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Premium lager, beer and cider set for sustained UK growth, analysts report

The UK market for premium lagers, beers and ciders is likely to grow steadily for the next five years, sector analysts have predicted.

Adnams opens shop and café in Bury St Edmunds

Adnams has opened a shop and café in Bury St Edmunds.

BrewDog lets world's strongest canned beer loose on the market

BrewDog, Scotland’s leading independent brewery, has launched what it believes is the world’s strongest canned beer.

Rye River expands in booming Irish craft beer market

Ireland’s Rye River Brewing Company, producer of the McGargles family of craft beers, is to invest €4m over the next three years in a new craft brewery and visitor centre.

Aston Manor expands premium cider range with Friel's First Press Vintage

Aston Manor Cider is targeting the small-batch premium craft cider market with the launch of Friel’s First Press Vintage.

SABMiller accepts latest offer from AB InBev

The board of SABMiller yesterday agreed in principle to accept AB InBev’s revised offer of £44 a share.

Supermarket cull begins to hit BWS category

Beer, wines and spirits (BWS) has been among the hardest-hit categories as supermarkets culled their ranges this year, according to new research.

Shareholders split as deadline approaches for AB InBev SABMiller merger

A rift between the major shareholders at SABMiller is widening as the deadline for AB InBev’s £70bn takeover approaches.

Carlsberg loses UK CEO

James Lousada, chief executive of Carlsberg UK, has left the company.

Ex-S&N chief executive launches Edinburgh craft brewery

Former Scottish & Newscastle and C&C Group chief executive John Dunsmore has opened a craft brewery in his home city of Edinburgh.

Waitrose lists English dessert wine in supermarket first

Waitrose has become the first British supermarket to stock an English dessert wine, after listing Denbies 2014 Noble Harvest Ortega.

Armagnac distillation gets record early start

Armagnac distillation has begun today (October 8) – a record early start for the spirit.

ASA bans Strongbow ad

A Youtube ad for Strongbow in which a drinker refers to the cider as his “other half” has been banned for making alcohol look too important.

Kilburn man wins 'X Factor for wine lovers'

A waiter from Kilburn has won Oddbins’ amateur wine tasting competition The Palate, which has been dubbed the X Factor for wine lovers.

Consumers reject Reducing The Strength schemes

The majority of consumers want more action to overturn Reducing the Strength schemes and are concerned councils are limiting the drinks they can buy.

Off-trade wholesaling is 'logical', says Conviviality

Conviviality Retail boss Diana Hunter has said the group is open to expansion into off-trade wholesaling beyond its core Bargain Booze and Wine Rack estate following the acquisition of Matthew Clark.

South Africa must invest more in brands

The South African wine industry needs to up its game and introduce more brands and premium tiers, it has been warned.

Accolade seeks UK head as Schaafsma lands the top job

Accolade Wines is recruiting for a new UK head following Paul Schaafsma’s promotion to chief executive officer.

Wholesale register plan is put on hold

HM Revenue & Customs has delayed the implementation of the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme until the new year because of IT issues.

Aldi turns focus to artisan drinks

Aldi is moving into independents’ territory with a growing focus on smaller drinks suppliers and is planning to sell wine online from early next year.

Older drinkers come under fire

Older drinkers are becoming the target of awareness programmes as charities focus on the “hidden problem” of over-50s drinking.

Spar to expand wine range

Spar is responding to demand for more expensive wines and wider choice from convenience shoppers with the introduction of seven new own-label wines to its core range.

UK winemakers seek government support

The government is being urged to champion the English wine industry after a fact-finding visit to a leading Sussex vineyard by a group of MPs.

Aldi to launch online wine sales

Aldi is to start selling wine online in the new year.

Paul Schaafsma named Accolade's new chief executive

Accolade Wines UK general manager Paul Schaafsma has been named the company’s new chief executive.

