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Waitrose doubles local gin range as craft sales soar

Waitrose has more than doubled its range of small-batch gins since the beginning of the year as demand for locally sourced craft spirits continues to soar.

Bargain Booze franchisees’ morale is low as thousands of jobs are under threat

Bargain Booze franchisees fear for their livelihood as beleaguered parent company Conviviality desperately tries to raise funds to stop it from going under.

Global Brands sees sales and profits rise

VK supplier Global Brands has announced it grew sales by 16% to £42 million in the year to September 30, 2017.

Conviviality launches last ditch survival bid

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality has announced it will be “unable to trade as a going concern” unless it can raise £125 million to shore up its finances.

Conviviality launches last-ditch bid for survival

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality has announced it will be “unable to trade as a going concern” unless it can raise £125 million to shore up its finances.

Bolney links with Kew to create new sparkler

Bolney Wine Estate and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, have joined forces to create a new sparkling wine.

Fever-Tree announced as title-sponsor at Queen's Club grass tennis tournament

Fever-Tree has announced it will be the official title-sponsor for the grass tennis tournament held at The Queen’s Club, London.

Fierce Botanics Tonic gets set to shake up mixers category

Small batch distiller and plant expert, Amanda Saurin of AS Apothecary, has launched Fierce Botanics Tonic.

Waddesdon Wines brings Mas Andes trio to UK

Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile is introducing its new three-tier Mas Andes range of wines from the Maipo and Maule Valleys to UK off-trade customers.

Vagabond Wines set to release an English sparkler as urban winery bears fruit

Vagabond Wines has opened the doors of its urban winery, bar and restaurant in the old Battersea Power Station and it is poised to launch its first wine.

Cono Sur brand given a makeover

Concha y Toro has overhauled the packaging for its Cono Sur Bicicleta range as it prepares to launch the brand’s biggest ever marketing drive.

Conviviality will be around for years to come, promises chairman

Conviviality chairman David Adams has aimed to quash fears that Conviviality will go under following a disastrous week that cost chief executive Diana Hunter her job.

City of London Distillery reveals new look for its gins

City of London Distillery has revealed a new look for the brand as well as a bespoke gin to celebrate the skills of the distillery’s team.

Diana Hunter was "a force for good", says senior industry figure

WSTA chairman Dan Jago expressed his sadness at the news that Diana Hunter has stepped down as Conviviality chief executive following a tumultuous week.

Conviviality chief executive Diana Hunter steps down

Conviviality chief executive Diana Hunter has fallen on her sword after a calamitous week that saw the group plunged into financial chaos.

Poetic License launches into convenience sector

Poetic License craft gin has been launched into the convenience sector, and has secured a listing in 350 Co-op stores.

Cognac Frapin unveils Frapin 1270

Cognac Frapin has unveiled a new addition in time for the Spring and Summer months.

Louis Latour to distribute Castello Banfi

Louis Latour Agencies has signed a deal as the exclusive distributor of the Italian winery Castello Banfi in the UK.

Henkell buys Freixenet to become world's leading sparkling wine producer

German group Henkell has become the world’s largest sparkling wine producer after purchasing 50.67% of Freixenet’s shares.

The Benevolent Ball raises £57,000

The Benevolent's annual major fundraiser event, The Benevolent Ball, has raised more than £57,000 for the charity. 

Broadland Wineries launches Proudly Vegan range

Broadland Wineries is introducing Proudly Vegan, to tap into growing demand from consumers who are making this lifestyle choice.

Beer Hawk hails the importance of bricks and mortar retailing

The UK’s largest online beer retailer has hailed the importance of bricks and mortar stores after unveiling plans to open a bottle shop in central London.

Brand loyalty is no longer a key driver in BWS sales, says expert

Retailers have proved that brand loyalty in BWS is a myth and it is more of a commodity category than suppliers like to admit, according to a leading analyst.

Thatchers drives awareness of Katy cider with new campaign

Somerset cidermaker Thatchers has unveiled a marketing campaign designed to drive sales of its Katy single variety cider this spring.

Beer retailer outlines ambitious expansion plans

We Brought Beer is embarking on a crowdfunding campaign to aid ambitious expansion plans, following its merger with beer retailer The Beer Boutique earlier this year. 

