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23 August, 2017

Greene King celebrates sporting triumphs in limited-edition IPA bottles

Greene King is commemorating iconic British sporting moments from recent times in a range of limited-edition bottles of its flagship IPA.

A gin infused with collagen and described as “the elixir of youth” has had two complaints against it upheld by industry watchdog the Portman Group.

Kingsland’s fruit wine brand, Mr Gladstone’s Curious Emporium, has fallen foul of industry watchdog the Portman Group for not clearly labelling itself as alcoholic and appealing to children.

Diageo is using cutting edge technology to target consumers with Smirnoff cider ads when the mercury hits 19°C.

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Ethical beer brand Toast has gained a listing at the UK’s largest retailer for its Much Kneaded craft lager and Bloomin’ Lovely session IPA.

Tom King joins WSTA board

21 August, 2017

Treasury Wine Estates’ European managing director has joined the board of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association.

Ardbeg has announced that its highly anticipated new expression, An Oa, is launching next month and will join its permanent range.

Cognac exports to the UK grew 3.6% in the year to July 31, 2017, and it held onto its position as the fourth largest export market for the spirit.

The International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show in London has been pushed back a month to new dates of February 26-27.

Morgenrot has added two IPAs from Swedish brewery Pang Pang to its range in a bid to cause “mayhem” in the UK craft beer market.

Diageo has continued the pipeline of new releases under its Cîroc vodka with the launch of a French Vanilla variant.

A peloton of riders raised £13,000 in a charity bike ride that honoured the life and times of Dan Townsend, the late managing director at Treasury Wine Estates.

Majestic Wine has appointed former Sainsbury’s buyer Julie Buckley as senior buyer responsible for New Zealand, Spain and Burgundy.

Retailers have been warned to invest heavily in their digital offerings as online could soon overtake the convenience channel as the easiest way for shoppers to buy beers, wines and spirits. 

Two online beer retailers have revealed ambitious expansion plans as they seek to cope with increasing demand.

Britain’s largest online beer retailer is ramping up its wholesale arm and has launched a new website targeting bars, restaurants and retailers. 

Cheshire-based wine merchant Corks Out is looking to grow the business from its current estate of five stores to a total of 10 over the next few years. 

The rapid pace of specialist beer shop openings is showing no signs of slowing down, with new stores springing up across the UK this summer. 

The team behind There’s a Beer for That has called upon smaller retailers from across the UK to work with it to spread the word about great beer.

Retailers believe the south west of England is lacking in premium wine destinations and are racing to establish venues in key sites across the region. 

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