beers, wines & spirits news

Tony Watson

Tony Watson joins Orchard Pig in new sales director role Subscription

07 Dec 2016 | By Helen Gilbert

This year Orchard Pig exceeded £10m of retail sales with its Reveller cider growing by 85% in the on-trade

Super Bock Christmas 2016 four-pack

Super Bock beer gets ‘knitted’ Christmas revamp

07 Dec 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The festive look is inspired by the popularity of the Christmas jumper

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M&S picks up 60 medals at International Wine Challenge

06 Dec 2016 | By Lisa Riley

There was recognition too for supermarket wines

Phil Whitehead, MD, Molson Coors UK & Ireland

Phil Whitehead made Molson Coors UK & Ireland MD in reshuffle Subscription

06 Dec 2016 | By Lisa Riley

He has replaced Frederic Landtmeters, who has relocated to become the brewer’s Canada CEO


Brewdog launches new £10m Crowdfunding bond pitch Subscription

05 Dec 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Craft brewer BrewDog has launched another crowdfunding pitch to raise up to £10m and help fund its continued global expansion.

Samantha Burke, Love Drinks

Samantha Burke joins Love Drinks as sales & marketing boss Subscription

05 Dec 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Burke has more than 20 years’ experience in the premium drinks industry

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Cheers! Price of Champagne is down 7% since Brexit

01 Dec 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The price drop comes as the mults prepare for a festive push on bubbly

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Menabrea Bionda beer makes off-trade debut at Tesco Subscription

01 Dec 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The 4.8% abv pale lager is being rolled out into Tesco in a larger 660ml bottle format

Cold & Blac Cold-Brew Coffee Liqueur

Abel & Cole to sell coffee liqueur from Cold & Blac Subscription

01 Dec 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The hand-crafted drink is created over 21 days using a process of distilling cold liquids through coffee grounds

game of thrones wine

The Game (of Thrones) is up for nerdy wine fans

01 Dec 2016

What’s the right drink to serve nerds on the rare occasions they leave their parents’ basements for a social event?


Belgian beer added to Unesco 'world heritage' list Subscription

30 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Recognition comes two years after it was requested by Belgium’s Germanophone community

innis and gunn

Innis & Gunn raises £2.5m in crowdfunding campaign Subscription

30 Nov 2016 | By Edward Devlin

The fundraising values the brewer at almost £50m and put a 4.8% stake in the hands of 2,012 investors.

New look Carlsberg Export bottle and can 2016

Carlsberg to ‘revitalise’ Export brand with £15m revamp

30 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The overhaul marks the first step in updating the brewer’s core portfolio

Sibling Distillery cranberries & clementine peel infused gin

Sibling adds cranberries & clementine peel gin Subscription

29 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The limited winter edition is ‘luxuriously fruity with a bitter sweet finish’

hi-spirits christmas gift packs

Hi-Spirits launches Christmas gift packs for key brands Subscription

24 Nov 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

Each Southern Comfort, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Scapegrace Gin and Paddy Irish Whiskey pack includes a 70cl bottle

Budweiser Prohibition Brew

Budweiser alcohol-free Prohibition set for UK launch

24 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The 0.0% abv beer was registered with the IPO last month

Baileys Christmas ads 2016

Baileys launches £3.6m Don't Mind If I... festive ad push

23 Nov 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The limited edition 50cl Chocolat Luxe variant will be added to the drink’s range permanently

Bordeaux wines Christmas ad 2016

Bordeaux Wine Council Christmas campaign plays up 'diversity'

23 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Push aims to capture the attention of younger shoppers

Bargain Booze

Lia Rutter opens second Bargain Booze outlet in Macclesfield Subscription

23 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Rutter has secured investment from Royal Bank of Scotland to open the store

Johnnie Walker Red Label

Diageo workers vote to strike over pension cuts Subscription

21 Nov 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Diageo is facing mass walkouts across its Scottish bottling operations in the run up to Christmas as staff voted for industrial action over pension cuts.

Eden Brewery Psycho beer

Eden Brewery rapped for 'violent' Psycho beer messaging

21 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Brand’s promotional language to change following Portman Group ruling

majestic wines

Majestic Wine recovery on track despite plunging into the red Subscription

17 Nov 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Majestic Wine insisted its turnaround strategy is working despite swinging to a loss in the first half, with the wine retailer at the “tipping point” of transforming growing sales into profits.

ibiza ice

Ibiza Ice returns to UK in new format Subscription

17 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Ibiza Ice is having a second stab at succeeding in the UK after a trial launch in 2009 as an RTD

phoenix tears rum

Firebox adds glittering rum Phoenix Tears Subscription

17 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Online retailer Firebox has expanded its ‘mythical spirits’ range with a ‘glittery’ Phoenix Tears Spiced Rum variant

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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

Chilean wine

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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Can the can save beer & cider? Alcohol category report 2016 Video Subscription

06 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

As Brits plump for posher drinks such as craft gin and fizz, beer and cider are losing out


Hip hops: why UK brewers are flocking to the US West Coast Video Subscription

06 Oct 2016 | By Rob Brown

I’m in Washington State with a bag of pungent green herbs. It stinks to high heaven

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Bling It On! Spirits Category Report 2016 Subscription

16 Sep 2016 | By James Halliwell

Brits have spent an extra £108m on the hard stuff in the supers, as our thirst for premium brands grows

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