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Drinks retailers are feeling bullish about their chances of thriving during the upcoming Christmas trading period, according to our reader survey.

Convenience retailers have a glorious opportunity to boost sales in the days between Christmas and New Year, according to a leading retailer. 

Oddbins is putting its faith in New World wines in the run-up to Christmas as it bids to offer its customers good value for money.

Premium bottled ale needs to innovate to avoid meeting the same fate as the tanking blended Scotch whisky category, according to a leading buyer.

Lebanon’s oldest winery has celebrated its 160th anniversary by going back to its roots and launching a 100% Merwah.

The UK’s largest wine supplier is branching out into the gin category with the launch of Stone’s ginger gin.

The Times has laid into Sheffield University academics in a scathing editorial that ridicules their demand for Public Health England to end its partnership with Drinkaware.

Greene King has secured the exclusive UK distribution rights for Spanish lager brand Estrella Galicia.

Winter is coming and Johnnie Walker has launched a limited edition whisky to cash in on the enduring popularity of hit show Game of Thrones.

Chapel Down has reported 15% year-on-year sales growth for the six months to June 30, 2018, as demand for its wine and spirits has soared.

Distell has unveiled six new limited-edition malt whiskies from a range of distilleries it owns across Scotland.

TV star Brian Cox has teamed up with brewer JW Lees to launch a zesty amber ale called Cosmic Brew.

Students drink an average of 14 shots during the course of Freshers’ Week, according to new research from herbal liqueur brand Jägermeister.

London retailer Real Ale has helped Marks & Spencer overhaul its own-label beer range in time for the key Christmas trading period.

Majestic Wine has launched a range of sakes in a bid “make rice nice for wine drinkers who may be stuck in Merlot and Sauvignon ruts”.

The burgeoning UK gin category has surged past the £1.6 billion mark after sales grew 38% in the past year.

Anti-alcohol lobbyist in chief Prof Ian Gimore has threatened to quit his role as an adviser to Public Health England in protest of its partnership with Drinkaware.

Stephen Finch plans to turn Vagabond into an international chain after securing a £3.5 million injection of growth capital from private equity investor Imbiba.

Chapel Down is set to create England’s largest vineyard by extending its North Downs plot in Kent by another 157ha.

Euroboozer boss Martyn Railton has likened his firm’s exclusive distribution deal for Mikkeller to Arsenal signing Dutch maestro Dennis Bergkamp back in 1995.

A 5% abv Bavarian Helles lager was named the world’s best beer at the International Beer Challenge Awards 2018 in London last night.

Brewdog has trolled a number of popular lagers by launching a new series of ads that mock the scores they earned on RateBeer.com.

French farming cooperative Agrial has purchased Kingstone Press and Frosty Jack’s supplier Aston Manor.

Leading Irish whiskey brand Jameson is returning to TV screens for the first time in seven years with a stylish ad.

Pinkster has unveiled a new label that highlights its use of fresh fruit in an effort to differentiate itself from rival pink gins.

Wine merchant Jeroboams is sponsoring the Financial Times’ Weekend Live Festival and it will pour wines for thousands of guests from a pop-up shop and bar.

Global Brands is giving shoppers a free mobile phone charging power bank every time they purchase a 10-pack of RTD brand VK.

Copestick Murray expects sales to break through the £70 million barrier in 2018 after reporting strong growth in its latest financial statement.

A Cambridge University professor has delivered a splendid response to a new Global Burden of Disease study claiming that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

The neo-temperance lobby has had plenty of joy in securing column inches after firing out a bizarre press release accusing the alcohol industry of promoting harmful drinking.