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Prosecco brand becomes bestselling sparkling wine

A Prosecco has overtaken Freixenet, Martini and Codorníu to become the biggest non-Champagne sparkling wine in the UK off- trade, market analyst company IRI has reported.

Morrisons' drinks buyers threatened with redundancy

Morrisons’ drinks buying teams have been told their positions could be at risk after the retailer announced it is to cut 720 head office jobs.

Oxford Wine Co opens second café

Independent retailer the Oxford Wine Company is set to open a second café in the city this summer.

Tesco wine team confirms James Davis MW will join

Tesco has confirmed James Davis MW has been appointed as category buying manager for wine.

Tesco set to bring in new MW amid wine team shake up

Tesco is on the brink of announcing swathes of changes to its wine buying team, including a series of redundancies and the appointment of a new MW to bolster the department.

Harpers joins Off Licence News at Agile Media

Harpers Wine and Spirit and www.harpers.co.uk have joined Off Licence News at Agile Media.

Majestic buys Naked Wines and names Gormley chief executive

Majestic has announced it will acquire Naked Wines for £70 million and has appointed the company’s founder Rowan Gormley as the combined group’s new chief executive.

Craft beer producer doubles capacity after supermarket listings

Cumbrian brewery Hardknott has doubled its production capacity to meet the rapidly growing demand for its bottled beers after winning a nationwide listing with Morrisons.

Bob Mortimer becomes the new face of Bombardier

Comedian Bob Mortimer has taken over as the face of Charles Wells’ flagship beer Bombardier after the sad death of Rick Mayall.

Real Ale teams up with Buxton brewery for 10th anniversary beer

Twickenham independent Real Ale is celebrating its 10th anniversary by launching an own-label beer and plans to create a broad own-label range in future.

Independent wine merchant eyes expansion as Birmingham booms

Birmingham independent Loki is aiming to open a new shop in the West Midlands in the coming weeks and a third store in early 2016.

Bottled beers gain sales for SIBA members

A report from the Society of Independent Brewers shows bottled beer taking an increasing share of its members’ sales.

Rhone winemakers return to London after 15-year absence

A group of 15 winemakers from across the Rhône poured some of the region’s finest wines for buyers as it hosted its first UK tasting in 15 years.

Champagne Bureau aims to educate consumers

The Champagne Bureau has admitted it needs to start educating consumers on why Champagne is more expensive than rival sparkling wines and will start by releasing a series of educational online videos.

Kopparberg launches frozen cider

Kopparberg has launched the world’s first frozen cider to capitalise on growth in the bugeoning frozen pouch category.

Landmark case could open floodgates for councils to be sued over Reducing the Strength schemes

Retailers could be entitled to compensation from councils that illegally enforce bans on certain products following a landmark case where loss of earnings put a store on the brink of closure.

Alcohol sales in c-stores to match supermarkets by 2020

BWS sales in the convenience channel will match those in out-of-town supermarkets by 2020, according to analysts at IRI. 

Westons lays out marketing plans to build on impressive growth

Westons is spending £6 million on advertising this year as it aims to build on growth that has seen retail sales rise 16% to £4.8 billion (IRI, year to January 2015). 

Jim Beam chooses UK to debut new Apple variant

Beam has chosen the UK market to exclusively debut its new Jim Beam Apple after hailing it a perfect breeding ground for innovation.

Casillero del Diablo claims top spot in Cabernet chart

Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon has grown sales by 60% to become the UK’s bestselling Cabernet Sauvignon SKU (IRI, year to February 2015).

Scotch exports drop 7%

The Scotch Whisky Association blamed weak economic conditions and political volatility after Scotch exports dropped 7% in value in 2014.

Tesco teams up with There's a Beer for That campaign

Shoppers at Tesco will learn about beer styles and food matching when they browse the BWS aisles throughout April via a range of POS from trade campaign There’s a Beer for That.

Camra "very concerned" after Marston's buys Thwaites

Camra said it is “very concerned” at the news that Blackburn brewer Thwaites has been taken over by Marston’s.

Marston's buys main beer business from Thwaites

Marston’s has bought the main beer business of Lancashire’s Thwaites in a £25.1 million deal.

UK thirst for US craft beers surges

The UK is experiencing a surge in sales of American craft beer.