Majestic appoints managing director for retail division

Majestic has appointed a managing director for its retail division, responsible for the group’s 211 shops including its Calais store.

Heineken launches Bond-themed ad starring Daniel Craig

Heineken has launched a James Bond-themed TV campaign starring Daniel Craig.

IWC app aims to demystify the 'wall of wine' for shoppers

The International Wine Challenge has launched a mobile phone app to help consumers baffled by the so-called wall of wine.

Sponsored walk raises nearly £25,000 for The Benevolent

Treasury Wine Estates has raised nearly £25,000 for The Benevolent in a massive sponsored walk.

New Foster's ads highlight Aussie heritage

Foster’s has launched a series of ads starring TV presenter Rick Edwards that highlight the brand’s Australian heritage.

AB Inbev to make takeover bid for SAB Miller

Stella Artois and Budweiser owner AB Inbev has announced it wants to take over SAB Miller, whose brands include Peroni and Grolsch.

Accolade Wines buys Chile's Viña Anakena

Accolade Wines has bought Chile’s Viña Anakena – a move it says has made it the first company to have a footprint in all major New World wine regions.

Wine prices fall as supermarkets take on the discounters

Wine prices are sliding as multiple grocers take on the discounters in a price war, the latest Nielsen figures have revealed.

Online wine sales on the rise

UK online wine sales grew 11% by value and 9% by volume in the past three months, the Wilson Drinks Report has found.

EU consultation contains "underhand attack" on UK RTD trade

A European Commission consultation piece could bring lower tax rates for small wine and spirits producers – but is threatening the UK RTD industry.

New website for sherry

Sherry’s regulatory body has launched an updated website – sherry.org – to mark its 80th anniversary.

Brewdog accused of mocking homeless and trans women

One of Brewdog’s latest ads has come under fire from a campaigning group that says it is mocking homeless people, trans women and sex workers.

OLN's Hemming named among new MWs

OLN columnist Richard Hemming has been named one of the Institute of Masters of Wine’s latest MWs.

Meantime launches London brewing history tour

Meantime has created an audio tour of the history of brewing in London that anyone can download.

UK alcohol tax gain is £6.5bn annually

The health lobby’s claims that alcohol is a costly burden on society have been decimated by a new study showing the government makes £6.5 billion profit a year through the nation’s love of drinking.

Scotland minimum unit pricing plans on hold

The Scotch Whisky Association has landed a major punch in its fight to have minimum unit pricing on alcohol declared unlawful.

Oz wine sales in rude health ahead of UK events

More than 60 Australian winemakers will touch down on British soil this month for a series of trade events as the nation seeks to build on impressive growth in the UK.

Beer boom for South Downs Cellars

Sussex independent wine merchant South Downs Cellars is running an Oktoberfest promotion for the first time after seeing its beer sales soar this year.

Tanners takes on the north with new store

Wine merchant Tanners has opened a new store in a former auction house in Chester, bringing its estate up to seven and putting it in competition with fellow northern chain Corks Out.

Mezcal set to be next big UK trend

Mezcal is the latest spirits trend set to excite discerning drinkers in cities across the UK, according to retailers.

Chemical-laced spirits seized in series of raids

Retailers have been warned not to give in to the temptation of buying illicit booze after a series of raids led to seizures of counterfeit spirits laced with dangerous chemicals.

Rising demand for rare Scotch drives up value

The investment and collecting market for rare Scotch whisky is booming with auction sales of bottles of single malt up 35% in the first half of 2015.

New brews from Black Sheep

Yorkshire’s Black Sheep Brewery has launched three brews designed to appeal to experimental craft beer drinkers.

Australia's Barramundi targets younger drinkers with new look

Australia’s Barramundi is targeting younger drinkers after a brand overhaul to position the brand as “the beach in a bottle”.

Bourbon pale ale for Innis & Gunn

Innis & Gunn has launched a Bourbon Pale Ale, aged over bourbon-infused American heartwood oak.