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Tiny Rebel

Portman Group rebukes Tiny Rebel for "fizzy pop" style can Subscription

11 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Tiny Rebel’s Cwtch ale 330ml can features a drunken-looking bear slouched below colourful graffiti…

White Castle

White Castle launches 'Wales' first fortified wine' Subscription

11 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The drink, called 1581, is aged for four years and said to be “similar in style to port”

Snow

Molson Coors to bring bestselling Chinese lager Snow to UK Subscription

11 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Carling owner will launch the 5% abv beer in 330ml cans on 15 Januar

BD Single Malt

BrewDog adds new gin and single malt vodka to spirits lineup Subscription

07 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Gunpowder Gin and the barrel-aged vodka both have an rsp of £25/500ml and are available now…

Broadland Wineries Dorrien Estate

Broadland Wineries signs major deal with Australian retail giant Woolworths Subscription

07 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Norwich-based business will launch and distribute top Woolworths-owned brands, including Dorrien Estate, in the UK….

santa

Rising low and no abv wine sales point to festive moderation Subscription

07 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Brits glugged an extra £1m of low and non-alcoholic wine this year

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Surging gin sales put tonic beyond the £100m mark

07 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Brits bought an extra £31.6m worth of tonic over the last year, a 37.2% uplift [Kantar]

Budweiser Prohibition poster

Budweiser kicks off anti-drink driving Prohibition Brew push Subscription

07 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The ads rolled out this week across out-of-home sites and digital platforms

Redwell

Norwich craft brand Redwell Brewing rescued with buyout from private investors Subscription

07 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Company founders Amy Hancock and Patrick Fisher have left the business after the administrators were called in

southern comfort christmas campaign

Southern Comfort celebrates 'the spirit of New Orleans' Subscription

06 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Running until New Year’s Eve, the campaign will include cinema ads, posters on National Rail and the Tube, and sampling

aber falls spirits

Aber Falls launches range of posh flavoured gins and liqueurs

06 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

They are all made with “Welsh-inspired ingredients and botanicals”

Richard Watling

Richard Watling to head Cotswolds Distillery sales strategy Subscription

04 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

He was enlisted to “grow market share and expand trade sales in whisky and gin”

Fyne Ales

Fyne Ales adds Origins range of foraged-ingredient beers Subscription

01 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The NPD was designed to showcase the brand’s “provenance and status as an authentic Scottish farmhouse brewery”

Thatchers 10 pack

Thatchers launches 10-packs of Haze cloudy cider Subscription

01 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The new format, set to roll out from January, was “a natural progression to ensure customers are stocked up to enjoy at home”

Food Warehouse

Iceland launches premium gin range at The Food Warehouse Subscription

01 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Iceland’s own label gin, Towpath (43% abv), will hit shelves for the first time, and three SKUs from posh mixer brand Fever-Tree will sit alongside

Chapel Down Spirits

English wine brand Chapel Down unveils trendy spirits range Subscription

01 Dec 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

It has launched a gin and a vodka, both made with grape skins from its 2016 harvest

JD single barrel

Jack Daniel's launches 64.5% single barrel whiskey Subscription

30 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The limited edition bottles are priced at £54.99/70cl…

johnnie walker ghost and rare

Diageo Reserve unveils Johnnie Walker Ghost & Rare blended whisky Subscription

30 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Ghost & Rare (46% abv) is “a rich, velvety smooth blend” of eight “treasured” Scotch whiskies

chambord christmas gift set

Chambord launches two gift sets and Christmas in-store push Subscription

30 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Chambord is mounting a festive push and has launched two limited-edition gift sets

Marston's

Marston's sales surge but core bottled ales struggle Subscription

30 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Revenues are up 10% his year, but sales of Pedigree and key brands have plummeted, despite a £1m revamp

pernod ricard alexa cocktail

Pernod Ricard unveils Alexa 'What Cocktail?' skill Subscription

30 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The service provides interactive cocktail recipes, serve suggestions and occasion-specific recipes

stella christmas tote pack

AB InBev rolls out festive Stella Artois tote pack Subscription

29 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The tote contains four 330ml bottles and is designed to create “a new unwrapping ritual”

Brixton Beers

Heineken snaps up 49% stake in Brixton Brewery

28 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Dutch brewing giant’s undisclosed investment will go towards moving the four-year-old Brixton Brewery to a new site

Ivan Menezes

Diageo CEO calls for action on youth unemployment

28 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

UK CEOs from the likes of HSBC, M&S, IBM and Starbucks are flagging up the 790,000 young people out of work

Borough Wines

Borough Wines to launch zero-alcohol gin with Surendran & Bownes Subscription

28 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Borough Wines & Beers is also working with Surendran to create a fully alcoholic gin…

snow beer china

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…

crying drunk woman

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

whisky in glass

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

sainsbury's bws aisle

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?

Waitrose puff pastry mince pies

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

GDA winner

The Grocer Drink Awards deliver the real deal when it comes to great tipples

08 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

David Beckham couldn’t be there on the night, but there was plenty of glitz and glamour at our prestigious annual booze awards

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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