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The Good Wine Shop hit by electrical fire

The Good Wine Shop has announced that all staff and shoppers at its Kew store emerged unscathed after an electrical fire raged through the shop.

AB Inbev snaps up Master of Malt

Budweiser and Stella Artois brewer AB Inbev has purchased online spirits retailer Master of Malt as it continues to consolidate its position in the market.

Clare Balding stars in A Glass With

Clare Balding OBE stars in the first episode of a new series of A Glass With, the podcast hosted by Olly Smith and produced by Richard Hemming MW.

Majestic Wine sacrifices earnings to boost customer numbers

Majestic Wine has warned that earnings will be cut by up to £3 million as it has decided to invest in acquiring new customers for its Naked Wines arm. 

Conviviality: the fall of an empire

In November 2017, Conviviality was riding the crest of a wave after share prices hit a record high of 426p following a raft of acquisitions.

Whyte & Mackay teams up with Edinburgh Fringe for on-pack promotion

Whyte & Mackay is offering drinkers the chance to win a VIP trip to the Edinburgh fringe festival with an on-pack offer designed to boost sales.

Exceeding CMO guidelines doesn't knock years off your life, cheap clickbait wastes your time

Hysterical media coverage suggesting that exceeding the CMO drinking guidelines can shave years off your life has been met with scorn by academics, statisticians and industry insiders.

Bestway must work hard to win over Bargain Booze franchisees

Bestway has an enormous job on its hands to win over embattled Bargain Booze franchisees and restore order to the estate following its takeover of Conviviality’s retail division. 

Westons lays out ambitious growth plans

Herefordshire cidermaker Westons has laid out ambitious plans to grow sales by 40% in the next five years after moving into the flourishing fruit cider market.

Carlsberg puts innovation and revitalisation at the heart of its plans

Carlsberg UK has radically overhauled its portfolio in the past couple of years and it now feels it can compete in the burgeoning world and craft beer sectors.

Beer and food pairing potential hailed by top chef

Beer is becoming an increasingly popular accompaniment to meals and one of the world’s best chefs has given it his endorsement. 

Bargain Booze owner promises "business as usual" after buyout saves thousands of jobs

The new Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner has promised “business as usual” at 769 stores across the UK after buying Conviviality’s retail division.

Vinexpo president Guillaume Deglise to leave role

Vinexpo chief executive Guillaume Deglise is standing down after the Hong Kong exhibition that takes place at the end of May.

Accolade Wines sold for a billion dollars

Multinational investment group Carlyle has purchased Hardys and Echo Falls supplier Accolade Wines for a billion Australian dollars (£422 million).

Conviviality still seeking a buyer for Bargain Booze after confirming Matthew Clark sale

Conviviality said it “continues to pursue opportunities” to find a buyer for its retail arm after confirming the sale of Matthew Clark and Bibendum PLB to C&C Group.

Alcohol holds onto its status as UK's leading FMCG category

BWS grew off-trade sales by 4.4% in the past year to reach £16.1 billion and cement its status as the bestselling FMCG category in the UK.

C&C Group and AB Inbev to buy Matthew Clark and Bibendum from Conviviality

Magners and Tennent’s producer C&C Group is poised to buy Matthew Clark and Bibendum PLB from the failed Conviviality empire.

Doctor fosters Mediterranean way

Swindon and its environs have several claims to fame, from yielding James Bond creator Sir Ian Fleming to creating what is surely the world’s most complex roundabout.

Zen and the art of sobriety

When overworked news editors have a gaping hole in their papers, they can always rely on the anti-alcohol lobby to supply a scare story about the nation’s drink problem.

Conviviality was "destroyed by unfettered expansion"

A retail analyst has delivered a scathing assessment of the failings that contributed to Conviviality’s impending descent into administration.

Conviviality goes under: the industry reacts with fear, sadness and anger

Bargain Booze is trending on Twitter after parent company Conviviality announced it will slip into administration following a calamitous fortnight.

Conviviality hurtles towards administration

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality has failed to raise the £125 million it needed to shore up its finances and prevent it from going under.

Think Gin: how to impress the educated consumer

Gin has emerged as the absolute star performer in the UK drinks trade, leaving dynamic categories like Prosecco, craft lager and fruit cider in its shade.

Fruit cider tipped to continue exponential growth

Westons predicts that fruit cider will account for half the category by 2022 and it has launched Stowford Press Mixed Berries to capitalise on the opportunity. 

Waitrose doubles local gin range as craft sales soar

Waitrose has more than doubled its range of small-batch gins since the beginning of the year as demand for locally sourced craft spirits continues to soar.

