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Two-thirds of drinks retailers believe a Conservative victory would offer the best outcome in next month’s general election. 

The National Assembly for Wales has approved the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol from next spring.

Berry Bros & Rudd has seen sales soar to the highest levels in almost ten years.

Majestic has teamed up with Curious Brewing to produce a beer aimed at Sauvignon Blanc drinkers.

Pink and orange drinks will continue to have strong appeal through 2020, according to Waitrose.

Waitrose sold ten weeks’ worth of beer in just four days in its Oxford Botley Road store via its “Unpacked” scheme, where beer (and wine) was made available for consumers to buy using refillable containers.

Spar has added a vegan-friendly range to its wine aisles and it said its aim is for all its own-label wines to be vegan-friendly by 2021.

The Co-op and Taylor’s have joined forces to fund a reforestation project in the Douro Valley through sales of Port this Christmas.

Marks & Spencer has unveiled plans for all of its own-label wines to be vegan by the end of 2022.

Macknade, the food hall in Faversham, Kent, has added a wine retail outlet called Macknade Wine & Spirits, offering more than 400 wines.

Amazon has extended into gin with the launch of its first premium spirits brand.

Aldi is launching its own wine course to help shoppers navigate the wine aisles.

Booths has revealed that gin’s sharp upward sales curve has finally started to peter out and rum is now leading the growth in the spirits category.

Virgin Wines has laid out ambitious plans to become the nation’s ultimate one-stop online shop for all drinks categories. 

The Co-op is ramping up efforts to ensure its BWS products appeal to younger adult consumers, particularly in its urban stores. 

Waitrose launches No.1 range

10 October, 2019

Waitrose has launched a top tier range of own-label wine, cider and spirits called No. 1.

The Tesco chief executive, Dave Lewis, has announced he is leaving after five years in the role. 

Colchester-based wine merchant Mr Wheeler has rescued online retailer FromVineyardsDirect.com from administration by purchasing the business and its assets in a pre-pack deal.

Majestic has reported a 77% rise in year-on-year sales of low-alcohol beer amid vast improvements in the overall level of quality within the category.

The Whisky Exchange is celebrating its 11th annual Whisky Show with a series of special bottlings highlighting “the mystery of a cask’s influence”.

Administrators have closed almost half the EFB Retail estate and raised £11.4 million through asset sales since they were appointed in February.

31Dover has launched a new premium spirits subscription service designed to “lead its members on a voyage of discovery and flavour”.

Irish wine merchant James Nicholson has purchased London independent retailer Highbury Vintners for an undisclosed sum.

Upmarket retailer Harvey Nichols has launched its first ever range of premixed cocktails in order to capitalize on strong growth in the cartegory.

The Portman Group has upheld a complaint about Marks & Spencer’s premixed Porn Star Martini cans after deeming they link alcohol to sexual success.

The former boss of Majestic Wine is to return to the retailer after a two-year absence, as the business takes shape under new ownership.

Aldi is launching its first national in-store spirits festival on Thursday and Didsbury Gin’s Tutti Frutti gin liqueur has secured a berth on shelves.

Borough Wines has been bought out of administration in a pre-pack sale worth £58,760 after widening losses caused it to collapse on May 31.

Adnams has reported half year losses to June 30 rose to £783,000 from £557,000 in the previous year, but beer volumes grew for the first six months of 2019.