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Britain’s supermarket retailers are working on contingency measures to ease demand pressures, as panic buying across the country escalates due to coronavirus fears. 

Three in five UK drinks retailers fear their businesses will be materially impacted by consumers staying indoors due to coronavirus fears.

Lidl has announced it is building its first pub, which will also include an in-store off-licence. 

The Good Wine Shop is opening its fourth shop this Spring in Teddington, South West London.

Administrators remain hopeful that they can sell a significant number of stores from the former EFB Retail empire to their preferred bidder within the next month.

Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) has come into force in Wales.

Asda has slashed the price of Mumm Champagne by a third in case anyone decides to celebrate an engagement on February 29.

A campaign is being launched to remind shoppers and retailers about the start of minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol in Wales.

PASS, the scheme that audits and accredits proof of age schemes to assure retailers of which cards they can accept, is asking for views on how digital proof of age should be presented and verified.

Majestic Wine has appointed retail veteran Alex Jablonowski as its new chief financial officer.

Drinkly has secured £250,000 via crowdfunding and it has announced plans to accelerate its growth to become “the UK’s number one on-demand drinks delivery provider”.

Majestic has reported “record-breaking” sales of low and no-alcohol beers and wines this January, up 312% and 52% respectively against the same month in 2019.

Waitrose, Asda, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons and The Whisky Exchange were just some of the retailers called to the stage at this year’s Drinks Retailing Awards.

Jeroboams, the London-based wine retailer, has reported a good start to the year bolstered by a strong Burgundy En Primeur campaign, and leading on from positive results for the 2019 festive season.

Proposals for a new rural headquarters for Kent-based wine merchants, The Vinorium, have been granted planning consent.

Alcohol education charity Drinkaware set up stalls in 47 Asda stores across the UK this month in a bid to help shoppers drink responsibly.

Harvey Nichols is adding a pre-mix cocktail to its own-label range in time for Valentine’s Day.

Majestic Wine managing director Josh Lincoln and chief customer officer Natalie Thng have left the business as part of a boardroom shakeup.

The Whisky Exchange will open its eagerly anticipated new store on the doorstep of London’s Borough Market by the end of the month.

The Whisky Exchange’s third store, which is set to open this month, will feature more than 100 spirits and wines produced in Britain to reflect the community’s support for local and artisanal products.

Harvey Nichols has added an Espresso Martini Cocktail to its own-label collection of pre-mixed cocktails, following the success of the first three variants.

Oxford Wine Co is celebrating the performance of its three stores over Christmas and said December was a record month for the company.

Majestic sees "largest-ever trading day" and festive sales rise

Aldi has reported that BWS sales grew 9.2% year-on-year at its stores over the Christmas trading period.

Majestic Wines has given its staff an extra day of holiday today to kick off 2020, as a thank you for their hard work throughout 2019.

Nisa has launched a range of in-store alcohol deals to help its retailers drive footfall and sales over the Christmas and New Year period.

Majestic Wine has confirmed it will be keeping all of its 190 stores open following the company’s acquisition by US firm Fortress Investment Group.

Shares in Naked Wines decreased 3.2% this morning after the shock announcement that founder Rowan Gormley will step down as chief executive after Christmas.

Corks Out founder Ruth Yates has expressed her sadness at the news that its Chester store has closed down.

Two-thirds of drinks retailers believe a Conservative victory would offer the best outcome in next month’s general election.