2017 May

Enotria&Coe has announced it will take on the UK distribution for Hattingley Valley.

Rhone Valley Vineyards, France’s second largest AOC wine area, has unveiled its new Cotes du Rhone ad campaign for the UK market, accompanied by a new strapline: ‘Everyday Sophistication’.

Freixenet, the well-known Cava producer, is set to launch a Prosecco into the UK this summer.

The wine trade can be the poster boy for international trade relations after Britain leaves the EU, according to the outgoing director of the London Wine Fair.

Asda has hit headlines of late for selling a huge amount of £10 Champagne, offering three slabs of lager for £20 and stocking six bottles of branded wine for £24. It has consistently offered the most competitive prices on spirits and recently raised eyebrows when it unveiled a £5 fizz called Progrigio.

Aldi has launched an in-store craft beer festival that has seen it bolster its range with 16 brews from across the UK.

The My Generation Beer Co has expanded its offering on the back of securing a national supermarket deal with Asda.

Butcombe Brewing Company is launching a range of sci-fi-inspired canned beers as it looks to extend out of its classic style into craft beer.

Yalumba has blended Coonawarra Cabernet with Barossa Shiraz to create a £225 “super claret” designed to honour its rich history and experimental nature.

DRN, Origin Wines and Electric Sky Wines took over One Belgravia in the capital for a glittering party after day two of the London Wine Fair. 

Morgenrot has added to its world craft beer portfolio with the “highly sought-after and utterly unique” Pang Pang beers from Sweden.

Dom Pérignon has released its vintage 2009 cuvée and chef de cave Richard Geoffroy is raving about its quality.

Kopparberg has extended its fruit cider range with the launch of a Blueberry & Lime variant.

Blossom Hill has launched an on-pack promotion offering consumers the chance to win discounts on bestselling make-up brands like Rimmel and Clinique.

UK agents that shun the London Wine Fair deserve to be questioned by the brands they represent about a missed opportunity, according to Patrick McGrath MW.

Strongbow is launching an on-pack promotion offering the chance to win thousands of festival-related prizes.

Conviviality has reported sales nearly doubled to £1.56bn for the year ending 30 April 2017.

The founder of a British premium drinks business has successfully trademarked her liqueur in order to protect both its quality and provenance.

Halewood Wines & Spirits plans to shake up the tonic category with its latest launch.

Robinsons has revealed a new look for its Old Tom range as well as a new variant, which is set to join the iconic beer line up.

Camel Valley’s Darnibole vineyard has become the first UK single vineyard to be awarded the highest level of PDO status by the European Union.

Craft beer retailer Hop Burns & Black is opening a shop in Peckham solely dedicated to canned beer.

A beer specialist that opened its second and third stores in the past year has revealed ambitious plans to become Britain’s best-known high street beer retailer.

HappyDown, described as “the UK’s first crafted sparkling cocktails in cans” will launch in Morrisons stores next month.

Convenience store chain McColl’s hopes to purchase “hundreds of stores” that could be sold off to alleviate competition concerns when Tesco’s takeover of Booker goes through, according to reports.

There’s a chance for one lucky retailer to win a trip to Brazil to see some of its top wineries in the 2017 Window Display Competition, run by Drinks Retailing News in conjunction with Wines of Brasil.

Berry Bros & Rudd is opening a new retail store opposite St James’s Palace as it aims to position itself as “a one-of-a-kind destination for wine and spirits in the heart of London”.

Soaring sales of lager, ale, gin and sparkling wine have helped the off-trade BWS market grow by 2.3% to £16.1 billion in the past year (Nielsen, year to April 22, 2017).

Conviviality has quadrupled its turnoverin four years after buying Matthew Clark, Bibendum PLB and Wine Rack, but chief executive Diana Hunter insists it is not “deal hungry”.

Marks & Spencer has started selling 32 wines bought en primeur from the 2014 Bordeaux vintage as it aims to set itself apart from rival multiples.