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Think of cancer when you drink, says government’s chief medical officer

The UK government’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, has urged women to contemplate the risk of developing breast cancer every time they consider having glass of wine.

Drinks Retailing Awards 2016 winners revealed

Aldi, Waitrose and We Brought Beer were among the big winners at the Drinks Retailing Awards, which were presented at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday.

ACS condemns government attempt to force through "unpopular, unnecessary and damaging" Sunday Trading deregulation

The Association of Convenience Stores has condemned the government’s tactics on its controversial deregulation of the country’s Sunday trading laws.

i heart Prosecco becomes largest Prosecco brand in impulse sector

Copestick Murray’s i heart Prosecco posted 85% growth across 2015 to become the largest Prosecco brand in the impulse sector, according to data from Nielsen.

ACS calls on Chancellor to support UK's small high street retailers

The Association of Convenience Stores has called on the chancellor, George Osborne, to do more support local retailers.

Conviviality Retail on course to meet ambitious expansion target as profits grow on the back of soaring Prosecco and ale sales

Conviviality Retail is on course to meet its expansion target of opening 50 new Bargain Booze and Wine Rack store in 2015-16 financial year.

Brand extension for hugely successful no-alcohol Beck's Blue

AB InBev is following through on its commitment to ensuring 20% of its global beer are low-to-no alcohol by 2020 with the release of Beck’s Blue Lemon in the UK.

There's A Beer For That secures major new investment

There’s A Beer For That, the brewing industry campaign to revive the popularity of beer in Britain, has secured a further £5 million in funding.

Reducing the Strength: licensing expert brands council disgraceful for forcing scheme on store

A former licensing sergeant has branded Wirral council “disgraceful” and accused it of flouting licensing laws in its bid to roll out a Reducing the Strength scheme in the area.

Free Run Wines launches cricket-themed AOP Bergerac wines

Free Run Wines has created a new brand of AOP Bergerac wines called Le Village Anglais and will present them at the upcoming France Under One Roof tasting.

Provence rosé Imperials set to take the UK by storm

An Englishman who found fame with a viral video instructing people how to open a bottle of wine with a shoe is hoping to make his six-litre Imperials of Provence rosé the drink of choice at parties and BBQs this summer.

Kopparberg fruit lager: “more refreshing than lager, not as sweet as fruit cider”

Kopparberg hopes to win over drinkers that find lager too bitter and fruit cider too sweet with its new lemon and limed flavoured fruit lager.

Diageo half-year results ahead of expectations

Organic sales at global drinks giant Diageo were up 1.8% for the second half of last year, the company has revealed.

Pernod Ricard unveils first new expression for Longmorn Speyside single malt

Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled the first in a series of new expressions for its Speyside Longmorn whisky.

SWA calls for further excise cuts for spirits as sales boost Treasury coffers

Last year’s 2% cut on excise duty helped the Treasury increase its take from the tax on UK spirits sales by 4% to £96 million, new figures reveal.

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.