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Mike James is moving on after 10 years of heading up Aldi’s wine buying team. As he prepares to take on a new role at the retailer’s global wine team in Salzburg, Austria, he talks about the highlights of his career in the UK trade.

The managing director of Majestic Wine is confident that all jobs will be preserved after the parent company decided to sell the entire retail estate.

Majestic Wine chief executive Rowan Gormley has confirmed that the group intends to sell the entire Majestic business after deciding Naked Wines offers greater growth potential.

Independent wine merchant Humble Grape has announced plans to open a fifth store in the heart of Canary Wharf in London.

Martini has launched a 0.0% abv tipple called Dolce to meet growing consumer demand for alcohol-free drinks for adults.

Two-thirds of all spirits bottles sold in Europe should have calorie information on the labels by 2022 after trade body spiritsEUROPE signed a memorandum of understanding.

31Dover owner DMD Ventures has unveiled plans to grow turnover to £50 million by 2022 after completing two private investment rounds and investing in new technology.

Chapel Down has reported 10% growth in turnover during 2018 as sales broke through the £13 million barrier for the first time.

The Brexit vote has sparked a talent drain that threatens London’s elite status in the global wine trade, according to Liberty Wines managing director David Gleave MW.

number of forces have conspired against the UK’s high-strength beer and cider category over the past few years.

Waitrose said it enjoyed strong wine sales in January by treating it with the same care and attention as any other month.

The clocks have gone forward, the sun is battling its way through the clouds and the season of barbecues, festivals and picnics is almost upon us. Drinks retailers are urged to stock up on RTDs to boost sales and margins ahead of this crucial trading period.

The Majestic Wine store in Wakefield has been transformed into a Naked Wines showroom as part of a trial from the group.

Aldi has relaunched some of the most popular Scottish craft gin and beer brands from the in-store festivals it hosted last year.

Badger beer has launched a digital competition that will send 54 winners on a camping weekend in Dorset.

New Zealand Winegrowers, Loire Valley and Centre Loire Wines joined forces for a joint celebration of the myriad wonders of Sauvignon Blanc today.

“Our generation have trust issues because we were raised on those awesome adverts saying Carlsberg is the best lager in the world only to finally taste the shit and realise it’s like drinking the bath water that your nan died in,” wrote an enlightened gentleman called Roy on Twitter recently.

Minimum unit pricing has delivered a hammer blow to white cider in Scotland as sales have fallen off a cliff since it was introduced on May 1, 2018.

The off-trade cider category has enjoyed 5.3% value growth over the past year to reach £1.2 billion (IRI, year to February 2019).

Wine needs to boost its credentials as a refreshing beverage if it is to flourish going forward, according to Treasury Wine Estates.

Millions of British consumers are increasingly health conscious and inclined to opt for low-calorie drinks that do not pack a high alcoholic punch. Their purse strings are tight amid the economic uncertainty sparked by Brexit and many prefer to save money by entertaining at home. They want to impress their guests and, more importantly, their social media followers with drinks that look vibrant, luxurious and refreshing. Yet they do not want to fiddle around with a multitude of ingredients to whip up something Heston Blumenthal would be proud of. 

Jägermeister has revealed a new “Ice Cold” wrap pack that will launch exclusively to the convenience channel this month.

Brooklyn Brewery is bidding to capitalise on the growing demand for alcohol-free beer by launching Brooklyn Special Effects into the UK market.

The clocks have gone forward, the sun is out and leading suppliers are rolling out marketing campaigns ahead of the summer trading period.

Another contender has emerged in the on-going battle to land the most preposterous attack on the drinks industry in 2019.

We Brought Beer has been forced to bid farewell to its iconic store near Clapham Junction due to the landlord’s “unreasonable rent terms”.

France has increased wine shipments to the UK by 30% as distributors stockpile cases in preparation for the fallout from Brexit.

Fever-Tree saw profits after tax rise 26% to £61.8 million in 2018 as it continued to revel in Brits’ growing love of gin.

The Bottle Shop has called in the administrators and made all employees redundant after sales dipped “well under forecast” during the winter trading period.

Majestic Wine’s managing director Joshua Lincoln has written to all customers in a bid "explain the big picture" beyond today's headlines.