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merrydown new look

Heritage revamp of Merrydown brings in wine and low-cal cues Subscription

31 Mar 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Merrydown’s original 7.5% Vintage Medium Cider has been poured into new 750ml wine-style bottles

kopparberg light raspberry

Kopparberg adds second flavour to low-calorie fruit cider range Subscription

30 Mar 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

Raspberry Light joins Summer Fruits Light and contains 34 calories per 100ml

cotswold distillery

The Cotswold Distillery secures £1.5m in funding round as craft spirits demand soars Subscription

29 Mar 2017 | By Edward Devlin

The Cotswold Distillery has raised more than £1.5m in a fundraising round to keep up with higher-than-expected demand for its new whisky.

Pearl River Beer

China's Pearl River lager to make UK debut Subscription

28 Mar 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

The light and hoppy Cantonese lager will arrive in Morrisons in May

Jaw Brew's Hardtack beer made with bread

Leftover rolls create low-abv beer Hardtack in Glasgow

28 Mar 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

The NPD was developed by microbrewery Jaw Brew and bakery Aulds

Singha beer in a can

Singha beer poured into cans in time for Thai New Year Subscription

28 Mar 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

The brand had previously been available in a bottle only

nisa cider fest pixie

Nisa looks for booze sales boost with second Cider Festival

28 Mar 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The promotion will feature brands such as Rekorderlig, Stella Artois Cidre, Kopparberg, Magners and Old Mout

Penny Blue VSOP from Berry Bros & Rudd

Berry Bros & Rudd adds third rum to Penny Blue range Subscription

27 Mar 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

VSOP joins XO and Single Cask variants as a lower priced option

 Cramele Recas orange variant in Sole range

Cramele Recas to launch first Sole orange wine Subscription

27 Mar 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

From early April, 7,500 limited-edition bottles will be available via Copestick Murray

duty fraud alcohol

Post-Brexit border delays risk alcohol smuggling resurgence Subscription

27 Mar 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association said the UK faced “delays and gridlock”

Tennent Caledonian's Caledonian beer range

Tennent's unveils Caledonia trio of premium ales Subscription

24 Mar 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

The new 5% abv lineup is aimed at younger shoppers

fever tree mixers

Fever-Tree to take on Coke in US dark spirits battle Subscription

23 Mar 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Premium mixer brand Fever-Tree is targeting winning market share from the North American soft drinks giants as it looks to build the US into its largest market.


Hops specialist Charles Faram secures £6m bank funding to meet growing US demand Subscription

23 Mar 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Hops merchant Charles Faram has expanded its presence in the US to fuel the craft beer boom after securing a £6m bank funding package.

Carling Cider, Black Fruits variant

Black Fruits flavour added to Carling Cider canned lineup Subscription

23 Mar 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

The variant is a blend of blueberries, blackberries and blackcurrant

biddenden biddies cider

Biddenden launches lighter abv sparkling cider duo Subscription

23 Mar 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

Biddies 5 and Biddies 8 will go on sale next month priced at £3 and £5 respectively

DrinkIQ from Diageo, body processing alcohol

Diageo unveils Drink IQ tool to aid responsible drinking Subscription

22 Mar 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

The platform debunks common myths about alcohol and tests users’ knowledge

Tesco craft beer aisle

Tesco overhauls beers, wine and spirits to give more space to craft and own label Subscription

22 Mar 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco says the changes “better reflect the way customers shop”

Somewhere 6 Cidre

Premium French cidre brand 6 Somewhere makes UK supermarket debut Subscription

22 Mar 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Produced in partnership with two top French cidre makers in Normandy, the 6 Somewhere lineup contains 100% apples…

Meantime Double Helix beer

Meantime unveils Double Helix beer based on brewmaster's DNA Subscription

22 Mar 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

Brewmaster Ciaran Giblin had his DNA tested and analysed by genetic testing company 23 and Me

Co-op wine

Co-op members to choose next white wine launch Subscription

22 Mar 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Retailer plans to launch a new member-inspired white wine in October

E&J Gallo

E&J Gallo adds Wild Strawberry flavour to fizzy Spritz range Subscription

21 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

The brand hopes the 9% abv tipple will tap into the trend for fruit flavoured wines

Heineken rugby world cup promo packaging

Tesco takes an axe to Heineken range in major reset Subscription

20 Mar 2017 Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Cull includes Amstel, Sol, Tiger and most Fosters sub-variants, but no brand has been spared

Jameson RTD range

Jameson targets younger consumers with first RTD cans

20 Mar 2017 | By Carina Perkins

The 5% abv drink is available in Classic Cola and Ginger & Lime variants

Halewood range of Surprisingly Good brand wine

Halewood eyes growth with £50m debt facility Subscription

16 Mar 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The company’s plans includes adding a “balanced portfolio” of spirit brands

Pernod Ricard range

Pernod Ricard to add on-pack web address providing nutritional information Subscription

15 Mar 2017 | By Beth Gault

It comes after the European Commission decided not to enforce mandatory nutritional labelling on alcoholic drinks


Wine whiners find a way to cut out drips

30 Mar 2017

You might not think you have a problem pouring wine

dan jago berry bros & rudd

Dan Jago, CEO of Berry Bros & Rudd Subscription

27 Mar 2017 | By James Halliwell

Two years ago, the oldest bottle shop in London was in trouble. It turned to former Tesco wine director Dan Jago


Did reset or price row lead to Tesco's Heineken cull? Subscription

24 Mar 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Some Heineken brands axed by Tesco were doing well, and mainstream brands from rivals have gained more space

budweiser space

Budweiser's beer plan for the red planet

23 Mar 2017

Bud has come up with a way to make life on Mars fun: space beer

bud light

Can Bud Light win over UK drinkers this time round? Subscription

24 Feb 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Even in an age of obesity, the low-calorie message may misfire


Dry January is a challenge for industry as well as individuals Subscription

30 Jan 2017 | By Anthony Myers

New research has revealed that dry January campaigns are having a lasting effect on the nation’s drinking habits … but will it last?

Special Brew

Who should carry the can for super-strength ruling? Subscription

20 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The Portman Group blames gaps in the CMO’s recommendations

friends in pub drinking beer

Revealed! Pubs make us happy

12 Jan 2017

It was good to have our suspicions confirmed this week by an Oxford University study

liam newton quote web

Lager must tell its story Subscription

09 Dec 2016

The truth is that lager is not connecting with 20 to 34-year-olds as a category in a way it once did

james lousada conviviality

James Lousada: the can-do caretaker of Conviviality's crown jewels Subscription

08 Dec 2016 | By Edward Devlin

You would think James Lousada would want to steer clear of selling booze to the supermarkets…

pint of beer

A new whey to brew beer – and fight food waste

24 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

A new conncotion made from a watery cheese by-product brings new meaning to the term ‘special brew’


Presenting The Grocer Drink Awards 2016 - the toast of the drinks industry

10 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The toast of the drinks industry gathered for a lavish ceremony to celebrate the inaugural The Grocer Drink Awards

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