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Asda to ramp up Drinkaware partnership

Asda is ramping up its partnership with Drinkaware after a successful day spent educating shoppers on how to enjoy a healthy relationship with alcohol.

Gaining the youth vote

The over-45 age group now accounts for more than three-quarters of BWS sales in the UK as younger adults increasingly turn their backs on alcohol. Kantar stats for the year to March show that 76.5% of volume sales go to the 45-plus demographic, with just 23.5% bought by younger adults. In the past year volume sales among 18 to 44-year-olds declined by 7.5%, while volume sales among the older generations grew 2.9%. 

Majestic Wine confident of continued sales growth in challenging market

Majestic Wine delivered a bullish assessment of its chances of thriving in a challenging UK market after reporting 2.3% revenue growth for the year to April 2018.

Nostalgia based drinks marketing risks appealing to children

Retro designs that evoke nostalgia by celebrating the sweets, clothes and cartoons of yesteryear have seen several drinks fall foul of alcohol marketing rules, according to the Portman Group.

Concha y Toro targets a million extra households

Concha y Toro has laid out ambitious plans to increase the number of households buying its three key brands by 1 million within three years.

Suppliers urge UK to take advantage of wine shortage

The global wine shortage has provided the trade with an opportunity to end an unsustainable culture of working with miniscule margins, according to leading suppliers.

Bargain Booze getting back on track

Bargain Booze has emerged from a tumultuous situation relatively unscathed and stock levels have returned to normal levels following Bestway’s takeover.

Oddbins takes wine drinkers on odyssey

Oddbins is championing German Sauvignon Blanc, Spanish Viognier, Hungarian reds and other quirky wines as it aims to broaden the nation’s vinous horizons.

Cult beer makes its mark for Waitrose

Waitrose has reported that Beavertown’s craft beers are flying off its shelves after it became the first supermarket to list the London brewer.

Nicolas Feuillatte reveals UK plans

Nicolas Feuillatte has launched new packaging for the UK market as it bids to boost off-trade sales and make inroads into the on-trade. 

Estrella Damm: brewed in Barcelona (commercial partner feature)

More than 12 million sun-loving Brits jetted off to Spain in the past year and Barcelona was the most popular destination. It is easy to see why this enchanting seaside city is such a hit, as it is teeming with architectural treasures, the world’s greatest chefs and beautiful Mediterranean beaches.

Connoisseur sees opportunities in thriving indie sector

Connoisseur Estates is buoyant about the future of the UK independent trade after sensing a serious willingness to find quality among buyers at the London Wine Fair.

Accolade invests £1 million in Hardys and bolsters fine wine team

Accolade Wines is investing £1 million in a new marketing campaign for Hardys in a bid to consolidate its market leading position in the UK off-trade.

Beer sales fell in the first quarter of 2018

The beer category suffered falling sales across the board in the first quarter of 2018, according to new stats from the British Beer & Pub Association.

Prosecco is apparently more popular among men than women

More than half of Prosecco sales in the UK are generated by men, according to new research from the Consorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC.

Sparkling wine sales soar as Brits toast royal couple

Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle put the sparkle in bubbly sales as they increased 36.6% year-on-year for the week of the wedding.

Majestic: putting the fun into wine

In 2008, the UK was plunged into a full financial meltdown by the global credit crunch and Brits clung to their jobs as panic set in. Amid this testing backdrop, Rowan Gormley made the bold decision to leave a stable business, Virgin Wines, and set up a new one called Naked Wines.

Minimum unit pricing underway in Scotland

"Well done, SNP, in one fell swoop you made heroin cheaper than alcohol – that’s really going to solve all of Scotland’s problems.”

Bordeaux wine pop-up bar returns to London

The Bordeaux Butterfly pop-up bar is returning to London next month in a bid to educate consumers about the region’s diversity.

Joe Fattorini joins Berry Bros and FMV as head of sales for London

TV star Joe Fattorini has joined Berry Bros & Rudd and Fields, Morris & Verdin as its new head of sales for London.

McEwan's enjoys a new look for the summer

Popular Scottish ale brand McEwan’s has relaunched with a new look designed to broaden its appeal among customers old and new.

Spar rapped on the knuckles for referring to range as "everyday wine"

Spar has felt the wrath of Alcohol Concern for referring to a new range as “everyday wine” in a press release and the Portman Group has upheld a complaint against the retailer.

Bordeaux Today targets retailers with unique tasting

There is still time for retailers to register for Bordeaux Today, an educational tasting that showcases the region’s versatility and suitability for younger adults.

Think Gin Awards 2018 celebrate the category's dynamism

The UK’s finest gin retailers, bar operators, wholesalers and communicators were honoured for their hard work in making it the UK’s most exciting drinks category at our fourth annual Think Gin event this week.

Hall & Woodhouse to distribute Hogs Back beers

Surrey brewery Hogs Back has appointed Hall & Woodhouse to distribute its broad range of beer brands in the off-trade.

Craftwork bolsters portfolio with Irish whiskey

New distributor Craftwork continues to bolster its burgeoning portfolio with intriguing spirits and the latest addition is Hyde Irish whiskey.

Sainsbury's share price soars after Asda merger announcement

Sainsbury’s share price has risen by 15% after it confirmed a merger with Asda that will create the UK’s largest retailer.

Scotland's minimum unit pricing plan is "unmerited" and "unlikely to work"

Minimum unit pricing comes into force in Scotland on May 1 and a leading cider producer has warned that it will fail to achieve its goals and bring damaging, unintended consequences.

Concha y Toro UK launches Californian Zinfandel aged in bourbon barrel

Concha y Toro has announced the UK launch of 1000 Stories, a Californian Zinfandel aged in bourbon barrels.

19 Crimes range welcomes two new scoundrels

Two new rogues are joining the 19 Crimes gallery as brand owner Treasury Wine Estates bids to win over more Millennial consumers.

Waitrose reboots its beer and cider range

Waitrose has overhauled its beer and cider range and shoppers can look forward to new drinks from the likes of Beavertown, Sxollie, Hawkes and Wiper & True.

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.

Online wine store pulls in £1 million backing

29-year-old entrepreneur is aiming to build the world’s biggest ecommerce store for wine after raising £1 million in a crowdfunding drive.