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Beer campaign There's a Beer for That offers online matching Subscription

21 May 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Cross-industry marketing campaign There’s A Beer For That is kicking off a raft of activity…

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Kingsland's new wine range goes Live

20 May 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Featuring slogans such as ‘Live for the adventure’ along with simple flavours descriptions the brand hopes to engage consumers driven away by conventional wine marketing

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Lisa McGuigan brings a Wilde Thing to the UK Subscription

20 May 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Eight varieties of the range are initially being offered across three tiers by distributor Copestick Murray

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Asda focuses on fruit wine with new ranges and dedicated bays Subscription

16 May 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Asda is introducing dedicated bays for fruit-flavoured wines in most of its stores and launching an own-label range…

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Badger Ales brings exclusive beer to Morrisons

14 May 2015 | By Rob Brown

The ale comes in 500ml bottles and will be available through Morrisons only for the next year

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Ales By Mail brewing huge growth

13 May 2015 | By Andrew Don

On the back of 88% growth in Q1, the online beer retailer launches first pop up beer shop in London

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English vineyards shatter previous production records

12 May 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Production boom comes as major retailers unveil their new English wine ranges

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Bargain Booze sales slip, but Conviviality profits rise by 2.3% Subscription

11 May 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has reported full year revenues up 2.3%, but a dip in like-for-like sales as it fought against a slower than expected rate of store openings and heavy discounting in the alcohol retail sector.

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Kopparberg backs ciders and freeze pouches with £5m push

08 May 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Kopparberg has announced a £5m push for its flavoured ciders and new frozen range.

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Diageo goes back to the archives for Guinness Original rebrand

07 May 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Diageo is giving its Guinness Original sub-brand a retro-inspired design overhaul.

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Spirits sales 'could add £280m to convenience category' Subscription

07 May 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Spirits currently account for 21% (£1.1bn) of all alcohol sales in convenience, versus 26.6% (£2.7bn) in grocery


Bourbon and whiskey success comes amid subdued global alcohol market

07 May 2015 | By Andrew Don

Total volume growth remained subdued for a second consecutive year at 0.8% to reach 252bn litres

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Romanian wine for Asda with Cramele Recas tie-up

07 May 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The wines, which launch next week, are Bradshaw Chardonnay, Bradshaw Merlot, Feteasca Regala and Feteasca Negra

Carling Zest

Carling Zest redesign looks to give low-ABV beer category some zip

06 May 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Carling Zest is available in two flavours, both 2.8% ABV: Red Berries and Crisp Citrus

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Smirnoff's 'We're Open' campaign aims for inclusiveness

06 May 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The push, which will run until the end of the year, kicks off with a series of outdoor ads running in May and June that make reference to wider cultural events

Funkin mixers for cocktails get a rebrand

01 May 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The new packaging, which hits shelves from June, features a navy blue background with a spiral swirl of colour to evoke a top-down view of a cocktail glass

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Carlsberg spoofs controversial 'beach body' ad

01 May 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The beer brand has placed digital adverts at three sites on the London Underground


Calorie content on alcohol is not easy, industry argues

01 May 2015 | By Ian Quinn

On Tuesday MEPs on the health committee voted overwhelmingly in favour of the European Commission drawing up plans for new regulations by 2016

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LBD: Brown-Forman targets young women with new vodka drink

30 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Brown-Forman is aiming to tap the demand among young female consumers for lighter, fruitier drinks…

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Stella Artois lands official Ascot partnership

28 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

As well as seeing Stella’s lager and cider served at the racecourse, the partnership will be supported by outdoor, PR and digital activity

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Kopparberg to bring Sweden's favourite speciality beer to UK

28 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The 5.3% ABV beer is a blend of two parts lager with one part ale, and described as having a “full-bodied malty taste with elements of apricot, Swedish molasses bread and orange peel”

King of Swing James Anderson beer

England bowler James Anderson launches own beer

28 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

England bowler James Anderson has teamed up with Marston’s to produce 3.8% ABV pale ale King of Swing, which launches in Morrisons early next month

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Jacob's Creek releases snack pairing guide, including pizza and cab sav

24 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Survey finds 59% like pizza with wine, 33% pitta and dips, 38% nachos

Pinkster Gin

Pinkster tackles food waste with new Boozy Berries dessert line Subscription

23 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Pinkster, distilled by G&J Distillers and launched in 2013, is made by steeping fresh fruit in its spirit, resulting in a drink with a light pink hue

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Calorie labelling threat from EU looms for alcoholic drinks Subscription

08 May 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Three cheers for Champagne was probably not the message MEPs had in mind when they overwhelmingly backed plans last week f…

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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

WKD redesign 2015

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…

Marty Spate

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.

Responsibility Ok

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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