Alex Fisher

Former Bidvest 3663 MD joins Bibendum as a non-exec

31 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Wine supplier Bibendum has appointed the former managing director of Bidvest 3663 as a non-executive director.

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AB InBev scores World Cup beer boost in Q2

31 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Beer sales during the World Cup boosted the UK fortunes of Belgian brewery giant AB InBev.

Johnnie Walker Red Label

Diageo sales growth stalls as emerging markets weaken

31 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Weakness in emerging markets has continued to affect the performance of Diageo, which today reported a “mixed performance” in the year to 30 June. 

Jagermeister ad

Jägermeister’s first UK TV ad rapped by ASA

30 Jul 2014 | Updated: 31 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Jägermeister’s first TV ad in the UK has been banned by advertising watchdogs on the grounds that it links alcohol with daring and irresponsible behaviour.

Gilbert Ghostine

Diageo shuffles exec team as Gilbert Ghostine departs

30 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Diageo’s long-serving senior director Gilbert Ghostine is to step down after 19 years with the drinks giant, which has announced a number of exec changes.

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Soft drink sales tipped to slump as shoppers snub sugar

30 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

One in four consumers  - and a third of 16 to 24-year-olds - are drinking fewer fizzy soft drinks than six months ago, according to new research from Mintel.

BB's Warehouse wine displays

BB's Warehouse: Conviviality Retail's new format in pictures

29 Jul 2014 | By Eleanor Ross

Here’s a first look inside BB’s Warehouse, a new format from Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail.

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Morrisons bans high-strength booze cans in alcohol pledge

29 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Morrisons has become the first retailer to sign up to the new Responsibility Deal pledge banning any carbonated product in its stores with more than four units of alcohol in a single-serve can.

Sodbuster South African wine range

Sodbuster South African wine range sold direct to farmers Subscription

29 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Broadlands Winery has launched a range of South African wines that it is selling direct to UK farmers.

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Concha y Toro brand Trivento to sponsor Premiership rugby

28 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Concha y Toro UK has secured a deal to make its Argentine wine brand Trivento the official supporter of Aviva Premiership Rugby.

John Mills, Keith Spicer MD

John Mills appointed MD of tea supplier Keith Spicer

27 Jul 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Keith Spicer has appointed John Mills as its new MD…

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Alcohol seller assaults to be discussed by justice minister

26 Jul 2014 | By Sara Spary

Justice minister Lord Faulks is to meet trade associations to discuss assaults on alcohol sellers…

mr big

Mr Big joins Caffè Latte range as Emmi offers 370ml cappuccino Subscription

26 Jul 2014 | By Kevin White

Chilled coffee brand Emmi Caffè Latte is targeting men with a larger, 370ml version of its cappuccino drink…

BB's warehouse

Conviviality Retail thinks big with new BB's Warehouse format

25 Jul 2014 | By Sara Spary

Conviviality Retail is set to launch a new retail brand on Monday, The Grocer can reveal. 

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Off-trade full-year beer sales exceed pub sales for first time

25 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

For the first time, supermarkets and off-licenses have sold more beer over a 12-month period than pubs, according to new British Beer & Pub Association figures.


AG Barr sales up 5.6% on promos and warmer weather

25 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

AG Barr has announced sales growth of 5.6% for the first half of its financial year.


Shloer freshens up with new colour scheme and bigger labels Subscription

24 Jul 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Shloer has refreshed its 750ml bottle with larger labels and a new colour scheme…

SAB Miller beer brand Peroni

African demand boosts SABMiller’s global volumes

24 Jul 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

SABMiller’s first quarter global drinks volumes grew by 3%, driven by increased demand in South Africa and the African region.

Fruit drops added to Vimto confectionary

Vimto maker Nichols reports half-year profit boost

24 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

Vimto brand owner Nichols has reported a double-digit increase in half-year profits – boosted by strong UK sales.

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Britvic raises profit forecast as fizzy drinks sparkle

24 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

Britvic has raised its profit forecast for the full year after enjoying strong fizzy drink sales in the third quarter.

Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold

Captain Morgan keelhauled by ASA over Facebook ad

23 Jul 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Diageo has been rapped by advertising watchdogs after an online ad for Captain Morgan gave “irresponsible” implications about the effects of alcohol.

Bottled water

Bottled water brands jump aboard industry working group

22 Jul 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Industry body The Natural Hydration Council (NHC) has created a ‘technical working group’ to keep members informed of all the latest regulations and legislations

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Supplier seeks funding for small-scale bottling business

21 Jul 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

An entrepreneur is seeking financial backing for a bespoke contract bottling service geared towards individuals, start-ups and SMEs.

Punk IPA Brew Dog beer will produce spirits

BrewDog to launch new spirits division

20 Jul 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

BrewDog is advertising for a distiller to oversee the implementation of a new spirits division…

Outside BB Warehouse

BB’s Warehouse piles ’em high in Wakefield Subscription

29 Jul 2014 | Updated: 30 Jul 2014 | By Eleanor Ross

BB’s Warehouse, which opened on Monday, is Conviviality Retail’s new brand designed to be “bold, fun and democratic”. The Grocer paid a visit.

Focus On Hot Beverages

More tea, pharaoh?

23 Jul 2014 | Updated: 24 Jul 2014 | By Jon Yeomans

Pyramid tea bags are better than round, we learnt this week.

Biggest booze brands 2014

Britain's 100 Biggest Alcohol Brands 2014 Subscription

22 Jul 2014 | By Rob Brown

Our 2014 survey of Britain’s Biggest Alcohol Brands shows we are drinking more and paying more for the pleasure. But is the value and volume turnaround sustainable, or was it just generated by 2013’s heatwave?

Branching Out - Britain's Biggest Alcohol Brands

Alcohol market sees shoppers shift towards premium products

20 Jul 2014 | By Helen Stares

The 2014 edition of Britain’s Biggest Alcohol Brands is out this week and there’s plenty to celebrate…

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Premiumisation only half the story as cheap stuff gets cheaper

19 Jul 2014 | By Rob Brown

William Grant’s MD Chris Mason used the word ‘premium’ five times in his introduction to Grant’s drinks market report…

tyskie beer

Tyskie is a good product and an icon of modern Britain

19 Jul 2014 | By Adam Leyland

Tyskie entering the 100 Biggest Booze Brands speaks to the massive demographic change in modern Britain…

Stella artois beer service lager perfection brand

Britain's 100 Biggest Alcohol Brands 2014: The List Subscription

18 Jul 2014

The Grocer presents its 2014 rundown of the UK’s biggest alcohol brands…

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Raising a glass for the silly season

17 Jul 2014 | Updated: 21 Jul 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Pernod is having to change its label so that people realise it is alcoholic. 

SAB Miller beer brand Peroni

Does SABMiller’s hotel deal pave way for a mega-merger? Subscription

07 Jul 2014 | Updated: 08 Jul 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

The confirmation that the Peroni brewer is to sell off its South African hotels and casino business raises the obviously question – does this make the AB InBev deal more or less likely?


McGuigan wine brand blending Australian and Latin varietals Subscription

06 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Australian wine brand McGuigan is to tap the growing popularity of Spanish and Latin American grapes with new wine blends…

three pints of beer

Beer sales up year-on-year despite England's World Cup exit

05 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Alcohol sales have slow­ed following England’s World Cup exit – but they’re still stronger than this time last year…

Crushed can

SACN and the war to crush sugar: 10 things you need to know Subscription

04 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn

It’s not just fizzy drinks under fire. SACN and PHE are driving radical demands for slashing sugar across the board…

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