2017 March

Tesco has been named the brand most associated with Brexit in the wake of a feud with Heineken that saw the supermarket delist 22 of its SKUs.

With Article 50 set to be triggered this week, The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has called for a "close working relationship with both government and our European neighbours", as the UK starts to negotiate its exit from the EU.

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced the international release of Penny Blue VSOP Rum. The release represents the first VSOP bottling from the Medine Distillery in Mauritius as part of the Indian Rum Company joint venture between Berry Bros and the Medine Distillery.

Les Dauphins is adding its first sparkling wine to its line-up of wines from the Rhône region of France.

Black Sheep Brewery has extended its craft beer line up into cans for the first time.

Kopparberg has extended its range with the launch of a canned Raspberry Light variant, which has already gained listings at Tesco and Asda.

Singha Beer is now available in cans, with the launch timed to coordinate with Thai New Year festivities.

Brexit red tape could bring customs to a standstill, according to The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), and the trade body has warned that “delays and gridlocks” at UK ports will encourage the resurgence of alcohol smugglers.

The first episode of wine podcast A Glass With featured pop superstar Pink, and producer Richard Hemming MW has revealed they became friends after she followed him on Twitter.

The Real Wine Fair returns to London in May and organiser Doug Wregg has urged the trade to champion the organic, biodynamic and natural wines it showcases.

Adnams has stated 2016 was a record brewing year for the company, with volumes passing the 100,000 barrels mark for the first time in its history.

Tesco plans to introduce a selection of premium Old-World wines under its Finest brand.

Tennent Caledonian has launched a collection of premium bottled ales, in response to the rapidly growing bottled ale market.

Winemaking duo Chris and Andrea Mullineux are releasing a new flagship portfolio of fine wines inspired by the culture, terroir, history and tastes of the Cape.

Vivino, the global online wine marketplace, has launched a new feature which it says is specifically designed to help the wine trade.

The producers of Wild Knight English Vodka have announced they will be expanding the range to include caramel vodka, with other drinks to follow shortly.

Carling Cider is adding to its range with a new Black Fruits flavour.

Elephant Gin is set to get an “elephant strength’ variant, which is said to be more powerful, intense and full-bodied than the original

The makers of Tiger Gin are getting ready to raise the profile of the brand this year by focusing on trade shows and food festivals around the country.

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly has revealed its latest campaign, which aims to champion diversity and inclusivity.

Lidl has appointed spirits expert Tristan Stephenson to work with its BWS buying team and consult on the retailer’s spirits range.

Tesco plans to halve the number of Heineken products it stocks but denies this move is a direct response to the brewer’s planned price hikes in the wake of Brexit.

Champagne sales dropped in both value and volume terms in the UK last year, driven by the fall in the value of the pound, a reduction in discounting by supermarkets and a “growing appetite” for premium-priced options, according to the Champagne Bureau (CIVC).

Colonsay Beverages, which already has a range of beers in its portfolio, has now branched into gin production with the launch of a gin infused with unusual botanicals from the local area.

Meantime Brewing has claimed a market first by launching the first beer to be based on a brewmaster’s DNA.

Life beyond Prosecco

21 March, 2017

Britons are celebrating far too much, according to the latest sparkling wine data. A record 40 million bottles flew off the shelves in UK shops in the 12-week festive period of 2016, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association’s Q1 market report – a 12% increase on 2015.

More sparkling wine is making its way into our fridges, thanks to the nation’s insatiable love of fizz, but Champagne is struggling to attract any value growth, with a drop of 7% since June last year (IRI).

The Simpsons of Domaine Saint Rose are introducing a sweet wine to the market for the first time.

Here’s a beer recipe for you: take one northern, family-run brewer and blend it with a well-known grocery retailer to create a trio of craft beers.

Dark Star Brewery is gearing up to open its first bottle shop and tasting room, which will be in the West Sussex town of Crawley.