Tony Watson Carlsberg UK

Carlsberg UK creates two new sales director roles

20 Oct 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Carlsberg UK has restructured its executive sales team creating two new roles to replace the one that was left vacant by its current UK chief executive officer.


Bid to drive sales of Vimto as hot drink during winter months Subscription

20 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Vimto is rolling out a new pack design encouraging consumers to drink it hot in a bid to drive sales outside the brand’s p…

Rosé Wine

Tanners Wines eyes new stores as sales and profits rocket

18 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Tanners Wines is eyeing new store opportunities following the success of a pilot tasting concept launched this year…

slim fruits

Petty Wood signs up sugar-free Slim Fruits confectionery brand Subscription

18 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Petty Wood hoping to secure listings in UK supermarkets for sugar-free Aussie confectionery brand Slim Fruits…

Innocent range

Innocent Drinks hopes to make it third time lucky in Sweden Subscription

17 Oct 2014 | By Kevin White

Innocent Drinks is targeting export sales growth of more than 200% over the next five years…


Portman Group's new powers on alcohol spark retailer fears Subscription

17 Oct 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The government this week ramped up the powers of drinks industry self-regulatory body the Portman Group…

Harrow booze raid

Rising cost of illegal booze demands new controls, warns FWD

16 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

The UK needs new measures to tackle the rising cost of the black market trade in alcohol, the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) has warned.

Johnnie Walker Red Label

Diageo sales drop 1.5% in first quarter

16 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Uncertainty arising from the Ukraine crisis and weak consumer confidence has hit Diageo’s sales in Russia and Eastern Europe.


Sainsbury’s cuts abv in Prosecco as part of 20x20 plan

15 Oct 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sainsbury’s has reduced the average alcohol content (abv) of its Taste the Difference Prosecco Conegliano.

SABmiller 3 beer

SABMiller’s volumes dip on Australia and China weakness

14 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Global brewer SABMiller announced a 1% dip in second-quarter beverage volumes after a marked slowdown of beer sales in Asia Pacific.

Antica classic

Tesco Express lists Hi Spirits' Antica Classic Sambuca

11 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Distributor Hi Spirits has secured a listing with Tesco Express for its Antica Sambuca…

William Grant Brands

William Grant & Sons warns of effect of alcohol regulation Subscription

11 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

William Grant & Sons has warned in its annual accounts of the potential damage to vital exports…


More Brits drinking at home as pub sales carry on falling

11 Oct 2014 | By Rob Brown

Brits are boozing more at home as drink sales in pubs continue to fall, according to exclusive research for The Grocer…


Innocent sees profits dip despite growing European sales Subscription

10 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Profits dipped at Innocent Drinks last year as the smoothie and juice supplier experienced a slowdown in UK growth…

Frederic Landtmeters

Molson Coors names Frederic Landtmeters UK & Ireland MD

08 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Molson Coors has appointed Frederic Landtmeters as MD of its UK and Ireland business.

Bestway fruit cider

Bestway launches own-label fruity ciders

08 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Bestway claims it has become the first UK wholesaler to launch own-label products into the booming fruit-flavoured cider category.

Absolut Cherrys White

Absolut expands range with Cherrys flavour

06 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Absolut has added a new Cherrys flavour to its line-up.


Disaronno rolls out bottle designed by Italian fashion house Versace

06 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Disaronno rolls out bottle designed by Italian fashion house Versace


Carling brings back Sky Sports day passes promotion

04 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Molson Coors has extended its partnership with Now TV to bring back a Carling promotion giving away Sky Sports day passes…


Sunmagic extends soft drinks range

04 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Sunmagic has extended its soft drinks range to tap demand for healthier drinks with exotic flavours…

Bidvest coffee

Bidvest 3663 launches Beans and Steam coffee concept

03 Oct 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Bidvest 3663 has launched a new coffee brand called Beans and Steam…


Soft drink consumption growing faster than booze Subscription

03 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Global growth in soft drinks has outstripped that of hot beverages and alcohol, according to new research…


Jura whisky a winner at The Grocer MAP Awards Subscription

03 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

A social media push with a budget of just £500 has won the Chairman’s Award at The Grocer’s Marketing, Advertising and PR …

Co-op wines

Co-op expands its Irresistible wines Subscription

03 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

The Co-operative Group has expanded its Truly Irresistible own-label wine range with three Old World Wines…


Rocket Fuel energy coffee brand launch is out of this world

20 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Energy coffee brand Rocket Fuel is reaching for the sky with a marketing push that will include a rocket launch…

Alaster Siddle

Alaster Siddle, Lincoln & York Coffee, on penguins and tudors Subscription

18 Oct 2014 | By Beth Brooks

My first job was potato picking on the back of a ‘riddler’ machine with washing-up gloves underneath…

man holding four beers

Portman Group's increased interference is unacceptable

17 Oct 2014 | By Steve Parfett

I have written before of my concerns that initiatives introduced by local authorities…


Brazilian drought keeps coffee prices soaring Subscription

16 Oct 2014 | Updated: 16 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Arabica coffee prices have risen steeply month on month, and have nearly doubled year on year…


How independents can make more money from the wine fixture Subscription

16 Oct 2014 | By Sophie McLean

Wine is daunting to a lot of shoppers. And supermarket deals are hard to compete with if you don’t know what you’re doing…

Steph & Dom

Alcoholic Drinks Category report 2014 Subscription

10 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

For all our good intentions, we’re still drinking more at home…

Steph & Dom

Focus on Alcohol Subscription

09 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

Meet Steph and Dom, the ‘posh couple’ from Channel 4 show Gogglebox, who once had such a good night in on the fizz and coc…

Henry Powles

Henry Powles, Encirc Wines, on Holst, elephants and acrophobia Subscription

09 Oct 2014 | Updated: 09 Oct 2014 | By Beth Brooks

I was a complaints clerk at Fortnum & Mason. It certainly taught me the need for a quick and prompt response!…

Hot Bevs lead

10 things you need to know about... hot beverages

01 Oct 2014

Coffee pods are steaming ahead, while green teas and fruit-flavoured teas are hotting up, leaving standard tea to go cold. The latest in our series of digital features…

CafePod Range

Coffee pods have the power as rivals vie for dominance

01 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

The coffee capsule war fuelled by Nestlé’s ageing intellectual property rights and Dualit’s victory have sparked a market free-for-all

PG Tips herbal teas range

Green, fruit and herbal tea sales steam towards the £100m mark

01 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

The traditional cuppa is in hot water. Increasingly adventurous and health conscious Brits are ditching standard black tea in favour of fruitier, herbal and greener offerings.

George Clooney in Nespresso ad

Hot beverages ad spend climbs 15.9%

01 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

It’s no surprise it’s the coffee brands that have increased ad spend the most in the past year, after the coffee pod market opened up.

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