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Bestway on-trend with multiple Old World wine ranges launch

Leading UK wholesaler Bestway is keeping ahead of rapidly changing tastes in the marketplace with the launch of a number of new wine ranges.

Wine trade supergroup Skin Contact set to return for 2016 charity gig

Wine trade supergroup Skin Côntact is returning this year after raising more than £10,000 for Comic Relief in a 2015 charity gig.

Tesco slammed for serious breach of Groceries Code

Tesco has been ordered to make wide-ranging changes to its trading practices and systems in a report by Christine Tacon, the Groceries Code Adjudicator, published today.

Conviviality bolsters management team with two big hires

Conviviality plc has appointed David Robinson as the new managing director of Conviviality Retail, which focuses on the company’s franchise store operations in the off-licence and convenience sector.

Hi-Spirits to distribute Brooklyn Gin in the UK

Brand-focused drinks distributor Hi-Spirits has added Brooklyn Gin to its spirits portfolio for both the on- and off-trade in the UK.

Major ad spend to accompany Black Tower redesign

Iconic German white-wine brand Black Tower has revealed new packaging for 2016, which will be back by major above-the-line advertising spend through the year.

London Wine Fair adds pop-up tastings to line-up

The London Wine Fair has announced the launch of a new feature at the 36th annual tasting when it returns in May.

Wakefield Wines launches innovative on-bottle temperature sensor

Australian winemaker Wakefield Wines has launched a new on-bottle temperature indicator to ensure its wines are served at their optimum.

Reducing the Strength: MPs vow to keep cranking up the pressure on competition watchdog to act

MPs have warned the competition watchdog they will not stop pounding on its door over Reducing the Strength schemes after it suggested they are not an urgent enough priority to act upon.

American Beer Company to distribute Colorado's Crazy Mountain

The American Craft Beer Company is to sell Colorado’s Crazy Mountain Brewing Company’s range of beers in the UK.

Moët & Chandon launches three gift packs for Valentine's Day

Moët & Chandon has created three new packages for its Rosé Impérial cuvée to form its 2016 Valentine Collection.

Bison Beer store is bullish about future

A Brighton-based craft beer retailer has revealed plans for off-trade expansion just nine months after opening, in addition to its attempts to move into the on-trade.

Austrian wine: interview with Willi Klinger

Ahead of the upcoming Austrian Wine tasting at the Institute of Directors in London on February 8, we caught up with Willi Klinger, managing director at the generic body, to get the lowdown on Austrian wine.

Vilarnau Cava launches limited edition bottle designs

Leading Spanish Cava producer, Vilarnau is to launch two limited-edition labels for its Brut Reserva and Brut Reserva Rosado in the UK.

Virgin Wines posts 12% growth over Christmas trading period

Virgin Wines saw a 12% uplift in sales over the Christmas period, the online retailer has announced.

Majestic tasks shoppers with choosing the next beer it stocks

Majestic Wine put together a panel of almost 200 beer-loving shoppers and tasked them with choosing the next brew to join its range.

Aldi launches online wine offer

Aldi customers can now buy their wines online, the discount retailer announced today.

Diageo to offer consumers full calorific and nutritional data

Diageo will offer consumers detailed calorific and nutritional information about its range of brands, the group has announced.

Enotria rebrands as Enotria & Coe

Enotria has rebranded as Enotria & Coe after buying out Coe Vintners in August, and the new firm’s portfolio will be presented at a tasting in London on February 23.

Think Gin showcase returns for second year

Think Gin will return to London for its second year on March 1.

SIBA expands awards to recognise craft beer sector

The Society of Independent Brewers has added new categories for best independent craft beer retailer and best independent craft beer promotion in the off-trade.

Trade bodies call for MPs to back further cut in beer duty

Three leading industry bodies in the brewing sector have written jointly to MPs this week asking them to support an Early Day Motion calling for a one penny cut in beer duty in the forthcoming Budget on March 16.

Cîroc launches limited edition bottle to mark launch of Zoolander 2

Ultra-premium vodka Cîroc has unveiled a limited edition bottle to tie in the with release of Zoolander 2, starring Ben Stiller in the title role.

Brown-Forman sells Southern Comfort to Sazerac for £378 million

Brown-Forman is to sell its Southern Comfort and Tuaca brands to Sazerac for £378 million, the company announced today.

Red wine helps prevent erectile dysfunction

Naturally occuring chemicals found in red wine, tea, berries and fruits can help ward off erectile dysfuction, a major new study has found.

