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The closing date is fast-approaching for the independent categories in the 2021 Drinks Retailing Awards.

BWS sales growth in the off-trade continued unabated in early July despite the reopening of pubs, bars and restaurants.

One of the UK’s most well-known specialist beer shops has closed. Beer Ritz, in the Headingley district of Leeds, announced the closure on social media yesterday, though mail order continues to be available from their warehouse, via the Beer Ritz website. 

There are just two weeks to go for independent off-trade retailers to get their entries in for the 2021 Drinks Retailing Awards.

Berry Bros & Rudd has appointed Emma Fox as its new chief executive officer.

Independent beer shops are planning an event that resembles Record Store Day, in a bid to reignite the sector following the coronavirus lockdown.

A winner in the independent categories of the Drinks Retailing Awards says the victory was good news for suppliers, customers and staff as well as the commercial health of the business.

Victor Zasadzki, owner of the Pilango, the winner of the Independent Cider Retailer of the Year category in the 2020 awards, says: “It’s a very useful part of our marketing to help us to ensure confidence and to emphasise the quality we offer our customers.

Online retail sales continued to soar through June, despite the re-opening of the high street.

Majestic Wine is expanding its partnership with Deliveroo, adding 54 new stores and bringing the total to 137 stores across the UK.

The winner of this year’s Independent Wine Retailer of the Year says the kudos from the victory has brought tangible benefits.

Entries are now open for the independent categories of the Drinks Retailing Awards 2021.

Tesco has announced its total sales increased by 8.2% to £13.4 billion in the first sales quarter of 2020, but it warned that coronavirus-related costs were set to hit £840 million this year.

Majestic Wines has announced it is ready to reopen all of its stores from tomorrow.

Waitrose is predicting record-breaking demand for rosé wines over the next few weeks.

Naked Wines has appointed James Crawford as managing director of its UK business.

Spar is launching two new organic wines under a new brand name, Orbis (Latin for ‘World’)

Spar has launched a new extra dry rosé sparkling wine.

Bestway Wholesale has written to The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, to urge the government to “ensure the right decisions are taken for consumers, shopworkers and for retailers”, in relation to the proposed relaxation of Sunday Trading Laws.

A leading north west England wine merchant has shared on national radio its experiences of a rollercoaster ride doing business under lockdown.

The Whisky Exchange has reported a 159% uplift in gifting purchases over the lockdown period.

Joint administrators Duff & Phelps have confirmed they have sold of a large proportion of the Oddbins business.

Jeroboams, the London-based wine merchant, has announced changes to its senior management team.

Hugh Sturges will be stepping down from his post of chief executive from the end of June. Sturges, who joined Jeroboams in 2015, was appointed to reinvigorate and grow the Jeroboams brand and business.

Customers are being allowed to visit most Majestic wine stores from today for the first time in over two months – but only to collect orders placed online or by emailing stores direct.

Google searches for drinks deliveries have increased by over 2,000% on an annual basis in Glasgow and Edinburgh during lockdown.

High-strength cider and perry has experienced the biggest decreases in stocking by retailers in Scotland since the introduction of minimum unit pricing two years ago.

The Co-op, Brewgooder and Robinsons Brewery have joined forces to launch an exclusive brew which will help fund clean water development projects in Africa.

Waitrose has reported sales of rosé wine have gone up, alongside outdoor and picnic items, in line with the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions in England.

Majestic Wine and Deliveroo are expanding their delivery partnership to cover 80 UK sites across the UK, alongside an expanded range on offer.

Burgundy has had a number of difficult harvests but 2020 could be a huge year for fans of this wine region, according to Majestic Wine buyer, Nadia Williamson.