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Independent retailers can win a trip to the Languedoc by taking part in the UK’s first ever Printemps du Languedoc promotion.

Bestway has reaffirmed its commitment to making a success of high street drinks retailing amid challenging times for this sector of the market.

Morrisons, The Co-op, Waitrose, Hedonism and Tesco were among the big winners as we rewarded excellence at the 2019 Drinks Retailing Awards at The Dorchester.

The Oddbins off-licence chain has officially gone into administration, putting around 500 jobs at risk.

Jay Swanborough has resigned from his position as ecommerce and marketing director at online drinks retailer, 31Dover.com.

Online retailer Wine Direct has gone into administration following weeks of complaints about poor levels of customer service and late or missing orders.

The trade has reacted with sadness and concern to the news that Oddbins has lined up administrators following an “extremely tough” Christmas trading period.

31Dover owner DMD Ventures has reported that turnover grew 98% to reach £11.9 million in the 2017/18 financial year.

Naked Wines has retained its title as the UK’s most popular online drinks retailer when it comes to monthly searches.

The team behind online wine retailer Clos & Cru is set to launch a new ecommerce site called Elicite next month.

Naked Wines’ UK business enjoyed 12.2% year-on-year growth in the 10 weeks to December 31 as shoppers stocked up on cases ahead of Christmas.

Drinkaware ambassadors will go into 100 Asda stores across the UK this month to educate shoppers about the pitfalls of drinking to excess.

Tesco BWS director Rob Cooke has challenged suppliers to bring more genuine innovation to the market in order to maintain a thriving drinks industry.

Virgin Wines is expecting a bumper Christmas trading period after enjoying 12.5% sales growth during 2018 so far.

Asda is selling bottles of cava for £4.12, Prosecco for £4.50 and Champagne for £9 as part of a 25% off deal.

Waitrose is offering a range of ten ‘customer favourite’ wines for £10 each this Christmas.

Majestic Wine is confident that while other retailers are cutting costs, its strategy of continued investments into the business – which the company said was the primary reason for yesterday’s reports of a pre-tax loss of £0.2 million - will strengthen its position for the next phase of UK retail.

Morrisons is selling bottles of I Heart wine for £4 apiece in a bid to drive shoppers into its stores on Black Friday.

Alcohol Awareness Week begins today and Tesco has marked the occasion by promoting Heineken 0.0 in 450 stores across the UK.

Borough Wines is ramping up its focus on wholesale as it bids to become a leading supplier of wines on tap.

The managing director of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack is leaving the group to take up a senior role at Pets at Home.

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.

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”.

Berry Bros & Rudd has reported that operating profit fell 74.8% to £1.6 million in the year to March 31, 2018.

Hop Burns & Black has removed Beavertown beers from its shelves despite two of the brewer’s brands accounting for 8% of its turnover from beer.

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.

Tesco and Asda are going head-to-head with 25% off wine offers in a bid to drive footfall during the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend.