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Tennent's Lager beats rivals with on-pack calorie statistics Subscription

11 Feb 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

The C&C Group brand has stolen a march on drinks suppliers Diageo, Treasury Wine Estates and AB InBev

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There's A Beer For That hosts matching event at John Lewis

11 Feb 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

Department store happening follows confirmation of £5m funding for 2016

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Asahi strikes £2bn deal for Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime Subscription

10 Feb 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Japanese brewer Asahi has agreed a deal with AB InBev to acquire Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime for €2.55bn.

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Carlsberg slumps to £270m loss as premium boosts Heineken profits Subscription

10 Feb 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Heineken and Carlsberg have reported mixed fortunes for 2015, with the Dutch brewer increasing profits and its Danish counterpart slumping to a massive loss.

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Friday Beer Co aims to emulate BrewDog with £150k crowd bid Subscription

09 Feb 2016 | By Edward Devlin

A brewery founded by three scientists is raising money from the crowd to help fulfil its ambitions

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Wine and spirits industry calls for 2% cut to duty Subscription

08 Feb 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The Chancellor has been urged to “build on his admirable decisions at the past two Budgets”…

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9,000 bottles of fake Champagne found in shed by Italian police Subscription

05 Feb 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

Counterfeit Moët & Chandon labels worth €1.8m were also discovered

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Malibu gets pineapple 70cl variant

04 Feb 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

Pernod Ricard said flavoured spirits were the biggest flavoured category in beers, wines and spirits

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If Carlsberg did trolleys... beer brand goes electric

01 Feb 2016 | By James Halliwell

Carlsberg claims to have launched the best shopping trolley in the world

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WKD adds passionfruit-flavoured Blush variant

29 Jan 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

The rosé-coloured drink is only the brand’s second variant, after Iron Brew, to identify its flavour on the bottle

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Today's Group to offer retailer guides on wine and craft beer

28 Jan 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Wine guide includes list of 20 bestsellers in the convenience channel

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Kopparberg puts name to lager for the first time Subscription

28 Jan 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Kopparberg Fruit Lager Lemon & Lime will make its debut in Asda at the end of February

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Beck’s adds lemon line to non-alcoholic Blue beer offering

27 Jan 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

The fruit flavoured beer is listed by Sainsbury’s in a 6x275ml pack

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Tesco adds two Finest alcohol-free sparkling wines Subscription

22 Jan 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

Prosecco-style drinks promise a ‘wow’ factor and a taste of the real thing…

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Carling offers TV promo for Euro 2016 Subscription

21 Jan 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

Carling will give consumers the chance to buy a TV for the same number of pounds as the screen has inches

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Tiger beer roars for Chinese New Year Subscription

21 Jan 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

Heineken is seeing in the Chinese New Year with a limited-edition, Asian-inspired bottle design for Tiger

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Virgin Wines grows like-for-like sales 12% over Christmas Subscription

21 Jan 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

Retailer’s Sendagift.co.uk sold 11,500 gifts during December

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Diageo lists nutritional information on DrinkIQ site Subscription

19 Jan 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

‘Drinks calculator’ allows users to track the amount of alcohol they consume…

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Halewood International falls into the red on weak UK performance Subscription

15 Jan 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

Halewood International made a loss of £8.2m in its 2015 financial year after sales plummeted 14.4% to £231.1m.

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Tequila Rose rolls out bottle with temperature-controlled logo Subscription

14 Jan 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

Liqueur’s black bottle indicates when it’s cold enough to drink

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C&C Group to end cidermaking in Shepton Mallet

12 Jan 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

Closure will result in 127 job losses

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World Beers to distribute Italian artisan duo

12 Jan 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Exclusive UK rights for Na Biretta Chiara and Dammenipa…

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Majestic Wine shares soar as new strategy pays off Subscription

07 Jan 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

CEO Rowan Gormley described the results as “encouraging” but “too early to call it a trend”

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Molson Coors takes over Staropramen distribution

06 Jan 2016 | By Helen Gilbert

The brand was acquired by the brewing giant in 2012…

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Little Valley brewery launches 10% abv barley wine LVB X

05 Jan 2016 | By Simon Gwynn

The bottle-conditioned beer was brewed to celebrate the brand’s 10th birthday

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Guinness takes anti-prejudice message to the party Subscription

11 Feb 2016 | By Mark Dishman

Guinness’ ‘Made of More’ push continues with the story of John Hammond, a New York jazz DJ and talent scout

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Millennials and the future of premium spirits Subscription

04 Feb 2016 | By Gavin Cleaver

With more and more US spirits makers training their eyes on the UK, what are the key US trends worth watching out for?

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Hangover-free booze: North Korea's boost to world relations Subscription

28 Jan 2016

At last, Pyongyang has come up with something that might appeal in this part of the world

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Have a nice ale... with Stereophonics Subscription

28 Jan 2016

Beloved of metal bands, music-ale tie-ins are somewhat tired by now

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Why Heineken wants to make moderation 'cool' Subscription

21 Jan 2016

Committed to a dry January? What if we could make moderation cool all year long?

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Price cuts hit beer as cider sales go flat Subscription

18 Dec 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

It’s all gone pear shaped in cider. Once the category darling, cider shrunk by value and volume

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Fizz is flying as still wine takes a dive Subscription

18 Dec 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Looking for grocery’s most sparkling sector? You’ve found it

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Pernod Ricard on stepping up on drink driving Subscription

11 Dec 2015

Tis the season to be jolly. An impressive 38 million people visited pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants last Christmas

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On your booze bike as beer rocks out with metallers Opeth Subscription

10 Dec 2015

Long gone are the days where you could launch a beer that was just a beer

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Peroni is small fry to SAB InBev but the sale is a big deal Subscription

04 Dec 2015 | By Edward Devlin

Brewers will be licking their lips at the prospect of valuable, growing brands

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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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