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

Australian Vintage believes it has created the best alcohol-free wines in the business after perfecting its production techniques during an intensive two-year process. 

Heineken has maintained its ties with football by extending its Champions League sponsorship and signing on as the official beer of Euro 2020.

Marks & Spencer has unveiled plans for all of its own-label wines to be vegan by the end of 2022.

The Portman Group has urged retailers not to stock a cider brand called Suicyder that was produced by The Bearded Brewery in Cornwall.

Brits’ surging demand for Aperol has helped supplier Campari enjoy 27.9% UK sales growth during the first nine months of 2019.

Popular single malt brand Auchentoshan has been given a rebranding in an effort to appeal to younger consumers.

The UK government has decided to put a nine-month hiatus on the dreaded VI-1 forms after Britain leaves the EU.

The Beaujolais region has reported that exports to the UK are up 35.6% in volume and 19.6% in value during the first eight months of 2019.

Booths has revealed that gin’s sharp upward sales curve has finally started to peter out and rum is now leading the growth in the spirits category.

A number of the UK’s leading wine companies have banded together to campaign for wine to be treated fairly in future Budget announcements. The category was singled out for punitive tax rises in 2016 and 2018, while beer, cider and spirits were given a break. The wine trade has reacted with grim exasperation to recent Budget clobberings, but it has not altered its strategy for influencing policymakers – until now.

Virgin Wines has laid out ambitious plans to become the nation’s ultimate one-stop online shop for all drinks categories. 

Waitrose launches No.1 range

10 October, 2019

Waitrose has launched a top tier range of own-label wine, cider and spirits called No. 1.

B2B marketplace Spiritrade has branched out into beer, wine, soft drinks and CBD-infused drinks after noting a strong demand among its members.

Colchester-based wine merchant Mr Wheeler has rescued online retailer FromVineyardsDirect.com from administration by purchasing the business and its assets in a pre-pack deal.

Majestic has reported a 77% rise in year-on-year sales of low-alcohol beer amid vast improvements in the overall level of quality within the category.

Retailers are gearing up for the crucial Christmas trading period after enduring a tough year blighted by poor weather, Brexit fears and plummeting consumer confidence. Like-for-like sales are down across most BWS categories in 2019 and Christmas represents the last bastion of hope for retailers aiming to record a strong profit.

Popular ale brand Hobgoblin has been given a stripped back new look as part of the biggest overhaul in its 31-year history.

The latest Nielsen stats make sobering reading for the BWS trade as they show year-on-year value sales decreased by 2.8% this summer. 

Pernod Ricard reported a 10% rise in UK spirits sales for the past year as launches such as Beefeater Pink and Beefeater Blood Orange proved successful. 

Administrators have closed almost half the EFB Retail estate and raised £11.4 million through asset sales since they were appointed in February.

Retailers can taste 533 wines from 73 different producers at the ABS portfolio tasting in London on Wednesday, September 11.

Irish wine merchant James Nicholson has purchased London independent retailer Highbury Vintners for an undisclosed sum.

Greene King has launched 4 x 335ml four-packs of Old Speckled Hen in a bid to earn a place in the fridge at convenience stores across the UK.

Hampshire grower Black Chalk has unveiled plans to build a winery and tasting room after securing £1.5 million in a private fundraising round.

Independent retailers are urged to sign up for Agile Media’s SITT Autumn tastings taking place in London and Manchester next week.

A 4.6% abv session NEIPA from Shrewsbury was named the world’s best beer at the International Beer Challenge Awards 2019 in London last night.

Drinkaware has launched a £1 million marketing campaign designed to encourage more Brits to take drink free days throughout the week.

Upmarket retailer Harvey Nichols has launched its first ever range of premixed cocktails in order to capitalize on strong growth in the cartegory.

Brothers Cider has reported 17% year-on-year growth thanks to new product releases and increased distribution for its existing SKUs.