2013 June

Pernod Ricard has reopened its Glen Keith distillery on Speyside.

Brewdog is planning to enter the retail trade with a chain of speciality beer shops with the working name Bottledog.

Drinks industry charity The Benevolent is launching a scheme to give grants to help existing members of the industry advance through extra training and career support. 

The Drinks Retailing Awards 2014 are now open for entries, allowing independents, specialists, convenience stores and major multiples from across the UK the chance to win coveted trophies and recognition among the leading lights of our dynamic industry. 

Support for Majestic’s model among City investors remains as strong as ever despite it posting a moderate profit rise dampened by it’s decision to stop supplying wholesale businesses, according to its chief executive. 

A group of the UK’s biggest brewers have joined forces to launch a multi-million pound consumer campaign to change the image of beer and stem slowing sales.

The president of Europe-wide organisation Wine in Moderation has praised the UK trade for its proactive drive to combat abusive drinking and urged the British government not to punish responsible drinkers with prohibitionist measures. 

The Spanish wine category enjoyed the most impressive growth figures in the take-home market over the past year as it continues to close in on the UK’s top four countries of origin.

Welsh whisky producer Penderyn has secured bank funding to triple production of its single malts.

A former Greene King marketing manager has launched a 4% abv ginger beer brand that will donate a share of its profits to charities like Centrepoint that tackle homelessness. 

SH Jones buys Slurp

25 June, 2013

Online wine, beer and spirits retailer Slurp has been bought by Oxfordshire wine merchant SH Jones.

Cornish brewer Penpont has opened a shop selling its own and other brewers’ beers.

Former Wells and Young’s managing director Nigel McNally has followed up the purchase of Kestrel lager by snapping up Diamond Cider from C&C.

Drinks industry charity The Benevolent has taken “the tough and uncomfortable decision” to sell a care home that looks after drinks industry veterans due to its “unsustainable drain” on funds.

An exclusive bottle of whisky priced at £150,000 has gone on sale at The Whisky Shop’s flagship store in London’s Piccadilly.

Amigos tequila-flavoured beer has unveiled a new look bottle designed to promote its Aztec brand identity as Global Brands seeks to build on triple-digit growth figures.

English, vineyard, wine

East Anglia has been hailed as the top spot for producing English wine after the region scooped five of the 13 trophies given out at the English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition.

Alcohol volume sales dropped 3% in the UK off-trade during the second quarter of 2013 as the market shows no sign of recovery.

A private dining room with large sash windows that sits above the White Horse pub in west London has become a microcosm for the global cider industry in recent years.

The Tesco spirits team has selected 30 premium spirits from across the globe to add to shelves after it was buoyed by growth in the category.

The red and blue stripes of Martini will be displayed by 14 racing cars including a Porsche 911 at next month's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

A re-sealable twist on the wine cork has been released after the world’s largest cork producer teamed up with the world’s largest glass container manufacturer to create an industry “game-changer”.

Members of the wine trade have smashed their fundraising target after trekking 50km along the Great Wall of China to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

Bottle Green has signed a deal with German producer FW Langguth to secure total UK distribution rights for Blue Nun from July 1.

Homegrown hero

17 June, 2013

When writing a story you need conflict, drama and obstacles for the hero to overcome in order to capture the reader’s imagination.

Traitor or patriot? Whistleblower or scoundrel? Depending on your point of view, Edward Snowden, the man behind the recent revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance techniques, is either a hero or a villain. Whatever you think of the guy – not least the fact that he has disclosed the contents of top-secret documents – you have to admire his courage. “I do not expect to see home again,” he has admitted from his hotel room in Hong Kong.

Grape Britain

17 June, 2013

For a small island straddling the western coast of Europe, England has a habit of punching above its weight on a global stage.

Majestic has posted a dip in annual sales after scaling back its wholesale operation but recorded a slight rise in annual profits.

A deal between Tesco and a local licensing authority to ban beer and cider with an abv above 5.5% has been branded “nonsensical” by a craft beer supplier.

Former Thierry's director Matthew Dickinson claims to have submitted documents to accountants investigating the conduct of its management that show "no apparent evidence of wrongdoing" during his 10-year career with the firm.