Bavaria Brewery wins global family business award

Holland’s Bavaria Brewery has been awarded the prestigious IMD-Lombard Odier Global Family Business Award.

Quality message drives drinks sales at Aldi and Lidl

Private labels are driving the growth in drink sales at Aldi and Lidl, according to the latest figures from Nielsen.

Côtes du Rhône Wines announces Game of TRhône quiz night

Winter is coming. And with it, news of the annual Côtes du Rhône Wines quiz night.

Chapel Down to crowdfund Curious Drinks expansion

The Kent-based Chapel Down Winery is seeking to raise at least £1 million in a round of crowdfunding for its Curious Drinks brewing subsidiary.

Guinness launches craft-style lager into the UK

Hop House 13, the latest innovation from Guinness, is being launched in the UK market.

Rising beer sales fail to halt supermarket slide, new data shows

Consumers are spending on average 3.3% less per visit than they were a year ago, according to the latest figures from global information and insights company Nielsen.

Cameron “ill-informed” after Sunday trading U-turn, ACS says

The prime minister, David Cameron, has been blasted as “ill-informed” and “incorrect” over Sunday trading, by the Association of Convenience Stores.

Stoli announces first range redesign since launch

Stolichnaya is redesigning the primary packaging of its Premium vodka for the first time since its launch in 1938.

Hottest chilli vodka in the world to hit UK market

Maverick Drinks is launching its hottest chilli vodka yet onto the UK market.

Asahi brings dark lager Super Dry Black to the UK

Japanese brewer Asahi is launching Super Dry Black, a dark lager brand into the UK market.

Grand Marnier launches limited edition Le Café Parisien bottle

Grand Marnier has announced the latest in limited edition collection range.

New look for Distell flagship Nederburg range

Distell, the South Africa-based wine and spirits producer, has repackaged its award-winning range of Nederburg wines.

Healeys launch new Rattler Mulled Cyder

Corwnall-based Healeys Cyder Farm is launching a new mulled cider with an eye to the approaching winter.

Historic Stellenbosch estate returns to the UK

One of the oldest estates in Stellenbosch is returning to the UK with its range of super-premium wines after a seven-year absence.

AB InBev SABMiller merger fallout continues

Shockwaves from the proposed merger between the two largest breweries in the world, announced earlier this week, continue to reverberate around the sector.

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.