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Spar has redesigned its own- label premium gin range.

Vivino has appointed Joshua Lincoln as its new UK managing director, as part of its strategy to invest in UK growth.

South Downs Cellars has expanded the floorspace within its Lindfield branch in order to offer an extended range of craft beers.

Berry Bros & Rudd has confirmed its Field Morris & Verdin (FM&V) arm will continue to represent nearly 100 global fine wine producers.

Waitrose is introducing a new interactive service with its exclusive ‘Cocktails at Home’ Experience Boxes, in partnership with John Lewis. 

Waitrose is expanding its on-demand grocery trial with Deliveroo in 25 new locations, taking the total to 30.

The Vineking has had its bid for “the most perfect site” accepted and is set to embark on “a huge project”.

The Oxford Wine Company (OWC) is opening a new shop in central Oxford.

Loki Wine Merchant is set to open its third store in the Birmingham area.

Berry Bros & Rudd has confirmed its decision to change its trade business model, following its internal review of Fields Morris & Verdin (FMV).

The final region Majestic Wine is focusing on for the Autumn phase of its 2020 range review is Spain.

The Whisky Exchange has reported a 41% increase in sales of cocktail bitters in 2020, compared with 2019, as cocktail fans “brought the bar to their homes”.

In the latest glimpse at Majestic Wine's 2020 range review for the Autumn months, DRN caught up with Beth Pearce MW to find out more about the new additions from Regional France.

Majestic Wine is gearing up to introduce the next tranche of wines from its 2020 range review, following the success of the first wines, which led to “marked sales increases across all completed reviews”.

Marks & Spencer is ramping up its product lines and BWS activity in advance of its Ocado launch on September 1, according to new data.

The early August heatwave saw beer and cider sales soar as the off-trade retained the buoyant position generated by lockdown.

Craft beer micro-chain The Epicurean has opened its third store in South Manchester on Manchester Road, Chorlton.

Tesco has said it plans to create an additional 16,000 permanent jobs to support “the exceptional growth” of its online business, according to reports.

Supermarket sales have slowed as shoppers settle into new post-lockdown shopping routines, but alcohol sales continue to outstrip the market.

There’s one last chance for independent retailers to submit their first round entries for the Drinks Retailing Awards 2021.

Naked Wines is launching a one-off fundraising campaign from tomorrow (Thursday August 13) to raise £225,220 for South African winemakers affected by one of the strictest lockdowns in the world.

The initiative forms part of the company’s efforts to support winemakers affected by the global impact of Covid-19, including its recently announced $5 million Covid-19 Support Fund, which helps winemakers affected by the temporary closure of bars and restaurants due to Covid-19.

The South Africa’s wine industry has already seen huge job losses, and tens of thousands more jobs are reportedly at stake. It is estimated that the wine industry alone has already suffered direct losses of £142 million already (VinPro data).

On Thursday, Naked Wines is launching a crowdfunding campaign to support struggling winemakers affected by the strict lockdown measures in South Africa. They have chosen six “talented and deserving” winemakers to support. These are:

• Arco Laarman, a 17-year winemaker of Glen Carlou
• Carsten Migliarina, former Sommelier at London’s Le Pont de la Tour turned boutique winemaker, making small-scale, top-quality wines in the Western Cape
• Cerina van Niekerk, a talented female winemaker working with rare bush vines on South Africa’s West Coast
• Lourens van der Westhuizen, a fifth-generation winemaker from a small, family-run winery, specialising in single vineyard wines
• Rudi Schulz, said to be one of South Africa’s hottest up-and coming winemaking talents
• Richard Kershaw, former Chief Winemaker at Mulderbosch winery in Stellenbosch, who has been making exclusive wines for Naked’s Angel customers for the past nine years

The pre-orders from Naked Wines customers will allow these winemakers to reinvest directly in next year’s wine production with confidence, rather than spend time and money selling their unsold wine.

