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Former Tesco wine buying manager Rob Dixon has joined Provence rosé specialist Mirabeau as its new head of retail for the UK and Ireland.

DRN caught up with Mike Robinson, founder and managing director of tonic brand Jeffrey’s, to find out more about the opportunities in the tonic category.

Former Tesco BWS boss and Berry Bros chief executive Dan Jago has landed a new job heading up gun maker James Purdey & Sons.

The WSTA has called upon the next Chancellor to cut the duty on wine after HMRC reported dwindling revenues from taxing the category.

An English red wine has scooped a coveted gold medal at the International Wine Challenge for the first time.

East Anglian brewer Woodforde’s has created a special beer to commemorate Norwich striker Teemu Pukki’s efforts in helping Finland qualify for Euro 2020.

Islay whisky producer Bowmore has teamed up with Aston Martin for a series of limited-edition bottlings and marketing events.

Rhône Valley producer Cellier des Dauphins is bidding to boost the region’s reputation for quality wines by championing a number of premium ranges.

The Labour Party has pledged to review the evidence on minimum unit pricing if it secures a majority in the upcoming general election.

Shares in Naked Wines decreased 3.2% this morning after the shock announcement that founder Rowan Gormley will step down as chief executive after Christmas.

Corks Out founder Ruth Yates has expressed her sadness at the news that its Chester store has closed down.

Two-thirds of drinks retailers believe a Conservative victory would offer the best outcome in next month’s general election. 

Australian Vintage believes it has created the best alcohol-free wines in the business after perfecting its production techniques during an intensive two-year process. 

Heineken has maintained its ties with football by extending its Champions League sponsorship and signing on as the official beer of Euro 2020.

Marks & Spencer has unveiled plans for all of its own-label wines to be vegan by the end of 2022.

The Portman Group has urged retailers not to stock a cider brand called Suicyder that was produced by The Bearded Brewery in Cornwall.

Brits’ surging demand for Aperol has helped supplier Campari enjoy 27.9% UK sales growth during the first nine months of 2019.

Popular single malt brand Auchentoshan has been given a rebranding in an effort to appeal to younger consumers.

The UK government has decided to put a nine-month hiatus on the dreaded VI-1 forms after Britain leaves the EU.

The Beaujolais region has reported that exports to the UK are up 35.6% in volume and 19.6% in value during the first eight months of 2019.

Booths has revealed that gin’s sharp upward sales curve has finally started to peter out and rum is now leading the growth in the spirits category.

A number of the UK’s leading wine companies have banded together to campaign for wine to be treated fairly in future Budget announcements. The category was singled out for punitive tax rises in 2016 and 2018, while beer, cider and spirits were given a break. The wine trade has reacted with grim exasperation to recent Budget clobberings, but it has not altered its strategy for influencing policymakers – until now.

Virgin Wines has laid out ambitious plans to become the nation’s ultimate one-stop online shop for all drinks categories. 

Waitrose launches No.1 range

10 October, 2019

Waitrose has launched a top tier range of own-label wine, cider and spirits called No. 1.

B2B marketplace Spiritrade has branched out into beer, wine, soft drinks and CBD-infused drinks after noting a strong demand among its members.

Colchester-based wine merchant Mr Wheeler has rescued online retailer FromVineyardsDirect.com from administration by purchasing the business and its assets in a pre-pack deal.

Majestic has reported a 77% rise in year-on-year sales of low-alcohol beer amid vast improvements in the overall level of quality within the category.

Retailers are gearing up for the crucial Christmas trading period after enduring a tough year blighted by poor weather, Brexit fears and plummeting consumer confidence. Like-for-like sales are down across most BWS categories in 2019 and Christmas represents the last bastion of hope for retailers aiming to record a strong profit.

Popular ale brand Hobgoblin has been given a stripped back new look as part of the biggest overhaul in its 31-year history.

The latest Nielsen stats make sobering reading for the BWS trade as they show year-on-year value sales decreased by 2.8% this summer.