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Waitrose Gin Web

Waitrose adds three new local craft gins to stores Subscription

25 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

New listings come as Waitrose claimed its sales of craft gin had grown by 50% over the past year

Fake vodka factory

HMRC uncovers factory making ‘potentially toxic’ fake vodka Subscription

25 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

HMRC officers seized a total of 1,965 litres of suspect alcohol from an industrial unit in Liverpool

Irish Mist

Campari sells Carolans and Irish Mist for £126m Subscription

24 Jul 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Italian spirits group Gruppo Campari has off-loaded its Carolans and Irish Mist brands to US firm Heaven Hill Brands for $165m (£126.7m).

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Buckfast Tonic Wine fans launch app to locate nearest stockist

24 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The app, Find Me Bucky, can be purchased from the iPhone App Store and Google Play for Android…

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AB InBev to source all barley for Budweiser from UK Subscription

24 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brewer has scaled up the amount of barley grown in the UK from zero to 50% over the past three years

Matthew Clark beer launch

Matthew Clark adds more craft lines in beer & cider update Subscription

21 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The wholesaler has added 102 new brews to its Boutique Beers range as well as 30 new ciders

aldi organic

Pinot grigio added to Aldi Planeta Organico wine range

20 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The 12% abv wine (rsp: £5.99/75cl) rolled into stores this month

bargian booze alcohol

Alcohol 'still being sold at pocket money prices' Subscription

20 Jul 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The Alcohol Health Alliance found that products across the market are falling well below the 50p per unit mark

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Sainsbury's applies to register Señor Del Castillo wine brand Subscription

19 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The retailer is seeking a class 33 trademark covering still, fortified, sparkling and mulled wines

Birds Eye View Wine Range

Broadland Wineries tops up range with Birds Eye View lineup Subscription

19 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The three-strong lineup is produced by Peter Pollard of Project Wine in Australia’s Langhorne Creek

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Londis' Wine Festival boosts sales by 60% across estate

19 Jul 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

The four-week promotion featured offers including half-price deals on Silent Lake and Isla Negra

Scotch whisky

Kane’s brand plan by Whyte & Mackay Subscription

19 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Whyte & MacKay did not specify what exactly Kane’s would be, but confirmed it was exploring it as a new concept

Dubliner Whiskey Quintessential Brands

Stock Spirits acquires £16m stake in Quintessential Brands Irish whiskey division Subscription

17 Jul 2017 | By Edward Devlin

London-listed Stock Spirits Group has struck a deal to acquire a 25% stake in the Irish whiskey division of Quintessential Brands Group for up to up to €18.3m (£16m) in cash.

Berry Bros Wine

Berry Bros & Rudd sales rise to six-year high Subscription

17 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sales were up 17% year on year, boosted by strong en primeur sales

Lidl Hungarian wine

Lidl shines light on Hungarian wines with limited range Subscription

16 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The range features a total of 41 wines from Hungary, Austria, Germany and France…

Tim Taylor Knowle Spring

Timothy Taylor's launches blonde ale into off-trade Subscription

14 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Knowle Spring Blonde Ale (4.2% abv) is poised to land on shelf in Booths over the coming weeks

buckfast

Buckfast sales grow £2m as tonic wine picks up 'down south'

14 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sales of the 15% abv tonic wine have grown by £2m (7.9%) to £26.9m over the past year

Brew dog

Craft beer pioneer BrewDog smashes into Booze Top 100

14 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

BrewDog has become the first craft brand ever to appear in The Grocer’s ranking of Britain’s 100 Biggest Alcohol Brands

isla del toro

Spirit Cartel wins Isla Del Tesoro rum distribution rights Subscription

13 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Cuban rum costs almost £500 per bottle…

elvis

BrewDog loses legal battle over name of Elvis Juice beer

13 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Intellectual Property Office ruled the beer’s name risked “a likelihood of indirect confusion” with the late singer

Scotch whisky

Chivas Brothers sells Glenallachie distillery and brands Subscription

13 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Pernod Ricard said the disposal was “in line with its strategy to focus on its priority spirits and wine brands”

Without Gold

St Peter's launches non-alcoholic Without Gold beer Subscription

13 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Without Gold is the brewer’s second alcohol-free beer

Drink Awards

Grocer Drinks Awards: Fancy another chance to win?

13 Jul 2017 Updated: 13 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Does your brand have what it takes to win a coveted Grocer Drinks Award?

siba

SIBA calls for transparency over craft beer ownership Subscription

12 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Its chief executive said the buyout raised “a number of questions about genuine independence and ethics in the brewing industry”

waitrose wine

Waitrose launches premium bag-in-box wine range Subscription

11 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Four SKUs have rolled out, with two more to launch in late July

aurosa beer

‘Beer for her’ is a case study in how to misjudge marketing Subscription

20 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brainchild of a woman, Martina Šmírová, Aurosa comes in an ’elegant and beautiful bottle’, just what the lady ordered - or is it?

Daniel Lowe

Craft beer is setting the agenda

20 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Lowe

Some of Britain’s biggest brands are now fighting for space against craft rivals

BBAB Feat

Britain's Biggest Alcohol Brands 2017: the battle for the booze aisles Subscription

18 Jul 2017 | By Rob Brown

The big guns of booze are going to war over dwindling shelf space as a wave of agile and on-trend craft brands advances

stella BBAB

Britain's Biggest Alcohol Brands 2017 Subscription

14 Jul 2017 | By Rob Brown, Daniel Woolfson, Amy North, Daniel Selwood

1 (1) Stella Artois

estrella

Britain's Biggest Alcohol Brands 2017: the new recruits Subscription

14 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson, Daniel Selwood

Five brands have been blown out of the top 100 in the past year…

helen stares BBAB

Brits drink to better, pricier quality

14 Jul 2017 | By Helen Stares

Stella Artois has again been crowned with the number one position in Nielsen’s countdown of the top 100 BWS brands

SAINSBURY'S craft beer aisle

Craft brewers must adapt fast to the world of national retail Subscription

30 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

With Sainsbury’s latest beer and cider revamp done and dusted, craft has become the new normal

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Greater clarity as to what craft beer is can only be helpful

28 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The US Brewers Association has launched a new seal of authenticity for craft brewers. Time for the UK to follow suit

Beer and Cider Category Report 2017

Under fire: Beer & cider category report 2017 Video Subscription

23 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Beer & cider brands are against the wall as the supers review their booze ranges scrutinising every inch of shelf space brands command. No one is safe …

alcoholic lolly

Boozy lollies should beware of accidentally appealing to kids Subscription

15 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

You have to be a special kind of psychopath to realistically consider eating more than two of these and going on a bender

Booze lead

Boozy Britain: Why are sales up as more try to drink less? Video

15 Jun 2017 | By Rob Brown, Amy North

British drinking culture is changing, fast. The number of Brits trying to curb their booze has surged, our research reveals

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Premium, premiumer, premiumest? How marketing risks making ‘premium’ meaningless Subscription

31 May 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

As an act of positioning, ‘premium’ done well is genius, but what does it really mean to the nation’s lager drinkers?

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