Barefoot launches #BareYourSole campaign

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly has revealed its latest campaign, which aims to champion diversity and inclusivity.

Tesco rejigs beer aisles to add craft and no/ low alcohol brews

Tesco plans to halve the number of Heineken products it stocks but denies this move is a direct response to the brewer’s planned price hikes in the wake of Brexit.

Lidl appoints expert to strengthen its success in spirits

Lidl has appointed spirits expert Tristan Stephenson to work with its BWS buying team and consult on the retailer’s spirits range.

Champagne sales decline blamed on Brexit

Champagne sales dropped in both value and volume terms in the UK last year, driven by the fall in the value of the pound, a reduction in discounting by supermarkets and a “growing appetite” for premium-priced options, according to the Champagne Bureau (CIVC).

Wild Island Gin flies the flag for Hebridean botanicals

Colonsay Beverages, which already has a range of beers in its portfolio, has now branched into gin production with the launch of a gin infused with unusual botanicals from the local area.

Meantime claims market first with DNA-inspired beer

Meantime Brewing has claimed a market first by launching the first beer to be based on a brewmaster’s DNA.

Tiger Gin prepares to tap into festival season

The makers of Tiger Gin are getting ready to raise the profile of the brand this year by focusing on trade shows and food festivals around the country.

Sussex Brewery opens first bottle shop

Dark Star Brewery is gearing up to open its first bottle shop and tasting room, which will be in the West Sussex town of Crawley.

North South puts its faith in millennials

Millennial-friendly and South African wines, ethical brands and sparklers are among North South Wines’ predictions to be 2017’s big winners.

Lea & Sandeman look to raise retail profile

London independent wine merchant Lea & Sandeman is on a mission to win over younger drinkers and expand its retail empire as it seeks to drive awareness of its brand.

Hampshire county wine group grows

The Vineyards of Hampshire group now represents eight winemakers across the county after Raimes English Sparkling joined.

Aldi wine initiative taps into green trend

Aldi has revealed its latest wine projects – the environmentally friendly Green Collection and a range called French Discoveries.

Research shows opportunity for low/ no-alcohol

One third of Britons have reduced their alcohol intake over the past year, according to the latest research from Mintel.

Calvet reveals joint promotion with Le Rustique cheese

Calvet, the French wine brand owned by Les Grand Chais de France, has collaborated with leading Camembert brand, Le Rustique, to launch an on-pack promotion.

Barefoot launches #BareYourSole campaign

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly has revealed its latest campaign, which aims to champion diversity and inclusivity.

DBG Italia embarks on new direction

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced that DBG Italia, the Italian agency business founded by David Berry Green, is to become an independently owned company.

Domaine Sainte Rose launches first sweet wine

The Simpsons of Domaine Saint Rose are introducing a sweet wine to the market for the first time.

A Glass With: new wine podcast attracts A-list stars

OLN’s resident MW Richard Hemming is teaming up with wine personality and all round jolly good fellow Olly Smith for a new podcast.

Sainsbury's completes biggest wine range review in years

Sainsbury’s has completed its biggest wine range review in years after seeking to answer shoppers’ desires for more unusual styles, make the fixture easier to navigate and simplify pricing. 

Prosecco will shore up ailing wine sales for years to come

Prosecco sales are forecast to grow 17.3% to 8.3 million cases by 2020 and Brits’ insatiable thirst for the Italian sparkler will prop up an otherwise declining category.

Friarwood plans second shop and ramps up digital focus
Fine wine specialist Friarwood is putting the focus firmly on retail and e-commerce as it celebrates its 50th birthday this year.

Peter Bowen started the business in 1967, when he began importing top Bordeaux direct from the châteaux and supplying the UK on-trade.

Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme nearly upon us

The along-awaited Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme comes into effect on April 1.

Gallo boosts its Spritz fruit flavoured wine range

Gallo Family Vineyards is adding to its Spritz portfolio with a Wild Strawberry flavour.

Heineken promises its new alcohol-free beer tastes great

Heineken is launching a 0% abv lager under its eponymous brand in response to the growing consumer trend for moderation.

Treasury Wine Estates appoints new European managing director

Treasury Wine Estates has appointed Tom King as managing director for Europe after Dan Townsend sadly passed away.

