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Wolf Blass Yellow Label rugby bottles for Six Nations 2017

Wolf Blass revives Yellow Label ‘rugby bottles’ for Six Nations Subscription

18 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The collectable labels feature illustrations of rugby union numbers and positions

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Kingfisher Beer to distribute Indonesian brand Bintang Subscription

17 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The 4.7% abv pilsner is being rolled out into the on-trade now, with a retail launch set to follow

Pinkster Valentine's Day gin

Pinkster launches limited edition Valentines gin bottle Subscription

17 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The love-inspired variant features a ‘Let the love beGin’ strapline


Alcohol industry calls for Budget cut in beer duty Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

Move would ’encourage investment, protect jobs and improve confidence in the sector’

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Ethical spirits brand Fair adds acai-based liqueur

16 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The launch forms part of the company’s aim of “taking the concept of drinking responsibly to the next level”

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Portman Group clears drinks makers over 'down-in-one' lines Subscription

13 Jan 2017 Updated: 16 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Harmful drinking claims rejected in first major test case of Chief Medical Offer’s new recommendations

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AB InBev brings alcohol-free Franziskaner beer to UK Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

Franziskaner Alkoholfrei is a bottled golden-coloured wheat brew with hints of citrus, banana and spice

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Gin drives spirits boom as shoppers enjoy boozy Christmas Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Brits splashed out £136m on gin this Christmas as booze outpaced the wider festive grocery market

Lambrini limited edition Valentine's Day 2017

Halewood to roll out love-inspired Lambrini line

10 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The limited-edition trio is aimed at Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day

Thatchers Stan's Barrel Roller

Thatchers adds Stan's duo of lightly sparkling apple ciders Subscription

10 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

Name is a nod to second-generation cidermaker Stan Thatcher

Famous Grouse

Asset sale boosts Maxxium UK’s profits as sales dip Subscription

06 Jan 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Premium whisky distributer Maxxium UK has reported a 56% jump in pre-tax profit largely due to the sale of a subsidiary business as its overall sales dipped in “challenging” conditions.

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Meantime Brewery sales and profits fizz on craft beer boom Subscription

06 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Increased sales in supermarkets of Meantime brands contributed to the £10m jump in revenues to £26.5m in the 15 months to 31 March 2016.

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There's A Beer For That drive to continue into 2017 Subscription

05 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The campaign has had its funding for 2017 confirmed

Skinny Brands RTD cocktails

Skinny plans low-cal lines in every alcohol category

05 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The NPD push will begin with a 5% abv cocktail  trio – Mojito, Cosmo and Margarita

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Halewood plans whisky distillery in North Wales Subscription

03 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The project, referred to as Aber Falls, is set for the Aber depot in Abergwyngregyn

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Innis & Gunn launches 0% abv beer for Dry January

03 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

Innis & None is ‘the first of its kind’, claims the Scottish craft brewer

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Bath Ales' craft brewery Beerd launches Alter Ego Subscription

21 Dec 2016 | By Beth Gault

The move follows the launch of a summery limited-edition beer called Ego in May

Folkington's 150ml mini cans, Indian Tonic Water variant

Folkington's adds mini cans to premium mixer range Subscription

20 Dec 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The NPD is aimed at complementing the growing trend for artisanal spirits

Santa's sherry

Brits urged to Save Santa's Sherry this Christmas as sales of fortified wine plummet Subscription

20 Dec 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Fortified wine sales have halved over the past decade

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Southern Comfort welcomes 2017 with out-of-home push

19 Dec 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The out-of-home push marks the first above-the-line support for the brand since its move to UK distribution by Hi-Spirits

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Half the cost of Christmas booze shop is tax, claims WSTA Subscription

19 Dec 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Tax accounts for 51% of an average UK family’s festive alcohol shop, compared to 32% in France, the industry body said

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Beam Suntory acquires Sipsmith Gin ahead of global push for London craft brand Subscription

16 Dec 2016 | By Edward Devlin

The maker of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark has “ambitious” export plans for the brand 

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Guinness rises past John Smith’s to top ale & stout sector Subscription

16 Dec 2016 Updated: 20 Dec 2016 | By Lisa Riley

In the past year, Diageo’s Guinness Draught brand saw £3.3m added to sales


Heineken agrees deal to buy Punch Taverns in £403m deal Subscription

15 Dec 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The Dutch brewer has made a cash offer of 180p a share

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A third of men drink more than weekly booze guidelines Subscription

15 Dec 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Industry groups claim the figures mask a continued decline in the number of adults drinking at high levels

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Revealed! Pubs make us happy

12 Jan 2017

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

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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

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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…

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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

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

Drinks Awards Group Winner

The Grocer Drink Awards winners are unveiled

08 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Heineken and TWE picked up trophies alongside Wychwood Brewery and Dunnet Bay Distillerrs

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The Grocer Drink Awards land with a splash!

07 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The winners of the Grocer Drink Awards are about to be revealed. Join us for all the action

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Sheath is safe solution to wine woe

03 Nov 2016

‘Wine condoms’ now exist

Peroni 2016

Ocado is sure to get more sophisticated than the Peroni button Subscription

27 Oct 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

‘Push the Peroni’ may look like copycat technology, but it is a sign of things to come

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China's thirst for red wine grapes hikes Aussie varieties Subscription

27 Oct 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Prices for Australian wine grapes are bouncing back due to a growing thirst for red in China


Could nutritional labelling actually boost sales of beer? Subscription

14 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Originally the move was conceived as ‘the right thing to do’ from a CSR perspective

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Are independent retailers stealing the wine show? Subscription

13 Oct 2016 | By James Halliwell

Five years on from the dark days of 2011, how has the independent off-licence sector evolved to cope?

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