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Tesco wine team to host tastings in shoppers' homes

Tesco will send its wine experts out to host tastings in shoppers’ homes and community centres over the next six months in a bid to make wine less daunting.

Craft Beer Rising heads to Glasgow

Scottish beer lovers can sample around 200 local and international brews when Glasgow’s Drygate brewery hosts the Craft Beer Rising festival in September.

Adrian Atkinson quits Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard’s wine development director Adrian Atkinson has left the business after eight years in the role. 

World Cup fails to lift supermarket sales

Beer and cider sales grew 12% as the football World Cup kicked off – but failed to revive struggling supermarkets, which saw overall sales decline in the four weeks to June 21, according to Nielsen.

Blueberry variant for Hornsby's cider

Magners owner C&C Group has released a blueberry variant of its American-style cider, Hornsby’s.

Cox team takes on Bordeaux marathon

A team of wine trade professionals is set to run the Médoc marathon in memory of Michael Cox, the former head of Wines of Chile UK who died of cancer earlier this year.

Tesco to host live online tasting

Tesco’s Laura Jewell MW has teamed up with Helen McGinn, author of best-selling book the Knackered Mother’s Wine Club, to host a live online wine tasting.

Roberson revamps website

London independent wine merchant Roberson Wine has launched a new website designed to make online shopping easier and more reactive for its customers.

Waitrose adds distillers' dozen to whiskey range

Waitrose is upping the ante in imported whiskey in response to a surge of interest from its shoppers.

Aston Manor invests in distribution hub

Aston Manor Cider is to build a new warehousing and distribution hub three miles from its production site in Birmingham.

Dark Origins joins Highland Park line-up

Orkney distillery Highland Park has added a new expression to its core range.

Love Drinks adds U'Luvka vodka

Luxury Polish vodka U’Luvka has signed a UK distribution deal with the spirits agency company Love Drinks.

Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey campaign hopes to hit sweet spot

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey is celebrating its second birthday with a high-profile marketing campaign and a burst of investment in the off-trade.

JTI seizes gantry from retailer fined for selling 'dodgy cigs'

Tobacco manufacturer JTI has removed its gantry from a Leicester convenience store after its owners were prosecuted for selling illegal tobacco.

Copestick Murray grows staff as I Heart brand manager leaves

Copestick Murray has taken on three new workers to carry on its expansion as I Heart brand manager Rachel Archer announced she would be leaving the agency to join Off-Piste Wines.

Booths boosts range for beer and cider festival

Booths is celebrating its month-long beer and cider festival with the launch of nine new beers and two ciders.

Retailers call for action against proxy buying

Retailers have called on authorities to overhaul proxy purchasing laws and start a public awareness campaign to teach adults that buying alcohol for children can cost storeowners their livelihoods.

London Pride in space mission

Fuller’s London Pride is going into space. 

Record year for Isle of Arran Distillery

Isle of Arran Distillers has grown sales by 25% to more than £4.5 million in its best year yet.

Politicians given beer masterclass

Ten MPs filed into the cavernous Cellar Bar at the Red Lion pub in London’s Whitehall to take a Beer Academy masterclass and learn about beer’s role in the UK economy.

Premium bottled ale sales on the rise

Premium bottled ale is performing ahead of expectations after growing £90 million in the past year – and it stands to become a £1 billion category by 2020, according to a leading brewer.

Scotch whisky industry told to rein in investment

The Scotch whisky industry should temper its investment in extra production capacity to avoid the extremes of surpluses and shortages that have historically hampered it, according to a leading European bank.

£2m ad support for Glenfiddich

Market leading single malt Glenfiddich has launched a £2 million advertising campaign focusing on the brand’s 126 years under Grant family ownership.

Former Cordoniu boss returns with United Wineries

Former Codorníu UK managing director Nick Mantella has joined United Wineries as business development director.

Waitrose beer sales surge as World Cup fever grips

Shoppers spent an extra £27.7 million on beer and cider during the first week of the World Cup (IRI, week to June 14).

