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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.

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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.

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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…

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High strength booze sales remain strong despite local bans

20 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Sales of many high-strength beers and ciders are booming, according to new figures compiled for The Grocer…

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Polish beer Tyskie one of 100 biggest booze brands

20 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Polish beer brand Tyskie has become one of Britain’s 100 Biggest Booze Brands after wooing UK supermarket shoppers…

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The Famous Grouse launches limited edition Commonwealth Games single malt

18 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Maxxium UK is launching a limited edition Famous Grouse single malt whisky as it celebrates the brand’s sponsorship of the Commonwealth Games.

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Westbourne Drinks Co launches new premium Caribbean rum

18 Jul 2014 | By Simon Creasey

The Westbourne Drinks Co has launched a new premium golden Caribbean rum. The London-based company, which is headed up by ‘rum adventurer’ George Frost and Jessica Swinfen, formerly of Innocent Drinks, has already secured a listing with Selfridges for the 40% ABV The Duppy Share.

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Tesco expands Finest range with new wines

17 Jul 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Tesco is expanding its Finest wine range with new lines including a ”stunning” single-vineyard shiraz.

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Pernod forced to change label to flag up alcohol content

17 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

 Pernod Ricard UK has been forced to change the label on its Pernod spirit after The Portman Group ruled consumers might not realise it was an alcoholic drink.

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Maxxium rolling out Jim Beam maple whiskey

16 Jul 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Jim Beam is expanding its bourbon range with a maple-infused version.

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Greene King to distribute AB InBev Goose Island craft beers

15 Jul 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Greene King is to distribute US craft beer brand Goose Island in the UK.

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Heineken unveils @wherenext Twitter campaign

14 Jul 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Heineken has unveiled a Twitter-based “digital compass” to help ensure consumers don’t miss out on nearby exciting events.

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Lower-abv wines set to evolve further as category sales slump Subscription

13 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

As low-alcohol wines are revealed to be the worst-performing part of the wine market, suppliers are evolving their offer…

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Blossom Hill launches Sun Kissed red and white wines push

13 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Blossom Hill is rolling out a £2.1m campaign to support its new Sun Kissed red and white wines, launched in May…


Harmful drinking agreement watered down following backlash Subscription

12 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn

This week’s deal on measures to tackle harmful drinking was watered down after a backlash by smaller retailers…


First Drinks restructures and rebrands as William Grant & Sons

11 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

First Drinks has restructured its business and rebranded as William Grant & Sons in order to better align its international and UK business.

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Alcohol sales drop as World Cup nears conclusion

11 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

For Britain’s grocers, the World Cup came to an end more than a week before the final…

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Adrian Atkinson leaves Pernod Ricard Subscription

11 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Pernod Ricard’s wine development director, Adrian Atkinson, has left the business…

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Cider brand K talks up premium quality with rebrand

09 Jul 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Cider brand K is sporting a sophisticated new look in a bid to better reflect the brand’s premium positioning.

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Industry and government agree measures on problem drinking

08 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Drinks companies and retailers today revealed a package of measures to tackle alcohol misuse, after months of negotiation between the industry and the government.

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Tony Miles joins Tesco wine team as tech manager

06 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Tesco has bolstered its wine technical team with the appointment of Tony Miles as technical manager…

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Cider producer Aston Manor fuels growth with Birmingham hub

05 Jul 2014 | By Sara Spary

Aston Manor is set to open a new 84,000 sq ft warehousing and distribution hub in Birmingham this summer…

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On-trade visitors up as Brits head back to pubs

29 Jun 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Brits are returning to the pub after years of decline in on-trade drinking…

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Jack Daniels launches new push for Tennessee Honey whiskey

29 Jun 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands is looking to create further buzz around its booming Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey…

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£5 a Pops? Champagne popsicle brand seeks UK listings

29 Jun 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Champagne popsicle brand Pops is seeking retail listings for its £5-a-pop product after soft launching at UK nightspots…

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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?

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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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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. 

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Southern Comfort goes back to the bar with pleasingly silly ad

13 Jul 2014 | By Mark Dishman

Southern Comfort continues its ‘whatever’s comfortable’ push with a pleasingly bizarre effort…

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Snake Venom is world's strongest beer: anyone fangs-y one?

12 Jul 2014

BrewDog’s campaign to get the World Cup to Scotland might prove a little public for Fifa’s tastes…

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BrewDog bribes Blatter to bring the World Cup to Scotland

12 Jul 2014

With all the fuss about the allegedly dodgy 2022 Qatar jamboree, the pseudo-punks at BrewDog have spotted an opportunity…

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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…

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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…

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Focus on Beer & Cider Subscription

27 Jun 2014 | Updated: 08 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Beer & cider had a comeback in the past year. We’ve sunk an extra 23 million pints. How has the sector scored?…

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Hobgoblin creator turns lagerboy as craft revolution gathers pace Subscription

27 Jun 2014 | By Lorraine Mullaney

The man who developed Hobgoblin – as well as Britain’s biggest premium bottled ale brand Old Speckled Hen – has turned to …

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