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Brewdog invincible as rivals flounder

Brewdog continued its inexorable rise towards retail dominance by growing off-trade sales 116% to £62.2 million in 2017 (Nielsen). 

Sparkling wine sales to fill gap left by still wine decline

New figures from IWSR predict that UK sparkling wine volume sales will grow 14.5% by 2021, making up for an 8.8% decline in still wine volumes. 

Jeroboams expansion continues apace

Jeroboams is gearing up to open its eighth London store, the first under the tenure of chief executive Hugh Sturges, as the company continues on its expansion trail. 

Vindependents aims for 50-member mark

Vindependents has taken on an “enormous” number of new producers over the past few months and the team is to tour the UK to sign up more independents to reach its goal of 50 members.

Innis & Gunn teams up with Tullamore DEW to create Kindred Spirits

Craft brewer Innis & Gunn, and distiller Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey, have collaborated for the first time to create a limited edition Scottish stout.

Loch Lomond Whiskies agree five-year deal link with The Open

Independent Scotch whisky distiller, Loch Lomond Group, has agreed a five-year partnership with The Open, for its Loch Lomond Whiskies brand.

Craft Beer Rising 2018 set to be "bigger and better than ever"

Craft Beer Rising (CBR) is set to return to London for 2018 with the event taking place from February 22 to 24.

Thatchers introduces new video shorts

Somerset cidermaker Thatchers has launched a series of short films that will run on demand throughout the spring and summer.

Bargain Booze reveals in-store promotional campaign

Bargain Booze is trialling its first ever Instant Win promotional campaign, which is live in more than 500 stores.

The Lakes adds to its gin liqueur collection

The Lakes Distillery has announced it will launch a Rhubarb and Rosehip Gin Liqueur in March this year.

WineGB unveils new branding

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) has unveiled its new branding to support the UK wine industry’s new name and identity, along with the announcement of its activities in 2018.

The Wine Society boss steps down

Robin McMillan has stepped down as chief executive at The Wine Society after almost six years at the helm of the trade’s oldest mutual society.

Fentimans launches "crème de la crème" of tonic water

Fentimans has launched a new ‘super premium’ mixer to support its recent £1.2 million rebrand and image overhaul.

Buckingham Schenk launches new Priorat

Buckingham Schenk plans to launch a new Priorat at this year’s Wines from Spain Annual Tasting event in London.

Wines from Spain prepares for 2018 annual tasting day

The Wines from Spain Annual Tasting 2018 is set to take place on March 6, featuring wine from more than 300 Spanish wineries.

Bulwark Cider set to parachute over from Canada

A handcrafted, super-premium cider from Canada is on its way to the UK.

Marques de Caceres launches Flamenco-inspired wine

Marques de Caceres has crafted a limited edition wine, which it said has been inspired by the passion and tradition of Flamenco high fashion.

Villa Maria appoints new chief executive

Sir George Fistonich is handing over the reins at Villa Maria to a new chief executive after spending 57 years at the helm of the company.

Conviviality to distribute Marqués de Riscal wines

Conviviality is taking over UK exclusivity for Marqués de Riscal across all channels, with independent retail sales through Walker & Wodehouse and on-trade sales through Matthew Clark.

Sixpoint Brewery gears up for full-scale UK launch

American craft beer company Sixpoint Brewery is gearing up for a full-scale UK launch via importer Heathwick.

Gunna Drinks reveals craft soft drinks range

A London producer is introducing a range of craft soft drinks in a bid to help retailers minimise the effect of the impending sugar tax.

Canada's Empress 1908 heads to the UK

A colour-changing gin from Canada is on its way to UK shores.

Cocchi gets wider off-trade rollout

Aperitif and vermouth brand Cocchi has been given a wider off-trade rollout in the UK and has secured a listing with Waitrose.

Pernod Ricard performs management shake-up after reporting strong growth

Laurent Lacassagne is leaving his role as chairman and chief executive at Chivas Brothers after 30 years at Pernod Ricard.

Drinks Retailing Awards 2018: winners announced

The UK’s leading supermarkets, multiple specialists, independent stores and ecommerce sites were honoured at the 2018 Drinks Retailing Awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday evening.

