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Gordon's

Gordon’s gin unveils new design rolling out next month

30 Aug 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The new bottle is taller and slimmer and features a refreshed label

malibu

Malibu launches on-pack promotion featuring app-less technology Subscription

26 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The new push is part of the brand’s #BecauseSummer campaign

absolut vodka christmas

Pernod Ricard unveils booze gifts range for Christmas

26 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Additions to this year’s range include The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve gift box; an Absolut ‘Create the Classics’ gift pack

Alcohol

Mults offer fewer alcohol deals than in summer 2015 Subscription

25 Aug 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

Shoppers toasting Team GB’s record medal haul in Rio are less likely to have bagged a booze bargain than last summer

Guinness_Rye Pale Ale

Diageo adds Guinness Rye Pale Ale to Brewers Project line-up Subscription

23 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The 5% abv brew will be rolled out into the off-trade from next week

Beer duty hike abolition

Beer and cider sales boosted by late blooming summer Subscription

23 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Champagne sales also benefited from the sunny weather, with value up 4.9%

Harviestoun

Harviestoun Brewery puts two craft brew bestsellers into cans

23 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Schiehallion and Bitter & Twisted are to roll into Tesco and Sainsbury’s across Scotland

Thatchers

Thatchers Cider builds on Haze music event with online film

22 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The 30-second commercial is showing now across digital channels

Butterfly Tree chenin blanc

Lanchester Wines adds glitter to Butterfly Tree labels Subscription

22 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Revamped look is a “brand evolution rather than revolution”, says the supplier

TTD Prosecco

Sainsbury's brings back 'less than £3' Prosecco offer

22 Aug 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

The offer price of £7.50 can be further reduced with voucher codes and 25% off six or more bottles deal

wkd redesign

SHS plans to 'reignite' RTD sector with WKD makeover Subscription

19 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The overhaul will kick off in October with a “contemporary and colourful” look

Amsterdam Vodka

New Amsterdam vodka signs deal with Crystal Palace

18 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The tie-up will include the premium spirit brand featuring in 20 televised home games

Carling In Off The Bar

Carling presents In Off The Bar football show for Sky Subscription

17 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The programme is the first major activation for the brand since it became a sponsor of the Premiership

Kopke Colheita

Sogevinus wins first major listing for Kopke port

17 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The brand’s 1996 Colheita port has been made available online from M&S

red wine

eBay links with wine merchant Laithwaite's Subscription

17 Aug 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Laithwaite’s will sell 900 of its red, white, rosé and sparkling wines on the online marketplace

Barney Davis

Barney Davis hired as Lanchester Wines commercial boss Subscription

16 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Davis left his job as a consultant to wine and spirits supplier Kingsland Drinks earlier this month

Tiptree gin

Tiptree and Haymans unite for fruit-flavoured gin range

16 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The three-strong range comprises English Raspberry, English Damson and Little Scarlet Strawberry

Leblon Cachaca

Leblon Cachaça sales up at Waitrose as consumers go Brazilian Subscription

15 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The spirit has outsold Pernod and sambuca in the supermarket’s stores

cornwall rose brut booths

Booths boosts English wine range with 11 new variants Subscription

11 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The wines – 10 sparkling and one still – join six already in store and include three Wiston Estate bubbles

Ice & Easy

The Ice Co shakes up its frozen cocktails portfolio

10 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The Yorkshire-based supplier recently secured a listing with Waitrose for its Super Cube

tequila rose

Halewood Wine & Spirits launches 50cl Tequila Rose format Subscription

09 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The bottle has been launched to capitalise on the original size’s “impressive growth” in the on-trade

debenhams drinks

Drink Supermarket teams with Debenhams to sell online Subscription

09 Aug 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

HT Drinks’ online arm will supply the department store with more than 40 alcohol SKUs

Strongbow Cloudy Apple Olympics 2016

Strongbow reassures health campaigners over Team GB sponsorship Subscription

08 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Twenty key health campaigners fear the activity links sport to alcohol in children’s minds

haig club david beckham

David Beckham & Simon Fuller launch Haig Club Clubman whisky

04 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The drink forms part of Haig Club’s ambition to offer a “stable of expressions at various price points”

Lindeman

Lindemans wine launches ‘Win What Makes You Smile’ push Subscription

04 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Facebook users are invited to write in 10 words or fewer what makes them grin

innis and gunn vintage beer capsule

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

Defra

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

craft beer

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’?

stella artois ad

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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Big brewers aren't ruining craft beer - they're helping it Subscription

15 Jul 2016 | By Rob Brown

Recent craft sales include Camden Town Brewery’s to AB InBev and Meantime’s to Asahi

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Will there be Brexit blues for booze?

14 Jul 2016 | By Helen Stares

The value of the off-trade alcohol market continues to grow in the face of a slight downturn in consumer confidence

gik blue wine

World of wine gets edgy with cat drink and blue booze

11 Jul 2016

The world of wine is sometimes seen as a stuffy one, with dusty old bottles prized by dusty old snobs

pigs

Responsible work on antibiotics should be recognised Subscription

07 Jul 2016

Over the past five years the UK has reduced antibiotic use in the poultry meat sector by 44%

Seedlip

Diageo spots potential of ‘zero proof’ adult soft drinks Subscription

05 Jul 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Temperate readers will be pleased to learn ‘zero proof’ is set to be the next big thing in the booze aisle

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Euro 2016 footy gives short boost to alcohol promotions Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Alcohol saw the biggest growth in promotions of any category – up 1.09% to account for 22.26% of offers

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Drinking games: beer & lager category report 2016 Subscription

20 Jun 2016 | By Carina Perkins

With cider and lager sales falling fast, could this year’s summer ?of sport help give the sector the shot in the arm it needs?

heineken ad of the week

Drink and (fast) driving: Why Heineken's F1 deal makes sense Subscription

14 Jun 2016 | By Mark Dishman

Motor racing and booze have a long history together

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