ACS briefs MPs in campaign against National Living Wage

The Association of Convenience Stores briefed MPs this week as part of its ongoing campaign against the introduction of the National Living Wage.

The Vintners’ Benevolent Award goes to GrapePip

The Vintners’ Benevolent Award for 2016 has been awarded to Caspar and Victoria Bowes, founders of the online wine auction site GrapePip.

SIBA to partner Craft Beer Rising

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has been confirmed as the Official Partner of the annual Craft Beer Rising beer festival, which takes place on 26 and 27 February in London’s Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane.

US craft beer range expands at Nottingham distributor

Nottingham’s Left Coast Distribution has increased its range of American beers by adding ten new products from Seattle’s Two Beers brewery.

Reducing the Strength: Conservative MP calls for an end to schemes punishing the cider industry

A Conservative MP has called on “misguided” local councils to stop demonising the cider industry by promoting Reducing the Strength schemes.

Christmas brings little relief to Big Four multiples

Big consumer spending in the Christmas week brought some good news for the UK’s supermarkets, according to consumer information analysts Nielsen, with sales up 8% to £3.3bn.

Asahi eyes Peroni and Grolsch as SABMiller prepares to merge with AB-InBev

Japanese brewer Asahi is mulling over a £2.4 billion bid for SABMiller brands Grolsch and Peroni.

Drinks aisles rescue supermarkets as festive grocery sales struggle

The beers, wines and spirits categories posted strong enough growth in the two weeks of Christmas and New Year to offset disappointing results elsewhere in food, according to the latest figures from IRI.

Heathwick adds Saugatuck Backyard IPA to US craft beer portfolio

Heathwick, the import, distribution and brand-building specialist, is to launch a new US craft IPA on the UK market.

Sparkling Christmas sales at Southern Co-op confirm health of c-store sector

A substantial uplift in sparkling wine sales helped drive strong growth at the Southern Co-operative over the Christmas and New Year period.

New UK healthy drinking guidelines receive mixed welcome from industry

The government’s new guidelines on healthy drinking, published today, have met with a mixed reception from the drinks industry.

HMRC smashes fake fags and booze ring masterminded from prison cell

HMRC has broken up a conspiracy to flood the UK with illicit cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol, which was organised from a prison cell.

Curious Brew tops craft beer sales at Waitrose

Curious Brew lager from Kent’s Chapel Down winery was the bestselling craft beer at Waitrose over the Christmas season, posting sales growth of 116% at the multiple retailer across 2015.

Strong Christmas sales ease pressure on Majestic's Gormley

Majestic Wine plc has posted strong sales growth for the ten-week Christmas trading period.

New Zealand Syrah specialist joins Armit portfolio

Armit Wines has added boutique New Zealand winery Stonecroft to its portfolio and claims it will now be distributing “some of the finest Syrah in the New World”.

AB InBev empowers consumers with calorific information pledge

AB InBev is to offer UK consumers full calorific information on its products, the global brewing giant has announced.

Late spike in Christmas shopping offers retailers festive relief

The drinks aisles boomed in the Christmas fortnight, according to the latest figures from data analysts IRI.

South Australian Wine Group loses 1.2 million litres in targeted attack

Police are investigating an overnight attack on the Riverland Vintners winery in Monash, South Australia, which saw four insulated temperature-controlled storage tanks containing 1.2 million litres of red wine deliberately emptied overnight.

Health-conscious young consumers driving growth of non-alcoholic beer

Alcohol-free beer is gaining in popularity in the UK, according to new research from AB InBev UK.

HMRC turns screw on duty evasion

The HMRC’s Alcohol Wholesaler Registratation Scheme is now operational.

Lidl eyes upmarket English wine sales with Denbies listing

Discount retailer Lidl is to stock English wine for the first time, the company has revealed.

Treasury Wine Estates snaps up Blossom Hill from Diageo

Treasury Wine Estates’ UK portfolio will now include Blossom Hill after it completed the £362 million purchase of Diageo’s wine division.

Pernod Ricard partners with AA again on drink-drive campaign

Pernod Ricard UK has again partnered with the AA on its Christmas anti drink-driving campaign.

Borough Wines expands into Islington with seventh London store

Borough Wines has opened a pop-up shop in Islington, before refurbishing and opening as a permanent store site in the New Year.

Craft white spirits are untapped gift market, new research shows

The Christmas gift market has untapped potential for white spirits producers, especially at the craft end of the market, according to research from Mintel.