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Chapel Down reports burgeoning sales of English wine and craft beer

English sparkling wine producer Chapel Down has grown sales by 26% in the past year, according to its interim results.

Sud de France gears up for its Rising Stars Tasting

Sud de France will be holding its annual Rising Stars Tasting on 20 October to showcase the best wines that are currently being made in the region but are as yet unavailable in the UK market.

Three Ships reveals Pinotage Finish whisky

Three Ships Whisky is enhancing its South African roots by releasing a Pinotage finish whisky.

Whyte & Mackay introduce anniversary single malt

Whyte & Mackay has unveiled a single malt scotch whisky to celebrate their Tamnavulin distillery’s 50th anniversary.

Pernod Ricard targets specialist retailers with peated Scapa Glansa

Pernod Ricard has launched a peated single malt whisky from Orkney called Scapa Glansa into the specialist retailer trade.

'Ginerosity' unveiled by Edinburgh distillery

A gin described as ‘the world’s first social enterprise gin’ has been launched by an Edinburgh distillery.

Ginraw: Barcelona's latest premium gin heads to UK

Ginraw, a gin produced in Barcelona, is on its way over to woo the UK’s off-trade.

Harrods axes fine wine and spirits basement to make way for restaurant

Harrods is axeing the fine wine and spirits department it unveiled in 2013 and replacing it with a 225-seat restaurant.

Aldi teams up with Denbies to move into English sparkling wine

Aldi has teamed up with Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey to launch its first English sparkling wine.

Brockmans gin secures M&S listing

Brockmans gin has secured its first national grocery listing as Marks & Spencer decided to stock the brand from this week in 134 of its stores.

Pinkster gin supremo releases fruit gin liqueur

The producers of Pinkster gin have released a fruit gin liqueur made with Suffolk quince and wild bullace foraged from the hedgerows of East Anglia. 

Aldi makes bold move with launch of Craft Wine range

Aldi is set to shake up the wine category with a new craft wine range, designed to attract millennials by using cues normally associated with craft beer or artisan spirits.

Camra gives "real ale" accreditation to canned beer for the first time

A canned beer has earned Camra’s accreditation for “real ale” for the first time ever.

Britain could lead the way with 'hangover-free' alcohol, according to think tank report

The WSTA launches English Wine Trail

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) has launched an English Wine Trail in a bid to boost drinks tourism and celebrate the nation’s grape growing excellence.

Morrisons offers students 10% off alcohol and food

Morrisons is giving students 10% off beer, wine, spirits and food in a bid to improve its sales and claw back market share.

Les Grands Chais de France grows empire

Les Grands Chais de France has expanded its empire with the purchase of Bejot Vins et Terroirs, which owns 520ha of vines across some of France’s most prestigious appellations.

Tesco's soaring BWS sales drive best performance in two years as alcohol leads grocery channel into growth

A successful summer drinks festival event saw BWS sales grow faster than any other category at Tesco and was the driving force behind the retailer’s best performance in two years.

Majestic Wine profit warning sends share price plummeting

A poor performance from Majestic’s B2B arm and from Naked Wines USA has led to the group delivering worse than expected profits, a trading update has revealed.

Australian wine industry bids to continue UK market dominance

Australia is in the doldrums after slumping to its worst Olympics performance in decades and finishing 10th in the medals table.

Gallo launches a Prosecco into the UK market

E&J Gallo Winery is extending out of its Californian roots by introducing a new Prosecco to the UK market, with the aim of tapping into the nation’s thriving sparkling wine sector.

Waitrose plans to open more in-store wine bars

Waitrose will be expanding its ‘try before you buy’ strategy by investing in more wine bars within its stores.

Alcohol brands should be allowed to sponsor sporting events, says cider boss

Alcohol brands can be a force for good in the sporting world by supporting with sponsorships and the health lobby will struggle to ban this practice, according to the chairman of the National Association of Cidermakers.

Licensing Act backed by industry chiefs

The Licensing Act 2003 could be improved but overall it is “a good bit of legislation”, according to key off-trade representatives who gathered together in Parliament this month to discuss the Act. 

