Hawkes launches London's first urban cidery

Hawkes has launched London’s first ever ‘urban cidery’, which it says is the latest step in its “mission to change the face of UK cider forever”.

Dunnet Bay adds seasonal botanicals for Summer Edition

Dunnet Bay Distillery is gearing up to launch its Summer Edition Rock Rose Gin.

The Co-op and Blackjack Brewery create 'breakfast' ale

The Co-op has teamed up with neighbouring Blackjack Brewery to create an unusual ‘breakfast’ pale ale, especially for Manchester Beer Week.

Hush Heath adds Sparkling Apple Wine to woo Prosecco fans

Hush Heath Estate in Kent has launched two Sparkling English Apple Wines, which it anticipates will appeal to Prosecco fans.

Brewdog's UK sales rose 97% last year

Brewdog has reported its total UK sales increased by 97% in 2016, while its overall turnover for the year reached £72m.

Vins de Bordeaux to launch pop-up summer wine bar

Vins de Bordeaux will open its first ever pop-up wine bar at Broadgate this summer.

Gonzalez Byass reveals sherry-based NPD

Gonzalez Byass UK has created a sparkling sherry-based drink specifically for the UK market.

Enotria to distribute Hattingley Valley

Enotria&Coe has announced it will take on the UK distribution for Hattingley Valley.

Cotes du Rhone wines unveils 2017 UK ad campaign

Rhone Valley Vineyards, France’s second largest AOC wine area, has unveiled its new Cotes du Rhone ad campaign for the UK market, accompanied by a new strapline: ‘Everyday Sophistication’.

Freixenet launches premium Prosecco

Freixenet, the well-known Cava producer, is set to launch a Prosecco into the UK this summer.

Yalumba launches £225 "super claret"

Yalumba has blended Coonawarra Cabernet with Barossa Shiraz to create a £225 “super claret” designed to honour its rich history and experimental nature.

Party pictures from DRN / Origin / Electric Sky bash

DRN, Origin Wines and Electric Sky Wines took over One Belgravia in the capital for a glittering party after day two of the London Wine Fair. 

Wine trade can be Britain's post-Brexit poster boy, says outgoing LWF boss

The wine trade can be the poster boy for international trade relations after Britain leaves the EU, according to the outgoing director of the London Wine Fair.

Aldi launches craft beer festival

Aldi has launched an in-store craft beer festival that has seen it bolster its range with 16 brews from across the UK.

Butcombe's craft beer range celebrates 1978 classics

Butcombe Brewing Company is launching a range of sci-fi-inspired canned beers as it looks to extend out of its classic style into craft beer.

My Generation extends from cask to can

The My Generation Beer Co has expanded its offering on the back of securing a national supermarket deal with Asda.

Dom Pérignon 2009 released

Dom Pérignon has released its vintage 2009 cuvée and chef de cave Richard Geoffroy is raving about its quality.

Kopparberg launches Blueberry & Lime cider

Kopparberg has extended its fruit cider range with the launch of a Blueberry & Lime variant.

Blossom Hill targets millennials with on-pack campaign

Blossom Hill has launched an on-pack promotion offering consumers the chance to win discounts on bestselling make-up brands like Rimmel and Clinique.

Patrick McGrath MW calls on trade to support the London Wine Fair

UK agents that shun the London Wine Fair deserve to be questioned by the brands they represent about a missed opportunity, according to Patrick McGrath MW.

Morgenrot adds Pang Pang beers from Sweden

Morgenrot has added to its world craft beer portfolio with the “highly sought-after and utterly unique” Pang Pang beers from Sweden.

Strongbow's on-pack promotion taps into festival season

Strongbow is launching an on-pack promotion offering the chance to win thousands of festival-related prizes.

‘British Cassis’ successful in trademark bid

The founder of a British premium drinks business has successfully trademarked her liqueur in order to protect both its quality and provenance.

Halewood introduces premium tonics range

Halewood Wines & Spirits plans to shake up the tonic category with its latest launch.

Conviviality sales pass £1.5bn mark

Conviviality has reported sales nearly doubled to £1.56bn for the year ending 30 April 2017.

Robinsons revamps Old Tom range

Robinsons has revealed a new look for its Old Tom range as well as a new variant, which is set to join the iconic beer line up.

Camel Valley awarded ‘first growth’ PDO by EU

Camel Valley’s Darnibole vineyard has become the first UK single vineyard to be awarded the highest level of PDO status by the European Union.

