beers, wines & spirits news

Laura Jewell

Wine development chief Laura Jewell to leave Tesco

27 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Tesco senior wine product development manager Laura Jewell MW is leaving the company

Aldi Honiton

Aldi brings back super premium wines and spirits

26 Nov 2014 | By Andrew Don

Aldi is reintroducing super premium wines and spirits as part of its ‘special buy’ offering for the festive season


Arbikie rolls out 'super premium' three-potato vodka

24 Nov 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Scottish distillery Arbikie has launched its first drink – a ‘super premium’ potato vodka…


Christmas comes early as lager prices fall by 5% Subscription

21 Nov 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Christmas has come early for shoppers in the booze aisle – with festive deals and discounts…

Beatson Clark furnace

Craft beer boom prompts Beatson Clark plant upgrade

21 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Glass manufacturer Beatson Clark has completed a £6.5m upgrade to help it meet soaring demand for craft beer bottles.

Rosé Wine

Catherine Friend and Nick Hood appointed to Tesco wine team

20 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Tesco has appointed Catherine Friend as an assistant buyer on its wine team…

Kopparberg Davin Nugent

MD Davin Nugent leaves Kopparberg cider

20 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Davin Nugent has stood down as MD of Kopparberg distributor Cider of Sweden.

New Hen Bottle

Lovely plumage: Old Speckled Hen gets new look

17 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Greene King is rolling out a fresh look for its Old Speckled Hen family of beers.

whisky in glass

Famous Grouse whisky's £1.1m sponsorship deal with C4 and UKTV

17 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Maxxium UK has agreed a £1.1m sponsorship deal with Channel 4 and UKTV for its Famous Grouse blended whisky…

JD Tennessee Honey and Lemonade premix

Jack Daniel's rolls out Tennessee Honey & Lemonade premix cans

14 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Jack Daniel’s has added a Tennessee Honey & Lemonade premix to its line-up…

Strand Co-Op

Co-op Group signs up to super-strength alcohol cans clampdown Subscription

13 Nov 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The Co-operative Group has become the third supermarket to sign up to a voluntary clampdown on super-strength alcohol…

Prosecco family

Spar and Londis unwrap their Christmas marketing plans

13 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Symbol groups Spar and Londis have revealed their Christmas plans…

Peroni beer

Peroni and Urquell drive 11% hike in Miller Brands UK revenue

13 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

A strong performance by world beer brands Peroni Nastro Azzuro and Pilsner Urquell has driven an 11% rise in Miller Brands UK revenues (less excise and similar taxes) in the six months to September.

JD Tennessee Honey and Lemonade premix

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey extended into premix market

11 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Jack Daniel’s has added a Tennessee Honey & Lemonade premix to its line-up.


Cheers: experts raise a glass to There's a Beer For That TV ad Video

11 Nov 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Marketing experts who criticised last year’s TV ad for the beer industry’s generic marketing campaign have declared its successor a big improvement.

wine health label

Alcohol labelling: minister claims Responsibility Deal success

08 Nov 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Health minister Jane Ellison has praised drinks companies for a “huge surge” towards more responsible alcohol labelling…

Magners Orchard Light

Magners expands low-calorie Light range

06 Nov 2014

Magners is launching two low-calorie, fruit flavoured variations for its Magners Light range.

Oddbins group

Oddbins expands own-label craft beer range

06 Nov 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Oddbins is set to expand its range of limited-edition craft beers with two new variants that continue its collaboration with independent UK breweries.

Parrot Bay spirit drinks

Parrot Bay brand expanded with 19% abv flavoured spirit drinks

05 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Diageo has launched a range of lower-abv flavoured spirit drinks under its Parrot Bay brand.

Pimms vodka cup No 6

Diageo bringing back Pimm's No 6 Vodka Cup next year

04 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Pimm’s No 6 Vodka Cup will return to shelves next year, Diageo has revealed.

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Tesco rolls out Marston's-brewed Help for Heroes beer

03 Nov 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

A Help for Heroes beer created by three injured veterans has gone on sale in Tesco.

Budweiser festive jumper

Budweiser offers designated drivers a festive jumper

03 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Budweiser is giving drinkers the chance to win a Christmas Jumper for their designated driver.


Waitrose extends contract with Wincanton by five more years

31 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Waitrose has extended its contract with Wincanton for another five years for the storage and distribution of wines and spi…

Chilean wine

Women more likely than men to drink a bottle of wine in one go

31 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

A third of Brits have confessed to drinking at home alone, and almost one in six to polishing off a whole bottle of wine t…

brewdog beer

BrewDog is Fast 50's top dog as growth soars to new high Subscription

31 Oct 2014 | By James Halliwell

Supermarkets might be struggling, but sales growth rates among the UK’s privately owned fmcg suppliers are the highest sin…

Supermarket Soft Drinks

Are soft drinks the next battle ground for the global brewers? Subscription

25 Nov 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

SABMiller cause a stir in September when news broke in was exploring a bid for Heineken amid suggestions it was seeking to defend itself from the advances of AB InBev.

grapes vine wine

Wine prices in flux thanks to years of droughts and floods Subscription

02 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Alternating floods and droughts (of both water and wine) have, over the past few years, kept European wine producers on th…


Why is C&C Group so keen to get hold of the Spirit pubco? Subscription

02 Nov 2014 | By Nigel Huddleston

If Magners cider owner C&C Group can pull off a successful takeover of the Spirit Pub group it would represent something o…

Alcohol Lead Image

10 things you need to know about... alcohol

31 Oct 2014

The latest in our series of digital features turns the spotlight on beer, wine and spirits. Here’s what you need to know.

Red Wine

Wine o'clock: 15% of Brits regularly polish off a bottle solo

31 Oct 2014 | By Sonya Hook

Do we drink sensibly? Almost half of us say we do, but some of us are more indulgent with alcohol.

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Beer, wine and spirits buyers: the people you need to know

31 Oct 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Do beer, wine and spirits buyers have the best job in the world? We caught up with the people every alcohol supplier needs to know.

Smirnoff Sorbets

Alcohol sales: Smirnoff now UK's fastest growing booze brand

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

Smirnoff has struck gold. Thanks to premium brand extensions featuring gold leaf and a move into frozen cocktails the vodka brand has become Britain’s fastest ...

Hendricks Dreamscapes

Alcohol merchandising: 10 winning ways to stand out

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

From a mobile tuk-tuk bar to free-standing display units featuring everything needed to whip up a cocktail, alcohol brands are pulling out all the stops to stand out on shelf.

Kopparberg Alcohol Free

Half of Brits are trying to drink less – but booze sales are up

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

While low-alcohol beers and ciders are proving popular, low-alcohol wine is struggling.

Sherry Y...

Sherry and port given a 21st-century makeover

31 Oct 2014 | By Rob Brown

The Grocer commissioned global branding agency Coley Porter Bell to blow the proverbial dust off port and sherry and drag them into the 21st century…

Cider apples

Video: Mango cider's not as mad as it sounds Video

31 Oct 2014 | By Rob Brown

Sales of sweet, fruity cider are soaring, while traditional favourites such as Strongbow lag behind. The Grocer’s Rob Brown heads to Heineken’s orchards to find out how the drinks giant is adapting

Eco-friendly Californian chardonnay, America

The top 10 global alcohol innovations: in pictures

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

We round up 10 of the hottest (and weirdest) new launches from around the world, from umami-flavoured sparkling wine to custard apple colada.

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