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Citra hop beer leads the way for Oakham

Citra, which Oakham Ales launched five years ago, has overtaken JHB as the brewer’s most popular ale, ending its 23-year position in the top spot.  

The Guildford Wine Company prepares to celebrate 10th anniversary

The Guildford Wine Company will open some “cracking” wines alongside big discounts as part of the celebrations for its 10-year anniversary this weekend.

Crush releases magnum format for Bijou Rosé

Crush Wines has released its Bijou Rosé in a magnum format, following the “unbelievable increase” in consumers looking for larger sharing formats.

Kopparberg unveils cider in a keg in time for summer

Kopparberg has launched a limited-edition Kopparkeg, to help encourage its fans to share their fruit cider this summer.

UK votes to leave Europe: The drinks industry reacts to Brexit

The UK has voted to leave the EU and Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned. Meanwhile, the pound has dropped to its lowest level since 1985.

My Local chain faces administration

Convenience store chain My Local, which was sold by Morrisons last September, is reported to be on the verge of collapse.

Maxxium reveals strategy for boosting spirits growth

Maxxium UK has revealed its strategy for accelerating spirits sales growth over the next five years for the off-trade and on-trade channels.

Bloom Gin links with Bloom & Wild for on-pack promo

Bloom Gin has announced an on-pack promotion with flower delivery company Bloom & Wild.

Waitrose adds Spar buyer Daphne Teremetz to buying team

Waitrose has bolstered its buying team with Spar’s Daphne Teremetz after Cat Lomax left the business to join Majestic Wine.

Heineken reveals first TV ad support for relaunched Amstel

Heineken has launched its first television advert for its Dutch brand Amstel; the ad will premier tonight during the England v Slovakia game.

Franciacorta producer Mosnel aims to win over Brits with quality Italian sparklers

Premium Franciacorta producer Mosnel is bidding to show bubbly-loving Brits that Italy is about more than bulk Prosecco production and can produce sparklers to rival Champagne.

Majestic Wine results: sales rise but profits plummet

Majestic has reported a 43.1% sales rise on the back of the purchase of Naked Wines, but profits plummeted 74.5% (year to March 28, 2016).

Lidl reveals summer Wine Cellar line up

Lidl is focusing on Spanish and Portuguese wine for its next Wine Cellar promotion, which goes into stores on 4 August.

Crush takes on South Australian producer Glenlofty

South Australian producer Glenlofty has joined the Crush portfolio.

Hallgarten extends its Greek portfolio with Cretan trio

Hallgarten is adding a trio of white wines from Crete to its extensive Greek portfolio of wines.

WKD supports Blush variant with digital campaign

WKD has revealed details of its latest marketing campaign to support the launch of WKD Blush.

Hi-Spirits to distribute Paddy Irish Whiskey in UK

Hi-Spirits will take on the UK distribution rights for Irish whiskey Paddy from 1 July.

Lager and cider sales skyrocket as football fans toast Euro 2016

Lager sales soared in the week leading up Euro 2016 as fans prepared to gather at home to watch Wayne Rooney and co attempt to end 50 years of hurt.

Kingstone Press secures two-year deal with England Rugby League

Kingstone Press has been announced as the Principle Partner of England Rugby League ahead of this year’s Four Nations tournament and Rugby League World Cup in 2017.

Litmus launches first wave of new Mont Rochelle wines

Litmus Wines is introducing new wines from Mont Rochelle in South Africa for the UK market. The launch marks the first wines from the vineyard to hit the UK since the joint venture between Litmus and Virgin Limited Edition was formed 18 months ago.

Taittinger reveals 14th edition of its Taittinger Collection

Champagne Tattinger has revealed the 14th edition of its Taittinger Collection, featuring designs by photographer Sabastiao Salgado.

Gin wholesaler penalised by ad watchdog over "irresponsible" Facebook posts

The advertising watchdog has laid into wholesaler The Gin Lab for irresponsibly promoting alcohol on its Facebook page after a complaint from Alcohol Concern.

Born Digital Wine Awards open for entry

The Born Wine Digital Awards have been relaunched and are now open for entries from wine writers, photographers and filmmakers.