WSTA conference: drinks industry urged to forge pre-Brexit alliances

A former government trade minister has urged BWS suppliers and retailers to forge alliances with “influential producers, businesses and trade bodies” across the EU in a bid to secure the best outcome on free trade after Brexit.

Reducing the Strength: licensing conditions still penalising retailers

Local authorities are no longer making a big noise about new Reducing the Strength schemes but at ground level retailers are still being subjected to requests for conditions on their licenses, according to an expert.  

Oddbins buyer joins hallowed MW ranks

An Oddbins buyer is one of 13 wine gurus to have secured the revered Master of Wine title this year.

UK craft beer on a par with US counterparts despite starting later

UK craft beers are already on a par with their US counterparts despite their late start, according to a brewer who has swapped Oregon for Berkshire.

English wine industry needs to maintain quality as it expands

The English wine industry’s biggest challenge is protecting quality and maintaining high standards as newcomers jump on the bandwagon, says a top producer. 

Tesco's focus on own label wines pushes sales up

Tesco has said its work this year in simplifying its own brand wines has been a success and it will continue to be a key focus area in BWS.

Mateus tipped to continue growth in UK market

Mateus is set it to be the next retro brand to recapture the hearts of the British public after reporting encouraging sales figures over the past year, according to distributor Sogrape.  

Ardbeg Twenty One celebrates Distillery’s most perilous days

Ardbeg has released its latest Limited Edition whisky, a 21 year-old single malt.

Under Age Sales introduces fingerprint technology for retailers

Under Age Sales, the Stockport-based social enterprise, has established a new partnership with Retail Guardian, a software system which aids retailers in the clampdown on sales of age restricted products.

Dan Jago appointed as WSTA chairman

Dan Jago, chief executive of Berry Bros & Rudd, has taken on the role of chairman of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Rekorderlig swaps Winter variant with Spiced Plum

Rekorderlig Cider is gearing up for winter with the launch of Rekorderlig Spiced Plum.

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths bids a fond farewell to the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths is stepping down as chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group following his appointment as a member of the Government Whips’ Office. 

Heineken signs up Jose Mourinho to star in Champions League ad

Heineken has splashed the cash to recruit Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho for a new TV ad to coincide with the new 2016/17 season.

Barwell & Jones adds Marques de Riscal to portfolio

Barwell & Jones it to be the exclusive UK agent for one of Rioja’s oldest and largest wine houses, Marques de Riscal.

WSTA aims to set blueprint for post-Brexit trade deals


Carlsberg UK to distribute Brooklyn Brewery beers

Carlsberg UK is partnering with Brooklyn Brewery to distribute Brooklyn’s beers in the UK.

Westons launches craft cider collection

Westons is bringing out a collection of canned craft ciders for the off-trade market.

Crus Bourgeois seeks to attract younger visitors to London tasting

The Bordelais are seeking to appeal to younger members of the UK wine trade by encouraging wine students to attend the upcoming Crus Bourgeois tasting in London.

The Wine Society's head of buying decides to step down

The Wine Society’s head of buying Tim Sykes is stepping down from the top job after four-and-a-half years in charge to return to frontline buying.

Marshmallows merge with gin and vodka in new launch

The Naked Marshmallow Co is set to launch a gin and a vodka infused with different flavours of marshmallow.

California wine industry emphasises its commitment to the UK market

The Wine Institute of California has spoken out to reassure the UK trade that it is not abandoning the UK market after news that the London office run by John McLaren and Venla Freeman is to shut.

Meantime launches new Pilot Series beers

Meantime Brewing has launched another batch of beers in its Pilot Series collection, including a Belgian-style beer with a touch of Welsh chillies.

Tim Atkin releases South Africa 2016 Special Report

South Africa is “the most dynamic wine-producing country in the world”, according to wine writer Tim Atkin.

Great Sherry Tasting 2016 – registration ends this week

Sherry producers are getting ready to showcase their wines at the UK’s largest event celebrating Sherry Wine.

Jack Daniel's reveals 150th anniversary expressions

Jack Daniels is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, with a range of activity including consumer competitions and the launch of two anniversary bottles.

Quintessential adds super premium Irish whiskey

Quintessential Brands has added to its Dublin Liberties range with a second super premium Irish whiskey.