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Beer drinkers pay more for big brands but less for craft Subscription

22 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Shoppers will pay less for craft beer but more for mainstream booze in the mults this summer

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Sainsbury's loses out as beer and cider returns to growth Subscription

22 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sainsbury’s was the only mult to miss out on the past year’s beer and cider renaissance

Cat Lomax

Cat Lomax promoted to head of buying at Majestic Wine Subscription

22 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Lomax, previously senior buyer for the retailer, takes over the role from Matt Pym, who recently stepped down…

 Sadler's sales director Ian King (L) and MD Chris Sadler

Halewood Wines & Spirits buys stake in Sadler's Ales Subscription

22 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sadler’s will continue to operate independently, with current MD Chris Sadler remaining in his role

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Pinkster launches 35cl bottle for raspberry-infused gin Subscription

21 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The launch would “capitalise on summer drinking trends” said the brand…

Tia Maria

Tia Maria launches promotional packs with free ceramic mug Subscription

21 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The promotion aims to capitalise on growing consumption of coffee-based cocktails…

tesco nolo wine

Tesco rolls out trio of low-alcohol wines Subscription

21 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The lineup comprises a cabernet tempranillo, a garnacha-rosé and a sauvignon blanc

Bulls Blood

Tesco extends Eastern European wines with Bull's Blood Subscription

21 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Talisman Bull’s Blood (12% abv) rolled out across the UK this week…

Stowford Ad

Stowford Press cider to get updated TV ad for summer Subscription

21 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The ad is an updated version of the brand’s 2016 spot, which follows the production process of the cider…

Lambrini Blueberry

Halewood adds blueberry variant to Lambrini range Subscription

20 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The NPD launched exclusively into 500 Tesco stores this week. It has an abv of 5% (rsp: £3/75cl)…

Stock Spirits

UK must pull out all stops to avoid no-deal Brexit says WSTA Subscription

19 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

It was “imperative to secure a full negotiated divorce” that gave wine and spirit businesses sufficient time to prepare

simon berry

Berry Bros. & Rudd chairman Simon Berry to retire Subscription

19 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

He has served 12 years at the head of the wine merchant’s board

Majestic

Majestic ramps up craft beer offer at national and local level Subscription

16 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The retailer has challenged store managers to source local brews in a bid to “separate Majestic from the major players”…

Real Ale interior

Real Ale set to open second store in Little Venice, London Subscription

16 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The outlet, on Formosa Street in Little Venice, will offer bottled beers and wines alongside draught keg lines…

thatchers cider bottles

Thatchers defies the doldrums in cider Subscription

16 Jun 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Thatchers has once again defied the declining UK cider market to grab more share

Old Mout Cider ten-pack

Old Mout Cider targets sharing occasions with multipack Subscription

15 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The 100% recyclable new format feature grab-handles

SAINSBURY'S craft beer aisle

Sainsbury’s slashes beer and cider offering in range review Subscription

15 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Over 70 SKUs from both major brewers and premium brands have been axed

longflint

Longflint launches carbonated bottled Mezcal cocktail Subscription

14 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Longflint Grapefruit, Sour Cherry & Mezcal Paloma (5% abv) will roll out into seven Whole Foods Market stores…

Cantona

Eric Cantona appears on limited-edition Kronenbourg packs

14 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The packs featuring the ex-footballer’s signature and the slogan ‘Iconic, adored, a taste supreme’…

Range of VK RTDs

Global Brands rapped over ‘irresponsible’ VK Facebook ad Subscription

14 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The social media post depicted “styles of drinking that were unwise”, ruled the ads watchdog

Carlsberg Together Towards Zero

Carlsberg kicks off Together Towards Zero sustainability push

13 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Danish beer giant aims to achieve zero emissions from its breweries by 2030

Heineken Open Your World 330ml can

City snapshot: CMA finds Heineken’s Punch Taverns deal could reduce competition in 33 local areas Subscription

13 Jun 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

The Competition and Markets Authoroty has ordered Heineken to address competition concerns over 33 local areas across Great Britain, but said the £305m deal raised no competition issues for brewers. Plus all the latest news from the City

radeberger pilsner

Germany's Radeberger Pilsner to make UK debut Subscription

12 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The 4.8% abv beer was first brewed in 1872 and is now available in almost 90 countries

Pickering's Gin 3 Queens Gin for Cunard

Pickering’s Gin unveils collection for luxury liner company Cunard Subscription

12 Jun 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Three expressions are exclusively for the Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth ships

Alistair Gaunt VP Nationals Business Unit Carlsberg UK web

Alistair Gaunt joins Carlsberg as national business unit VP Subscription

12 Jun 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

Gaunt previously held the position of grocery sales director at Premier Foods…

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?

wine thumb

Why is Britain saying ‘up yours’ to European wine? - video Video

25 May 2017 | By Rob Brown

It has little to do with Brexit (for a change). IRI’s head of alcohol Toby Magill explains why old world wine has become old news in Britain…

captain morgan ad

Captain Morgan and pals don't let rank spoil the fun Video

18 May 2017 | By Mark Dishman

Basically, it’s a lot of people in a bar saying the word ‘captain’

Lonewolf craft gin

Does craft gin have what it takes to follow the success of craft beer? Subscription

10 May 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Inspired by indie brewers’ aesthetics and ethics, a number of spirits brands are jumping on the ’craft’ bandwagon, what next? ’Craft wine’?

craft beer aisle

Craft beer can connect in new and meaningful ways

04 May 2017

Sir, It was interesting to read ‘How the craft beer boom is shaking up the BWS aisles’

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Heineken’s new ad proves a talking point – but playing identity politics is a risky game Subscription

02 May 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The concept of bringing together people with opposing views so they can find common ground is wonderful, so why is the Heineken ad being slammed in some quarters?

craft beer aisle

How the craft beer boom is shaking up the BWS aisles Subscription

28 Apr 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Sales are set to double again in a sector with sustainable premiums and the opportunity for differentiation

craft beer hops

Craft brewers hit by rising US hop prices Subscription

27 Apr 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The UK’s independent brewers look set to face a challenging year…

up yours cahors

Up yours Cahors! Wine & champagne category report 2017 Video Subscription

12 Apr 2017 | By Hannah Stodell

Brits are turning their back on classic Old World wines, plumping for Argentinian malbecs and Kiwi sauvignon blancs

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