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Cheers

Drinkers' Voice to "challenge myths put out around alcohol" Subscription

20 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The new group will speak up for alcohol consumers about the social and supposed health benefits of booze…

Heineken

Heineken shareholder FEMSA announces €2.5bn share sale Subscription

19 Sep 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Mexican Coca-Cola bottler FEMSA has announced it has reduced its shareholding in Heineken by selling stock worth €2.5bn and representing 5.2% of the brewer’s shares.

Aspall carry packs

Aspall launches carry packs into Tesco and Waitrose stores Subscription

18 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The format addressed “growing demand in the convenience sector” for carry packs, said the brand

Kingsman Gin

Berry Bros & Rudd links with Kingsman for limited edition gin Subscription

18 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The retailer has produced 5,000 bottles of the 49% abv spirit featuring the movie’s insignia…

Molson Coors

Jim Shearer made Molson Coors marketing & consumer excellence director Subscription

18 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Shearer takes over the role from Martin Coyle, who has been made chief marketing & craft officer for the company’s Canadian business

Innis & Gunn

Innis & Gunn shareholders approve £15m minority sale to PE firm Subscription

15 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Shareholders at Innis & Gunn have waved through the £15m sale of a significant stake in the Scottish craft brewery to private equity house L Catterton.

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Spar to revamp wine range with everyday and exclusive lines

15 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Spar said it would maintain its “current mix of Spar brand and branded wines”

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Cocktail craze sees vodka overtake whisky as UK's top spirit Subscription

15 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Brits splashed out an extra £24.9m on voddy this year, bringing value sales up 3.3% to £775.8m on volumes up 3.3%

Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve whiskey gets new bottles and label overhaul Subscription

14 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The pack has been given a revised shape, and now features a wraparound label and copper foil with matte finish

Bud Pro

Budweiser to launch 0.0% abv Prohibition beer in the UK Subscription

14 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The alcoholic-free lager will hit shelves next month in a 330ml can

Cider with apple

UK cider sales pass £1bn mark for first time since 2014 Subscription

14 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sales were up 5.5% for the 12 months ending 15 July, but rose 16% year on year over the eight weeks leading up to that…

Barrafina

Barrafina restaurateurs launch range of wines into Sainsbury's Subscription

13 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sam and Eddie Hart worked with Spanish winery Cuatro Rayas to produce the wines…

Hiver

Hiver launches £350k crowdfunding push to finance expansion Subscription

12 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

It is offering 8% of its equity via the campaign to finance the expansion of its HQ team and an annual brand push

Isle of Harris

Isle of Harris Distillers wins funding for whisky development Subscription

11 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The first batch of its ‘The Hearach’ Scotch is expected to be bottled from late 2020…

Characters

Camden Town Brewery looks to local spirit for first TV ads Subscription

11 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The push, called ‘Raise Hells’, features four 30-second clips of real Londoners…

gordons pink gin

Gordon's gin brand gets pink variant

07 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Competitor Pernod Ricard plans to launch a pink variant of its Beefeater gin in the coming months

absolut kiss with pride

Pernod Ricard pulls Equal Love TV ad after Clearcast warning

07 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The ad, Equal Love, featured numerous couples of different gender mixes ‘passing on’ a kiss

co-op pioneer wine

The Co-op rolls out Pioneer wine designed by members Subscription

07 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

It was created to “challenge the traditional approach to ranging”

Fentimans

Fentimans gets set for move into craft beer Subscription

07 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Fearless Brewing Company is named after Fentimans founder Thomas Fentiman’s pet dog Fearless

Hallowine

Casillero del Diablo readies biggest Halloween campaign yet Subscription

06 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

It will roll out a raft of in-store promotional and support materials in anticipation of the day

Pernod gin

Pernod Ricard moves gin brands into standalone Gin Hub Subscription

06 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Gin Hub has taken responsibility for Beefeater, Plymouth Gin and Seagram’s

Innis & Gunn brewery

Innis & Gunn seeks green light to sell £15m stake to US private equity firm Subscription

05 Sep 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Innis & Gunn has followed in the footsteps of fellow Scottish craft brewer BrewDog and attracted the interest of a US private equity firm

Waitrose

Waitrose boosts beer lineup ahead of Oktoberfest Subscription

04 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Its offer will include an exclusive brew by Camden Town Brewery

Woodfordes

Woodforde’s Brewery rebranding to star Norfolk’s Lord Nelson Subscription

04 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brand also plans to launch an as-yet-unnamed lager

Rattler

Rattler Original Cornish cider rolls out in 600 Tesco stores Subscription

02 Sep 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The 6% abv Original Cornish Cloudy Cyder will be available from September 7 in 500ml bottles and 8X500ml multipacks.

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

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?

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