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Jeroboams reports 45% surge in profits Subscription

13 Sep 2014 | By Andrew Don

Wines and spirits merchant Jeroboams has reported a 45% jump in pre-tax profits to £339,000 for the year to 31 March 2014…


Funkin rolls out Piña Colada mixer with Malibu

12 Sep 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Funkin has extended its partnership with Malibu rum to launch a 750ml Piña Colada mixer for the off-trade…

Indie Beer can winners

Adnams Ghost Ship named best independent canned beer

12 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Adnams Ghost Ship has been named the UK’s best independent canned beer.

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Tesco expands role of wine director Jago

11 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Tesco’s UK and group wine director Dan Jago is taking on a broader role that incorporates the business’s beer and spirits division.

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Chapel Down plans 'vibrant' brewery attraction

11 Sep 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Chapel Down’s planned brewery will double up as a visitor attraction with guided tours and hospitality facilities…

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Cider sales cool this summer as World Cup promos boost lager Subscription

11 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Lager left cider in the shade this summer as deep discounts drove strong sales of beer…

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Thatchers Gold to enter US through Innis & Gunn tie-up

09 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Cider maker Thatchers has partnered with the US arm of brewer Innis & Gunn to launch Thatchers Gold in the American market.

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Fruit-flavoured lagers lose their sparkle as sales drop 10%

09 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Overall sales of fruit-flavoured lagers have fallen this summer – even though retailers are carrying more products.

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English winemaker Chapel Down launches crowdfunding push

09 Sep 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

A crowdfunding campaign launched by English winemaker Chapel Down has raised more than half its £1.5m target in just 24 hours.

Fullers Pride in space

Lifting a pint: Fuller's London Pride makes it into space

08 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

In space, no-one can hear you order a pint. But that didn’t stop a pub sending one there.


William Grant & Sons buys Drambuie

08 Sep 2014 | By Lisa Riley

William Grant & Sons has acquired Scottish liqueur business Drambuie from the MacKinnon family for an undisclosed sum.


WKD offers shoppers chance to appear on TOWIE show

05 Sep 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

WKD has launched an on-pack promotion giving a winner the chance to appear in an episode of The Only Way is Essex…

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SWA joins geographical protection organisation Origin

05 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has joined the Organisation for International Geographical Indications Network (Origin).

Guiness craft beers

Guinness to go beyond stout with craft beer-inspired porters

04 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Diageo is launching a range of craft beers under its Guinness brand…

Molson Coors UK MD Simon Cox

Molson Coors promotes UK MD Simon Cox to Europe CEO

02 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Molson Coors UK and Ireland MD Simon Cox will take over as the company’s Europe CEO from next January.

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Tesco unveils word cloud wine descriptions

01 Sep 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Tesco is to pick the brains of a further 5,000 people as it moves ahead with plans to replace some of its traditional wine labels with easy to understand ‘word clouds’.

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Romanian wine brand Surprisingly Good launched by Halewood Subscription

30 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Halewood is launching a new Romanian wine brand that it hopes will boost consumer perceptions of Romanian wine

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Aspall cider develops new look for core range Subscription

28 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

 Cider manufacturer Aspall has revamped the branding across its core range, which is rolling out to stores now

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Brancott Estate puts focus on Sauvignon Gris

24 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Pernod Ricard is launching a year-long consumer campaign for Brancott Estate, which will see its new Sauvignon Gris…

Jack the Man cans

Jack Daniel’s marks birthday month with limited-edition can

22 Aug 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Jack Daniel’s is to launch a redesigned limited edition can of its premix whiskey and cola as the brand gears up for a month of birthday celebrations.

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Cream liqueur Amarula funds elephant conservation project

22 Aug 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

The Amarula Trust is investing in a new project to protect African elephants in Botswana.

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Retailers missing out on premium spirits sales, says Pernod Ricard

21 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Retailers are missing out on a £13m sales opportunity by failing to get shoppers to trade up to premium spirits, according to Pernod Ricard.

Diageo Counter top

Portman Group slaps Diageo's wrist over promo unit

21 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Stone

Diageo has said it disagrees with a ruling by the Portman Group’s complaints panel that one of its promotional counter top units breached guidelines by encouraging binge drinking.

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Treasury Wine Estates hit by AU$100m loss

21 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Troubled Australian wine company Treasury Wine Estates has seen profits tumble by 30% following a “challenging” year that saw it lose $100m.


Chase Distillery launches RTD based on Marmalade Vodka Subscription

21 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Chase Distillery is launching its first RTD cocktail this autumn – Chase Marmalade Mule…

Andy Brown

Andy Brown, Liberty Wines, on parties, Blues Brothers and cork Subscription

14 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

“If you grit your teeth and show real determination, you always have a chance” – Charlie Brown…

Beer Glasses world record

Glass class for beer-bearing German hero Struempfl

13 Sep 2014

Congratulations to Oliver Struempfl, who has claimed a world record – for carrying beer glasses…

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Bavaria braces for Oktoberfest pretzel problems

06 Sep 2014

Lederhosen-sporting Germans are already beginning to froth at the tankard as the Oktoberfest beer ­extravaganza looms…


Marston's show has One Ale of a Job to keep viewers interested

30 Aug 2014 | By James Halliwell

“We like to think of ourselves as the fourth emergency service,” said two cheery Marston’s drivers…

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Wine-ing noise sounds good for music-booze researchers

23 Aug 2014

D&D Wine has commissioned experimental psychologist Charles Spence to explore the modalities of wine and song…


How badly has the Russian crisis hit the global brewers? Subscription

21 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Stone, Alec Mattinson

Russia is yet to slap an import ban on western beer, but the global brewers are still haemorrhaging sales in the region as political tensions show few signs of easing.

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Portman Group says voluntary action is tackling alcohol abuse Subscription

16 Aug 2014 | By Sarah Hanratty

From this week’s headlines, you wouldn’t think the overwhelming majority of adults in the UK drink responsibly…

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Alcohol abuse: no harm in providing more information

16 Aug 2014 | By Adam Leyland

“Alcoholic drink pictorial health warnings a step too far but what’s the harm in providing more information?”…

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Craft beer shops: the new-wave offie? Subscription

14 Aug 2014 | By Will Hawkes

Can the booming interest in craft beer generate enough business to create a new off-licence sector?…

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BB’s Warehouse piles ’em high in Wakefield Subscription

29 Jul 2014 | Updated: 30 Jul 2014 | By Eleanor Ross

BB’s Warehouse, which opened on Monday, is Conviviality Retail’s new brand designed to be “bold, fun and democratic”. The Grocer paid a visit.

BB's Warehouse wine displays

BB's Warehouse: Conviviality Retail's new format in pictures

29 Jul 2014 | By Eleanor Ross

Here’s a first look inside BB’s Warehouse, a new format from Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail.

Biggest booze brands 2014

Britain's 100 Biggest Alcohol Brands 2014 Subscription

22 Jul 2014 | By Rob Brown

Our 2014 survey of Britain’s Biggest Alcohol Brands shows we are drinking more and paying more for the pleasure. But is the value and volume turnaround sustainable, or was it just generated by 2013’s heatwave?

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