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London Wine Fair reports on 2016 show

The organisers of this year’s London Wine Fair have reported that visitor numbers were slightly down compared to 2015, although feedback from exhibitors has been “overwhelmingly positive”.

Pickering’s launches first oak-aged gin collection

Pickering’s, the craft gin distiller, has become the first gin distiller to launch a collection of five oak aged gins.

Supermarkets sweep the board at IWC Great Value awards

Supermarkets dominated the 2016 International Wine Challenge Great Value Awards, scooping 14 of the 17 gongs given out by the expert panel of blind tasters.

Möet & Chandon launches Ice Impérial Rosé

Möet & Chandon has revealed its latest innovation for the Champagne category, which it claims is the first ever Rosé Champagne to be served ‘on the rocks’.

Carling reveals 2016 summer of football activity

Molson Coors has revealed Carling’s activity in the lead up to 2016’s summer of football. The promotions are designed to help fans enjoy Carling both at home and in pubs during the tournament.

An authentic 1930s botanical gin hits UK off-trade

A new small batch gin – one of only three single estate gins distilled in the UK – is set to launch under the Spitfire Heritage brand.

Buckingham Schenk adds to its NZ line up

Buckingham Schenk has added two New Zealand producers to its portfolio.

Diageo shares insights for World Whisky Day

Diageo is urging retailers to mark World Whisky Day as it offers “the perfect opportunity” to make whisky the star in their stores.

Bath Ales’s Beerd range gets a big Ego boost

Bath Ales’s craft beer brewery, Beerd, has added a new Saison to its range in time for the summer.

Jeroboams launches art collaboration with London artist

Jeroboams, the London-based wine merchant, is to distribute contemporary illustrative maps of the communities they are based in to their customers and beyond.

Majestic Wine Definition range hits £5 million mark

Majestic Wine has announced that its own-label Definition range has passed the £5 million sales barrier since its launch in September 2015.

Behind the headlines: alcohol, young people and university

After last week’s negative headlines about hospital admissions among the over 65s, this week the national media painted a gloomy picture of alcohol use among young people.

Drinkaware campaign targets middle-aged men

Half of middle-aged men in the UK are putting their health at risk by drinking too much, according to a leading alcohol education charity.

Waitrose wine team transforms Australian range

Waitrose has overhauled its Australian wine range in a bid to grab more attention from its shoppers and drive sales growth.

Hi-Spirits brings barrel-aged tequilas to UK

Hi-Spirits is introducing two limited edition tequilas aged in Bourbon barrels to the UK market.

Heineken triumphs over Alcohol Concern, but Freixenet rapped

Heineken has prevailed in a dispute with Alcohol Concern, which complained to the advertising watchdog that a Bulmers promotion giving away trainers would appeal to underage drinkers.

Supermarket wine ranges will continue to shrink, predict suppliers

The multiple retailers are going through the greatest upheaval in years in terms of range, pricing and promotional strategy. EDLP and range rationalisation are the current buzz phrases giving some suppliers sleepless nights as the grocers seek to fight back against the rise of Aldi and Lidl.

Off-Piste Wines showcases wine cocktail range

Off Piste Wines is tapping into the trend for wine cocktails with the launch of a new range.

The Co-op’s Truly Irresistible range wins raft of awards

The Co-op’s Truly Irresistible wine range has picked up five medals at the latest International Wine Challenge (IWC) awards.

Absolut introduces limited edition bottle

Absolut is introducing its latest limited edition bottle design, which features the rainbow flag – an icon of diversity – in a mixed up format.

Tiny Rebel Brewing returns to its home-brew roots

Tiny Rebel Brewing Co, the award-winning Welsh brewery, has returned to its roots by releasing its first home-brew kit for the Champion Beer of Britain 2015, Cwtch.

Status Quo launches cider and ale

Status Quo has teamed up with British producers to create a cider and an ale.

Wild Knight Ultra-Premium English Vodka appoints top independent spirits merchant

Wild Knight Ultra-Premium English Vodka has teamed up with Hammonds of Knutsford to help extend distribution for the brand.

Louis Latour adds New Zealand producer to portfolio

Louis Latour Agencies has bolstered its portfolio with the addition of Marlborough producer Seresin Estate.

