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Black Sheep Brewery keeps moving with bottled craft beer trio Subscription

28 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Black Sheep Brewery is set to make an ambitious move into the modern craft arena


Off-trade beer Q2 sales fall after strong 2014

28 Aug 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Sales of beer through grocers and off-licenses fell 6.2% to 3.7 million barrels


Shaken cocktail kits listed in Fortnum & Mason

27 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

A drinks company that offers make-at-home cocktail kits has won its first retail listings

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Innis & Gunn adds American-style bourbon-infused pale ale Subscription

26 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The beer launches in Tesco in September

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Meantime admits London Lager sometimes brewed in Netherlands

25 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Capacity constraints had sometimes made this unavoidable, the craft brewer said

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Prosecco sales rocket as Champagne volumes slump Subscription

19 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Brits are now buying four times as much Prosecco as Champagne


Carlsberg's reported profits tumble 12% amid warning Subscription

19 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The brewer’s beer volumes sold in Eastern Europe fell by 18%, which resulted in a 5% fall worldwide

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Sour grapes as Tesco puts a cork in its Wine Community

19 Aug 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Demise comes as Tesco wine range falls victim to range rationalisation

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Corona brings the beach to London with Old Street event

18 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The brand created a mini beach with deckchairs, palm trees and a Corona bar

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Craft beer boom pushes boozy trademark applications up 12%

17 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

City law firm RPC has said 1,485 trade marks for beer products were registered in 2014, compared to 1,331 in 2013

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Premier Estates Wine faces 'Taste the Bush' backlash

14 Aug 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Angry consumers have taken to social media to declare the digital push “sexist”, “vulgar” and “childish”

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Jacob's Creek chief winemaker to retire

12 Aug 2015 | By Michelle Perrett

Bernard Hickin joined the business (then G Gramp & Sons) in 1976, the same year the brand was officially launched

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Premier Estates Wine urges consumers to 'Taste the Bush'

11 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The brand’s first ad campaign ”aims to debunk the pompous blandness of the category”

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Cantona swims the channel... kind of

11 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Kronenbourg has revealed the truth behind Eric Cantona’s pledge to ‘swim the Channel’

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Courvoisier launches luxury fragrances

11 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Each of the two Célébration Sensorielle gift boxes contains a 70cl teardrop-shaped bottle of Courvoisier

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Mourinho, Wenger and Carling: Beer to partner with football managers

10 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The deal will see the League Managers Association support a number of consumer promotional programmes

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Blackthorn cider goes Gold in premium rebrand

06 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

C&C is also introducing a new variant, 5.5% abv Blackthorn Reserve, which will be available in a two-litre PET bottle

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Sol gets into the 'Espiritu Libre' with unique prize promo Subscription

06 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Heineken is highlighting Sol’s ‘Espiritu Libre’ – free spirit – with a promotion

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Carlsberg takes latest ad for a kickabout

04 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

New ad is part of a £12m media investment for Carlsberg this year

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Captain Morgan sails into Bacardi territory with new white rum

04 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Captain Morgan is the number two rum brand, and is growing fast, with sales up 19.1% to £87.6m

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Thatchers is clear on new cloudy cider direction

04 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Sales of the Thatchers range are at £26.5m, up 25.9% - with £18.9m accounted for by its main variant Thatchers Gold

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Wolf Blass rugby promo recruits Will Greenwood Subscription

03 Aug 2015 | By Lisa Riley

The #WinningLineUp push kicks off 10 August with a limited-edition range of Wolf Blass Yellow Label

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New Fantastical Flavours liqueurs launch with retro branding

03 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Fantastical Flavours is a range of 15% ABV drinks sold in 70cl bottles

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Heatwave brings temporary boost to supermarket sales Subscription

31 Jul 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Supermarket sales were boosted by soaring temperatures earlier this month – but fell off when cooler weather returned.

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Cheap Oz wine 'under threat' as growers struggle Subscription

31 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Cheap Australian wine could be under threat, industry experts have warned


As drinkers cut back, booze brands must look to push posh Subscription

20 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Brits are eager to cut down on the booze, new research from Mintel shows

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Could crafty US trends save the British boozer? Subscription

12 Aug 2015 | By Gavin Cleaver

Pubs are closing but microbreweries are booming. So how can we square this circle?

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Holi smokes! Gin brand gets in on religious festival Subscription

06 Aug 2015

Holi is an ancient festival in the Hindu religion, celebrating the triumph of good over evil…

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Scotland hosts wine tastings, deep-fried Mars bar row

24 Jul 2015 | By Mark Dishman

Salmon, whisky, haggis, shortbread, ‘neeps’, Irn-Bru: all things consumed by all Scottish people…

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Duff is on its way: mmmm, beer Subscription

17 Jul 2015

Duff beer – Homer Simpson’s tipple of choice – is finally to get a consumer launch

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OC&C Global 50: Alcohol sales go flat but time not yet called on global potential Subscription

13 Jul 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

On the surface the global alcohol giants were amongst the worst performers in the 2015 OC&C Global 50, but the sector still looks well positioned for longer-term global growth.

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Focus on beer & cider 2015 Subscription

26 Jun 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

A year ago cider was booming. Now, in absolute volume terms, it’s the sector’s worst performer. Why?…


Beer & cider category report 2015

26 Jun 2015 Updated: 13 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Is cider’s slight slide over the past year just a blip or a sign of things to come?

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Is a sale or break-up on the cards for Diageo? Subscription

08 Jun 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

It’s Diageo’s turn as the latest international fmcg company that acquisition-hungry 3G Capital has its eyes on

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Foster's Brad and Dan reach the end of the road - a good call

28 May 2015 | By Mark Dishman

“Well, this is it mate.” And so, two more ad characters we’re for some reason supposed to care about are gone…

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High-strength alcohol bans could breach competition law Subscription

28 May 2015

Public authorities are increasingly asking retailers to help deliver social, health and other policy objectives

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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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