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rose and gin fusion

Echo Falls responds to gin boom with Rosé Wine & Gin Fusion

21 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The drink would appeal “to those who like the idea of wine but can find the taste challenging”, said Accolade

Old Mout Pineapple

Old Mout cider adds 'exotic' new variant Subscription

21 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The new pineapple & raspberry flavour will role out from March…

Embrazen

TWE celebrates 'female trailblazers' with new wine brand Subscription

20 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brand has two SKUs, Embrazen Red Blend 2017 (13.5% abv) and Embrazen Chardonnay 2017 (13% abv)

Hog's Back Brewery

Hogs Back Brewery launches beer trio and rebrands Hogstar Subscription

20 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The quadruplet have launched primarily into the on-trade, but retail launches will follow

Desperados rebrand

Heineken readies first-ever makeover for Desperados

18 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

A fresh look for the tequila-infused beer brand will roll out from March

sainsbury's bws aisle

Sainsbury's bumps up prices for 150 beers and ciders Subscription

18 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The super has upped the cost of a swathe of larger-format bottled SKUs from some of Britain’s biggest beer and cider brands

Brockmans

Brockmans gin continues off-trade drive with Ocado listing Subscription

15 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

It marks the latest in a series of high-profile listings for the brand

Bottle

Shoppers feel the crunch as new wine duty hikes kick in Subscription

14 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

Exclusive research by The Grocer reveals the supers have passed a significant portion of the new duty levels on to customers

M&H Distillery

Israeli single malt whisky to make UK debut via Maverick Drinks Subscription

14 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

Milk & Honey Distillery, based in Tel Aviv, also makes gin, herbal liqueur and new make

Jameson Campaign

Jameson plots £2m push for St Patrick's Day

14 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The campaign, which focuses on the Ginger & Lime serve, will debut in March

Hawkshead

Halewood weighs up spirits move for Hawkshead Brewery Subscription

13 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

It was “considering a number of different potential options” said Halewood marketing director James Stocker, including gins and whiskies

Beefeater Blood Orange

Beefeater challenges Tanqueray and Whitley Neill with new Blood Orange flavour Subscription

12 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

Pernod Ricard wants to provide the popular flavour at a more accessible price point than its posher peers

tennents

Tennent Caledonian hires Kenny Gray as MD for Scotland

11 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

Tennent has also hired a new commercial and marketing director

Wine Bottles

Broadland Wineries to launch new dedicated low & no-alcohol venture Subscription

08 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

It will be called The Live Kindly Drinks Company, and will focus on “non-wine products with a socially conscious ethos”

neil robinson kopparberg

Neil Robinson promoted to Kopparberg UK sales director

08 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

Robinson has been with the company for nine years

cARLSBERG pILSNER

Carlsberg to completely overhaul recipe of core 'green' lager Subscription

08 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

It is unclear if the brand will continue to be sold in 440ml cans, as Carlsberg is focusing its efforts on promoting a new 330ml format

Kokoro trio

Kokoro Gin adds trio of flavoured liqueurs Subscription

07 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The trio is available through distributor Mangrove…

Asda booze

Asda raises price of fruit ciders as new duty levels kick in Subscription

07 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The retailer has raised prices across SKUs from brands such as Kopparberg, Magners, Old Mout and Rekorderlig

BrewDog Overworks

BrewDog reveals 10-strong lineup of Overworks sour beers Subscription

07 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The new range includes Funk x Punk, a 5.5% abv version of its flagship Punk IPA aged in sangiovese red wine foeders…

Glen's flavours

Glen's Vodka launches lower-abv duo of flavoured spirits

07 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

They were “developed in response to growing market trends for complex infusions, lower-alcohol options and more premium liquids”, said the brand

Andy Shaw

BrewDog hires former Red Bull boss as first beer CEO

07 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

He will be responsible for BrewDog’s global sales and marketing operations

Carling made local

Carling mounts major push to combat falling lager sales Subscription

06 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

Latest figures show the brand’s sales have fallen into decline

Oddbins

Oddbins forced to call in administrators again Subscription

01 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The ailing chain has turned to administrators Duff & Phelps for aid, blaming the current squeeze on consumer confidence and surging costs

willow

New low-alcohol spirit Willow rivals no-abv launches Subscription

01 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

William Borrell created the 4.4% abv drink to appeal to those who don’t want to cut out booze entirely

New Product Awards 2019

Alcohol brands invited to enter New Product Awards

01 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The awards celebrate innovation in branded goods across 36 categories of grocery

craft beer world cup one use

Craft on top of the world: Beer & Cider Category Report 2018 Video Subscription

21 Jun 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The World Cup has kicked off and it’s not just the footie fans and militaristic Russian ultras twitching with excitement

guinness ad

Guinness joins Welsh brothers at the rugby Video

22 Feb 2019 | By Mark Dishman

You might expect a Guinness ad timed to coincide with the Six Nations to focus on the Irish team

Gins

Gin brands face an uphill struggle if they wage a ‘war on gin liqueurs’ Subscription

19 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Gin Guild claims new gin liqueur brands are taking customers for a ride

Oddbins

From collapse to collapse: can Oddbins be saved a second time? Subscription

07 Feb 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The off-licence chain’s turnaround was trashed by tax woes, changing shopper tastes, Brexit and steep competition. We ask whether Oddbins has a future? 

continente beer aisle

Nine stores around the world with bold beer merchandising

07 Feb 2019 | By Bryan Roberts

Tcc Global insight director Bryan Roberts takes a look at a number of noteworthy approaches to beer merchandising

Frontier

What does Asahi's Fuller's deal tell us about British brewing? Subscription

25 Jan 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

Why is one of the UK’s oldest brewers so keen to exit the beer business?

BOOZE NPD FEB

From canned wine to chili Kahlúa, what's new in booze?

22 Jan 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

Get the lowdown on the hottest booze launches hitting the nation’s BWS shelves next month

david gates brewdog lone wolf spirits

Can BrewDog shake up spirits in the same way it has beer? Subscription

16 Jan 2019 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brewer believes it’s found the way to do so, with a slew of ranges poised for launch

Julian Momen

Carlsberg UK’s outgoing boss has done a superb job with a tough brief Subscription

20 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

There goes another UK drinks boss: Carlsberg’s UK CEO Julian Momen is hanging up his hat

Juracan Rum

Our pick of the best booze NPD hitting shelves in December

17 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

We examine the new launches hitting the nation’s BWS shelves this month

Santa

Port brand offers succour for Santa Clauses

12 Dec 2018

Don’t forget the Father Christmases who bravely endure the tyrannical demands of our nation’s lap-hopping tots

drink

Low and non-alcoholic booze: should we believe the hype? Subscription

12 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Non-alcoholic booze is conquering Britain, if you believe the headlines. But are we really becoming a nation of teetotallers? Or have retailers and suppliers overplayed the trend as they chase higher margins? We take a deep dive into the no & low craze - and ask if it’s here to stay… 

beers

Five of the fastest growing challenger brands in alcohol

12 Dec 2018 | By Emma Weinbren

Alcohol brands dominate the fastest-growing products in this year’s Top Products report

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