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Customers are being allowed to visit most Majestic wine stores from today for the first time in over two months – but only to collect orders placed online or by emailing stores direct.

Google searches for drinks deliveries have increased by over 2,000% on an annual basis in Glasgow and Edinburgh during lockdown.

High-strength cider and perry has experienced the biggest decreases in stocking by retailers in Scotland since the introduction of minimum unit pricing two years ago.

The Co-op, Brewgooder and Robinsons Brewery have joined forces to launch an exclusive brew which will help fund clean water development projects in Africa.

Waitrose has reported sales of rosé wine have gone up, alongside outdoor and picnic items, in line with the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions in England.

Majestic Wine and Deliveroo are expanding their delivery partnership to cover 80 UK sites across the UK, alongside an expanded range on offer.

Burgundy has had a number of difficult harvests but 2020 could be a huge year for fans of this wine region, according to Majestic Wine buyer, Nadia Williamson.

The Australian wine sector had a difficult start to 2020 with bushfires followed by the challenges posed by coronavirus, but Majestic Wine is seeing growing evidence that its customers are rallying round to support the nation’s wine producers.

The UK may have spent the whole of April 2020 in lockdown but the spectacular weather throughout the month, alongside early signs of interest in Majestic Wine’s revamped wine ranges, helped drive sales of the retailer’s rosé wines.

Majestic Wines sells one bottle of wine from New Zealand for every bottle sold from America, Australia and South America put together.

Jeroboams has launched a revamped and “newly transactional” website.

Majestic Wine has reported early signs that its new 2020 wine ranges have been a hit, despite its customers being in lockdown, and it says each of the revamped categories is recording year-on-year growth.

BWS sales through the off-trade grew 42% in the week after the Easter break, driven by strong sales of beer and cider.

Berry Bros & Rudd is launching a special mixed case of wine designed to raise funds for the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. For every case sold the retailer will donate £25 to the appeal.

Majestic Wine has revealed details of a number of changes to key personnel, as the business prepares for its new chapter.

James Reed has been appointed as buying manager for wine at Tesco.

Sainsbury’s has reported it could close stores if the £500 million cost of the pandemic grows any bigger.

Beers, wines and spirits (BWS) was the fastest growing online grocery category in terms for the last four weeks of lockdown, according to recent data.

Marks & Spencer has released a range of own-label wines priced at £5 per bottle.

Beer shops across the UK are fearful about the future of the UK high street, alongside concerns about their ability to continue to operate as delivery-only businesses if the lockdown period is extended further.

Berry Bros & Rudd is pre-selling wines from two of its smaller producers, offering its customers the chance to buy early at a reduced cost.

Aldi has teamed up with TV mixologist Pritesh Mody to recreate “an impressive collection of world-class cocktails”, but at a fraction of the price. 

Britons spent £160 million less on Easter than in 2019 but alcohol sales for the bank holiday weekend surged 29%.

Waitrose has announced it will continue to assess its existing BWS packaging while also seeking out packaging innovations as part of its efforts to become the “leading sustainable retailer in the UK”.

A convenience store retailer has brought forward plans to open a new store in order to provide more support to the local community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Majestic has unveiled a number of new wines including “interesting parcels at the lower-premium end” as well as “brilliant wines lost to the range over recent years”, which the company has now brought back in. 

Off-trade alcohol sales saw another spike in sales in week two of the UK's Covid-19 lockdown according to new data from Nielsen.

Online drinks retailer 31Dover recorded a sharp increase in sales through March 2020 and it said it is now “sharing its online direct-to-consumer lifeline” with wholesalers and brands who were solely reliant on the on-trade.

The Wine Society is now open for business again having made “vital changes to its warehouse operations” to ensure the safety of its staff.