Hop Burns & Black opens London's first can-only beer shop

Craft beer retailer Hop Burns & Black is opening a shop in Peckham solely dedicated to canned beer.

Sparkling canned cocktail range to launch in Morrisons

HappyDown, described as “the UK’s first crafted sparkling cocktails in cans” will launch in Morrisons stores next month.

McColl's hopes to snap up Tesco's One Stop chain

Convenience store chain McColl’s hopes to purchase “hundreds of stores” that could be sold off to alleviate competition concerns when Tesco’s takeover of Booker goes through, according to reports.

Win a trip to Brazil with wine display

There’s a chance for one lucky retailer to win a trip to Brazil to see some of its top wineries in the 2017 Window Display Competition, run by Drinks Retailing News in conjunction with Wines of Brasil.

Berry Bros opens new store on Pall Mall

Berry Bros & Rudd is opening a new retail store opposite St James’s Palace as it aims to position itself as “a one-of-a-kind destination for wine and spirits in the heart of London”.

Drinks retailing trade is in rude health, latest figures reveal

Soaring sales of lager, ale, gin and sparkling wine have helped the off-trade BWS market grow by 2.3% to £16.1 billion in the past year (Nielsen, year to April 22, 2017).

Beer Boutique aims to become high street leader

A beer specialist that opened its second and third stores in the past year has revealed ambitious plans to become Britain’s best-known high street beer retailer.

Conviviality "not deal hungry", insists Hunter

Conviviality has quadrupled its turnoverin four years after buying Matthew Clark, Bibendum PLB and Wine Rack, but chief executive Diana Hunter insists it is not “deal hungry”.

Top 100 Most Influential People in Wine 2017

Welcome to our annual list of the 100 most influential people in the UK wine industry, covering retailers, suppliers, wholesalers, writers, TV stars and lobbyists.

A new name for a modern market

Off Licence News has been rebranded to better reflect its position in the market and will now be called Drinks Retailing News as it champions the off-trade in 2017 and beyond.

Drinks Retailing News: evolution of a trade champion

In 1863 Abraham Lincoln was in the White House abolishing slavery, Queen Victoria was at the height of her power and William Ewart Gladstone was chancellor of the exchequer. The Football Association had just been founded, the very first London Underground tube was embarking upon its maiden voyage and Archduke Franz Ferdinand was born.

Flourishing independent sector continues to expand
A number of independent wine retailers are on the expansion trail and the sector is thriving, says a group representing the sector.

Jessica Hutchinson, managing director of Vindependents, which represents a number of independent wine merchants in the UK, told DRN members’ sales are strong and regular enquiries are coming in from people looking to set up wine shops.

Marks & Spencer sets itself apart with en primeur

Marks & Spencer has started selling 32 wines bought en primeur from the 2014 Bordeaux vintage as it aims to set itself apart from rival multiples. 

Cans of sparkling Pinot Grigio to tempt bubbly lovers

Sparkling Pinot Grigio in 20cl cans is the latest innovation from Off-Piste Wines in its bid to modernise the UK wine category.

The Benevolent to auction "priceless" Champagne collection

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent will auction a 13-strong collection of vintage Champagnes from Taittinger at the 2017 International Wine Challenge awards dinner.

Marston's takes over Bombardier brewer Charles Wells

Marston’s has consolidated its position as Britain’s leading ale producer by purchasing the Charles Wells brewery and brands for £55 million.

Diageo launches Smirnoff Red Cups initiative

Smirnoff is set to issue thousands of ‘Red Cups’ POS kits to retailers across the country, challenging them to create inspiring, in-store displays to be in the with the chance of winning £1,000.

Funkin brings more cocktail NPD to off-trade

Funkin has revealed its latest NPD for the convenience channel in the form of a trio of premium cocktail shakers.

Kingsland releases third phase of Wine Pro research

Kingsland Drinks has released its third phase of Wine Pro research, which shows that the proportion of wine occasions involving food is now at 84%.

The Wine Society introduces Click & Collect

The Wine Society has introduced a Click & Collect service for its members.

Aston Manor launches Friels Vintage in mini-kegs

Aston Manor Cider is the latest producer to move into the popular sharing mini-keg format.

Marks & Spencer becomes most decorated supermarket at International Wine Challenge

Marks & Spencer was the most awarded retailer at the 2017 International Wine Challenge as it scooped 146 medals, including 12 golds.

Kingfisher Beer to distribute Cantonese Pearl River in UK

Kingfisher Beer Europe has revealed its latest distribution deal, which allows it to market and distribute the Cantonese beer Pearl River across the UK.