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Tax on Christmas alcohol shop is 50%, research shows

More than 50% of the UK’s festive alcohol shop is tax, according to research commissioned by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Beam Suntory acquires London gin distiller Sipsmith

Beam Suntory has taken a "controlling stake" in London-based microdistillery Sipsmith.

Halewood expands its Liverpool Collection of spirits

Halewood Wines & Spirits has expanded its Liverpool Collection by adding a rum to sit alongside the vodka and three gin variants.

Halewood expands its Liverpool Collection of spirits

Halewood Wines & Spirits has expanded its Liverpool Collection by adding a rum to sit alongside the vodka and three gin variants.

Pre-loading charge denied by multiples

Supermarket representatives have dismissed the idea that pre-loading is a problem the off-trade needs to tackle, and urged the government to encourage every retailer to focus on the responsible retailing of alcohol.

The Wine Society reveals new Head of Buying

Pierre Mansour has been appointed Head of Buying at The Wine Society, effective from March 2017.

Berry Bros appoints Abi Hirshfeld as new buying director

Berry Bros & Rudd has appointed Abi Hirshfeld as its new buying director.

Inviting beer fans with curiosity to Kill the Cat

A new craft beer shop has opened on London’s Brick Lane claiming a “unique way of ranging its beers”.

Tesco aims to be top for no/ low alcohol

Tesco has vowed to become the champion of low and no-alcohol drinks and is introducing the largest range in its history.

Diageo launches bid to grow alcohol category by £450 million in convenience stores

Nielsen research shows that 90% of UK households buy alcohol at least once a year, but only 30% buy it from a c-store.

Origin Wines aims to win over millennials with innovation

Origin Wines aims to use craft wine, fruit wine, small formats and interesting bottles to demystify wine, attract millennials and reinvigorate the market.

McGuigan Wines targets UK independents after record trophy win

McGuigan Wines is targeting UK independents with wines showcasing regionality, distinctiveness and personality after winning IWSC Winemaker of the Year for a record fourth year running. 

Chivite plots UK comeback

Chivite is seeking to re-establish itself as a leading supplier of mid-tier Spanish wines to the UK trade after a cash injection from venture capitalists.

Del Yerro family targets UK independents with modern Spanish wines

A family making site specific, fruit forward wines is targeting UK independent wine merchants that can hand sell its premium Spanish range.

St Austell showcases beer made with American Eureka hops

St Austell Brewery’s “homage to the West Coast American Pale Ale” is gearing up for a national launch in bottle and keg.

Thatchers reveals series of limited edition ciders

Thatchers Cider is introducing a new series of special vintage, limited edition ciders under the sub brand Cider Barn.

Conviviality acquires 15 convenience stores in South East

Conviviality Retail has acquired a 15-strong portfolio of convenience stores in the South East of England, with the aim of converting the majority into Bargain Booze stores.

Gonzalez Byass adds to its Spanish portfolio

Gonzalez Byass UK (GBUK) has added one of the leading producers of DO Txakoli – the popular Basque Country wine style – to its growing Spanish portfolio.

South African wine brand Footprint joins Delibo Wine Agencies

Delibo Wine Agencies has expanded its portfolio with the addition of the Footprint range from South Africa’s Western Cape.   

Morgenrot adds to its Spanish craft beer portfolio

Morgenrot has boosted its craft beer portfolio with brews from a Barcelona-based brewery.

Black Sheep revives Blitzen ale for Christmas

Black Sheep Brewery has resurrected its festive ale, Blitzen, in time for Christmas.

TWE renames Blossom Hill's fruit wine range

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced its intentions to secure a bigger share of the UK’s fruit wine market next year, starting with the renaming of its Blossom Hill Fruit Bloom range to Blossom Hill Spritz. 

Gigglewater targets opportunities in canned sparkling wine

A drink described as a ‘lifestyle Prosecco’ brand and boasting the unusual name of ‘Gigglewater’, is on a mission to invigorate the UK’s thriving sparkling wine sector.

WSTA presents its Brexit Policy Paper to government

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is calling for Brexit Ministers to let industry lead negotiations to ensure the best possible free trade agreements with the EU.