Treasury Wine Estates to sell Australian and US wineries

Treasury Wine Estates is merging a number of US operations, putting several Australian wineries up for sales and closing a warehouse in Australia in a cost-cutting drive designed to save £26 million a year.

Football campaign for Grant's Signature

William Grant has launched a £1.2 million TV campaign for blended whisky Grant’s Signature, which is targeted at younger drinkers.

Kingsland reveals why consumers buy wines

Kingsland has carried out research it says goes beyond existing studies into wine shopping to look at why consumers buy wines when they do.

Adnams' retail arm back in the black

Suffolk brewer Adnams says it has returned its retail business to profit after announcing 9.1% sales growth in 2014.

There's a Beer for That campaign reaches 14 million people

Fourteen million people have been reached by a Twitter campaign funded by the beer industry, according to the organisers.

English sparkling wine producer aims to raise £3 million to ramp up production

English sparkling wine producer Hambledon Vineyard aims to raise £3 million in a crowdfunding retail bond to increase production as it bids to sell 200,000 bottles a year by 2020.

Pimm's to launch 'spider'

Pimm’s is targeting the burgeoning fruit cider market with a new spirit cider – or “spider” – that blends the brand’s strawberry and cucumber flavours with British cider.

Waitrose and discounters winning wine wars

Waitrose and the discounters have been the biggest winners in still wine over the past year, significantly outpacing rivals’ sales and snatching their customers.

Diageo launches Guinness golden ale

Diageo is aiming to breathe life into its beer division by launching Guinness golden ale and backing the new brew with a £4.5 million ad campaign.

Tesco wine boss Dan Jago questions Prowein's value

Tesco’s recently reinstated global wine boss, Dan Jago, has questioned the commercial value of Germany’s Prowein trade show and urged producers to focus on more innovation.

Portman Group: partnership more effective than regulation

The head of the Portman Group says a partnership approach to issues around alcohol misuse between the industry and government has helped bring more lower-in-alcohol drinks to the market.

Scotch Whisky Association boss slams health lobby "disdain"

The boss of the Scotch Whisky Association has called on health campaigners to show “a little less disdain” for workers in the drinks industry.

Australia producing "best premium wines ever"

Australia is on the brink of a renaissance as it “bounces back” and is boosted by increasingly favourable exchange rates and “the best premium wines the country has ever made”, according to the trade.

New Aldi wine range to aid trade-up

Aldi has upped the ante in the aisles by releasing a set of £9.99 wines to trade its customers into higher price points.

Corks Out adds a sixth store

Cheshire chain Corks Out is set to open a sixth store as founder Ruth Yates focuses on a concept combining a shop and wine bar.

Frosty Jack's supplier hits back at street drinker stereotypes

The UK’s second largest cider producer has hit back after a homeless charity said its flagship Frosty Jack’s should be withdrawn from sale on public health grounds.

Sopexa makes port producer its first non-French client

Sopexa has added the first non-French brand to its portfolio after becoming a private agency that can represent estates from across the world.

Heineken urges stores to champion rugby World Cup

Retailers need to champion the 2015 Rugby World Cup in the absence of any major football tournaments this summer, according to a leading supplier.

Portugal grows UK wine sales after targeting independents

Wines of Portugal said it has increased exports to the UK by 23% in the past year after targeting independent wine merchants.

Watchdog to police alcohol ads on social media

Advertising regulators are planning to take action to prevent children being exposed to alcohol marketing on social media.

Chancellor cuts duty on beer, cider and spirits

The Chancellor announced a duty cut on beer, cider and spirits in today’s Budget speech.

Craft beer's soaring popularity recognised by ONS

The soaring popularity of craft beer and e-cigarettes has been recognised by the Office for National Statistics, which added them to the virtual shopping basket it uses to measure UK inflation.

Edinburgh brewer urges consumers to drink Scottish

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has launched its first-ever outdoor advertising campaign in its hometown to remind drinkers: “when in Rome, drink Italian lager…but you’re in Edinburgh”.

Wine Australia UK boss Laura Jewell MW to put focus back on consumers

Wine Australia’s new UK head Laura Jewell MW claims the country is on the brink of a renaissance as it “bounces back” with new wines and an increasingly favourable currency for export.

Cape Wine close to selling out

Wines of South Africa has sold 95% of exhibitor space for trade fair Cape Wine, six months before it begins in Cape Town.