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BrewDog poised to release new dry-hopped Lost Lager Subscription

19 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Lost Lager uses classic Noble hops and will be ready for bottling in approximately three weeks time…

Kathy Caton MD Brighton Gin-web

Kathy Caton, Brighton Gin, on brutal hours and Nigella Lawson

18 Jan 2018 | By Megan Tatum

‘The first job I applied for was seasonal gift-wrapper for John Lewis’

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Sainsbury's raises price of own-label 'house' wines Subscription

18 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The supermarket has raised the price of all 24 75cl and 150cl SKUs in its ‘house’ wine range

Lonewolf craft gin

LoneWolf spirits to be distributed by Global Brands Subscription

18 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Global Brands won out over two other as-yet-unnamed distributors for LoneWolf’s business in a three-way tender

Walkers Max Strong Range

Walkers launches Max Strong crisps to be paired with beer Subscription

17 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

With the prominent on-pack claim ‘Perfect with beer’, the snacks come in three spicy variants from medium to extra hot

Liverpool Gin

Halewood Wines & Spirits boosts growing posh gin portfolio Subscription

16 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Halewood has brought back the limited-edition Liverpool Rose Petal gin and released two new flavours for Whitley Neill…

Dave Bateman

Wimbledon Brewery signs ex-Paperchase CFO David Bateman Subscription

16 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Bateman has made a personal investment in the company, which would “assist in supporting its growth”…


Seedlip plans entire portfolio of new booze-free brands Subscription

16 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Claire Smith-Warner, who previously oversaw spirit creation at posh vodka brand Belvedere. will helm NPD…

Punk IPA

BrewDog extends £50m crowdfunding drive until October Subscription

15 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brand has extended its current Equity For Punks crowdfunding drive until October this year…

Asahi Super Dry

Asahi to bring Super Dry lager brewing back in-house

15 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The 5.2% beer was previously contract brewed by Shepherd Neame in Britain


New wholesale regs pushed Interbev Ltd into administration Subscription

12 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Fast-growing drinks wholesaler Interbev Ltd was pushed into administration after new HMRC alcohol regulation hit revenues


Buoyant sales for Buckfast but Brexit hits profit margins Subscription

12 Jan 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Annual accounts for owner J Chandler & Co for the year to 31 March 2017 show a 3.1% rise in sales


Conviviality merges drinks buying teams in leadership revamp Subscription

12 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Changes would “truly leverage the scale of Conviviality”, the drinks giant said 

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Aspall sales surged by £7.4m in run up to Molson Coors acquisition Subscription

12 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Operating profits fell into the red (–£187k) thanks to “greater than expected” costs


Molson Coors plans major investment in Aspall Cyder capacity Subscription

11 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brewery would initially focus on growing Aspall’s presence in the on and off-trade…

Trivento 2017 Reserve

Concha y Toro unveils 2017 Trivento Reserve Malbec Subscription

11 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Its release comes after a “phenomenal growing season” in Mendoza, Argentina, according to Trivento’s chief winemaker


Diageo links with UberEats for c-store booze deliveries Subscription

11 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The move capitalises on “a shift in millennial needs and a rise in tech-enabled delivery channels”…

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Co-op to grow vegan wine offer to 100 SKUs in 2018 Subscription

09 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The retailer will “continue to challenge suppliers to make wines vegan, where they can”

Majestic Wines

Majestic hails a 'robust' Christmas performance Subscription

09 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Majestic Retail sales grew 1.2%, while Naked Wines put in the strongest performance, growing sales by 13%…

Whitley Neill

Halewood Wine & Spirits cements turnaround with year of growth Subscription

08 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Lambrini owner ditched underperforming brands to focus on premium and craft spirits…


Pinkster unveils limited-edition Valentine's bottle Subscription

08 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The bottle aims to build on the growth of the special edition Valentine’s bottle it launched last year…

Drinkaware in Asda

Mults back Dry January with ‘healthier choices’ initiatives Subscription

06 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Tesco has slashed 20% off the price of no and low-alcohol brands, and Asda has teamed up with Drinkaware to offer advice

Durham Gin

Craft brand Durham Distillery to expand into whisky production Subscription

03 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The business has received £250k funding from Finance Durham to move to a new city centre site…

William Hardy Shiraz

David White joins Accolade Wines as marketing head Subscription

02 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

He previously held roles at the likes of Glenmorangie, Edrington and Brown-Forman…


Camerons Brewery hails 'strong year' as profits boom Subscription

02 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Its contract brewing arm had performed particularly well, said chief executive Christopher Soley…


Ginspiracy: Are producers hiding behind ‘artisanal’ and ‘hand-crafted’ labels? Subscription

19 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

A craft-based, artisan-inspired gin renaissance has seen sales of gin soar. But is there a risk some producers are cutting corners and hiding behind ‘artisanal’ and ‘hand-crafted’ labels to make a fast buck?

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Not classy or glassy: burglarised bottle found

09 Jan 2018

The world’s most expensive vodka bottle was pinched from a bar in Copenhagen last week

Lucy Cottrell, junior brand manager at Crabbie's

My food & drink job: Lucy Cottrell, brand manager, Crabbie's

04 Jan 2018

The drinks industry is highly competitive. Crabbie’s Lucy Cottrell explains how to get your foot in the door - and why having a strong contacts book and an appetite for networking are so important

Waitrose Food & Drink Report seven trends of 2017

Could rum really rise up and steal gin’s crown? Subscription

03 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Perception is everything and gin’s success comes largely on the back of three phenomenally powerful trends: cocktail culture, premiumisation and health and wellbeing

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Will Snow settle in the UK? Subscription

12 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Monster Chinese beer Snow is heading to British bars - but will it get a chilly reception?

Crossover Booze

Enter the spin-off: why beer and wine makers are getting into spirits Subscription

07 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

As recent launches have shown, crossover booze is on the rise…

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The surprising truth about Brits, booze and sugar Subscription

06 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Britons incorrectly believe we are in the top three sugar-loving nations, while 60% erroneously put us among the leading trio of boozers

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Sponsored video: Wine spend surges but brands face tough fight against own label Video

04 Dec 2017

Brits quaffed their way through an extra £168m of wine this year

Beer video

Sponsored video: Third of Britain's beer now brewed by AB InBev Video

04 Dec 2017

As the thirst for craft beer grows, why are Brits splashing out on lager?

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Cheers, chancellor! Duty freeze is a step in the right direction for the drinks trade Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association estimates the move will save Britain’s drinks industry approximately £247m

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What impact will Scottish MUP have on the drinks trade? Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

How will minimum pricing hierarchies be affected in Scotland – and the rest of the UK? And who will benefit?

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Inside the Waitrose Drinks Festival

20 Nov 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The Grocer checks out the highlights from this weekend’s festival held in County Hall, London



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