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Graham’s Port partners with luxury chocolate maker Rococo

Premium Port company Graham’s has announced a new partnership with artisan chocolatier Rococo Chocolates, as part of an ongoing objective to promote Port and food pairings.

Amstel pushes premium positioning with off-trade revamp

Amstel is to roll out nationally with a premium new look from May this year.

Sainsbury’s reports best quarter in two years

Sainsbury’s has reported its first rise in sales in two years, as it continues its focus on phasing out multi-buy promotions.

Cream liqueurs added to 2016 inflation basket

Consumers appear to favour a night in with a cream liqueur over a visit to a nightclub, according to the updated basket of goods used to measure consumer prices.

Edinburgh Gin adds seaside-inspired gin to core range

Edinburgh Gin is expanding its core range as a result of “soaring customer demand”.

Stag Beer heads over from Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago’s Stag Beer is now available to UK beer fans.

Hogs Back launches Hogstar in cans

Hogs Back Brewery has announced its Hogstar English Craft Lager will soon be available in cans, following the success of its bottled and draught formats.

Ketel One Vodka unveils limited edition bottle

Ketel One Vodka has launched a limited edition bottle to celebrate 325 years of the Nolet Family Distillery.

Dry January fans drive record sales for Eisberg

The popularity of Dry January this year has helped drive record sales for alcohol-free wine Eisberg, according to brand owner Halewood.

The UK is key target export market for Oregon wines

Oregon wine producers plan to focus more on the UK market as they start ramping up the amount of wine they export.

Wine trade must increase focus on millennials to preserve its future

Retailers feel that suppliers are not doing enough to preserve the future health of the wine category by attracting millennial consumers, an Off Licence News survey has found.

Brewdog forced to recall beers with X-rated expiration date

Brewdog has been forced to recall cans of its flagship Punk IPA that gave their expiration date as “Mother Fucker Day”. 

Wine trade should mimic craft beer's success

The wine world should take inspiration from craft beer if it is to arrest declining sales and drive value back into the category, a leading supplier has warned.

J P Chenet supplier Les Grands Chais de France tips return to growth

The new managing director at Les Grands Chais de France has vowed to bring JP Chenet back into growth in the next year.

Convenience stores must improve beer and cider fixtures to boost profits

Convenience store owners can boost beer and cider sales exponentially by focusing on ease of shop, value for money and meeting consumer occasions, according to a leading supplier.

Sales of fizz in the UK top £1bn for the first time

Sales of sparkling wine in the UK continue to soar with the latest data indicating the amount sold last year is enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall, reaching over £1 billion for the first time.

Fruit flavoured wine: top of the crops

Accolade Wines took the market by storm when it launched Echo Falls Fruit Fusions in 2014 as it brought innovation to a stagnant market and won over millennials in their droves.

South American wine offers tonic to Dry January

Dry January hammered wine sales in the UK and plunged the sector into sharp decline, with sales falling 2.9% in value and 3.6% in volume (IRI, 12 weeks to January 30).

Dundee brewery given green light

Dundee is in line to have its first brewery for 50 years after planning permission was granted to a new start-up.

Variety is the spice of life for Boutinot

Interesting grape varietals are driving growth in the wine channel as shoppers move on from Picpoul de Pinet to the likes of Godello and Pecorino, according to a leading supplier.

Popularity of gin soars with sales likely to hit £1bn next year

The British gin industry had a record-breaking year last year with sales nearing £1bn, driven by the opening of 49 new distilleries, which has helped boost consumer interest. 

Government admits defeat on extended Sunday trading hours proposal

The Government has been defeated in its bid to relax Sunday trading laws in England and Wales after its attempt to let larger shops trade for more than six hours was voted down.

Carlsberg UK kicks off Uefa Euro 2016 campaign with limited-edition packaging

Carlsberg UK has revealed limited edition packaging for its Carlsberg and Carlsberg Export beers, to mark its position as a sponsor for the Uefa European Championships for the eighth consecutive occasion.

Accolade Wines announces Mud House sponsorship of British & Irish Lions

Accolade Wines has announced that Mud House Wines is now an official sponsor of the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

Boutinot signs up Sonoma’s Cline Cellars

Boutinot has added the family-owned Californian vineyard and winery Cline Cellars to its portfolio.

SNP to oppose changes to Sunday trading in England and Wales

The government faces a new battle in its plans to extend Sunday trading hours following the news that the SNP intends to vote against the proposals.

