2016 June

Old Speckled Hen led the charge in take-home for Greene King as it posted a 2.2% increase in sales and a 9.7% rise in operating profits in its brewing and brands division in the year to May 1.

Tesco has revealed plans to open a pop-up Tesco Finest wine bar for 11 days in Soho's Wardour Street in August, offering the entire 70-plus Finest wines to taste and a selection of ‘discovery wine flights’ to introduce consumers to new varieties.

Citra, which Oakham Ales launched five years ago, has overtaken JHB as the brewer’s most popular ale, ending its 23-year position in the top spot.  

Irish craft brewer Brú is targeting the UK off-trade with a range of bottled beers.

The Guildford Wine Company will open some “cracking” wines alongside big discounts as part of the celebrations for its 10-year anniversary this weekend.

Denis O’Flynn is leaving his post as managing director of Pernod Ricard UK at the end of September.

Surrey’s Cellar Magneval wine shop and wine bar group has split in two with its site in Ripley in the county relaunched as Cellar Wines.

Waitrose is exclusively listing a single hop beer made with a rare variety by Surrey brewer Hogs Back.

A YouGov survey for the Groceries Code Adjudicator shows a fall in the number of suppliers experiencing code-related issues in the past year.

Crush Wines has released its Bijou Rosé in a magnum format, following the “unbelievable increase” in consumers looking for larger sharing formats.

Kopparberg has launched a limited-edition Kopparkeg, to help encourage its fans to share their fruit cider this summer.

The UK has voted to leave the EU and Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned. Meanwhile, the pound has dropped to its lowest level since 1985.

Convenience store chain My Local, which was sold by Morrisons last September, is reported to be on the verge of collapse.

Maxxium UK has revealed its strategy for accelerating spirits sales growth over the next five years for the off-trade and on-trade channels.

Waitrose has bolstered its buying team with Spar’s Daphne Teremetz after Cat Lomax left the business to join Majestic Wine.

Prosecco is the perfect success story; Britons love it and the media loves to write about it.

Exotic fruity flavours continue to squeeze their way onto crowded cider shelves but are fans starting to lose interest?

Bloom Gin has announced an on-pack promotion with flower delivery company Bloom & Wild.

Last month’s OLN Wine Report highlighted some of the most prominent issues currently facing the off-trade. Taken in isolation, the report’s findings make gloomy reading – shrinking product ranges, supermarket turmoil, lack of innovation and a decline in overall wine sales across the country.

Premium Franciacorta producer Mosnel is bidding to show bubbly-loving Brits that Italy is about more than bulk Prosecco production and can produce sparklers to rival Champagne.

Heineken has launched its first television advert for its Dutch brand Amstel; the ad will premier tonight during the England v Slovakia game.

Amid the deafening buzz gin has created in the past few years, it is easy to forget that vodka is by far the biggest spirits category in the UK.

Jay Wright runs one of the UK’s most successful online wine retailers, Virgin Wines, which has more than 120 staff, a turnover of £40 million and north of 200,000 customers.

Majestic has reported a 43.1% sales rise on the back of the purchase of Naked Wines, but profits plummeted 74.5% (year to March 28, 2016).

Hi-Spirits will take on the UK distribution rights for Irish whiskey Paddy from 1 July.

South Australian producer Glenlofty has joined the Crush portfolio.

Lidl is focusing on Spanish and Portuguese wine for its next Wine Cellar promotion, which goes into stores on 4 August.

Hallgarten is adding a trio of white wines from Crete to its extensive Greek portfolio of wines.

WKD has revealed details of its latest marketing campaign to support the launch of WKD Blush.

Lager sales soared in the week leading up Euro 2016 as fans prepared to gather at home to watch Wayne Rooney and co attempt to end 50 years of hurt.