beers, wines & spirits news


Low and no-alcohol wine sales drop despite moderation trend Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sales of low and no-alcohol wine fell £3.4m to £70.2m over the past 12 months


Non-alcoholic spirits brand Seedlip unveils aperitif range Subscription

11 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Æcorn Aperitifs portfolio is set to feature aperitifs “informed by 17th century English herbal remedies”

Ian Curle

Ian Curle to retire after 15 years as Edrington boss

07 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

He will step down in March 2019 to be replaced by Scott McCroskie, currently managing director of The Macallan 

Aber Falls

Aber Falls adds posher Small Batch Welsh Gin

06 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The new gin is made with water from the nearby Rhaeadr Fawr waterfall…


Jascots blames cost hikes and poor harvest for pre-tax loss Subscription

06 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Its managing partner John Charnock called it “an interesting year for wine merchants that specialise in servicing the on-trade”


Maverick Drinks to distribute Irish whiskey Teeling in UK

05 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The distributor is taking over from Marussia Beverages


Conker joins with lifeboat institution for navy-strength gin

05 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

There was “a perfect synergy between the two seaside brands”, said Conker’s founder

Big Drop

Big Drop Brewing Co nets £500k investment to boost expansion Subscription

05 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brewer secured the boost from private investors 

Kellogg's Throw Away IPA

Kellogg’s turn waste Corn Flakes into beer

05 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The 5% abv Throw Away IPA is made from ‘ugly’ Corn Flakes from Kellogg’s Manchester factory


Tanqueray unveils new-look Christmas gift set

03 Dec 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The brand has launched 250 limited edition gift sets, featuring a House of Hackney-created pattern


Alcopops, wines, fruit ciders hit by duty dilution law change Subscription

02 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Duty dilution law will hammer RTDs, fruit wines, fruit ciders and British wines


Beavertown makes move into lager with 'Beavo' pilsner launch Subscription

29 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The 4.4% brew has rolled out initially into the on-trade

Hawkes cider

Hawkes rolls first craft ciders into Sainsbury's Subscription

29 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brand’s Apple Cider and Dead & Berried flavours have rolled into 500 stores

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Chapel Down adds three wines from foreign producers to range Subscription

29 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The trio are part of the winemaker’s ‘Great Minds Drink Alike’ scheme

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Port of Leith distillery unveils first drinks and plans whisky range Subscription

29 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brand recently secured planning permission to build an £11m vertical distillery in Edinburgh

Cutty Sark

Edrington sells Cutty Sark whisky to La Martiniquaise-Bardinet Subscription

28 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

A deal is also underway to sell its Glenturret brand

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Diageo hails year of progress as it narrows gender pay gap

26 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Diageo has consistently outranked other FTSE100 players when it comes to gender diversity


Bulleit Bourbon unveils bottle designed by tattoo artist

26 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Each bottle comes with a neck tag featuring a QR code which, when scanned, allows shoppers to access an “interactive augmented reality experience”

London Rye

East London Liquor Company reveals first rye whisky

23 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Only 269 bottles of the 46.8% abv whisky have been made

Amazon Whisky

How Amazon’s move into premium whisky could threaten booze retailers this Christmas Subscription

23 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

It’s the first time big names in posh whisky have been bottled exclusively for Amazon. So what challenges does this create for online competitors?

Chorizo Thins

Made for Drink meat snacks launches into Waitrose wine bars Subscription

23 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The retailer has listed the brand’s Chorizo Thins and Mangalitza Chips

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Brittains marks 10th anniversary with posh spiced rum NPD Subscription

22 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The NPD is a blend of Dominican Republic rum from column stills and Jamaican rum from copper pots

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Craft beer sales top £100m as retailers get more exclusive Subscription

22 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Take-home craft beer sales have grown by almost a third over the past year, exclusive data reveals

Thatchers cider

Thatchers sales up 22% in Co-op driven by data-sharing tech Subscription

22 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

Both Co-op and Thatchers have been using Atheon’s SKUtrak system since early summer

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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


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


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… 


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

Lost Lager

AB InBev takes crown as World Cup boosts beer Subscription

10 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

It’s been a stellar year for beer & cider as football mania sent Brits splashing out an extra £319m

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Wine brands feel pain as Brits cut back Subscription

10 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

It’s bad news for the big brands as shoppers drink less wine and move to posher brands

The Woodsman

Gin leads the way for spirits boom Subscription

10 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Spirits are the fastest-growing non-tobacco category in this report

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My food & drink job: Tom Jordan, co-founder, Jubel

28 Nov 2018

Tom’s move into the food & drink industry was an unconventional one. He talks us through quitting a city job to start a business from scratch

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Retailers are leading the pack in Britain’s craft beer love affair Subscription

22 Nov 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Take-home sales of craft beer have smashed the £100m mark this year, which certainly merits a toast

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Specialist and affordable: inside Iceland's Wine Warehouse Video Subscription

21 Nov 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The Food Warehouse just opened its biggest ever store, including the first Wine Warehouse

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How search can help retailers maximise alcohol sales

30 Oct 2018 | By Harry Walker

There are 1,388 alcohol-related searches a minute in the UK, says Google’s Harry Walker

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Chancellor’s Budget plonks wine trade right in it Subscription

30 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Freezing duty for beer, (most) cider and spirits but not wine is hugely unfair and deeply damaging


An alcohol duty increase will risk jobs, exports and more

29 Oct 2018

It would be a real shame if the Chancellor were to revert to the easy target of duty increases



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