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Skinny Lager

Low-calorie beer brand Skinny Lager launches into Tesco Subscription

22 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The 4% abv brew has rolled out in 12 and 4-packs of 330ml bottles ahead of the August bank holiday weekend…

Fourpure

Craft brewer Fourpure teams up with Majestic Wine for exclusive IPA launch Subscription

22 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The 4% abv beer, Easy Peeler Citrus IPA, will roll out next month in a 300ml can six-pack…

tim king treasury wine estates

Treasury Wine Estates MD Tom King joins board of WSTA Subscription

22 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

King had “established Treasury as the pre-eminent force in the wine category in travel retail” said WSTA…

FAIR Pomegranate liqueur

Fair adds pomegranate liqueur to Fairtrade spirits offer Subscription

21 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The NPD has launched via distributor Amathus Drinks

Heineken

Heineken's Punch Taverns takeover gets CMA green light Subscription

18 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Heineken’s proposed takeover of a significant portion of Punch Taverns’ pubs has been given the go-ahead by the Competition & Markets Authority.

carlsberg best poster in the world

Carlsberg bottom line growth compensates for volume slump

18 Aug 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

A worse than expected sales volume slump was accompanied by stronger than forecast progress on the bottom line

Pernod Ricard XMAS

Pernod Ricard unveils Christmas campaigns for premium spirits Subscription

18 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The push will be supported with PoS materials available from November onwards

Ciroc French Vanilla

Diageo adds Cîroc French Vanilla premium vodka

17 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The new spirit will roll out from October with an abv of 37.5%

Carlsberg wagon

Carlsberg sees soaring sales for non-alcoholic & craft beers Subscription

17 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Volumes across the brewer’s craft portfolio were up 25% over H1 2017

Glass of sherry

Majestic boosts sherry offer as fortified wine sales surge Subscription

17 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The retailer has introduced Madeira sherry Henriques & Henriques 3yo

Pistonhead 0.5% Flat Tire beer

Swedish beer brand Pistonhead moves into non-alcoholic beer

17 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Made with imported Centennial and Mosaic hops, 0.5% Flat Tire has “all the same flavour” as its alcoholic counterpart

Julie Buckley

Majestic Wine appoints Julie Buckley as senior buyer

16 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Buckley is a former buyer with Sainsbury’s and Oddbins

Carlsberg Northampton

City snapshot: Price rises drive Carlsberg's 2% first half sales growth Subscription

16 Aug 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Carlsberg has reported a 2% rise in first half organic sales despite a fall in beer volumes as higher prices supported its overall sales. Plus the pound slides to close to an eight year low against the euro after yesterday’s CPI figures and all the latest news from the City.

Danish Quarter

Carlsberg to host 'Danish Quarters' at UK music festivals

15 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brewer is pushing to ”connect with millennial drinkers”

GK

Richard Smothers appointed as CFO at Greene King Subscription

14 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Smothers previously worked for Mothercare plc as CFO, and held a number of senior finance roles at Tesco

Carling Premier League promotion pack 2017

Carling launches push with Premier League and Sky Sports

11 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Premier League and Carling went “hand in hand” said Carling brand director Jim Shearer

Cobra lager beer

Cobra set to roll out its first gluten-free beer in January Subscription

11 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brand also plans to launch an IPA, called Malabar, exclusively into the on-trade

Strawberry Hells

Ocado listing for Camden Brewery's strawberry-flavoured lager Subscription

11 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Strawberry Hells Forever will be available in 330ml bottles from 24 August….

Cockspur rum: "great potential" for brand in UK

Quintessential Brands wins Cockspur rum UK distribution rights

10 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Responsibility for the Caribbean rum will pass to Quintessential from current distributor Whyte & MacKay on 1 September….

Gareth Bath

BrewDog MD Gareth Bath steps down after nine months Subscription

09 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Bath was promoted to UK & International MD from his role as sales director at the Scottish brewing company last December

Fosters Ad

Heineken avoids rap from ASA over cricket ad Subscription

09 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The watchdog ruled a TV ad for Foster’s did not irresponsibly portray alcohol consumption….

westons wyld wood

Westons Wyld Wood joins Soil Association's Organic September

09 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The accompanying marketing push for Wyld Wood will focus on promoting the brand’s organic and premium credentials

Motorhead

Motörhead Röad Crew beer to launch in Morrisons

08 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The 4.5% pale ale will roll out to 300 Morrisons stores from September

Wine Pour

Sainsbury's looks poised to launch new trio of own-label wines Subscription

07 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The supermarket has applied to register three class 33 trademarks

Innis & Gunn brewery

Innis & Gunn sales rocket on Craft Lager and IPA success Subscription

06 Aug 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Global revenues totalled £14.3m for the Scottish craft brewer, up 22%

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

Casamigos clooney

How Clooney worked his magic on Diageo sales too Subscription

03 Aug 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Brand growth has largely been achieved by premiumisation focus

heineken

Jackie Stewart helps make Heineken's abstinence message cool Video

02 Aug 2017

Heineken has made waves with ads showing people not drinking its beer

Still Wine Market: winners and losers

Who will win the battle for the plonk pound? Subscription

28 Jul 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Wine sales have been sliding at Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons, while the discounters gain ground

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

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