beers, wines & spirits news
Morrisons is returning to merchandising wine by country of origin – ditching the experimental approaches to the category brought in under former CEO Dalton Philips.
Healey’s Cyder Farm in Cornwall has upped its workforce by a third on the back of booming sales and increased interest in its visitor centre…
West Yorkshire’s Little Valley Brewery has secured a listing in Booths for four of its bottle-conditioned beers.
Trade body the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has launched a quality accreditation scheme and is hoping to sign up 500 of its 820 members within two years.
A coconut water and vodka brand has launched in Harvey Nichols and online retailer 31Dover.
It’s an Irish whiskey with the Body of an American: West Cork Distillers have teamed up with folk-punk legends The Pogues to launch…
Homebrew kit supplier Victor’s Drinks has launched what it says is the world’s first 48-hour beer & cider kits…
PLB is to further tap growth in Hungarian wine by taking on exclusive off-trade distribution for Hilltop Neszmély
The brewer livened up the baggage carousel at London City Airport last week by giving away crates of lager
John Smith’s Golden Ale will be available in a 500ml glass bottle, taking the brand into the PBA arena for the first time
The push comes a month after Heineken announced it was taking Foster’s into the burgeoning ‘speers’ - spirit beers - category
Owner Heineken hopes the launch will help the brand retain 25 to 34-year-old drinkers
The brewer has purchased rights to a pint-shaped constellation, and will run a contest giving away the constituent stars
Heineken UK marketing director Jacco van der Linden is moving to head up the company’s business in China
Morrisons was named Supermarket of the Year at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) for the first time.
Beer is facing trouble on two fronts, with anti-booze campaigners and supermarket range rationalisation hitting…
The 400l capacity pilot brewery is equipped to fill bottles, casks and kegs, allowing Caledonian to bring newly developed products to both the on and off trade
NPD sales, excluding non-flavoured wine and Champagne, contributed £102m to the category in 2014, down from £133m the previous year
Birra Moretti refreshes look as sales rise Subscription
New branding is meant to better communicate the Heineken brand’s Italian heritage
Spar is the latest retailer to increase availability of Malbec, a grape that originated in France but has gained global popularity via Argentina
Schemes aimed at low-price high-strength alcohol are also affecting premium products
Edrington hit by Brugal rum sales struggle Subscription
The spirits group behind Macallan and Famous Grouse has been hit by a £239m writedown for its Brugal rum brand
Greene King boss Rooney Anand has credited booming sales of bottled ale with helping the company hit £1bn in retail sales…
Cantona has pledged to swim the Channel… if 10,000 Brits say Kronenbourg is world’s best-tasting beer
Rekorderlig UK will operate as part of Molson Coors UK, and its employees will continue to lead sales and marketing for Rekorderlig range
Salmon, whisky, haggis, shortbread, ‘neeps’, Irn-Bru: all things consumed by all Scottish people…
Duff is on its way: mmmm, beer Subscription
Duff beer – Homer Simpson’s tipple of choice – is finally to get a consumer launch
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.
Focus on beer & cider 2015 Subscription
A year ago cider was booming. Now, in absolute volume terms, it’s the sector’s worst performer. Why?…
Is cider’s slight slide over the past year just a blip or a sign of things to come?
Is a sale or break-up on the cards for Diageo? Subscription
It’s Diageo’s turn as the latest international fmcg company that acquisition-hungry 3G Capital has its eyes on
“Well, this is it mate.” And so, two more ad characters we’re for some reason supposed to care about are gone…
Public authorities are increasingly asking retailers to help deliver social, health and other policy objectives
Three cheers for Champagne was probably not the message MEPs had in mind when they overwhelmingly backed plans last week f…
The furore over Responsibility Deal reports is threatening to push alcohol back to the front of the election campaign
“Palcohol would be very divisive as many consumers would not want it to be available,” suggests Vhari Russell of The Food Marketing Expert
Wine and Champagne is in strong growth, with value and volumes up. Look no further than the astounding growth of Prosecco.