The WSTA makes two additions to its Board

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has made two additions to its Board.

Valentine's Day spending now ahead of Easter

Britons now spend more money on Valentine’s Day gifts than they do at Easter, according to Mintel research.

Glendalough Distillery unveils new whiskey range

Glendalough Distillery is set to launch three newly-crafted whiskeys for 2018, along with a new bottle design across its full range of spirits.

Halewood adds Cornwall's Dead Man's Fingers to portfolio

Halewood Wines & Spirits has added a Cornish small batch spiced rum brand to its premium portfolio.

Mar de Frades moves to Enotria & Coe

Mar de Frades, the sister to Rioja’s Ramon Bilbao, has appointed Entoria & Coe as its UK distributor.

Gallo ramps up investment in Dark Horse brand

E&J Gallo Winery is doubling its marketing investment for its Dark Horse label along with a packaging overhaul for the brand, in a bid to continue the “outstanding performance” recorded in 2017.

Booker ceo to head up Tesco UK's retail arm

Tesco has announced that Charles Wilson, Booker’s chief executive, will become ceo of the multiple’s retail and wholesale operation in UK and Ireland after completion of the merger.

Think Rum awards honour leading lights in the burgeoning category

Gerry’s Wines and Spirits, Waitrose and Sly Augustin were among the big winners at the second annual Think Rum Awards this week.

Wolf Blass relaunches rugby-themed labels as Six Nations looms

The Six Nations begins this weekend and Treasury Wine Estates has launched a range of rugby-themed Wolf Blass labels to appeal to fans of the sport.

Independent wine merchant would spark “more graveyard sex”

Concerned folk living in Ware have opposed plans for a high-end independent wine store because it could lead to “more graveyard sex”.

Chateau Fleur Haut Gaussens reveals 100% Cabernet Franc

Chateau Fleur Haut Gaussens has launched a new cuvee made from 100% Cabernet Franc.

Cognac to feature in new London-based event

An epicurean event focusing on Cognac is set to launch next week at the Shoreditch specialist spirits retailer, TT Liquor.

Crabbie Whisky returns with two single malts

Crabbie Whisky will return to the Scottish whisky market this month with two limited expressions.

St Peter's wins competition for new Morrisons beer listing

A fruit beer has been named the winner of a national “Brewed for Morrisons Beer Festival 2017” competition.

Eisberg gears up for 2018 cycling season

Eisberg has linked up with Canyon Bicycles in sponsoring a UCI Continental Cycling Team.

"Rum doesn't need to shed its pirate image" say experts

There’s no need for rum to try to shake its pirate image, according to experts who gathered together in London yesterday for DRN’s annual Think Rum event.

Enotria to showcase new wines at its annual tasting event

Enotria&Coe is gearing up to take over the Saatchi Gallery for its annual tasting event next month.

Vodka designed to be mixed with water makes UK debut

A vodka designed to be mixed with water is set to launch in the UK.

Bancroft Wines appoints new ceo

Bancroft Wines has appointed Jon Worsley as its new chief executive officer.

Conviviality chief executive says franchisees are reaping the benefits of soaring share price

Conviviality chief executive Diana Hunter said the group’s half-year results represent a “great result” for franchisees.

Conviviality half-year performance hailed by analysts

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality posted modest like-for-like retail sales growth of 0.4% in the first half of the 2017/18 financial year.

Renault creates Cognac to drink with coffee

Renault has launched a new Cognac, Avec, which it says has been specially created to drink with coffee.

Australian wine sales buoyant as interest in regionality grows

Australia cemented its status as the UK’s number one wine supply country by growing sales 1.5% to £1.7 billion in 2017 (Nielsen).

Newcastle's minimum unit pricing plans: an exercise in click-bait and fake news

If you Google “Newcastle minimum unit pricing” you will be presented with a fascinating insight into the machinations of modern day journalism.

House of Krug presents Krug Rosé 21eme Édition

Krug has added its rosé cuvée to its Édition concept, whereby it gives a number to each Krug Grande Cuvée expression.