2016 October

Dom Perignon has teamed up with German artist Michael Riedel to celebrate the power of transformation for its Blanc 2006 and Rose 2004.

Majestic has launched a named and next day delivery service for its full wine range across the UK.

Metaxa has relaunched its Metaxa 12 Stars expression in the UK, supported by the appointment of a new brand ambassador.

WKD has launched two lower-calorie RTDs under the sub-brand name NKD.

Chile has leapfrogged Spain and South Africa to become the UK’s fifth largest wine supplier, while New Zealand and Argentina continue to enjoy surging sales.

Aldi and Lidl are the big winners when it comes to attracting millennial shoppers, according to new research from Nielsen.

The Torres family is introducing its first sparkling wine produced in Catalonia using the ‘traditional method’.

Global Brands is opening a new 110,000 square foot warehouse and distribution depot to help meet growing demand for its products.

Conviviality Retail has announced the formation of a new supply agreement with UK wholesaler Palmer & Harvey McLane (P&H).

The Co-operative has declared that the UK is “stuck in a wine rut” after surveying a thousand shoppers and finding that 52% have been drinking the same stuff for more than a decade.

AB-InBev has reported that it grew UK volume sales “in the low single digits” as it released global Q3 figures showing revenue grew 2.8%.

Black Sheep Brewery has refreshed the identity of its Riggwelter ale, ahead of its 25th anniversary year in 2017.

Global Brands is to open a new warehouse and distribution depot in order to support increasing demand across its core brands.
The independent drinks business, which was founded by chairman Steve Perez in 1997, has a range of drinks in its portfolio including the RTD brand VK, Hooch, Jungfrau, Amigos and Franklin & Sons premium soft drinks. In total it has more than 250 SKUs across four categories: RTDs, spirits, beers and soft drinks. 
The investment to expand its operations at the new, larger site aims to give the company better accessibility to major roads and transport links, and therefore improved logistics and efficiency. Global Brands has also increased its workforce, creating 25 jobs in the Derbyshire area.
Steve Perez, Chairman of Global Brands said: “As Global Brands continues to expand, we are thrilled to be bringing the company distribution centre back to its roots in Derbyshire. The added floor space allows us to be flexible and meet the increased demand from our customers now, and in the future”.

Thornbridge Brewery is in the process of recreating the winning beer of the Great British Home Brew Challenge 2016, which will then appear in Waitrose stores next month.

The Epicurean, which is described as ‘London’s first dedicated artisan drinks event’, will take place at the Truman Brewery in London this week.

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has opened its first international office in response to a high demand for wine and spirits education globally.

Gin fans now have another online specialist retailer to consider when seeking out new artisan and craft gins.

SWA chief stands down

26 October, 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA)’s chief executive David Frost is leaving to take up a new FCO role, reporting to Boris Johnson.

Hi-Spirits is expanding its UK gin portfolio with the addition of the New Zealand brand Scapegrace Gin.

Argentina is ready to show UK wine drinkers that it has much more to offer than just Malbec, according to the UK representative for the country’s wines.

All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

Within hours of the announcement that Dave Roberts was to head a new industry-backed initiative to counter the claims of the anti-alcohol lobby, he had already stirred controversy. Not because of anything he’d done or said, but because he shares a rather common name with the chief executive of Alcohol Research UK.

Roberson Wine has formed a partnership with popular wine app Vivino.

Spirit Cartel has launched two unique aged rums from Puerto Rico.

Carlsberg UK is adding gluten-free Czech lager Celia to its premium beer portfolio.

Chivas Regal is introducing its first blended malt whisky, which comprises a blend of five Speyside signature single malts.

Majestic Wine is extending its successful Definition own brand range into spirits for the first time.

The National Association of Cidermakers has a new chair and deputy chair after Martin Thatcher’s reign came to an end.

A new specialist gin members club has launched this month with the aim of offering exclusive and affordable gin, delivered monthly.

Online retailer Rude Wines has launched a “cheeky duo” of own-label wines from France in a bid to inspire more consumers to choose quality wine.