Chris Ringland releases new Barossa wines in the UK

Iconic Australian wine producer Chris Ringland has released a new entry-level wine called CR 2013, along with new vintages of his super-premium Barossa Shiraz range.

Trio of drinks experts create Scotland's first rum

The first ever white rum to be distilled in Scotland is ready to hit the off-trade next month.

Crikey IPA parachutes over from Seattle's Reuben Brews

An IPA from Seattle’s Reuben Brews has arrived in the UK just days after it took gold in the New Style IPA category at a European beer competition.

Haciendas adds two Cavas to tap into premium growth

The Haciendas Company now has two additions to its existing Cava portfolio.

Halewood launches first UK quince gin

Halewood has revealed its latest addition to the Whitley Neill family – a handcrafted Quince Gin.

Diageo pledges to continue blazing a trail of innovation

The UK’s largest spirits supplier has a new general manager after Charles Ireland took over from Andrew Cowan at Diageo GB.

Black Friday: six bottles of wine for £20 as supermarkets battle it out

Supermarkets are going all out to drive footfall on Black Friday by offering huge discounts on beers, wines and spirits.

Maxxium launches Courvoisier gift packs for VS and VSOP

Maxxium UK is introducing Courvoisier gift packs inspired by the Paris Golden Age.

The Benevolent Thanks for Giving auction takes place tomorrow

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent is hosting an inaugural online auction tomorrow to raise money for members of the industry that have fallen on hard times.

Morrisons reveals plans to boost its convenience presence

Morrisons plans to revive the Safeway name as part of its increased focus on the convenience sector, and it also plans to open more impulse outlets.

Belvoir reveals new alcohol-free wine alternatives

Belvoir Fruit Farms has developed a range of drinks which mimic the sensation of drinking wine, but without any resulting hangover.

Waitrose reveals its 'must have' festive wines

Waitrose has revealed its ‘must have’ wines for the festive season; a collection of six classic wines and a Reserve Tawny Port, each priced at £10 a bottle.

Sussex wine makes inroads with its crusade for PDO status

Sussex wine has been granted temporary protected status, pushing it closer to the official PDO status it seeks.

Moet revives its personalisation service in Selfridges

Moet & Chandon has launched its personalisation service in Selfridges in time for Christmas.

Baileys to star in £3.6m festive campaign

Baileys is launching a new £3.6m festive campaign, while its 50cl Chocolate Luxe variant is set to become a permanent addition to the range.

Scottish distillery sells first release three times over

A Scottish distillery has sold out of its first release of ‘mature spirit’ three times over, amid “overwhelming” demand.

Sogevinus reports of "surprisingly good" harvest

Sogevinus Fine Wines has reported a “surprisingly good” harvest, considering what it described as a difficult vine-growing year.

Famous Grouse features in “bigger and better” festive campaign

The Famous Grouse will feature in two separate television adverts this festive season, a campaign which marks the biggest investment ever for the brand at this time of year.

Pierhead adds Harlem Renaissance Wit to its portfolio

Harlem Renaissance Wit is leaving New York for the first time and has joined Pierhead Drinks’ beer portfolio.

Fuller’s reports of a “good performance in changing times”

Fuller’s craft beer brands are seeing strong growth according to the brewer, which announced its half year results today.

Pioneer Brewing Company to launch UK beer school

Pinoeer Brewing Company, the craft and speciality division of AB InBev UK, has announced plans to launch a professional beer school. 

MP’s unite to support call for cut to wine duty

MP’s have come together to call for a duty cut to wine to support jobs and growth and provide a “level playing field” for the industry.

TWP introduces modern Abruzzo

TWP Wines is introducing PEMO, which it describes as a “modern Abruzzo”, that is designed to sit “at the quality end of the spectrum”.

Majestic Wine reports profits down but sales up

Majestic Wine’s boss Rowan Gormley is confident his turnaround plan is working, even though the company has posted a £4.4m drop in profits for its first half.

Deliveroo partners up with Heineken to launch Brew House

Heineken has formed a partnership with Deliveroo, which means beer and cider is now available under a newly launched brand, Brew House.

Ehrmanns adds Champagne Duval-Leroy to its portfolio

Ehrmanns Wines has taken on distribution for Champagne brand Duval-Leroy in the UK off-trade.