In return for their support, customers will save 26% on 12 bottles from a group of talented South African artisans. The 12 bottles comprise:
One Focal Point Chardonnay 2018 and one Focal Point Chenin Blanc 2019 from Arco Laarman; two Arendsig Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blok A9 2018 from Lourens van der Westhuizen; two Parquet Stellenbosch Red 2019 from Carsten Migliarina; one The Smugglers Boot Pinot Noir 2017 from Richard Kershaw; one Cecilia Shiraz 2019 and one Windband Pastiche Rose 2020 from Cerina van Niekerk; and three North Beach Sauvignon Blanc 2020 from Rudi Schultz.

This rescue deal is the sixth to come out of Naked’s $5 million Covid Support Fund, and the second to support South African winemakers. In July, 1,800 Angels raised £124,938 to help winemaker Reenen Borman from the Boschkloof estate, on the edge of Stellenbosch.

To date, more than 11,000 Naked Wines customers in the UK have raised almost £1 million to help 31 winemakers impacted by Covid-19 around the world.

The deal will go live on Thursday 13th August here: www.nakedwines.com/marketplace

Arco Laarman, Winemaker, says: “It is just astounding to hear and see the impact that Covid had on so many people and their livelihood. I am only one small business owner from South Africa, and this had a devastating effect on my family. But thanks to you guys, we got a second chance this year, and things are looking much more promising now. As a result of your help, I can continue living my dream of making wines and supporting my family through this! Thank you!”

Eamon FitzGerald, Global Wine Director, added “I’ve heard from countless winemakers about their struggles following the domestic alcohol ban in South Africa. Given our unique platform and passionate customer base, it feels right to launch this initiative to help the South African wine industry. The best way we can support them is by buying and drinking their wines. In return for their support, our customers will get a great deal on a case of South African hidden gem wines from six talented winemakers.”

To give the UK’s drinks retailers more time to finish their entries at a time when many find their resources stretched, the deadline for the independent categories of the Drinks Retailing Awards 2021has been extended for the very last time.

The Whisky Exchange has cancelled the 2020 instalment of its annual Whisky Show – which was to have been held in London in October – because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Spar is bringing its annual wine festival into stores in August across England, Scotland and Wales, offering “a huge variety of wines at sector-leading prices”.

This year, Spar said the focus of the festival will be on giving customers great value by offering a number of discounts on a wide selection of wine from leading brands to own label.

The Spar Wine Festival kicks off in participating stores on August 13 and will run until September 2, 2020.

There are 32 different wines included in the festival with 12 of those coming from Spar’s own label range.

Matthew Fowkes, Trading Manager for Wine at SPAR UK, said: “Our annual Wine Festival is a great opportunity for us to show shoppers the fantastic range of wine available in Spar stores.

“It is a great event for our stores, as it helps boost sales by encouraging shoppers to try wines at promotional prices.

“As a leading convenience retailer that sells excellent quality wines that represent value for money, a large selection of wine in this year’s festival will appeal to a wide customer base, allowing stores to showcase their extensive wine range to new and existing customers.”

A focus point of the event is the range of Spar own label wine on offer. New products such as the Orbis Organic range and Rios de los Andes Malbec Rosé will feature alongside the established Vine & Bloom and Perlezza wines.

Key brands at the heart of the festival include customer favourites Casillero del Diablo, Wolf Blass Yellow Label and, the increasingly popular, 19 Crimes wines.

All wines included in the Spar Wine Festival are on special offer and will be supported by in-store POS and communications across the Spar digital network.

Fortnum & Mason has added the first English still wine to its range.

Entries close tomorrow, Friday, August 7, for the independent categories of the Drinks Retailing Awards.

The Waitrose offer of a specially-curated case of South African wines at 25% off sold out within 24 hours.

The deadline for independents to enter the 2021 Drinks Retailing Awards has been extended until Friday, August 7.

Majestic Wine has confirmed plans for future growth - alongside revealing details of new stores set to open in 2020. The business said its experience of lockdown was partly behind the new strategy.

Nisa is supporting its retailers with a range of cider deals to drive sales over the summer season.