Estrella Galicia launches campaign for alcohol-free beer

Estrella Galicia has launched a summer promotion for its 0.0% abv Spanish lager

International Cider Challenge 2014 results

With more medals awarded than ever before, the 2014 International Cider Challenge was the best yet. An elite judging panel of producers, drinks writers, buyers and cider technicians tasted 150 ciders blind to unearth the very best in the business.

WKD relaunches mixed packs

SHS Drinks is relaunching its mixed 10x27.5cl multipacks of WKD with the new name Mix It Up.

Selfridges meets its makers

Camden Town Brewery and Cambridge Gin are among the producers of Selfridges products being celebrated by the retailer this summer.

New look and fruit flavour for Blackthorn

Blackthorn Cider is being given a new look and launching a dark fruit variant, Black ‘n’ Black.

Northern brewers release Booths specials

Four breweries in the north west have produced limited-edition brews for northern supermarket Booths.

Majestic Wines sales growth pleases analysts

Majestic Wine posted a fractional rise in profits over the past year as surging fine wine sales helped it grow its market share to a record 4.2%.

Tesco wine team grows

Tony Miles has joined Tesco’s wine technical team and will be responsible for France, Spain, Portugal, North & South America and New Zealand.

Wine suppliers refocus to target indies

Leading suppliers are investing heavily to target independent retailers after identifying the channel as a key element in the drinks industry’s fortunes.

British wine aims satisfy at entry-level

British wines can fill the demand for cheap, entry- level products and stop hard-up consumers abandoning the category, according to Broadland Wineries.

Kopparberg gets £4 million push

Kopparberg Swedish cider is bringing “Scandinavian cool” to the UK with a £4 million blast of activity including creating an urban forest in London.

French wines to drink while avoiding the football at the pub

Football fan Gerard Basset MW takes a break from watching the World Cup to help award-winning chef Sophie Wright create food and wine matches for people that have no appetite for loud pubs showing the beautiful game in two new videos.

Drinks lead the way as economy revives

Strong sales growth has seen alcoholic drinks emerge as the best performing FMCG category of the past year – and the trend looks set to continue as retailers prepare for the World Cup and a summer heatwave.

London Wine Fair gets thumbs up

Visitor numbers to the London Wine Fair rose 11% to 11,247 after organiser Brintex returned it to its spiritual home at Kensington Olympia.

Bibendum targets multiple growth

Bibendum wants to increase the share of its business going to off-trade multiple retailers.

Morrisons bullish over wine category

The Morrisons wine team is bullish about its future prospects despite criticism for launching the controversial three-for-£10 promotion and scrapping its dedicated wine website.

Kingsland predicts bright future for bulk wine shipping

Kingsland Wines & Spirits has dismissed claims that bulk shipping and UK bottling has peaked and will drop off in the years ahead.

Wine trade can thrive by making it easier for consumers

A leading supplier claims the best way to grow the wine category is to make it easier for consumers with simple innovations, such as ageing wine for them in a controlled environment.

French wine making "big comeback" in UK

French wine has been tipped to make a big comeback this year as Britons emerge from the recession with more money to spend on luxury items.

Brewdog plans to open four more shops in 2014

Brewdog has said it will open a further four Bottledog beer shops by the end of 2014.

Distil reports drop in sales

Blavod vodka firm Distil has reported an operating loss of £367,000 and falling sales.

Cider festival in a box from Bristol retailer

Bristol Cider Shop has begun offering a Cider Festival in a Box service to on-trade customers in a bid to build custom during the World Cup.

Ex-W&M chief Beard joins Whisky Shop board

The Whisky Shop has appointed former Whyte & Mackay chief executive John Beard as a non-executive director.

Ardbeg creates whisky to help fund community project

Ardbeg is producing a limited edition whisky to mark its support for a community project on Islay, where the Scotch whisky distillery is based.

Friuli producer chooses Winetraders for UK push

Italian wine producer Borgo del Tiglio has signed a distribution deal with the importer which first represented it in the UK almost 20 years ago.