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Booze industry bodies: no-deal Brexit 'unacceptable' Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

UK and EU trade organisations have called for continued flow of goods post-Brexit

Bacardi Cuatro WEB

Bacardi to launch premium Cuatro rum

19 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The 40% abv tipple is barrel-aged for four years

BRIGHTON GIN

Brighton Gin adds 'stocking filler' 350ml half-bottles Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The half-bottles would provide an “entry level super-premium craft gin for new gin converts”…

James & Martin BrewDog

BrewDog targets £10m in new 'Equity for Punks' funding drive Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

A successful bid would make BrewDog “the biggest crowdfunded business of all time”, it claimed…

I&G Bottle Line Up

Innis & Gunn makeover marks return to barrel aged beers

17 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brewer is rolling out new 330ml bottles across its core range of beers from the middle of this month…

Co-op wine web

The Co-op adds swathe of wine SKUs in data-inspired refresh Subscription

16 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Stores will be clustered with an “affluence overlay” to determine what is important to consumers…

TWE CAB SAV

19 Crimes rolls out Cabernet Sauvignon into Co-op Subscription

16 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

It marks the first single varietal wine from the Australian brand to hit shelves in the UK

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo

Concha y Toro profit hit by weak pound and higher costs Subscription

13 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Results for the year ending 31 December 2016 show operating profits fell £306k to £3.2m

Wine bottles

Tesco trials extended booze range in 'new approach' to online Subscription

12 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

It recently completed a pilot scheme selling a wider range of premium wines and spirits from its digital platform

hiver beer

Brewer Hiver abandons crowdfunding push Subscription

12 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brand had offered 8% of its equity to finance the expansion of its HQ

tesco cocktails

Tesco adds Negroni and Espresso Martini pre-mixed cocktails to Finest range Subscription

12 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The NPD would tap the growing trend for cocktails at home, said Tesco spirits product developer Danielle Jack

Weston

Westons targets 40% growth in five years with brand overhaul Subscription

12 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

A new logo will roll out from late October across all consumer and trade touchpoints…

Westons Cider

Westons Cider doubles bottling capacity with £1.5m funding package Subscription

11 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Westons Cider has invested in new bottling technology to double its production capacity after securing a £1.5m bank funding package.

Port Ellen

Diageo to resurrect 'lost' single malt distilleries with £35m cash injection Subscription

10 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The spirits giant is poised to reopen distilleries in Brora, Sutherland, and Port Ellen, Islay…

David Stead Majestic

David Stead joins Majestic Wine as non-executive director Subscription

10 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The former CFO of home furnishings retailer Dunelm and finance director at Boots will take up the role next month

Fourpure Web

Fourpure gives core beer range an 'eye-catching' makeover Subscription

10 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

New 330ml cans featuring a new “more eye-catching” design and “improved” tasting notes will roll out this month…

prosecco

Price wars in prosecco fuel sparkling wine sales surge

06 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The average price per litre for sparkling wine fell by 23p (3.3%) to £6.76 this year…

Krombacher Pils

Morrisons launches 66cl Krombacher Pils

05 Oct 2017 | By Carina Perkins

The 4.8% abv Krombacher Pils made their UK supermarket debut this week across 400 Morrisons stores…

majestic wine website

Majestic Wine relaunches 'more interactive' website Subscription

05 Oct 2017 | By Emily Bright

Shoppers will have the chance to rate wines and influence Majestic’s range…

Gareth Bath Curious

Ex BrewDog MD Gareth Bath joins Chapel Down as beer boss

04 Oct 2017 | By Carina Perkins

The appointment is part of the English winemaker’s “ambitious plans” for beer and cider brand Curious

Lakes Vodka and Gin

The Lakes Distillery secures major deal with M&S Subscription

04 Oct 2017 | By Carina Perkins

The Lakes Gin and The Lakes Vodka will roll out across 26 M&S stores in the north west and north east of England

Waitrose blueprint wine

Waitrose includes half bottles in new own-label wine range Subscription

02 Oct 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The mid-tier Blueprint range includes 38 wines, six of which come in a half-bottle size of 37.5cl

Schweppes

Schweppes adds posh mixers and ‘skittle’-shaped bottle Subscription

02 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The new look will be backed by a £6.6m marketing push

Innis & Gunn Crawford Sinclair

Innis & Gunn adds three to its board in wake of private equity sale Subscription

02 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Scottish craft brewer has added three directors to its board following the completion of its minority sale to global private equity house L Catterton last month.

Glenfiddich

William Grant & Sons revenues and profits soar in 2016 Subscription

02 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Sales and profits have leapt at William Grant & Sons as the Scottish spirits giant thanks to “significant” currency tailwinds in the wake of the weak pound.

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

craft beer hops

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?

motorbike gin

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

friends in pub drinking beer

We should be wary of the constant mixed signals over booze

16 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

August ‘silly season’ is upon us

Glass of red wine

The WSTA is right. The government must sober up on trading realities post-Brexit Subscription

03 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Higher tariffs on EU wines, further price increases, and an uncertain future for many employed in the wine industry … no wonder the chief exec is calling time on the suits

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