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Spirits brands turn up promotional volume for Christmas Subscription

27 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Spirits are running high in the drinks aisle – with a big hike in promotions offered on the hard stuff


Morrisons and Rosemount launch crowdsourced wine Subscription

26 Nov 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Foodies were tasked with creating new white wine blend that championed Sauvignon Blanc

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McGuigan targets UK no3 spot with new wines and marketing

25 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Business to launch premium range Founder’s Series featuring wines from notable Australian regions

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Sweet Potato Spirit Co launches spirits and liqueurs Subscription

25 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

East Anglian-produced range comprises moonshine, spiced rum and two liqueurs

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Aston Manor gears up to grow its premium cider sales 30-fold Subscription

24 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

MD Gordon Johncox outlines his vision for future of Frosty Jack’s producer…

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Westons launches canned craft cider Caple Rd into off-trade

24 Nov 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Retail roll out of 5.2% sparkling cider follows launch into on-trade this February

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Diageo unveils series of four premium gift packs Subscription

20 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Diageo launches gift packs for Haig Club, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Cîroc and Tanqueray No. Ten

Jagermeister Craft

Jägermeister gets artistic with Craft the Moment TV push Subscription

20 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Push will highlight the herbs, roots and spices used to make the spirit

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WKD breaks Xmas Rules in festive social media campaign

19 Nov 2015 | By Lisa Riley

The campaign encourages shoppers to embrace the ‘madness of Christmas’

Curious Brew

Curious Drinks eyes more crowdfunding cash after smashing target Subscription

18 Nov 2015 | By Edward Devlin

Chapel Down has increased its fundraising target for its fast-growing beer and cider business Curious Drinks to £3.7m after smashing its £1m crowdfunding bid in less than a month.

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US brand Tito's Handmade Vodka wins Tesco listing Subscription

18 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Craft spirit Tito’s Handmade Vodka – the third-bestselling vodka in the US - has secured its first UK multiple listing

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Hogs Back Brewery to supply Lidl with ale and meat rub

18 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Spiced dark beer The Winter Warmer joining Lidl’s Hatherwood craft beer range

Broughton Ales buyers

Scottish craft brewer Broughton Ales acquired by industry trio Subscription

18 Nov 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Brewery produces brands including Greenmantle Ale, Old Jock, Hopopotamus IPA and Blonde Lager

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David McNulty takes up SHS Group drinks division MD role Subscription

16 Nov 2015 | By Lisa Riley

WKD owner appoints former Coca-Cola Enterprises field sales vice president as boss

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Olives Et Al Neat & Dirty adds tequila variety

16 Nov 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Olives Et Al is expanding its range of alcoholic olives – claimed to be the first in the world – with a tequila variety

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Carling links with Dave TV channel for 'character' ads

12 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Carling has signed a 14-month sponsorship deal with Dave that will see the lager on TV screens every day of 2016

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Jägermeister makes Spice line permanent

12 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Mast-Jägermeister has reintroduced Jägermeister Spice on a permanent basis

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Rugby World Cup boosts beer sales to record level Subscription

11 Nov 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Rugby fans brought a boom to the beer market in the last quarter – with off-trade sales up 9% year on year


Waitrose adds wine to its Pick Your Own Offers

11 Nov 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Waitrose adds plonk to Pick Your Own ahead of Christmas push

Casillero del Diablo

Casillero del Diablo creates new ad for Wine Legend campaign Video Subscription

10 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Casillero del Diablo is bringing its Wine Legend TV campaign back with a new 100-second film

Cindy Tervoort

Heineken appoints Cindy Tervoort UK marketing director

06 Nov 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Tervoort is currently head of marketing for cereals in PepsiCo’s Western Europe & Africa region

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Crabbie's Light taps growing interest in cocktails Subscription

06 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Halewood International is hoping to tap growing consumer interest in cocktails with the launch of Crabbie’s Light

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Maxxium kicks off multi-channel campaign for The Famous Grouse Subscription

06 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Famous For A Reason push includes a TV ad telling the story of founder Matthew Gloag

Scotch whisky

Decline in Scotch whisky exports has slowed, reports SWA Subscription

05 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Scotch whisky exports are turning a corner, according to the industry body the SWA

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire gets 'flaming' billboard push Subscription

04 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

BBFB has launched its first outdoor campaign for cinnamon liqueur Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire

rowan gormley majestic wine

Flexibility and footfall key to the Jedi revolution at Majestic Subscription

20 Nov 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

With Majestic’s mature stores growing, Rowan Gormley believes he can sweat a successful strategy out of his existing estate

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Why craft spirits could well transcend success of craft beer in UK Subscription

19 Nov 2015 | By Gavin Cleaver

Tesco’s listing of Tito’s marks a breakthrough moment for craft spirits in the UK

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Casillero del Diablo spends big but needs more fun Subscription

16 Nov 2015 | By Mark Dishman

It’s hard not to admire Casillero del Diablo’s confidence. Or budget

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Drinking and gaming: how brands and developers are playing nicely Subscription

12 Nov 2015 | By Vince Bamford

With the average age of a gamer somewhere north of 30, it’s not surprising drink suppliers have associated themselves with video game franchises

Wine buying

Tesco’s wine range review is Project Reset’s toughest test yet Subscription

26 Oct 2015 | By Ian Quinn, Vince Bamford

The key will be whether the new everyday prices on offer really do stand up to close inspection

Vodka vs Whisky

Aussie optimism key to Vitamin Vodka sales Subscription

23 Oct 2015

Optimism is a key facet of being Australian, and it’s in this spirit that an Oz company is promoting its Vitamin Vodka


Britain’s boozy secrets revealed Subscription

22 Oct 2015 | By Rob Brown

Brits have a reputation for boozing. We knock back the equivalent of 10 litres of pure alcohol each every year, according to…

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Craft brewing revolution: the opportunities and choices Subscription

15 Oct 2015

Global brewing groups have been making low-profile acquisitions in order to tap growth potential of craft beer

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Alcohol Category Report 2015 Subscription

08 Oct 2015 | By Natalie Brown

There’s a lot of lolly to be made developing sweeter drinks for a younger crowd. Who’s cashed in?

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Does Tesco's Carlsberg delisting square with Project Reset? Subscription

02 Oct 2015 | By Adam Leyland

Tesco’s delisting of Carlsberg boils down to the theory of probability

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Will the Magnificent Seven lagers thrive in ABI/SAB megabrew? Subscription

02 Oct 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

When the top player in any industry looks to take out its nearest rival, regulatory alarm bells inevitably start to ring

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A pint for the lady: why booze marketing should stop stereotyping Subscription

01 Oct 2015 | By Megan Tatum

The belief that what we drink is linked to our gender is a product of some very outdated marketing

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