Diageo Reserve has launched an “innovative new spirit” under its Ketel One vodka brand name which will be pitched as a rival to spritz-style drinks and low alcohol cocktails.
A raft of wine regions will be represented at the London Wine Fair for the first time this year, while other countries are increasing their footprint at the event.
Portuguese DO wine imports to the UK grew 33.7% in value throughout 2018, driven by a 34% increase in volume sales.
Bestway has reaffirmed its commitment to making a success of high street drinks retailing amid challenging times for this sector of the market.
Inverarity Morton is to be the exclusive distributor for a new “eco wine” commended by Sir David Attenborough.
Treasury Wine Estates is launching a brand called Embrazen into the UK market as it bids to win over more millennial consumers.
Berkmann Wine Cellars has appointed Emma Dawson MW as senior wine buyer.
Seedlip is paving the way for alcohol-free brands to take ownership of the designated driver message, following a global partnership with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.
Low-intervention wines will be the theme of this Spring’s Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) events, which take place later this month.
Penderyn Whisky has been given the green light – and £3.75 million - to expand the business by building a new distillery and visitor centre.
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has issued a qualified welcome to the government’s proposed deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers.
Nik Antona has been elected to the post of chairman at the Campaign for Real Ale at a meeting of the organisation’s national executive.
Lady of the Grapes wine bar and retailer has joined forces with Corney & Barrow Wine Merchants for a celebration of women in the wine industry next month.
William Grant & Sons UK has launched its sixth annual Ian Murray Spirited Solutions Scholarship, which supports young people working in an off-trade spirits retail environment.
Think France is poised to become the ultimate one-stop shop for all French wine buyers bidding to maximise sales in this vital category.
Paragon Brands has launched a new distribution partnership for its Dingle Spirits family of brands in the UK.
Brockmans Gin has secured a listing with Ocado as the consumer interest in super premium gins continues.
Just before Christmas a single bottle of Penfolds Grange 1951 became the most expensive Australian wine ever sold at auction, fetching a cool £44,000. It is interesting to note that the iconic Penfolds brand, beloved of fabulously rich oenophiles, sits in a portfolio alongside Blossom Hill White Zinfandel, the UK’s bestselling rosé. Boosting sales of both brands, positioned at diametrically opposing ends of the market, is the challenge facing Michelle Brampton, who has just taken over from Tom King as managing director for Europe at Treasury Wine Estates.
Broadland Wineries is creating a sister company called Live Kindly Drinks, which will focus on alcohol-free drinks “with social benefits”.
Enotria & Coe has increased its stockholding and hedged further ahead currency-wise “to prepare for whatever form of Brexit the country takes,” according to chief operating officer, Jon Pepper MW.
The growing popularity of Seedlip helped Waitrose record stronger January sales than it saw in 2018. Spirits buyer John Vine told DRN: “Seedlip is doing phenomenally well for us and we had a really good January for spirits this year because of it. We are now looking at listing other alcohol- free spirits.”
Maverick Drinks has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for Israel’s first whisky distillery.
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced its first-half 2019 results with net sales increasing by "the largest organic growth rate in the company’s history".
The nation's love of pink drinks is driving sales of gin, rosé and ”instagrammable” cocktail liqueurs, according to the latest stats from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.
Vegan wines and a focus on organic and sustainable winemaking will be highlighted at this year’s Wines from Spain annual tasting event.
The UK beer market is experienced its fastest growth for 45 years, according to the British Beer & Pub Association.
Combined on- and off-trade sales rose 2.6% in 2018, with take-home leading the way with an annual sales increase of 4.7%. On-trade sales were up just 0.1%.
After a slow start to the year, with sales down 1.7% in the first quarter, the World Cup and the hot summer drove rapid growth in Q2 and Q3.
The BBPA said that the freeze on beer duty also helped sales increase in the fourth quarter.
BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “Considering the heavy cost burdens the industry faces, it’s great to see beer sales doing the best they have for some years.
“A significant amount of the growth in beer sales in 2018 can be attributed to the England team’s performance at the World Cup and the good weather over the summer months.”
Beefeater is bidding to capitalise on the soaring popularity of flavoured gin by launching a new Blood Orange variant.
Berkmann Wine Cellars will reveal its new pricing strategy for 2019 and it has announced it plans to freeze prices until March 2020, to protect customers from “potential Brexit fall out”.
The Scotch Whisky Association has won a long-running battle to stop a German Distillery from using the name Glen Buchenbach for its single malt whisky.
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) have joined forces to celebrate their 50th anniversaries.
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