Bargain Booze franchisees’ morale is low as thousands of jobs are under threat

Bargain Booze franchisees fear for their livelihood as beleaguered parent company Conviviality desperately tries to raise funds to stop it from going under.

Berry Bros launches own-label whisky collection

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced the launch of a new selection of own-label whiskies.

Partridges reveals latest Chelsea Flower Gin

Partridges is launching a new Chelsea Flower Gin to commemorate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19.

Spar kicks off phase two of own label wine refresh

Spar is kicking off the second phase of its own brand wine range update with two new collections arriving this spring.

The WSTA welcomes latest progress in UK and EU negotiations

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has said it welcomes the latest progress in negotiations between the UK and the EU, stating it is a “decisive step” for the wine and spirit industry.  

Waitrose doubles local gin range as craft sales soar

Waitrose has more than doubled its range of small-batch gins since the beginning of the year as demand for locally sourced craft spirits continues to soar.

Noveltea looks to extend gin craze in new direction

A producer has brought out a “boozy blend of cold-brewed tea infused with a matching spirit” to tap into the interest in both tea and gin.

Fruit cider tipped to continue exponential growth

Westons predicts that fruit cider will account for half the category by 2022 and it has launched Stowford Press Mixed Berries to capitalise on the opportunity. 

Global Brands sees sales and profits rise

VK supplier Global Brands has announced it grew sales by 16% to £42 million in the year to September 30, 2017.

Conviviality launches last ditch survival bid

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality has announced it will be “unable to trade as a going concern” unless it can raise £125 million to shore up its finances.

Bolney links with Kew to create new sparkler

Bolney Wine Estate and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, have joined forces to create a new sparkling wine.

Fever-Tree announced as title-sponsor at Queen's Club grass tennis tournament

Fever-Tree has announced it will be the official title-sponsor for the grass tennis tournament held at The Queen’s Club, London.

Fierce Botanics Tonic gets set to shake up mixers category

Small batch distiller and plant expert, Amanda Saurin of AS Apothecary, has launched Fierce Botanics Tonic.

Waddesdon Wines brings Mas Andes trio to UK

Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile is introducing its new three-tier Mas Andes range of wines from the Maipo and Maule Valleys to UK off-trade customers.

Vagabond Wines set to release an English sparkler as urban winery bears fruit

Vagabond Wines has opened the doors of its urban winery, bar and restaurant in the old Battersea Power Station and it is poised to launch its first wine.

Conviviality will be around for years to come, promises chairman

Conviviality chairman David Adams has aimed to quash fears that Conviviality will go under following a disastrous week that cost chief executive Diana Hunter her job.

Cono Sur brand given a makeover

Concha y Toro has overhauled the packaging for its Cono Sur Bicicleta range as it prepares to launch the brand’s biggest ever marketing drive.

Diana Hunter was "a force for good", says senior industry figure

WSTA chairman Dan Jago expressed his sadness at the news that Diana Hunter has stepped down as Conviviality chief executive following a tumultuous week.

Conviviality chief executive Diana Hunter steps down

Conviviality chief executive Diana Hunter has fallen on her sword after a calamitous week that saw the group plunged into financial chaos.

Big Interview: Vindependents' new business manager

Collaboration is a hot topic among independent wine merchants as they bid to increase margins, overcome barriers to trade and fend off the multiples. We caught up with Tim Carlisle, new business manager at Vindependents – an agency owned by and solely catering to indies – to explore the pros and cons of working collegiately. 

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