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Profits up 18% at Britvic as UK competition intensifies

26 Nov 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Shares in drinks maker Britvic fell this morning despite it exceeding full-year profit forecasts as it warned 2015 revenue growth would be constrained by fierce competition.

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Aldi brings back super premium wines and spirits

26 Nov 2014 | By Andrew Don

Aldi is reintroducing super premium wines and spirits as part of its ‘special buy’ offering for the festive season

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Arbikie rolls out 'super premium' three-potato vodka

24 Nov 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Scottish distillery Arbikie has launched its first drink – a ‘super premium’ potato vodka…

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PomeGreat returns to 'core values' after disastrous rebrand Subscription

21 Nov 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

PomeGreat boss Adam Pritchard has admitted he got it “spectacularly” wrong after a revamp…

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Kick Start energy brand revs up with revamp

21 Nov 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Global Brands has renamed its Kick Energy brand Kick Start…

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Christmas comes early as lager prices fall by 5% Subscription

21 Nov 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Christmas has come early for shoppers in the booze aisle – with festive deals and discounts…

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Craft beer boom prompts Beatson Clark plant upgrade

21 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Glass manufacturer Beatson Clark has completed a £6.5m upgrade to help it meet soaring demand for craft beer bottles.

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Catherine Friend and Nick Hood appointed to Tesco wine team

20 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Tesco has appointed Catherine Friend as an assistant buyer on its wine team…

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MD Davin Nugent leaves Kopparberg cider

20 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Davin Nugent has stood down as MD of Kopparberg distributor Cider of Sweden.

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Lovely plumage: Old Speckled Hen gets new look

17 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Greene King is rolling out a fresh look for its Old Speckled Hen family of beers.

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Famous Grouse whisky's £1.1m sponsorship deal with C4 and UKTV

17 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Maxxium UK has agreed a £1.1m sponsorship deal with Channel 4 and UKTV for its Famous Grouse blended whisky…

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Somnath Saha promoted to chief executive role at Typhoo

16 Nov 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Typhoo is promoting FD and head of HR Somnath Saha to CEO…

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Jack Daniel's rolls out Tennessee Honey & Lemonade premix cans

14 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Jack Daniel’s has added a Tennessee Honey & Lemonade premix to its line-up…

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Co-op Group signs up to super-strength alcohol cans clampdown Subscription

13 Nov 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The Co-operative Group has become the third supermarket to sign up to a voluntary clampdown on super-strength alcohol…

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Belper: Costa High Street competition winner in planning row Subscription

13 Nov 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Traders in Belper, Derbyshire, are embroiled in a bitter planning row over a new Costa outlet in the town…

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Spar and Londis unwrap their Christmas marketing plans

13 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Symbol groups Spar and Londis have revealed their Christmas plans…

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Peroni and Urquell drive 11% hike in Miller Brands UK revenue

13 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

A strong performance by world beer brands Peroni Nastro Azzuro and Pilsner Urquell has driven an 11% rise in Miller Brands UK revenues (less excise and similar taxes) in the six months to September.

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Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey extended into premix market

11 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Jack Daniel’s has added a Tennessee Honey & Lemonade premix to its line-up.

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Action on Sugar claims a quarter of kid's juice drinks have as much sugar as Coca-Cola

11 Nov 2014 | By Ian Quinn

More than a quarter of fruit juices, juice drinks an smoothies aimed at children contain as much or more sugar than Coca Cola, according to a new survey by Action on Sugar.

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Cheers: experts raise a glass to There's a Beer For That TV ad Video

11 Nov 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Marketing experts who criticised last year’s TV ad for the beer industry’s generic marketing campaign have declared its successor a big improvement.

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Alcohol labelling: minister claims Responsibility Deal success

08 Nov 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Health minister Jane Ellison has praised drinks companies for a “huge surge” towards more responsible alcohol labelling…

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Seedrs crowdfunding will enable Charbrew Tea to expand

07 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Charbrew Tea is planning rapid expansion after reaching its £150,000 crowdfunding target…

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Magners expands low-calorie Light range

06 Nov 2014

Magners is launching two low-calorie, fruit flavoured variations for its Magners Light range.

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Oddbins expands own-label craft beer range

06 Nov 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Oddbins is set to expand its range of limited-edition craft beers with two new variants that continue its collaboration with independent UK breweries.

Supermarket Soft Drinks

Are soft drinks the next battle ground for the global brewers? Subscription

25 Nov 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

SABMiller cause a stir in September when news broke in was exploring a bid for Heineken amid suggestions it was seeking to defend itself from the advances of AB InBev.

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Brent Hadfield, CaféPod, on snakes, school and Speedos Subscription

16 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

I used to go around my local neighbourhood (in Johannesburg, South Africa), asking anyone who was home if I could wash the…

Mondelez to help create a million 'coffee entrepreneurs' Subscription

14 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Mondelez International – the world’s secondlargest coffee company – has this week unveiled new steps…

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Wine prices in flux thanks to years of droughts and floods Subscription

02 Nov 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Alternating floods and droughts (of both water and wine) have, over the past few years, kept European wine producers on th…

Magners

Why is C&C Group so keen to get hold of the Spirit pubco? Subscription

02 Nov 2014 | By Nigel Huddleston

If Magners cider owner C&C Group can pull off a successful takeover of the Spirit Pub group it would represent something o…

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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.

Red Wine

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 ...

Hendricks Dreamscapes

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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