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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.

William Grant chief executive announces exit from company

William Grant & Sons chief executive Stella David is to leave the family-owned business in February, it is reported.

Scotch Whisky industry teaches food producers how to drive export sales

The Scottish Whisky Association is to partner with Scotland Food and Drink in a new initiative to help expand Scottish exports.

De Bortoli targets UK off-trade with Palette Series launch

Australian winemaker De Bortoli is to launch a new wine range into the UK in January aimed at the impulse market, the multiples and specialist wine merchants.

Morrisons returns to c-store format three months after M Local sale

Three month’s after selling its c-store chain of M Local shops, Morrisons is piloting a new range of convenience stores.

Rioja retailers of the year announced

The Good Wine Shop and Adnams have been named the best Rioja retailers in the UK in a competition run by the Spanish region’s generic body.

Hardys owner Accolade opens wine merchant in Surrey

Hardys and Echo Falls owner Accolade Wines has muscled into the retail market by opening its own wine shop near its head office in Weybridge, Surrey.

Cotswolds Distillery hits Angel’s Share crowdfunding target within first week

The Cotswolds Distillery reached the minimum funding target in its Angels’ Share crowdfunding round in just one week.

£6.4 billion spending spree could be Christmas silver lining for supermarkets

Over £6.4 billion will be spent spent at the UK’s leading supermarkets in the two weeks to Christmas, according to global information and insights giant Nielsen.

One in twelve bottles of Champagne will be Aldi's this Christmas

Aldi’s Champagne Veuve Monsigny has cornered 8% of the entire UK off-trade Champagne market, the discount retailer has claimed.

Eva Longoria to receive Prestigio Rioja Prize

The 18th annual Prestigio Rioja Prize will be awarded to actress and philanthropist, Eva Longoria.

Adnams to become official sponsor of Oxford-Cambridge boat race

Southwold-based brewer Adnams is to be the official beer partner of the annual university boat race, now formally known as the BNY Mellon Boat Race.

Hallgarten extends South African range with limited-edition Lismore Estate Syrah 2014

Hallgarten has added its first red from the award-winning Lismore Estate with the listing of the 2014 Syrah.

Online retailers lag behind in battle against underage drinking

Supermarkets and c-stores are leading the way in the fight against under-age drinking, according to a survey released today.

Drinks by the Dram returns with extended crackers range

Drinks By The Dram is bringing back its range of alcoholic Christmas crackers for their second year.

Volunteers sought to drink free whisky - no experience necessary

The University of Edinburgh is seeking 120 volunteers to drink whisky for a research project run in partnership with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Great Newsome Brewery receives first SIBA FSQ accreditation

Hull’s Great Newsome Brewery has been awarded one of the first Food Safety and Quality Certificates to be accredited by the Society of Independent Brewers.

Tributes paid to Glenn Payne

Leading lights in the UK beer trade have paid tribute to much-loved industry titan Glenn Payne, who sadly passed away last weekend.

ACS slams Welsh tobacco register proposals

The Association of Convenience Stores has attacked proposals to introduce a tobacco register for retailers ahead of a debate on the Public Health Bill in the National Assembly for Wales due later today. 

Graham Norton's Own wine proves major success

The first shipments of Graham Norton’s Own Sauvignon Blanc have already sold out, the wine’s producer Invivo Wines reports.

British love affair with Prosecco value shows no sign of cooling

Prosecco continues to be the sparkling wine of choice in Britain, according to a new survey out today.

Award-winning Tomatin distillery shows softer side of Highlands

Japanese-owned Highlands distillery Tomatin has been named distiller of the year in the Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky 2016 awards, which were held in Edinburgh on Friday.

Glenfiddich announces expansion plans to meet global demand

Speyside distillery Glenfiddich has announced major expansion plans to ensure capacity keeps pace with global demand.

AB InBev adds Meantime to SABMiller assets sale

SABMiller has confirmed that AB InBev is looking to sell the Greenwich-based Meantime brewery, which SABMiller acquired in May for an undisclosed sum.

Tesco partners with Drinkaware and Diageo to push responsible drinking at Christmas

Tesco has joined forces with Drinkaware and Diageo to educate its shoppers about drinking sensibly in the run up to Christmas.

SWA strengthens official ties with London office

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has opened a five-strong office in Westminster, London.

Spirit Pub Co acquisition doubles Greene King profits

Operating profits at Greene King are up 46.1% year on year to £180.2 million, according to its first-half results released today.

New ready-to-serve premium cocktail range celebrates London history

UK-based drinks business Global Brands is launching a new range of ready-to-serve cocktails.

AB InBev considers SAB Miller disposals to meet competition requirements

Regulatory concerns about its agreed £71 billion merger with SABMiller are forcing AB InBev to sell its Peroni and Grolsch businesses, according to reports.

The Belgium-based multinational has already announced the £8 billion sale of SAB Miller’s 58% controlling interest in its US Miller Coors joint venture with Molson Coors.

Fromvineyardsdirect.com poaches Hefford from The Good Wine Shop

On-line drinks retailer, Fromvineyardsdirect.com, has appointed David Hefford as its new wine product manager.

Spirit Cartel launches ultra-premium tequila brand in the UK

Spirit Cartel is bringing ultra-premium tequila range, Clase Azul, to the UK.

Bargain Booze listing for Cramele Recas Wolfhouse Pinot Noir

Romanian winery Cramele Recas has won a new listing at convenience store Bargain Booze for its Wolfhouse Pinot Noir.

Hardys wins gold for Ashes England cricket campaign

Leading Australian wine brand Hardys has won two coveted international media awards for its £3.5 million above-the-line summer campaign celebrating its sponsorship of the England cricket team.

Spitfire Gold takes flight in the off-trade

Spitfire Gold, launched into the on-trade in September, is to be made available to the national retail trade.

Marstons rockets back into profit on back of successful restructure

Marstons, the Wolverhampton-based pub operator and brewer recorded sales of £845.5 million, according to its end-of-year figures released today.

Wines of Portugal competition winners report thriving sales

The winners of the Wines of Portugal competition in Off Licence News held a range of successful events and tastings last month as part of the prize.