Majestic sets out to build customer base and become nation's favourite wine specialist

Majestic’s new strategy is focused on growing customer numbers, increasing the percentage
 of exclusive lines it stocks, improving its multichannel offering, bringing older stores up to scratch and retaining its staff.

Bristol Cider Shop on the move

Bristol Cider Shop is moving to a new retail park housed in shipping containers.

Spar shakes up wine range in BWS review

Spar has revealed plans to introduce eight new wines to its range this year as part of an ongoing review of its BWS category.

Cava to benefit from new classification for quality wines

A new classification for single estate, premium cava has been launched in a bid to raise the quality perception of the Spanish sparkler.

Vagabond plans three new stores, a microbrewery and an urban winery

Vagabond Wines has revealed plans to open three new stores and create a London-based microbrewery and a separate urban winery in the capital.

London wine merchant lays out ambitious expansion plans

London wine merchant The Sampler plans to double its retail estate, ramp up sales to the on-trade and develop its private client base to drive growth in 2016.

Loire aims to capitalise on UK love of sparkling wine

Leading Loire producer Bouvet Ladubay is hoping to capitalise on the UK’s growing love of sparkling wine by reigniting its passion for Saumur sparklers.

The other grapes of Germany gain traction among UK shoppers

UK wine lovers are starting to realise that there is more to Germany than Riesling and experimenting with different grape varietals, according to Nielsen figures.

Wales to host English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2016

The Welsh Vineyards Association will be this year’s host for the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2016.

The Co-operative plans next phase of BWS revamp

The Co-operative Group is getting ready for the next phase of its major BWS overhaul with a focus on packaging formats.

Port boss excited by the UK market

Fladgate Partnership chief executive Adrian Bridge has given the UK off-trade market a vote of confidence after fortified wine sales started to arrest years of decline.

CIVB unveils summer campaign for Bordeaux white wines

The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) has unveiled its new summer campaign, which highlights the dry white wines of the region.

Diageo reveals new Smirnoff Cider brand

Smirnoff has revealed plans to break into the thriving cider market with the UK launch of Smirnoff Cider.

Camra launches new awards ceremony for Champion Beer of Britain

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is to announce the winners of the Champion Beer of Britain competition at a new awards ceremony.

Asda and Morrisons revamp drinks strategies to claw back share

Asda and Morrisons have unveiled plans to fight back against the discounters by revamping their drinks retailing strategies.

Diageo appoints new general manager for Great Britain and Ireland

Charles Ireland has been appointed as general manager of Diageo GB in a job swap with Andrew Cowan.

Cider body ramps up marketing efforts

The National Association of Cider Makers is launching its first consumer education drive after hiring a full-time marketing manager.

Sherry Wine launches Wine Label Design Competition

Sherry Wine is launching a Wine Label Design Competition for its generic labels, aimed at “breathing new life” into its overall image.

Maxxium UK unveils new structure

Maxxium UK plans to restructure its business to reflect the evolving spirits market and to cash in on growth opportunities in the category.

‘Counterfeit cigarettes up 300%’ claims study commissioned by manufacturers

A report conducted by KPMG for major tobacco manufacturers claims there was a 300% rise in counterfeit cigarette volumes in the UK last year.

Instil adds four artisan vodkas to its portfolio

Instil Drinks Company has added four vodkas to its collection.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte aims to enchant drinkers with new global advertising campaign

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte is marking its 40th anniversary with the launch of a global marketing campaign called Enchanter La Vie.

Tesco launches new look own label wine range

Tesco is launching a new look own label wine range designed to help customers navigate its wine aisles.

Bodegas Bocopa joins Crush Wines

Bodegas Bocopa from Alicante has joined the Crush Wines portfolio.

Hi-Spirits agrees distribution deal with Toorank

Hi-Spirits has announced a new partnership enabling it to become the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for Dutch spirits producer Toorank.

Burgundy producer tips Limoux to rival world’s greatest Pinot Noir producing regions

A leading Burgundy negociant has tipped Limoux to rival the world’s greatest Pinot Noir producing regions after snapping up a 25ha vineyard there.

The Glenlivet Cipher offers fans a blind tasting experience

The Glenlivet has launched The Glenlivet Cipher, a ‘mysterious’ single malt Scotch whisky released without any cask information or tasting notes, designed to test whisky fans’ noses and palates against the master distiller.