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22 May, 2017

Sparkling canned cocktail range to launch in Morrisons

HappyDown, described as “the UK’s first crafted sparkling cocktails in cans” will launch in Morrisons stores next month.

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Convenience store chain McColl’s hopes to purchase “hundreds of stores” that could be sold off to alleviate competition concerns when Tesco’s takeover of Booker goes through, according to reports.

Soaring sales of lager, ale, gin and sparkling wine have helped the off-trade BWS market grow by 2.3% to £16.1 billion in the past year (Nielsen, year to April 22, 2017).

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Conviviality has quadrupled its turnoverin four years after buying Matthew Clark, Bibendum PLB and Wine Rack, but chief executive Diana Hunter insists it is not “deal hungry”.

Berry Bros & Rudd is opening a new retail store opposite St James’s Palace as it aims to position itself as “a one-of-a-kind destination for wine and spirits in the heart of London”.

Kingsland Drinks has released its third phase of Wine Pro research, which shows that the proportion of wine occasions involving food is now at 84%.

There’s a chance for one lucky retailer to win a trip to Brazil to see some of its top wineries in the 2017 Window Display Competition, run by Drinks Retailing News in conjunction with Wines of Brasil.

A beer specialist that opened its second and third stores in the past year has revealed ambitious plans to become Britain’s best-known high street beer retailer.

Off Licence News has been rebranded to better reflect its position in the market and will now be called Drinks Retailing News as it champions the off-trade in 2017 and beyond.

In 1863 Abraham Lincoln was in the White House abolishing slavery, Queen Victoria was at the height of her power and William Ewart Gladstone was chancellor of the exchequer. The Football Association had just been founded, the very first London Underground tube was embarking upon its maiden voyage and Archduke Franz Ferdinand was born.

A number of independent wine retailers are on the expansion trail and the sector is thriving, says a group representing the sector.

Jessica Hutchinson, managing director of Vindependents, which represents a number of independent wine merchants in the UK, told DRN members’ sales are strong and regular enquiries are coming in from people looking to set up wine shops.

Marks & Spencer has started selling 32 wines bought en primeur from the 2014 Bordeaux vintage as it aims to set itself apart from rival multiples. 

Sparkling Pinot Grigio in 20cl cans is the latest innovation from Off-Piste Wines in its bid to modernise the UK wine category.

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent will auction a 13-strong collection of vintage Champagnes from Taittinger at the 2017 International Wine Challenge awards dinner.

Marston’s has consolidated its position as Britain’s leading ale producer by purchasing the Charles Wells brewery and brands for £55 million.

Marks & Spencer was the most awarded retailer at the 2017 International Wine Challenge as it scooped 146 medals, including 12 golds.

Smirnoff is set to issue thousands of ‘Red Cups’ POS kits to retailers across the country, challenging them to create inspiring, in-store displays to be in the with the chance of winning £1,000.

Funkin has revealed its latest NPD for the convenience channel in the form of a trio of premium cocktail shakers.

Financial results from Ireland’s C&C Group show that a new marketing campaign for Magners helped get the cider brand back into respectable growth in the past year.

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Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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