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Sainsbury’s share price has risen by 15% after it confirmed a merger with Asda that will create the UK’s largest retailer.

Minimum unit pricing comes into force in Scotland on May 1 and a leading cider producer has warned that it will fail to achieve its goals and bring damaging, unintended consequences.

Concha y Toro has announced the UK launch of 1000 Stories, a Californian Zinfandel aged in bourbon barrels.

Two new rogues are joining the 19 Crimes gallery as brand owner Treasury Wine Estates bids to win over more Millennial consumers.

Waitrose has overhauled its beer and cider range and shoppers can look forward to new drinks from the likes of Beavertown, Sxollie, Hawkes and Wiper & True.

The Good Wine Shop has announced that all staff and shoppers at its Kew store emerged unscathed after an electrical fire raged through the shop.

Budweiser and Stella Artois brewer AB Inbev has purchased online spirits retailer Master of Malt as it continues to consolidate its position in the market.

Clare Balding OBE stars in the first episode of a new series of A Glass With, the podcast hosted by Olly Smith and produced by Richard Hemming MW.

Majestic Wine has warned that earnings will be cut by up to £3 million as it has decided to invest in acquiring new customers for its Naked Wines arm. 

In November 2017, Conviviality was riding the crest of a wave after share prices hit a record high of 426p following a raft of acquisitions.

Whyte & Mackay is offering drinkers the chance to win a VIP trip to the Edinburgh fringe festival with an on-pack offer designed to boost sales.

Hysterical media coverage suggesting that exceeding the CMO drinking guidelines can shave years off your life has been met with scorn by academics, statisticians and industry insiders.

Bestway has an enormous job on its hands to win over embattled Bargain Booze franchisees and restore order to the estate following its takeover of Conviviality’s retail division. 

Herefordshire cidermaker Westons has laid out ambitious plans to grow sales by 40% in the next five years after moving into the flourishing fruit cider market.

Carlsberg UK has radically overhauled its portfolio in the past couple of years and it now feels it can compete in the burgeoning world and craft beer sectors.

Beer is becoming an increasingly popular accompaniment to meals and one of the world’s best chefs has given it his endorsement. 

The new Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner has promised “business as usual” at 769 stores across the UK after buying Conviviality’s retail division.

Vinexpo chief executive Guillaume Deglise is standing down after the Hong Kong exhibition that takes place at the end of May.

Multinational investment group Carlyle has purchased Hardys and Echo Falls supplier Accolade Wines for a billion Australian dollars (£422 million).

Conviviality said it “continues to pursue opportunities” to find a buyer for its retail arm after confirming the sale of Matthew Clark and Bibendum PLB to C&C Group.

BWS grew off-trade sales by 4.4% in the past year to reach £16.1 billion and cement its status as the bestselling FMCG category in the UK.

Magners and Tennent’s producer C&C Group is poised to buy Matthew Clark and Bibendum PLB from the failed Conviviality empire.

Swindon and its environs have several claims to fame, from yielding James Bond creator Sir Ian Fleming to creating what is surely the world’s most complex roundabout.

When overworked news editors have a gaping hole in their papers, they can always rely on the anti-alcohol lobby to supply a scare story about the nation’s drink problem.

The accountancy watchdog could probe Conviviality after the chairman of the parliamentary work and pensions committee called for an investigation into the “mess” that paralysed the firm.

A retail analyst has delivered a scathing assessment of the failings that contributed to Conviviality’s impending descent into administration.

Bargain Booze is trending on Twitter after parent company Conviviality announced it will slip into administration following a calamitous fortnight.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality has failed to raise the £125 million it needed to shore up its finances and prevent it from going under.

Gin has emerged as the absolute star performer in the UK drinks trade, leaving dynamic categories like Prosecco, craft lager and fruit cider in its shade.

Westons predicts that fruit cider will account for half the category by 2022 and it has launched Stowford Press Mixed Berries to capitalise on the opportunity.