2016 December

The Local Government Association has warned retailers tempted to sell illegal alcohol on the biggest night of the year that they face confiscation of stock, prosecution and being stripped of any relevant licences.

The number of countries importing English sparkling wine increased from 19 to 27 during 2016.

New Zealand and Argentina topped the growth charts for wine sales in the UK during 2016, new figures from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association show.

Italian spirits company Gruppo Campari has agreed to sell the Lapostelle wine business in Chile to a management team led by its founder Alexandra Marnier Laspostelle.

New Zealand and Argentina topped the growth charts for wine sales in the UK during 2016, new figures from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association show.

Tesco has reported a 30% increase in sales of premium spirits in the run-up to Christmas compared with the same period last year.

Plans have been submitted for a new whisky distillery in the Dartmoor National Park.

The Scotch Whisky Association says latest Treasury figures show that revenue from spirits duty rose after the rate was cut in 2015, thanks to a resulting increase in sales.

Italian spirits producer Luxardo is looking to add to its UK range in the new year with the launch of Luxardo Bitter Bianco.

Sparkling wine was the third fastest growing grocery category in supermarkets in 2016 according to new Nielsen figures.

Southern Comfort is running an outdoor and press ad campaign for Christmas, humorously referencing the turbulent times experienced in 2016 and pointing optimistically towards the new year.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has highlighted a dramatic fall in fortified wine sales in recent years and urged Brits to “save Santa’s sherry, keep passing the port and value vermouth”.

Bath Ales has launched a trio of hearty stouts in time for Christmas.

More than 50% of the UK’s festive alcohol shop is tax, according to research commissioned by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Stewarts Brewing has opened its first bottle shop in Edinburgh.

Beam Suntory has taken a "controlling stake" in London-based microdistillery Sipsmith.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has expanded its Liverpool Collection by adding a rum to sit alongside the vodka and three gin variants.

The industry can enjoy a healthier margin from the vodka category if it comes together to drive value into the sector, according to a leading drinks producer.

A new craft beer shop has opened on London’s Brick Lane claiming a “unique way of ranging its beers”.

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Berry Bros & Rudd has appointed Abi Hirshfeld as its new buying director.

Pierre Mansour has been appointed Head of Buying at The Wine Society, effective from March 2017.

Supermarket representatives have dismissed the idea that pre-loading is a problem the off-trade needs to tackle, and urged the government to encourage every retailer to focus on the responsible retailing of alcohol.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has expanded its Liverpool Collection by adding a rum to sit alongside the vodka and three gin variants.

A family making site specific, fruit forward wines is targeting UK independent wine merchants that can hand sell its premium Spanish range.

Tesco has vowed to become the champion of low and no-alcohol drinks and is introducing the largest range in its history.

Mont Ventoux has a special place in cycling folklore as its gruelling 6,273ft peak has overwhelmed some of the sport’s leading stars during the Tour de France.

Nielsen research shows that 90% of UK households buy alcohol at least once a year, but only 30% buy it from a c-store.

Origin Wines aims to use craft wine, fruit wine, small formats and interesting bottles to demystify wine, attract millennials and reinvigorate the market.

McGuigan Wines is targeting UK independents with wines showcasing regionality, distinctiveness and personality after winning IWSC Winemaker of the Year for a record fourth year running.