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Boundaries blurring between on-trade and off-trade

Waitrose claims the boundaries between the off-trade and the on-trade are blurring as shoppers enjoy lingering over a glass of wine and a deli board in its busy supermarkets.

Accolade sets sights on further expansion

Accolade Wines is upping spend on its flagship Hardys brand and setting its sights on further expansion to strengthen its global coverage.

Craft gin supplier opens standalone Ely store

Cambridgeshire craft gin maker Ely Gin has opened a shop in the historic town’s centre. Director James Clark had been eyeing the space for several years as he ran a stall in Ely market square selling his range of fruit-flavoured gins.

Reducing the Strength: campaign gathers support from European producers

Leading suppliers and trade associations have added their weight to OLN’s campaign against controversial Reducing the Strength schemes by demanding action from the European Commission.

SAB Miller snaps up Meantime

SAB Miller has snapped up Greenwich-based brewer Meantime as the trend that sees the world’s largest beer suppliers buying out their craft counterparts continues.

Bulmers in trainers giveaway

Bulmers is set to give away 5,000 pairs of trainers in an on-pack and social media promotion.

Asda cheap Champagne deal starts summer wine wars

Asda has slashed the price of its exclusive label Champagne to £9.97 as the wine wars heat up ahead of the summer months.

Campo Viejo is getting colourful

Pernod Ricard is exploring the possibility of releasing white and rosé Campo Viejo into the UK market after its Tempranillo became the UK’s leading red wine SKU.

Top 100 Most Influential People in Wine 2015

Sainsbury's names Elizabeth Newman as new BWS boss

Sainsbury's has announced Elizabeth Newman will replace Andy Phelps as its head of BWS.

London craft beer merchant expands

Independent beer merchant Clapton Craft is opening a second store in London after hailing the impact of the craft beer revolution on sales.

Revenues up for Conviviality

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner Conviviality Retail has seen takings grow in the past year, it has announced in a trading statement.

English wine producers celebrate record harvest

English wine producers have reported a record harvest for 2014 that will flood the market with 6.3 million bottles.

Buckingham Schenk fruit wines tap into market for 'sexy kitsch'

Buckingham Schenk is releasing two 8.5% abv fruit wines in flip-top bottles and hopes to win over new consumers to their “sexy kitsch”.

Bottle Apostle opens fourth store in former Olympic village

Independent off-licence chain Bottle Apostle has opened a fourth store in the former athlete’s village that housed competitors during the 2012 London Olympics.

Kopparberg launches £5 million summer marketing campaign

Swedish fruit cider supplier Kopparberg has launched a £5 million marketing campaign as it seeks to overtake Bulmers as the UK’s most popular cider brand.

Brewery's war on the village idiots of Ayrshire rages on

Gerard Michaluk’s war on the “village idiots” of Ayrshire rages on after vandals caused £1,000 worth of damage to the site where he is building the Arran Brewery’s sake brewery.

General election: OLN poll shows wine suppliers back Conservatives to win

The Conservatives are the wine trade’s best bet in the general election, an OLN poll of suppliers has found.

Belgium's leading independent brewer heads to the UK

Belgium’s largest independent brewery is launching its beers in the UK for the first time.

Hogs Back adds IPA to craft beer range

Surrey brewer Hogs Back has launched a 5.4% abv IPA called Hopping Hog.

Innis & Gunn aims to raise £3 million to bring brewing inhouse

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn aims to raise £3 million to build a brewery line by launching a “mini-bond” investment scheme.

English wine sales soar at Waitrose

Waitrose has reported a 177% annual increase in English wine sales and now claims to account for three bottles in every five sold in the UK.

Kingsland empire swells with purchase of Bottle Green

Kingsland has snapped up wine and spirits supplier Bottle Green as it continues on its journey to becoming a one-stop shop for the retail trade.

General election special: what it will mean for the drinks industry

The Responsibility Deal is teetering on a knife-edge and the drinks industry faces a series of tough battles after the general election, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Kestrel pilsner wins Asda listing

Brookfield Drinks has won a listing at Asda stores across Scotland for its 4% abv Kestrel pilsner after the retailer reported strong sales of its 5% abv lager.