Aldi to champion half-bottles of wine

Aldi is to introduce a half-bottle wine range and is bolstering both its rosé offer and its top-tier Exquisite Collection.

Kingsland invests in enhancing its bottling business

Kingsland Drinks has invested in a new facility, which it claims will make its bottling business the biggest in the UK.

Bulwark Cider launches in UK

Bulwark Cider has parachuted over to the UK from Canada.

Love Drinks to distribute Kamm & Sons British Aperitif

Love Drinks has added Kamm & Sons British Aperitif to its stable of handcrafted spirits.

Diageo makes first acquisition through Distill Ventures

Diageo has acquired Belsazar GmbH, the first company to join the portfolio via the drinks giant’s Distill Ventures arm.

Baileys' dairy-free variant gets full off-trade launch

Baileys has announced the nationwide launch of the dairy-free Baileys Almande, to help retailers tap into the growing demand for dairy-free products.

Malfy Gin adds con Arancia variant

Malfy Gin has added a new Sicilian blood orange variant to its portfolio.

Sussex Wineries join forces to promote Sussex wine region

A group of Sussex wine producer have teamed together to form ‘Sussex Wineries’ with the aim of promoting regional Sussex Wine tourism.

Waddeston to distribute Château Léoube wines

Waddesdon Wine has been appointed as UK distributor for Château Léoube wines.

Fever-Tree to launch extended low calorie range

Fever-Tree plans to extend its range of low calorie mixers.

Craftwork gears up to bring spirits to the UK

Craftwork, a new spirits marketing distribution agency, is being launched into the UK market.

Enotria adds US organic producer Bonterra to its portfolio

Enotria&Coe has announced Bonterra will be joining its portfolio from this month.

Sicilian producer Feudo Disisa increases presence in UK

Feudo Disisa, from the Monreale north-western Sicialian wine region, is increasing its presence in the UK.

Kopparberg's alcohol-free fruit cider enjoys soaring sales

Kopparberg’s alcohol-free offering outsold Becks Blue, Heineken 0%, Budweiser Prohibition and all the other 0% abv beers on the market during December 2017.

TWE launches Blossom Hill Pale Rosé

Blossom Hill is adding a new style rosé to its portfolio to tap into the popularity of Provence-style lighter rose wines.

Gallo launches raft of premium brands into UK

E&J Gallo is launching a raft of premium wines into the UK market as part of its strategy to highlight the diversity of Californian wines, while also extending its reach further into high-end wine shops and bars.

Beer Hawk to open bottle shop in London

The UK’s largest online beer retailer is opening a bottle shop in London to capitalise on the city’s growing love of craft beer.

Maxxium rebrands as Edrington-Beam Suntory UK

Spirits distributor Maxxium UK is rebranding as Edrington-Beam Suntory UK Distribution Limited to highlight its joint owners.

Maxxium UK becomes Edrington-Beam Suntory UK

Maxxium UK is to rebrand as Edrington-Beam Suntory UK, while also adding vodka, tequila and Irish whiskey to its portfolio.

Maxxium UK becomes Edrington-Beam Suntory UK

Maxxium UK is to rebrand as Edrington-Beam Suntory UK, while also adding vodka, tequila and Irish whiskey to its portfolio.

The Five Points Brewing Co launches crowdfunding campaign

The Five Points Brewing Co is launching its first round of crowdfunded investment this month in order to meet growing demand for its beers and accelerate growth.

Pure Wild Spirits seeks investors to boost sales of Freya

Pure Wild Spirits (PWSL), the producers of Freya Birch Spirit, is seeking £750,000 of investments to fund expansion into premium drinks sectors.

Magners reveals festival partnership with Global

Magners Irish Cider has announced a deal which gives it the title of Global’s cider partner at eleven music festivals across the UK this summer.

Mother's Day advice for retailers: champion tequila

Mother’s Day is coming but don’t worry because we’ve got an idea. And it’s a good one. Instead of doing a deal on Pink Champagne, building a pyramid of Bailey’s bottles and offering a BOGOF on yet another pretty looking bottle of ‘craft’ gin, you should be honouring the Old Dears with an agave spirit.

Grocery sales spike as consumer confidence surges

The volume of groceries sold at UK supermarkets reached an 18-month high in February and analysts at Nielsen say the outlook is positive for the sector.