2016 April

John Smith’s has revealed details of a campaign to drive awareness of its Golden Ale among its target audience.

Mass entertainment

29 April, 2016

Do anything too regularly and it soon becomes a chore. Stop sniggering at the back. It’s as true for wine tasting as it is for data entry. I know, poor us. Try telling anyone with a normal job how unlucky we are and I doubt you’ll get much sympathy, but the fact remains that there are thousands of different wines and most of them taste pretty average.

London-based beer retailer We Brought Beer is set to open its third store in less than two years, while other craft beer specialists have also revealed plans for expansion.

Kleine Zalze is to mark its 20th anniversary this year with investment in a vineyard analysis programme as well as new wine launches.

Strongbow is set to be the Official Partner of Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Freixenet will be kicking off the summer season with its new Ice Cava, which has been created exclusively for the UK market.

Bibendum PLB has has been appointed to distribute wines from Rhone Valley-based Cellier des Princes in all UK trade channels.

A Canadian ice cider has been crowned Supreme Champion at the International Cider Challenge 2016 run by Off Licence News.

Vestal Vodka is gearing up for a big push into the UK off-trade and beyond, following the appointment of a new brand development director.

Kingsland Drinks, which acquired Bottle Green in April last year, has now completed the strategic integration of the two businesses.

Bibendum PLB Group has been appointed by Cellier des Princes to distribute the Rhone Valley-based producer’s wines across all channels in the UK.

English sparkling winery Ridgeview has announced it will feature in Michel Roux Jr’s series The Craftsmen’s Dinner.

Premium Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig has launched a “pioneering new range” of Rekorderlig Cider Cocktails.

Independent whisky bottler Wemyss Malts is releasing six new single cask whiskies.

The Real Wine Fair has been branded the most successful in its five-year history with a 25% increase in visitor numbers compared to 2015.

Thomson & Scott, the company behind Skinny Champagne, has now launched Skinny Prosecco, which boasts just 67 calories per glass.

A criminal gang found responsible for selling alcohol illegally in the UK has been jailed for a total of 19 years.

Amathus Drinks has been appointed as the UK distributor for drinks from the Scandinavian distillery Spirit of Hven.

Armit Wines is launching Digby Fine English Non-Vintage Brut to the UK market for the first time at the London Wine Fair, alongside prizes from Savile Row tailor Cad & the Dandy and quintessential English leather lifestyle brand Aspinal.

Borough Wines has extended its drink-in offering to four of its London sites, along with the launch of a new menu of bar snacks and drinks.

Copestick Murray has added wines from Chilean producer Aresti to its portfolio and believes it can help the firm become a major player in the UK market.  

Sherry Wines UK has revealed the winners of last year’s Sherry Festival and it has also released dates for its 2016 event.

Kingsland Drinks has unveiled its new carbonation line, which it claims makes it the first and only UK bottler to sparkle wine.

Beam Suntory has released the long-awaited Jim Beam Double Oak, which Maxxium is now introducing to the UK market.

CWF, the wine importer and drinks producer, has added three new varietals to its range of 18.7cl PET wines under its Kissing Tree brand.

Badet Clément, a specialist in branded varietal wines and AOCs from the south of France, has created three new ranges, which it will launch at the London Wine Fair.

Visitors flocked to this year’s Real Wine Fair at London’s Tobacco Dock’s this week as more producers than ever before showed off their ‘natural’ wines.

Asda has secured a deal with 13 Scottish breweries to stock a total of 75 beers, ales and ciders in its stores across Scotland.

Negociants UK has expanded its premium Australian portfolio with the addition of Chaffey Bros Wine Co, which will be exclusively showcased for the first time at the London Wine Fair in May.

Guinness is rolling out a new campaign for its Hop House 13, the latest innovation from The Brewers Project.