Virgin Wines boss urges trade to toughen up

The chief executive of Virgin Wines has urged the wine trade to stop moaning about tough exchange rates and work harder to maintain profits.

Denbies plans limited edition of its Noble Harvest dessert wine

Denbies Wine Estate has reported “exceptional” results from the 2016 harvest, and a record volume for its Ortega grape, which makes its award-winning dessert wine, Noble Harvest.

Craft brewer aims to liven up low alcohol beer category

The Big Drop Brewing Co has kicked off its plans to create a portfolio of low alcohol beers with the launch of a Chocolate Milk Stout.

Health campaigners target drinks industry too often, says retailer

A leading independent drinks retailer has questioned why it is always the drinks industry that gets hit by charity health campaigns.

Brexit minister pledges to keep the wine and spirits industry flourishing

Brexit minister David Jones MP has promised he will do everything he can to ensure the drinks industry continues to thrive after Britain leaves the EU.

OLN publisher buys SITT

OLN publisher Agile Media has acquired SITT, the leading tasting for independent drinks merchants, from William Reed.

Californian wine: Knock reveals plans to grow UK sales

The head of the new team appointed to promote Californian wines in the UK says it will aim to give the state a greater year-round trade presence beyond its annual generic tasting.

Goose Island sets its sights on UK off-trade

Goose Island Beer Co is ramping up its focus on the off-trade, starting with a hop-based event in Tesco stores.

Sopexa managing director Anne Burchett steps down

Anne Burchett has resigned as Managing Director UK & Ireland at Sopexa and will leave the company on November 10.

Coravin tells Londoners to Stop Screwing Around

The creators of Coravin have taken over one of the big electronic billboards at London’s Piccadilly Circus to tell passers-by to Stop Screwing Around.

Tanqueray’s Christmas gift edition highlights Art Deco roots

Diageo Reserve’s super-premium gin brand Tanqueray No. Ten has unveiled a new Caged Bottle gift pack for Christmas.

Asterley Bros reveals a ‘modern British Amaro’

Asterley Bros is launching a ‘modern British Amaro’, described as ‘Sicily meets London’.

Global Brands extends Hooper’s into cans

Hooper’s is entering the growing RTS (ready to serve) can market with its most popular flavour, Dandelion & Burdock.

Bowmore reveals Black Bowmore 50 Year Old

Bowmore Islay Single malt Whisky has released its fifth and final edition of its exclusive Black Bowmore 1964 distillation.

California wine industry unveils "dream team" to represent it in the UK

A new team featuring Justin Knock MW, Damien Jackman, Rosamund Barton, Rupert Ponsonby and Sue Glasgow has been assembled to promote Californian wines in the UK.

Pinkster gin bolsters sales force and senior team

Pinkster gin has bolstered in sales force and management team following a £1 million crowdfunding drive earlier this year.

Two UK Diploma graduates nominated for latest WSET award

Two of the five nominees for a newly launched Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) award for outstanding Diploma graduates come from the UK wine trade.

Morgenrot adds sparkling Albarino

Morgenrot has bolstered its portfolio with the addition of a sparkling Albarino from north-west Spain.

Off-trade beer sales maintain growth

The trend that has seen Brits choosing to drink beer at home rather than go to the pub has continued as off-trade beer sales grew 0.3% in volume in the year to September 2016.

Taittinger links with British Independent Film Awards

Champagne Taittinger has announced a new partnership with the British Independent Film Awards.

Innis & Gunn aims to double turnover via crowdfunding

Innis & Gunn has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign, which aims to raise £1m in equity; in addition it has revealed a new beer made from Scottish rainwater.

Domaine Barons Rothschild (Lafite) looks to expand UK presence

Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) wines is gearing up for an enhanced presence in the UK following the appointment of a dedicated sales director.

Conviviality reports strong performance across all divisions

Conviviality has reported sales up by 211% compared to the same period last year, as a result of its big acquisitions across the last 12 months.

Hallgarten bolsters Sicilian portfolio

Specialist wine importer Hallgarten Druitt & Novum has boosted its Italian portfolio with the addition of two new producers.

Marstons overhauls entire portfolio with £1m spend

Marstons has overhauled its beer range with a striking new look in a bid to attract a new generation of drinkers.

Metaxa relaunches its 12 Stars expression

Metaxa has relaunched its Metaxa 12 Stars expression in the UK, supported by the appointment of a new brand ambassador.

Dom Perignon links with artist Michael Riedel

Dom Perignon has teamed up with German artist Michael Riedel to celebrate the power of transformation for its Blanc 2006 and Rose 2004.

