2016 September

Heineken’s UK off-trade sales managing director has been promoted to head up the business’ European off-trade division and will be replaced by Simon Amor.

Diageo has unveiled a Winter Edition bottle for its luxury blended Scotch whisky, Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

English sparkling wine producer Chapel Down has grown sales by 26% in the past year, according to its interim results.

Sud de France will be holding its annual Rising Stars Tasting on 20 October to showcase the best wines that are currently being made in the region but are as yet unavailable in the UK market.

Scapa, the artisanal single malt from Orkney Isles, is releasing its first peated expression.

Whyte & Mackay has unveiled a single malt scotch whisky to celebrate their Tamnavulin distillery’s 50th anniversary.

Diageo Reserve Brands has unveiled a new mango addition to its premium vodka brand Cîroc.

Pernod Ricard has launched a peated single malt whisky from Orkney called Scapa Glansa into the specialist retailer trade.

Three Ships Whisky is enhancing its South African roots by releasing a Pinotage finish whisky.

Brockmans gin has secured its first national grocery listing as Marks & Spencer decided to stock the brand from this week in 134 of its stores.

A gin described as ‘the world’s first social enterprise gin’ has been launched by an Edinburgh distillery.

Harrods is axeing the fine wine and spirits department it unveiled in 2013 and replacing it with a 225-seat restaurant.

Ginraw, a gin produced in Barcelona, is on its way over to woo the UK’s off-trade.

The producers of Pinkster gin have released a fruit gin liqueur made with Suffolk quince and wild bullace foraged from the hedgerows of East Anglia. 

Aldi has teamed up with Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey to launch its first English sparkling wine.

Aldi is set to shake up the wine category with a new craft wine range, designed to attract millennials by using cues normally associated with craft beer or artisan spirits.

A canned beer has earned Camra’s accreditation for “real ale” for the first time ever.

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) has launched an English Wine Trail in a bid to boost drinks tourism and celebrate the nation’s grape growing excellence.

As the nights draw in and consumers take to home entertaining, new opportunities arise, says Sonya Hook:

Chile: Land of opportunity

23 September, 2016

Chile’s diversity of climate and terroir is wooing consumers to broaden their repertoire through its wine offering. Sonya Hook reports

Morrisons is giving students 10% off beer, wine, spirits and food in a bid to improve its sales and claw back market share.

Les Grands Chais de France has expanded its empire with the purchase of Bejot Vins et Terroirs, which owns 520ha of vines across some of France’s most prestigious appellations.

A successful summer drinks festival event saw BWS sales grow faster than any other category at Tesco and was the driving force behind the retailer’s best performance in two years.

A poor performance from Majestic’s B2B arm and from Naked Wines USA has led to the group delivering worse than expected profits, a trading update has revealed.

Australia is in the doldrums after slumping to its worst Olympics performance in decades and finishing 10th in the medals table.

E&J Gallo Winery is extending out of its Californian roots by introducing a new Prosecco to the UK market, with the aim of tapping into the nation’s thriving sparkling wine sector.

An Oddbins buyer is one of 13 wine gurus to have secured the revered Master of Wine title this year.

UK craft beers are already on a par with their US counterparts despite their late start, according to a brewer who has swapped Oregon for Berkshire.

The English wine industry’s biggest challenge is protecting quality and maintaining high standards as newcomers jump on the bandwagon, says a top producer.