2015 November

Spirit Cartel is bringing ultra-premium tequila range, Clase Azul, to the UK.

Romanian winery Cramele Recas has won a new listing at convenience store Bargain Booze for its Wolfhouse Pinot Noir.

Leading Australian wine brand Hardys has won two coveted international media awards for its £3.5 million above-the-line summer campaign celebrating its sponsorship of the England cricket team.

Spitfire Gold, launched into the on-trade in September, is to be made available to the national retail trade.

Marstons, the Wolverhampton-based pub operator and brewer recorded sales of £845.5 million, according to its end-of-year figures released today.

The winners of the Wines of Portugal competition in Off Licence News held a range of successful events and tastings last month as part of the prize.

Cognac Renault is marking its 180th anniversary this year with a limited edition expression of its flagship blend, Carte Noir Extra Old.

Leading online retailer Virgin Wines is hiring 80 new temporary members to staff to cope with what it expects to be its busiest Christmas yet.

Weston’s is to launch its Caple Rd Cider, which it describes as the UK’s first craft cider in a can, into the off-trade.

The Co-operative Group is to partner with Nielsen to develop more detailed insights into its customers and improve their in-store experience.

Chilean wine brand Frontera is to become the official wine of The BRIT Awards, in a partnership between the wine’s producer, Concha y Toro, and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) announced today.

Jonothan Piper, sole director of Embassy Wine UK Ltd, a company that traded in fine wine investments, has been disqualified as a director for 11 years.

Local authorities granted over £1 billion in relief under the Small Business Rate Relief scheme in 2014-15, according to figures released by the government this week. That is up 7.7% on the previous year.

Nottingham-based importer Left Coast Distribution has added Seattle’s award-winning Reuben’s Brews to its portfolio of American craft beers.

Guinness is to open its experimental brewery to the public for the first time.

German gin brand Ferdinand has released the world’s first Dry Riesling Vermouth.

Broughton Ales, one of Scotland’s first craft breweries, has been bought by a team of drinks-industry veterans.

Glasgow-based JW Filshill, which owns the KeyStore convenience store brand, has unveiled a new brand identity to coincide with its 140th anniversary this year.

By 2020, the global spirits market will climb above 3.2 billion nine-litre cases, the IWSR predicted today.

Laithwaite’s Wine has announced a strategic wine partnership with the BBC Good Food brand.

Maxxium UK has announced a range of Christmas gift packs for its key spirits brands to drive sales in the off-trade.

Tobacco company JTI, which produces the Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut and Camel brands, among others, is offering retailers the chance to win 500 training packages to help deal with the problem of under-age sales.

The re-branded Big Hug Brewing has redesigned its packaging in preparation for major expansion in the coming months.

A new Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre blend developed exclusively for Virgin Wines has sold 32,000 units in 32 hours, the company has said.

Global revenue has fallen 12% year on year at SABMiller, according to the latest six-month figures from the brewing giant released today.

Record off-trade figures have pushed beer sales back into growth, according to the latest quarterly figures from the British Beer & Pub Association.

Ab InBev today formalised its offer for SABMiller, launching the largest acquisition seen in the brewing industry.

French wine producer Vinadeis and South Africa’s Origin Wines have unveiled a formal strategic partnership.

Back to basics

10 November, 2015

The craft beer trend has woken consumers up to the delights of the brewing world with the taste explosions ofheavily hopped IPAs and the lighter touch of golden ales.

Home Brews

10 November, 2015

Brewers are finally coming to recognise the off-trade’s potential thanks to the craft beer phenomenon, expanding premium bottled ales ranges and an appetite for experimentation among buyers.