Tesco appoints new MD for convenience

Tesco has announced the appointment of Tracey Clements as managing director for convenience and chief executive of One Stop, according to media reports.

Champagne de Castelnau launches a rare 2003 Vintage Champagne

Champagne de Castelnau has announced it will release its Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2003 this month, offering fans a rare opportunity to experience premium quality Vintage Champagne from a controversial year.

Off-licence set to open in Wakefield bar

Permission has been granted for an off-licence to open on the ground floor of a city centre bar in Wakefield despite objections from the police.

St Patrick’s Day on-pack promotion for Jameson

Pernod Ricard UK is introducing a bespoke on-pack offer across its Jameson Original blend.

Newcomer targets gin fans and summer drinkers

A new gin-based drink has its sites on being the drink of the summer.

Sulphur-free wines coming to London Wine Fair

French winery Domaines Paul Mas is returning to the London Wine Fair this May with a new range of sulphur-free wines. 

The Co-operative unveils drastic changes to beers, wines and spirits department

The Co-operative Group is today implementing the most dramatic range change to its beers, wines and spirits shelves that its 4,000-plus stores have seen in years.

Lidl runs promotion on English and Hungarian wine

Lidl has bolstered its wine shelves with 57 SKUs including English and Hungarian ranges as part of an in-store promotion called Wine Cellar.

Wines of Portugal tasting: buyers urged to check out Tejo

Retailers have been urged to take a look at Portugal’s Tejo region at the upcoming Wines of Portugal tasting in London.

Winners of prestigious Argentina Wine Awards announced

The Argentina Wine Awards celebrated its tenth anniverary last week at a major event attended by over 300 winery owners, winemakers, provincial authorities, managers of the wine industry, jurors and journalists.

Overwhelming majority of public backs industry campaigns for drink duty cut

Two surveys, conducted by polling organisation YouGov on behalf of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association and the British Beer & Pubs Association, have revealed huge support among voters for a cut on alcohol duty on chancellor George Osborne’s forthcoming Budget.

Charlie Wells Triple Hopped IPA launching at Craft Beer Rising

Bedford brewer Charles Wells has used Galaxy, Simcoe, and Goldings hops to make a new beer called Charlie Wells Triple Hopped IPA.

Diageo pays £53 million to oust Mallya from United Spirits

Global drinks giant Diageo has agreed to pay £53 million to Indian entrepreneur Vijay Mallya in return for Mallya’s resignation as chairman of United Spirits.

Portman Group rebuts link between alcohol sports sponsorship and risky drinking

A report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies which claims that the sponsorship of sports by alcoholic drinks is “putting our children and athletes at risk” has been rebutted by the Portman Group.

AB-Inbev grows UK sales

AB-InBev grew UK volume sales in the “mid-single digits” in 2015 on the back of strong performances from Stella Artois and Budweiser.

Carlsberg backs Jeff Stelling on marathon march for Prostate Cancer UK

Carlsberg is supporting Sky sports presenter Jeff Stelling in an epic charity walk, dubbed the Men United March, to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

Instil to unveil five new ciders at Craft Beer Rising

Instil Drinks Co will be unveiling its new cider range at Craft Beer Rising which starts on Friday. 

Silent Pool Gin creates world's largest and most expensive gin bottle

Surrey-based distillery Silent Pool has created a nine-litre bottle of its signature Silent Pool Gin, which is believed to be the largest and most expensive bottle of gin ever.

Majestic Wine offers free Champagne to people born on February 29

Majestic Wine is giving away bottles of Veuve Cliquot to leaplings – people born on February 29 – in a promotion to mark the leap year.

England Rugby and Drinkaware partner at Twickenham internationals

Drinkaware, the responsible drinking charity, is to partner with English Rugby for England’s two home fixtures at Twickenham during the 2016 RBS Six Nations tournament.

Oxford Wine Co bullish after shrinking retail estate to focus on wholesale and wine bars

The Oxford Wine Co will target growth in wholesale and the on-trade after shutting its store in Cirencester and ruling out expanding its retail arm in future.

Think Gin Awards: nominees revealed

Some of the finest retailers in the land have been nominated for the prestigious Think Gin Awards, which will be presented at an event in London on March 1. 

Carlsberg UK promotes finance chief to top role

Danish brewer Carlsberg has promoted Julian Momen to chief executive of its UK business.

Bellini Canella bringing a dash of Venice to SITT in Manchester

Buyers at the SITT tasting in Manchester will be serenaded by an opera singer and fed with Italian food as The Bottle Drinks Company launches Bellini Canella.