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Ian Macleod agrees £80m refinancing Subscription

17 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Family-owned whisky distiller Ian Macleod Distillers has agreed an £80m refinancing for its next phase of growth

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Westons Cider to add three SKUs to Rosie's Pig range Subscription

16 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The canned craft fruit ciders have seen booming sales over the last financial year

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Heineken to add La Bianca 5% wheat beer to Birra Moretti Subscription

16 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The top-fermented brew is currently available only in Italy where it has an abv of 5%

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Helles-style lager debut for Dark Star Subscription

16 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sussex brewer Dark Star is making its first foray into lager with a Helles-style brew

Crabbies

Crabbie's kicks off Crafty Ginger Collection with IPA launch Subscription

15 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Crabbie’s IPA with Ginger Beer is the first product to hit shelves from the brand’s new Crafty Ginger Collection

Diageo’s gender pay gaps is significantly below the national average

Diageo plans to become 'best employer for women in the UK'

15 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The spirits giant has unveiled a gender pay gap significantly below the national average across its British businesses

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Scotland to enforce minimum unit pricing legislation on alcohol Subscription

15 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Supreme Court has thrown out an appeal by the Scotch Whisky Association that MUP breached EU law…

Lamb & Watt

Posh tonic brand Lamb & Watt adds 'naturally light' variant Subscription

13 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Naturally Light Tonic Water contains 13 calories per 100ml and is designed to be paired with premium spirits…

TEA Bottles

Hogs Back wins listings with Co-op, Morrisons, Tesco and Majestic Subscription

13 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Its flagship Tongham English Ale has rolled into 320 Co-ops, 39 Morrisons and 19 Tesco Express stores…

Tamdu single malt

Tamdhu owner Ian Macleod secures £80m refinancing Subscription

13 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Family owned whisky distiller Ian Macleod Distillers, which owns the Tamdhu, Glengoyne and Smokehead brands, has agreed an £80m refinancing to position the business for its next phase of growth.

Jacobs Creek Revamp

Jacob's Creek gives Classic range of wines a new look Subscription

13 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

New packs featuring the brand’s original founders Gramp & Sons have rolled out across the four-strong range…

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Diageo tops fresh FTSE 100 ranking for most female directors

10 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Smirnoff owner’s board is 44.4% female, with four female directors and one female executive director

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Barefoot adds Pinot Grigio to Bubbly wine range Subscription

10 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The 8% abv sparkling wine has been launched with an eye to tapping booming fizz sales…

Lakes Distillery Gin

Lakes Distillery hits crowdfunding target of £1m in two days Subscription

10 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brand offered 2.21% of its equity to investors via Crowdcube

Maurice Doyle

Maurice Doyle to develop small premium brands at Bacardi

09 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

He previously held commercial and marketing roles at the company before leaving for William Grant & Sons in 2009

Molson Coors

Molson Coors kicks off 'Beer Print' sustainability drive Subscription

09 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Carling owner plans to improve water efficiency by 22% across its estate of breweries…

Tesco craft beer aisle

Restricting alcohol multibuys in England and Wales ruled out Subscription

08 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Legislation in Scotland led to little or no impact on shoppers’ alcohol consumption…

Drinks Montage

The Grocer Drinks Awards 2017: who won what, and why?

08 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The second Grocer Drink Awards took place in London this week with a lavish ceremony. Find out who won, and why…

Fever-Tree

Fever-Tree shares fizz 14% higher on 'exceptional' UK performance Subscription

07 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Shares in Fever-Tree (FEVR) soared by almost 14% today as the premium mixer brand lifted its profit expectation for 2017 thanks to a continued “exceptional” performance in the UK.

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Conviviality enjoys 9% rise in revenues Subscription

07 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sales were up across its Direct, Retail and Trading…

Speakeasy

Speakeasy launches craft spirit ice cream trio into Ocado

07 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Ramos Gin, Spiced Rum and Cherry Brandy flavours were created with Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin, Rumbullion! and Cherry Brandy

Kronypack

Kronenbourg 1664 rolls out festive footwear gift pack Subscription

06 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Limited-edition Give the Gift Suprême boxes include a pair of socks coloured like the brand’s bottles

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AB InBev to make all UK Budweiser 4.5% abv Subscription

03 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

New 500ml 4.5% abv packs will roll into stores from December 2017…

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Carlsberg drinks to cost cutting as it raises profits forecasts Subscription

02 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

The Danish brewer said in a third quarter trading update that its ‘Funding the Journey’ programme was progressing well and total benefits would be about DKK 2bn (£236m).

Campo Cava

Pernod Ricard readies fresh push into grocery for Campo Viejo Cava Subscription

02 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The sparkling wine will eventually be available across “all the major retailers”…

GDA winner

The Grocer Drink Awards deliver the real deal when it comes to great tipples

08 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

David Beckham couldn’t be there on the night, but there was plenty of glitz and glamour at our prestigious annual booze awards

Whisky shelves

Scotch can’t blame declining sales on alcohol duty hikes Subscription

16 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

If beleaguered Scotch brands want to get back into growth, they need to start considering how to appeal to rapidly changing tastes …

Still Wine Market: winners and losers

Supermarkets slash booze deals as overall promos fall Subscription

13 Oct 2017 | By Carina Perkins

A cutback on booze deals drove a significant drop in promotional activity across the mults last month

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Less is more: alcohol category report 2017 Video Subscription

06 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Brits are boozing less and retailers are stocking fewer drinks. Yet alcohol sales are flying, up a whopping £345m

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Has the craft beer craze crested? Subscription

21 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

British craft beer is arguably the best it’s ever been. The problem is there’s just so damn much of it, so is the glass half empty?

Aspall

Aspall Cyder and Molson Coors: a sign of cider's promise? Subscription

15 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

What do rumours of a high-profile buyout say about the brands and the increasingly consolidated cider market?…

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The new number one: spirits category report 2017 Video Subscription

15 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sales of voddy have overtaken those of blended Scotch for the first time. Why? And can whisky reclaim its crown?

Sarah MacLellan, Cotswolds Distillery

My food & drink job: Sarah MacLellan, The Cotswolds Distillery

12 Sep 2017

A woman working in whisky production? Unthinkable! When Sarah MacLellan tried to get a job on her home island of Islay, she found herself stonewalled. But she wasn’t going to allow anyone to put her off her dream career 

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Beeronomics: detailed book looks at how beer aids development Subscription

07 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

For a 160-plus page book about beer, Beeronomics (Oxford University Press, 2017) is largely unconcerned with how it tastes

BrewDog Roadkill

BrewDog's battles: from roadkill to real ale Subscription

24 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Who would have thought, when it was founded in 2007, that 10 years on BrewDog would be a household name?

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The Archaeologist: Hog gin for gin hogs

16 Aug 2017

Founded by a Harley-Davidson fanatic, US brand The Archaeologist has just launched three varieties of craft gin

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We should be wary of the constant mixed signals over booze

16 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

August ‘silly season’ is upon us

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