New Burgundian brand targets UK off-trade

La Burgondie, a new 30-strong French wine brand, is heading to the UK’s off-trade this spring, distributed by Conviviality.

Bushmills adds Red Bush blend to its portfolio

Bushmills Irish Whisky has added a Red Bush variant to the range to appeal to bourbon enthusiasts and those new to Irish whiskey.

Stroud resurrects its peppercorn bitter

Stroud Brewery has re-released its peppercorn bitter, Teasel, as a limited seasonal ale and this time it appears in a bottle conditioned format.

Whyte & Mackay teams up with British & Irish Lions

Whyte & Mackay has announced its biggest-ever international sport partnership with rugby team The British & Irish Lions.

Gin and fruit cider join ONS inflation basket

The soaring popularity of gin and fruit cider has been cemented as the Office for National Statistics including the drinks in the virtual basket it uses to measure inflation.

Magic Spells joins London's craft brewing scene

The Magic Spells Brewery has become the latest brewer to join London’s craft beer scene.

Jameson taps into on-the-go occasion

Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled a new premium, on-the-go offering for its Jameson Irish whiskey brand.

Tomatin launches limited edition single malt series

Scotch whisky distiller Tomatin has unveiled its limited-edition single malt series, Five Virtues.

Stewart Brewing prepares for a bumper beer festival

Stewart Brewing gets prepared for its annual Edinburgh Beer Festival, which it promises will be the biggest yet.

Caple Rd links up with Backyard Cinema

Caple Rd Cider has formed a partnership to become the official Cider of Backyard Cinema for the next two years.

Boutinot buys Henners Vineyards in East Sussex

Boutinot is bringing its winemaking experience to English shores for the first time with the purchase of Henners Vineyards in East Sussex.

Heineken launches Desperados Dos for late night occasion

Desperados Dos, a new variant in Heineken’s tequila-flavoured beer portfolio, is being launched to tap into the late-night drinking occasion.

Foxhole Spirits launches second batch of gin

Foxhole Spirits has released its second batch of Foxhole Gin, the first gin distilled with English wine grapes picked from Sussex vineyards.

Dan Townsend of Treasury Wine Estates sadly passes away

Treasury Wine Estates’ European managing director Dan Townsend has sadly passed away.

Chateau Lafite set to make London Wine Fair debut

The Rothschild Collection will make its London Wine Fair debut this year and a special invitation-only tasting will see one bottle of 2010 Chateau Lafite opened.

Think Gin Awards 2017: winners revealed

The UK’s leading gin retailers, bar operators, wholesalers and communicators were honoured for their hard work in making it the UK's most exciting and trendiest drinks category at our third annual Think Gin event this week.

Cider industry saddened by a far from rosy Budget battering

The cider industry took a battering in the Chancellor’s March Budget and warned the decision will threaten the health of several British businesses.

Budget 2017: No cuts to wine and spirit duty

The Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement that wine and spirit duty will rise by inflation is “disappointing” and a “missed opportunity”, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Bulk wine show heads to London for 2018

The International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show (IBWSS) is set to take place at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on 26 and 27 February 2018.

Jameson’s Makers Series: on shelves in time for St Patrick’s Day

Jameson Irish Whiskey has launched a premium trio of different expressions in time for St Patrick’s Day.

Ramón Bilbao shows “daring design” for innovative wine

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao is set to introduce a new look for its Vinedos de Altura Tempranillo Garnacha; a red blend which the producer believes “flies the flag” in pushing viticultural boundaries in Rioja.

Heineken gives Foster’s a makeover

Heineken has announced it will be launching a new design for Foster’s, which will roll out into stores from April.

Fowey Valley adds blush cider to its portfolio

Fowey Valley Cider has created a cider with a natural gold-blush colour, in time for Spring.

JP Chenet gets a contemporary new look

JP Chenet, owned by Les Grands Chais de France, has unveiled a packaging refresh as part of the brand’s evolution and to give the range a more contemporary feel.

Bowmore unveils new packaging across its range

Bowmore Islay Single Malt Whisky has revealed new packaging across its core range, with the aim of “communicating the hidden depths” of the brand and paying tribute to the world’s oldest Scotch maturation warehouse.