Thatchers Cider renews sponsorship of Bath rugby

Thatchers Cider has renewed its long-standing partnership with Bath rugby club.

Simpsons Wine Estate secures grant for winery development

Simpsons Wine Estate, has announced its application to the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) for grant funding to develop a state-of-the-art winery, has been successful.

Bell’s launches ‘Royal Birthday Decanter’

Bell’s whisky is launching a bespoke, limited edition ‘Royal Birthday Decanter’ to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

Henry Westons Vintage unveils first TV campaign

Ciroc Vodka adds Pink Grapefruit variant for UK market

Diageo Reserve has launched a new Pink Grapefruit variant of its luxury vodka, Ciroc, exclusively for the UK market.

Sharp’s bottles Sea Fury for off-trade

Sharp’s Brewery has unveiled a new bottled Special bitter following “incredible demand” for the existing cask version.

English wine industry takes in second largest harvest

The English wine industry should be able to produce 5.06 million bottles on the back of its second-largest harvest in 2015, according to new figures from the Wine Standards Branch.

Copestick Murray reports record sales

Copestick Murray has reported record sales and profit for 2015.

Badet Clément prepares for double celebration

Badet Clément plans to mark the inauguration of its new “ultra-high-tech” winery alongside its 20th anniversary celebrations in June.

Meantime rolls out ‘Make Time For It’ campaign across UK

Meantime Brewing Company has launched national plans for its ‘Make Time For It’ campaign, celebrating ‘time’ as the fifth ingredient in all of its beers.

Jacob’s Creek fans could win trip to Australian Open

Jacob’s Creek has brought out promotional bottle neck tags for its wines, offering consumers the chance to jet to the Australian Open 2017.

Ridgeview launches limited edition wines

Ridgeview has confirmed the launch of new vintages from its limited edition range.

Masi releases its first sparkling Appassimento

Masi Agricola has released its first sparkling Appassimento wine, Moxxé.

Ancre Hill Estates doubles the size of its vineyard

Ancre Hill Estates, one of the top Welsh wine producers, has taken the first step towards tripling production by planting 8,000 new Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines on 11 acres of virgin land.

Hattingley Valley Wines launches UK Winemaking Apprenticeship

Hattingley Valley Wines has teamed up with The Worshipful Company of Vintners to offer the UK’s first winemaking apprenticeship.

Makulu launches spritzer and summer campaign

Makulu, the South African wine brand, is launching a rosé-based wine spritzer along with its Makulu Moments campaign; both in time for the key summer period.  

Carling secures three-year deal as official beer partner of Premier League

Carling has announced a three-year partnership with the Premier League, running until the end of the 2018/9 season.

Cantona kicks off new Kronenbourg 1664 campaign

Heineken has launched a new campaign for premium lager brand Kronenbourg 1664, starring Eric Cantona.

Bibendum PLB takeover will allow Conviviality franchisees to boost margins, says chief executive

Bargain Booze, Thorougoods and Wine Rack franchisees should see margins boosted as they benefit from greater buying power after parent company Conviviality snapped up Bibendum PLB for £60 million, according to its chief executive.

Bibendum PLB launches its first Chinese wine

Bibendum PLB is gearing up to unveil the latest addition to its portfolio – a Chinese wine from Chateau Changyu Moser XV in Ningxia.

Prosecco sales skyrocket and save wine from large decline

Prosecco has continued its recent record as the star performer of the UK drinks market and sales growth of 34% over the past year is propping up a struggling wine category.

Treasury Wine Estates stresses the importance of brand building

Treasury Wine Estates is on a mission to evolve from a business led by agriculture to a brand-building FMCG heavyweight and Blossom Hill is a perfect fit, according to its managing director.

Fruit cider sales soar but apple tipped to dominate

Fruit cider will never overtake apple as the most popular cider among UK drinkers, according to a leading supplier.

Glenlivet Auchavaich pays homage to 19th century smugglers that created the brand

Market leading single malt brand The Glenlivet has broadened its offering with the release of a limited-edition single cask whisky that called Auchavaich.

Kingsland Drinks launches new fusion wine range

Kingsland Drinks launched a new range of fusion beverages at this year’s London Wine Fair this week.

There's a Beer For That launches partnership with Co-op

There’s a Beer For That has launched the next phase of its campaign through a partnership with Co-operative Food.