Chile becomes UK's number five wine supplier as rivals falter

Chile has leapfrogged Spain and South Africa to become the UK’s fifth largest wine supplier, while New Zealand and Argentina continue to enjoy surging sales.

Majestic launches next day delivery service

Majestic has launched a named and next day delivery service for its full wine range across the UK.

WKD reveals NKD brand extension

WKD has launched two lower-calorie RTDs under the sub-brand name NKD.

The Torres family creates its first Catalan sparkling wine

The Torres family is introducing its first sparkling wine produced in Catalonia using the ‘traditional method’.

Global Brands invests in logistics as demand grows for its core brands

Global Brands is opening a new 110,000 square foot warehouse and distribution depot to help meet growing demand for its products.

Conviviality Retail announces supply agreement with P&H

Conviviality Retail has announced the formation of a new supply agreement with UK wholesaler Palmer & Harvey McLane (P&H).

Britain is stuck in a wine rut, says The Co-op

The Co-operative has declared that the UK is “stuck in a wine rut” after surveying a thousand shoppers and finding that 52% have been drinking the same stuff for more than a decade.

Budweiser and Corona drive AB-Inbev into UK volume growth

AB-InBev has reported that it grew UK volume sales “in the low single digits” as it released global Q3 figures showing revenue grew 2.8%.

Millennial shoppers flock to Aldi and Lidl

Aldi and Lidl are the big winners when it comes to attracting millennial shoppers, according to new research from Nielsen.

Waitrose to stock Great British Home Brew 2016 winning beer

Thornbridge Brewery is in the process of recreating the winning beer of the Great British Home Brew Challenge 2016, which will then appear in Waitrose stores next month.

Black Sheep revamps its Riggwelter ale

Black Sheep Brewery has refreshed the identity of its Riggwelter ale, ahead of its 25th anniversary year in 2017.

Global Brands addresses increased demand

Global Brands is to open a new warehouse and distribution depot in order to support increasing demand across its core brands.
The independent drinks business, which was founded by chairman Steve Perez in 1997, has a range of drinks in its portfolio including the RTD brand VK, Hooch, Jungfrau, Amigos and Franklin & Sons premium soft drinks. In total it has more than 250 SKUs across four categories: RTDs, spirits, beers and soft drinks. 
The investment to expand its operations at the new, larger site aims to give the company better accessibility to major roads and transport links, and therefore improved logistics and efficiency. Global Brands has also increased its workforce, creating 25 jobs in the Derbyshire area.
Steve Perez, Chairman of Global Brands said: “As Global Brands continues to expand, we are thrilled to be bringing the company distribution centre back to its roots in Derbyshire. The added floor space allows us to be flexible and meet the increased demand from our customers now, and in the future”.

WSET opens Asia office as demand for wine & spirits education soars

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has opened its first international office in response to a high demand for wine and spirits education globally.

The Gin Parlour opens its virtual doors

Gin fans now have another online specialist retailer to consider when seeking out new artisan and craft gins.

SWA chief stands down

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA)’s chief executive David Frost is leaving to take up a new FCO role, reporting to Boris Johnson.

Hi-Spirits adds Scapegrace to its gin line-up

Hi-Spirits is expanding its UK gin portfolio with the addition of the New Zealand brand Scapegrace Gin.

The Epicurean opens its doors this week

The Epicurean, which is described as ‘London’s first dedicated artisan drinks event’, will take place at the Truman Brewery in London this week.

Argentina has "more to offer than just Malbec"

Argentina is ready to show UK wine drinkers that it has much more to offer than just Malbec, according to the UK representative for the country’s wines.

Voice of reason: Dave Roberts of the Alcohol Information Partnership

Within hours of the announcement that Dave Roberts was to head a new industry-backed initiative to counter the claims of the anti-alcohol lobby, he had already stirred controversy. Not because of anything he’d done or said, but because he shares a rather common name with the chief executive of Alcohol Research UK.

Roberson partners with Vivino Checkout

Roberson Wine has formed a partnership with popular wine app Vivino.

Spirit Cartel launches two "unique" rums into UK market

Spirit Cartel has launched two unique aged rums from Puerto Rico.

Majestic extends its Definition range into spirits

Majestic Wine is extending its successful Definition own brand range into spirits for the first time.

Carlsberg UK adds gluten-free craft Czech lager to its premium beer line up

Carlsberg UK is adding gluten-free Czech lager Celia to its premium beer portfolio.