2015 August

Australia’s Barramundi is targeting younger drinkers after a brand overhaul to position the brand as “the beach in a bottle”.

Innis & Gunn has launched a Bourbon Pale Ale, aged over bourbon-infused American heartwood oak. 

Molson Coors is giving Coors Light drinkers the chance to win adventure holidays in an on-pack promotion.

Kingsland Drinks has decided to merge its business with Bottle Green after buying the Leeds-based supplier in April.

Surging sales of Champagne and Irish whiskey helped Pernod Ricard grow sales grow 2% in 2014-15 but profits were lower than expected due to a €400 impairment on Absolut vodka, the firm’s full-year report has revealed.

New brews from Black Sheep

27 August, 2015

Yorkshire’s Black Sheep Brewery has launched three brews designed to appeal to experimental craft beer drinkers.

Buckingham Schenk has added Chilean producer Garcés Silva Family Vineyards to its portfolio.

Surging summer sales of vodka, gin and sparkling wine have led the total off-trade BWS market into 0.7% value growth on the previous year (Nielsen, 12 weeks to 15/8/15).

Earthquake-hit Chilean farmers will see a wine produced from their Carignan grapes launched in the UK next month by Walker & Wodehouse.

Tesco is shutting down its online wine community after less than four years.

Top chef launches ale

20 August, 2015

Tom Kitchin, chef of Michelin-starred Edinburgh restaurant The Kitchin and gastro-pub The Scran & Scallie, has teamed up with the Isle of Skye Brewing Co to release premium brew Yer Ben.

Innis & Gunn has raised £3 million through a mini-bond and is set to build a state-of-the-art brewery in south east Scotland.

Prosecco charges ahead

19 August, 2015

Prosecco has chalked up its third year as the nation’s favourite sparkling wine, with sales in supermarkets, off-licences and convenience stores up 72% in the past year – and is showing no sign of slowing down, IRI has reported.

Liquid Cocaine, Blood Clot, Redheaded Slut, Screaming Nazi... this is not a list of emerging heavy metal bands, but just a few examples of the on-trade trend known as shooters.

Tesco has confirmed it will not be seeking a replacement for group wine director Dan Jago, who has been appointed chief executive of Berry Bros & Rudd.

Tesco looks set to drop half-price deals on wine in a bid to drive profits and restore consumer trust in its business.

The Devon town of Plymouth was without a specialist wine merchant for 25 years before retailer and wine lounge Le Vignoble opened in 2012, according to its owner, Yannick Loué.

Everyone agrees the “big night in” is a big opportunity – but what exactly is it, how does it differ from a quiet night in, and how can retailers make the most of it?

Portugal has enjoyed a magnificent year in the consumer press and, after many a false dawn, it may finally be set for its time in the sun.

Laura Jewell has amassed a rare bank of knowledge over a 25-year career that has spanned wholesale to convenience and, of course, the mighty Tesco.

Drinks companies are fighting hard to keep their products on supermarket shelves as grocers refocus on brands that are core to consumers in the BWS aisle.

A retailer claims foreign companies are damaging his business by targeting UK shoppers with beers, wines and spirits that do not include duty or VAT.

Innovation in the cider market is being stifled by Reducing the Strength schemes, which are preventing producers from launching products in the UK.

Award-winning Surrey independent The Wine Reserve has been bought out by its store management team.

Two leading independent chains have expanded their footprints in the on-trade with new openings.

Conviviality Retail has launched two initiatives which it says will improve franchisee involvement in the group.

In July, BBC Radio 4 broadcast an episode of The Food Programme entitled New Wine generation.

Corona is bringing the beach to London’s Old Street with a new outdoor campaign.

The rise of craft beer and cider has sparked an 18% growth in volume sales of 33cl cans in the UK off-trade in the past year (Nielsen, year to May 2015).

Retailers have been urged not to put profit before people after officers seized 370 bottles of knock-off wine from two stores in Lincolnshire.