted to know more


Alcohol duty cuts: an industry reacts

18 Mar 2015

After the Chancellor announced plans to cut duty on beer, spirits and cider in the Budget, we get reactions

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The alcohol industry should prepare for a bumpy election ride Subscription

26 Mar 2015 | By Ian Quinn

The furore over Responsibility Deal reports is threatening to push alcohol back to the front of the election campaign


Palcohol: will US powdered alcohol face PR minefield in UK? Subscription

21 Mar 2015 | By Vince Bamford

“Palcohol would be very divisive as many consumers would not want it to be available,” suggests Vhari Russell of The Food Marketing Expert


Focus on Wine & Champagne: 11 April

04 Mar 2015

Wine and Champagne is in strong growth, with value and volumes up. Look no further than the astounding growth of Prosecco.

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Walkers' ad mistake shows creative boundaries can be difficult

03 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The latest Lineker-heavy crisp ad had to be pulled due to complaints

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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.


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…

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