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The Federation of Independent Retailers has hailed a cash boost for Circularity Scotland, the body responsible for running the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).

The Spanish food and wine specialist Ultracomida is to open its second Spanish Wines Direct retail warehouse in July.

Ahead of World Earth Day (22 April), FMCG data analysts Levercliff found the majority of consumers (71%) are prioritising value for money over sustainability when shopping for food and drink. As energy prices rise and interest rates increase, 36% of consumers said their shopping choices were driven by the need to budget. 

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Waitrose has become the latest multiple retailer to trial Deliveroo Hop, as it looks to deliver food and wine in a matter of minutes.

Product Guru, which describes itself as an online platform to connect products and buyers, has announced plans for an in-person sampling event.

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Drinks company Moët Hennessy has opened a shop and bar, Rosé Lumière, at Selfridges London.

Aldi has announced a nationwide search for three consumers to test wines alongside its buying team.

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The Association of the Convenience Stores (ACS) has highlighted positive points for retailers in the government’s levelling up white paper, including commitments to tackle crime in communities and boost internet connectivity in rural areas.

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Online wine merchant Laithwaites is set to release a wine packaged in 100% recycled ‘wild’ glass, which it claims is a first for the UK wine industry. W/O Frappato 2020, an organic Sicilian red, will be available from January 27. The roll out is part of the retailer's commitment to halve its carbon footprint by 2030 and ultimately reach its net zero goal. 

Waitrose has appointed a fourth Master of Wine, as Barry Dick joins the team as beer, wine and spirit bulk sourcing manager.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has rolled out a fresh campaign for Challenge 25, as it looks to support retailers and boost awareness among consumers.

Convenience symbol group Spar has revealed new UK-wide brand positioning, as it looks to champion the ‘local’ message.

Aldi has reported its “best ever” Christmas, as demand for its own-label premium drinks range boosted sales.

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Data from NielsenIQ suggests consumers are set to spend £6.8bn at UK supermarkets in the two weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, up from £6.7bn in 2020.  

Aldi has opened a pop-up Champagne bar in London, selling its Veuve Monsigny Champagne for £2.33 a glass. The venue, in St Christopher’s Place, is called Veuve and Aldi said it is the “UK’s cheapest Champagne bar”. It opened on Wednesday and will stay open until 11pm on Sunday 12 December.

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The team behind East London bars The Sun Tavern and Discount Suit Company will open their first bricks and mortar shop in early 2022.

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Ecommerce is expected to account for 38% of all UK chain retail sales by 2026, according to a new report.

Club Soda has released more details of its alcohol-free off licence, which is scheduled to open next week.

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Spirits distributor Distilled Brands has launched an online trade store, as it looks to offer independent retailers low minimum order quantities.

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McColl’s and Morrisons have agreed to increase the number of Morrisons Daily stores from 350 to 450 stores within 12 months.

Nisa has announced a raft of in-store alcohol deals to help retailers drive footfall and sales during the early festive period.

Waitrose has ended a trial of on-tap wine and beer refills, introduced as part of its wider Unpacked initiative to cut unnecessary packaging.

Wholesaler Bestway has announced a £250,000 Christmas campaign, called Your Home This Christmas.

Flavoured Alcoholic Beverages (FABs) were the only alcoholic drinks category to grow sales in the grocery channel during the 12 weeks to the end of October.

Majestic has lined up a national Christmas TV campaign, as it looks to make staff into “on-screen stars”.

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Club Soda, the organisation behind the Mindful Drinking Festival, has announced plans to open an alcohol-free off licence in London this December.

Tesco has opened its first shop without checkouts as it looks to offer consumers a “seamless shopping experience”.

The latest figures from Kantar suggest consumers limited their visits to supermarkets, as they looked to save fuel. The data also revealed that Christmas preparation has started for many households.

New research has suggested that a third (34%) of consumers have or are considering stockpiling for Christmas before the end of October.

Waitrose has reported a 50% increase in searches for the term ‘Christmas’ on its website, compared to 2020.