Bargain Booze franchisees’ morale is low as thousands of jobs are under threat

Bargain Booze franchisees fear for their livelihood as beleaguered parent company Conviviality desperately tries to raise funds to stop it from going under.

Global Brands sees sales and profits rise

VK supplier Global Brands has announced it grew sales by 16% to £42 million in the year to September 30, 2017.

Conviviality launches last ditch survival bid

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality has announced it will be “unable to trade as a going concern” unless it can raise £125 million to shore up its finances.

Conviviality launches last-ditch bid for survival

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality has announced it will be “unable to trade as a going concern” unless it can raise £125 million to shore up its finances.

Vagabond Wines set to release an English sparkler as urban winery bears fruit

Vagabond Wines has opened the doors of its urban winery, bar and restaurant in the old Battersea Power Station and it is poised to launch its first wine.

Cono Sur brand given a makeover

Concha y Toro has overhauled the packaging for its Cono Sur Bicicleta range as it prepares to launch the brand’s biggest ever marketing drive.

Conviviality will be around for years to come, promises chairman

Conviviality chairman David Adams has aimed to quash fears that Conviviality will go under following a disastrous week that cost chief executive Diana Hunter her job.

Big Interview: Vindependents' new business manager

Collaboration is a hot topic among independent wine merchants as they bid to increase margins, overcome barriers to trade and fend off the multiples. We caught up with Tim Carlisle, new business manager at Vindependents – an agency owned by and solely catering to indies – to explore the pros and cons of working collegiately. 

The family business

It has become accepted wisdom that the male of the species needs a space of his own to escape the pressures of family life.

Diana Hunter was "a force for good", says senior industry figure

WSTA chairman Dan Jago expressed his sadness at the news that Diana Hunter has stepped down as Conviviality chief executive following a tumultuous week.

Conviviality chief executive Diana Hunter steps down

Conviviality chief executive Diana Hunter has fallen on her sword after a calamitous week that saw the group plunged into financial chaos.

Henkell buys Freixenet to become world's leading sparkling wine producer

German group Henkell has become the world’s largest sparkling wine producer after purchasing 50.67% of Freixenet’s shares.

Beer Hawk hails the importance of bricks and mortar retailing

The UK’s largest online beer retailer has hailed the importance of bricks and mortar stores after unveiling plans to open a bottle shop in central London.

Brand loyalty is no longer a key driver in BWS sales, says expert

Retailers have proved that brand loyalty in BWS is a myth and it is more of a commodity category than suppliers like to admit, according to a leading analyst.

Thatchers drives awareness of Katy cider with new campaign

Somerset cidermaker Thatchers has unveiled a marketing campaign designed to drive sales of its Katy single variety cider this spring.

Kopparberg's alcohol-free fruit cider enjoys soaring sales

Kopparberg’s alcohol-free offering outsold Becks Blue, Heineken 0%, Budweiser Prohibition and all the other 0% abv beers on the market during December 2017.

Beer Hawk to open bottle shop in London

The UK’s largest online beer retailer is opening a bottle shop in London to capitalise on the city’s growing love of craft beer.

Grocery sales spike as consumer confidence surges

The volume of groceries sold at UK supermarkets reached an 18-month high in February and analysts at Nielsen say the outlook is positive for the sector.

Old Speckled Hen launches £1.1 million ad campaign

Greene King is backing Old Speckled Hen with a seven-week TV and digital ad campaign that seeks to give the brand “modern day appeal”.

Portman Group plans to overhaul Code of Practice

Retailers and producers are urged to take part in a public consultation into the fifth edition of the Portman Group’s Code of Practice.

AB Inbev hails UK performance of Stella, Budweiser and Corona

AB Inbev has reported double-digit growth in the UK off-trade during the final quarter of 2017 and said it capped “a strong year for our UK business”.

Hallgarten Druitt optimistic after recording sales growth

Hallgarten Druitt’s managing director is bullish about the firm’s chances of succeeding in a consolidating market after reporting 8.5% sales growth in 2017.

Everyday Bordeaux Selection 2018 seeks out the region's best affordable wines

UK retailers with national distribution are urged to submit their favourite Bordeaux wines for inclusion in the CIVB’s Everyday Bordeaux Selection 2018.

SITT promises to be the most productive day you spend out of the office all year

Independent retailers can discover a wealth of intriguing wines and spirits produced by small, family-run operations at next week’s Specialist Importers Trade Tastings.

Conviviality auditors could face the wrath of accountancy watchdog

The accountancy watchdog could probe Conviviality after the chairman of the parliamentary work and pensions committee called for an investigation into the “mess” that paralysed the firm.