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20 March, 2018

Conviviality will be around for years to come, promises chairman

Conviviality chairman David Adams has aimed to quash fears that Conviviality will go under following a disastrous week that cost chief executive Diana Hunter her job.

WSTA chairman Dan Jago expressed his sadness at the news that Diana Hunter has stepped down as Conviviality chief executive following a tumultuous week.

Conviviality chief executive Diana Hunter has fallen on her sword after a calamitous week that saw the group plunged into financial chaos.

Collaboration is a hot topic among independent wine merchants as they bid to increase margins, overcome barriers to trade and fend off the multiples. We caught up with Tim Carlisle, new business manager at Vindependents – an agency owned by and solely catering to indies – to explore the pros and cons of working collegiately. 


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City of London Distillery has revealed a new look for the brand as well as a bespoke gin to celebrate the skills of the distillery’s team.

German group Henkell has become the world’s largest sparkling wine producer after purchasing 50.67% of Freixenet’s shares.

Cognac Frapin has unveiled a new addition in time for the Spring and Summer months.

Poetic License craft gin has been launched into the convenience sector, and has secured a listing in 350 Co-op stores.

Louis Latour Agencies has signed a deal as the exclusive distributor of the Italian winery Castello Banfi in the UK.

The UK’s largest online beer retailer has hailed the importance of bricks and mortar stores after unveiling plans to open a bottle shop in central London.

The Benevolent's annual major fundraiser event, The Benevolent Ball, has raised more than £57,000 for the charity. 

Broadland Wineries is introducing Proudly Vegan, to tap into growing demand from consumers who are making this lifestyle choice.

Retailers have proved that brand loyalty in BWS is a myth and it is more of a commodity category than suppliers like to admit, according to a leading analyst.

Somerset cidermaker Thatchers has unveiled a marketing campaign designed to drive sales of its Katy single variety cider this spring.

We Brought Beer is embarking on a crowdfunding campaign to aid ambitious expansion plans, following its merger with beer retailer The Beer Boutique earlier this year. 

Aldi is to introduce a half-bottle wine range and is bolstering both its rosé offer and its top-tier Exquisite Collection.

Love Drinks has added Kamm & Sons British Aperitif to its stable of handcrafted spirits.

Kingsland Drinks has invested in a new facility, which it claims will make its bottling business the biggest in the UK.

Bulwark Cider has parachuted over to the UK from Canada.

Diageo has acquired Belsazar GmbH, the first company to join the portfolio via the drinks giant’s Distill Ventures arm.

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