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Waitrose extends contract with Wincanton by five more years

31 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Waitrose has extended its contract with Wincanton for another five years for the storage and distribution of wines and spi…

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Women more likely than men to drink a bottle of wine in one go Subscription

31 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

A third of Brits have confessed to drinking at home alone, and almost one in six to polishing off a whole bottle of wine t…

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BrewDog is Fast 50's top dog as growth soars to new high Subscription

31 Oct 2014 | By James Halliwell

Supermarkets might be struggling, but sales growth rates among the UK’s privately owned fmcg suppliers are the highest sin…

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As Let There Be Beer falls flat comes There's a Beer For That

31 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Admitting that’s its Let There Be Beer campaign was a flop, brewers have come up with a new approach…

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AB InBev hit by slowdowns in US, Russia and China

31 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Global brewing group AB InBev posted below expectation growth this morning, with third quarter revenue rising by 2.3% as overall beer volumes fell thanks to a slowdown in US and China.

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'Two thirds of consumers' want calorie labels on alcohol

31 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Two thirds of British adults want calorie labelling on alcoholic drink packaging, according to a survey from the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).

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Hobgoblin hosts online Halloween gameshow

30 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Hobgoblin is marking Halloween with an online live-streamed gameshow called Wheel of Misfortune.

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Let There Be Beer campaign gets new name, new support and new TV ad Video

30 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Industry-wide beer marketing campaign Let There Be Beer has been relaunched as There’s A Beer For That.

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Dorset Tea introduces a new fruit and herbal range of brews Subscription

27 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Dorset Tea has made its first foray into fruit and herbal brews…

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Rebel Kitchen wins Tesco listing for kids coconut milk drinks

26 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Dairy-free coconut milk brand Rebel Kitchen has launched new packaging for its kids range…

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Berrywhite introduces range of sugar-free sparkling drinks Subscription

25 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Berrywhite has introduced a range of sugar-free sparkling drinks…

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Hawkes Alcoholic Ginger Beer lands London listings at Tesco

25 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Alcoholic ginger beer brand Hawkes has won its first major listing…

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Greene King's Metropolitan craft beers to roll into Tesco

25 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Greene King has unveiled the first four beers from its craft Metropolitan Brewing Company…

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Diageo launches major campaign to boost Baileys brand

24 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Diageo is launching a major push for Baileys as it looks to bring new and lapsed users to the brand…

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Twinings unveils 'biggest innovation programme ever' in tea Subscription

24 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Twinings has unveiled what it claims is the ­biggest innovation ­programme ever seen in the UK tea category…

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Prince & Sons gets first major retail listing at Selfridges Subscription

24 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Premium British tea brand Prince & Sons is ramping up distribution as it adds two seasonal blends to its portfolio…

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Pernod Ricard back in growth in first quarter

23 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Pernod Ricard has returned to growth, according to its 2014/15 Q1 sales figures, although performance of its top brands was mixed.

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Britvic blames poor summer weather for Q4 sales drop

23 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Poor summer weather squeezed performance of Britvic soft drinks in European markets in the fourth quarter, the company has reported in a trading update.

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Asda recalls Prosecco over shattering bottles

22 Oct 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Asda has recalled batches of its Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry wine following complaints about the bottles shattering.

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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.

Vimto

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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10 things you need to know about... alcohol

31 Oct 2014

The latest in our series of digital features turns the spotlight on beer, wine and spirits. Here’s what you need to know.

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Wine o'clock: 15% of Brits regularly polish off a bottle solo

31 Oct 2014 | By Sonya Hook

Do we drink sensibly? Almost half of us say we do, but some of us are more indulgent with alcohol.

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Beer, wine and spirits buyers: the people you need to know

31 Oct 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Do beer, wine and spirits buyers have the best job in the world? We caught up with the people every alcohol supplier needs to know.

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Alcohol sales: Smirnoff now UK's fastest growing booze brand

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

Smirnoff has struck gold. Thanks to premium brand extensions featuring gold leaf and a move into frozen cocktails the vodka brand has become Britain’s fastest ...

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Alcohol merchandising: 10 winning ways to stand out

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

From a mobile tuk-tuk bar to free-standing display units featuring everything needed to whip up a cocktail, alcohol brands are pulling out all the stops to stand out on shelf.

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Half of Brits are trying to drink less – but booze sales are up

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

While low-alcohol beers and ciders are proving popular, low-alcohol wine is struggling.

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Sherry and port given a 21st-century makeover

31 Oct 2014 | By Rob Brown

The Grocer commissioned global branding agency Coley Porter Bell to blow the proverbial dust off port and sherry and drag them into the 21st century…

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Video: Mango cider's not as mad as it sounds Video

31 Oct 2014 | By Rob Brown

Sales of sweet, fruity cider are soaring, while traditional favourites such as Strongbow lag behind. The Grocer’s Rob Brown heads to Heineken’s orchards to find out how the drinks giant is adapting

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The top 10 global alcohol innovations: in pictures

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

We round up 10 of the hottest (and weirdest) new launches from around the world, from umami-flavoured sparkling wine to custard apple colada.

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Carling is booze's biggest ad spender as investment surges 35% Video

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

Heritage and craftsmanship were the focus of alcohol’s biggest advertising spenders this year, as cider brands championed their roots in TV ads.

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Size matters: Blossom Hill 'most social' as fans question 50cl launch

31 Oct 2014 | By Natalie Brown

Blossom Hill reached more people on Facebook than any other alcohol brand this year, exclusive research for The Grocer has revealed.

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Change in the air for C&C Group whatever happens to Spirit bid Subscription

29 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

C&C Group caused a stir last week when news broke of its potentially transformative bid for Spirit Pub Company – its first half results this morning were a source of considerably less excitement.

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