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 The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has said that retailers should not challenge customers who refuse to abide by new face mask rules.

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BrewDog has become the latest producer to release a larger format in time for the festive season.

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SITT Spring dates announced

25 November, 2021

The Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) will take place in London and Manchester this spring. The event, which is entering its 17th year, will take place in London on February 28 and Manchester on March 2.

Lucy Britner catches up with the entrepreneur to talk flavours, family and future plans. 

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Industry watchdog the Portman Group has said placing public health information on alcohol labels should remain a voluntary practice, after a study found that almost half of leading UK brands now carry calorie information.

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New research from Waitrose has suggested that more UK consumers are celebrating Thanksgiving, with warm cocktails topping the drinks searches for the occasion.

Diageo has said its Guinness Microdraught system will be available to consumers for home use.

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes

The chief executive of Diageo has described the supply chain as “tight” in the UK, adding that the company is in “pretty good shape” to meet demand.

Drinks Retailing magazine front cover for November December

The latest issue of Drinks Retailing magazine is now live

It’s that time of year when marketing messages take a wintry turn and brands look to entice festive drinkers. Here’s a round-up of the some of the latest winter campaigns

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A kerbside Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) trial in Wales has shown consumers to be “highly engaged”.

Trade charity The Drinks Trust is calling on the industry to help shape its future services and support schemes.

Wine and spirits agency Vindependents has created a France-based warehouse and distribution company as it looks to tackle increased shipping times, paperwork and costs associated with Brexit.

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Here’s the low-down on this month's beer, cider, wine, spirits, no/low and RTD product launches:

On the face of it, yesterday’s budget seemed like good news for the drinks industry – especially for sparkling wine producers.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has scrapped the planned duty increase on spirits, wine, cider and beer. The announcement was made in today’s Autumn Budget statement.

The Federation of Independent Retailers (NFRN) has said plans to raise the national living wage will be a “bitter blow to small businesses that are already struggling to survive”.

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Here’s the low-down on this month's beer, cider, wine, spirits, no/low and RTD product launches:

New Zealand Winegrowers

Both the Wine and Spirit Trade Association and the trade body for New Zealand wine have welcomed the announcement of an agreement in principle for a future UK/New Zealand Free Trade Agreement.

WSET hub

WSET launches Events Hub

21 October, 2021

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has launched the WSET Events Hub, as it looks to engage different audiences.

The IWSR has forecast robust volumes growth for hard seltzers in the UK market over the next four years.

Three interesting pieces of research released over the past couple of days suggest that consumers are likely to be staying in this winter.

What’s in this issue? Well, as the cover suggests, we’re gearing up for Christmas. Last year, we certainly entered uncharted territory and although masks and social distancing are old hat now, this year is still set to be unusual.

Central and Eastern European wine and spirits company Vida has launched in the UK market.

Diageo special releases

Here’s the low-down on this month's beer, cider, wine, spirits, no/low and RTD product launches:

Online shopping

Online sales for beer, wine and spirits have shown solid growth over the summer months, according to data from Capgemini.

Asda On the Move

Asda has outlined plans to open more convenience stores, following the successful trial of five sites.

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Private label has a strong opportunity to gain market share in premium alcohol categories, according to insights specialists Mintel.