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Convenience retailers are lagging behind their grocer counterparts when it comes to selling premium spirits and they could unlock a massive sales opportunity this Christmas.

Online retailer Winebuyers now lists more than 400 English wines sourced from 14 different counties.

It does not get much better than drinking beer and saving an endangered species at the same time.

Cobra has become the latest big beer brand to launch a gluten free variant in order to meet the growing demand for this burgeoning category.

Zebrafish Buzzing on Taurine and Alcohol might sound like an up-and-coming rap rave collective from Shoreditch, but it is actually the result a new academic study.

AB Inbev has chosen Bud Light to be the official beer of the England team as Harry Kane and co bid to bring football home at future tournaments. 

Sir Ian Botham passed into folklore in 1981 by smashing 149 runs off just 148 balls to inspire England to the most sensational comeback victory ever witnessed. They were priced at 500/1 to win the second Ashes Test against Australia after a first innings meltdown left them trailing by 227 runs. But Beefy stepped up and turned the match on its head with his unbeaten innings, sparking scenes of unprecedented revelry across the nation. Brokers stopped trading in the Stock Exchange so that the City could watch the spellbinding events unfold 240 miles north at Headingley, and a legend was born as England went on to win the series 3-1.

The world’s largest brewer will soon have a new president heading up its UK business after incumbent Jason Warner earned a promotion.

Beer, whisky and gin could become more expensive due to the heatwave that has ravaged Europe over the past couple of months. 

The firm behind online retailer 31Dover.com and supplier Vanquish Wine is using its ecommerce expertise to branch out into the world of drinks marketing.

Canned drinks continue their upward march and significantly increased their market share at the expense of glass and PET over the past year.

Wholesale giants Landmark and Today’s Group are set to merge into a single company that will dwarf existing market leader Booker.

Corks Out founder Ruth Yates will step down from her role as chief executive at the Cheshire-based retail chain in September.

London fine wine merchant BI reported 6.1% revenue growth in the first half of 2018 thanks to increased demand for US wines, Burgundy and Champagne.

Aldi and Fallen Brewery have teamed up to launch two exclusive craft beers to capitalise on the growing demand for interesting brews in Scotland.

A record 94,832 people across the globe signed up for a Wine & Spirit Education Trust course in the 2017/18 academic year.

Henkell has completed its acquisition of fellow sparkling wine giant Freixenet after gaining approval from the European Commission’s competition watchdog.

Diageo has invested in cutting edge outdoor advertising that changes depending on the weather and the time of day.

The off-trade was the big winner in the beer category during the second quarter of 2018 as the sector enjoyed its best performance in eight years.

Bancroft has bolstered its portfolio by becoming the exclusive UK agent for iconic Hunter Valley winery Brokenwood.

Drinks giants AB Inbev and Diageo have reported strong UK sales as the warm weather and sporting action sparked rising demand for beer and spirits.

AB Inbev is launching a gluten-free variant of Stella Artois in order to cater to Brits that suffer from coeliac disease.

BWS was the star performer in the grocery channel this summer as the summer heatwave and England’s fine World Cup run provided a welcome shot in the arm.

A lack of CO2 prevented Britvic from fully capitalising on the sales opportunity provided by the summer heatwave that has given Brits a raging thirst.

A US firm is busy making forgeries of some of the world’s most popular fine wines in a Colorado lab and selling them at knockdown prices.

The world’s leading whisk(e)y associations are heading to Kentucky for a crisis meeting over the impact of an escalating trade war with the US.

Rum: the stuff of legend

20 July, 2018

Legend has it that Admiral Horatio Nelson’s body was put in a rum cask to preserve it for transportation back to England following his death at the Battle of Trafalgar. He had just defied the odds to secure a decisive victory, constantly thwarting Napoleon and defeating a combined French and Spanish fleet, and he was due to receive a glorious open-casket funeral. But the navy officials who received his body discovered the sailors had drilled a hole in the cask and sucked it dry, leaving Nelson semi-pickled and unfit for an open casket.

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent has appointed three new trustees to help expand its reach and support more vulnerable members of the industry.

Eric Idle once declared that American beer was like making love in a canoe – “fucking close to water”.

Magners has signed a four-year deal to become the headline sponsor of the Cheltenham Festival and it will lend its name to the meeting’s biggest race.