Craft beer producer delves into the history books to create Stone Age ale

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn aims to get drinkers’ rocks off with a bottle-conditioned beer called Hot Rocks that takes inspiration from ale brewed in the Stone Age.

William Grant, Laithwaites and Nyetimber owners feature on Sunday Times Rich List

Dynastic whisky-producing family the Grant-Gordons head the wealth league in Scotland with a £2.15 billion fortune, according to the new Sunday Times Rich List.

Celebrate the end of the London Wine Fair at The Benevolent Pink Flamingo party

There is still time to buy tickets for the rooftop garden party hosted by drinks trade charity The Benevolent after the London Wine Fair on May 20. 

Stella Artois to sponsor Ascot racecourse

Stella Artois has signed a deal to become the official beer and cider at Ascot racecourse for the next three years.

Camra to stop bashing drinkers for not choosing real ale

Members of the Campaign for Real Ale have decided to stop criticising drinkers for choosing different types of beer and have instead pledged to get behind the entire category.

Italian wine producers head to London for trade tasting

Nineteen premium Italian producers will pour their finest wines for the trade at the Boot Up Your Portfolio tasting at London’s Chandos House on May 5.

Sainsbury's BWS boss set for the exit

Sainsbury’s BWS head Andy Phelps is understood to be leaving the retailer after 11 years.

Thatchers launches Old Rascal cans

Thatchers has introduced its Old Rascal cider in 44cl cans for the first time in a bid to capitalise on the UK’s growing love of cans.

Fonseca declares 2013 Guimaraens vintage port

Fonseca is celebrating its bicentenary with the release today of a Guimarens Vintage Port from the 2013 harvest.

English wine producer Chapel Down toasts sales rise

English wine producer Chapel Down reported a 21% sales increase to £6.1 million in 2014 and it also brought in a record harvest to ensure the upward curve will continue.

Manchester craft brewer to expand after Tesco listing

Manchester craft brewer Seven Bro7hers is planning to expand its production capacity after winning a listing at Tesco.

Brewdog plans to increase production fivefold in £25 million fundraising drive

Brewdog is aiming to raise £25 million to extend its brewery in the latest round of its “equity for punks” crowdfunding initiative.

Bottling specialist launches retail store in County Durham

Bottling firm Lanchester Group is opening its first off-licence in a former Morgan sports car dealership in County Durham.

Plumpton College launches wine business degree

Plumpton College has launched the UK’s first honours degree in wine business for students interested in a career in the wine trade.

James Anderson teams up with Marston's for new beer

England’s record-breaking bowler James Anderson has launched his own beer in partnership with Marson’s and won a listing at Morrisons.

Heineken launches new Old Mout flavour

Heineken has launched a new Pomegranate & Strawberry variant for its New Zealand fruit cider brand Old Mout.

Langley's No.8 gin joins Hi-Spirits

Hi-Spirits has added Langley’s No.8 gin to its portfolio.

Membership numbers soar at SIBA

A hundred new breweries joined the Society of Independent Brewers in 2014, taking membership numbers past the 800 mark.

Pimm's No. 6 Vodka Cup will return to shelves in May

Pimm’s No. 6 vodka cup will be back on shelves next month after a successful consumer campaign to reinstate the popular variant.

The Queen honours the WSET

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2015 in honour of its success in reaching international markets.

Canned beer and cider stealing drinkers from bottles

UK drinkers are swapping bottled beer and cider for cans after embracing the aluminium revolution driven by suppliers.

Prosecco, vodka and lager drive £284 million growth in BWS

Strong performances from Prosecco, vodka, premium lager and craft ale led off-trade value sales to grow 2% to £14.5 billion in 2014, according to IRI.

Aldi steals from rivals to make bottled ale gains

Aldi has been the biggest winner in the premium bottled ale market in the past year after stealing shoppers from the big four grocers and rival Lidl.

Cider industry warned about dangers of discounting

Cider needs to innovate and enforce a premium price point to stop it from going down the route of mainstream lager, according to a leading supplier.

Carlsberg gets probably the best marketing budget in the world

Carlsberg has increased its UK marketing budget by 500% to £12 million as it seeks to win over new drinkers.