2015 December

Pernod Ricard UK has again partnered with the AA on its Christmas anti drink-driving campaign.

Brits are set for a boozy festive period after spending £7 million more on spirits in supermarkets in the first half of December than they did in 2014.

Borough Wines has opened a pop-up shop in Islington, before refurbishing and opening as a permanent store site in the New Year.

The Christmas gift market has untapped potential for white spirits producers, especially at the craft end of the market, according to research from Mintel.

The Scottish Whisky Association is to partner with Scotland Food and Drink in a new initiative to help expand Scottish exports.

William Grant & Sons chief executive Stella David is to leave the family-owned business in February, it is reported.

Three month’s after selling its c-store chain of M Local shops, Morrisons is piloting a new range of convenience stores.

Australian winemaker De Bortoli is to launch a new wine range into the UK in January aimed at the impulse market, the multiples and specialist wine merchants.

The Good Wine Shop and Adnams have been named the best Rioja retailers in the UK in a competition run by the Spanish region’s generic body.

Hardys and Echo Falls owner Accolade Wines has muscled into the retail market by opening its own wine shop near its head office in Weybridge, Surrey.

The Cotswolds Distillery reached the minimum funding target in its Angels’ Share crowdfunding round in just one week.

Over £6.4 billion will be spent spent at the UK’s leading supermarkets in the two weeks to Christmas, according to global information and insights giant Nielsen.

Aldi’s Champagne Veuve Monsigny has cornered 8% of the entire UK off-trade Champagne market, the discount retailer has claimed.

The 18th annual Prestigio Rioja Prize will be awarded to actress and philanthropist, Eva Longoria.

Hallgarten has added its first red from the award-winning Lismore Estate with the listing of the 2014 Syrah.

Southwold-based brewer Adnams is to be the official beer partner of the annual university boat race, now formally known as the BNY Mellon Boat Race.

Supermarkets and c-stores are leading the way in the fight against under-age drinking, according to a survey released today.

Drinks By The Dram is bringing back its range of alcoholic Christmas crackers for their second year.

Tributes paid to Glenn Payne

09 December, 2015

Leading lights in the UK beer trade have paid tribute to much-loved industry titan Glenn Payne, who sadly passed away last weekend.

The University of Edinburgh is seeking 120 volunteers to drink whisky for a research project run in partnership with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Hull’s Great Newsome Brewery has been awarded one of the first Food Safety and Quality Certificates to be accredited by the Society of Independent Brewers.

The Association of Convenience Stores has attacked proposals to introduce a tobacco register for retailers ahead of a debate on the Public Health Bill in the National Assembly for Wales due later today. 

The first shipments of Graham Norton’s Own Sauvignon Blanc have already sold out, the wine’s producer Invivo Wines reports.

Japanese-owned Highlands distillery Tomatin has been named distiller of the year in the Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky 2016 awards, which were held in Edinburgh on Friday.

Prosecco continues to be the sparkling wine of choice in Britain, according to a new survey out today.

Speyside distillery Glenfiddich has announced major expansion plans to ensure capacity keeps pace with global demand.

SABMiller has confirmed that AB InBev is looking to sell the Greenwich-based Meantime brewery, which SABMiller acquired in May for an undisclosed sum.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has opened a five-strong office in Westminster, London.

Tesco has joined forces with Drinkaware and Diageo to educate its shoppers about drinking sensibly in the run up to Christmas.

Operating profits at Greene King are up 46.1% year on year to £180.2 million, according to its first-half results released today.