2018 August

French farming cooperative Agrial has purchased Kingstone Press and Frosty Jack’s supplier Aston Manor.

Leading Irish whiskey brand Jameson is returning to TV screens for the first time in seven years with a stylish ad.

The Wild Beer Co has released a new beer inspired by its popular Sleeping Lemons variant.

Tohu Wines is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the release of a limited edition wine.

Indie Brands has extended its UK portfolio by adding a Mezcal producer that provides business support to other Mezcal families.

Pinkster has unveiled a new label that highlights its use of fresh fruit in an effort to differentiate itself from rival pink gins.

Pernod Ricard has reported “very strong sales” for its full year results, with growth coming from “a wide spectrum of markets”. 

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has announced two keynote speakers for its Annual Conference, which takes place on September 18.

Wine merchant Jeroboams is sponsoring the Financial Times’ Weekend Live Festival and it will pour wines for thousands of guests from a pop-up shop and bar.

Global Brands is giving shoppers a free mobile phone charging power bank every time they purchase a 10-pack of RTD brand VK.

The WSTA has launched an English and Welsh Whisky Trail to celebrate the resurrection of this sector, which has a history dating back to the 17th Century.

A Cambridge University professor has delivered a splendid response to a new Global Burden of Disease study claiming that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

Copestick Murray expects sales to break through the £70 million barrier in 2018 after reporting strong growth in its latest financial statement.

Westwell Wines has released the first wine made since the purchase of the winery by the Taylor family in 2016.

The neo-temperance lobby has had plenty of joy in securing column inches after firing out a bizarre press release accusing the alcohol industry of promoting harmful drinking.

Waitrose has reported soaring sales of organic wine and it now claims to enjoy a 60% share of the UK market.

Tesco and Asda are going head-to-head with 25% off wine offers in a bid to drive footfall during the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend.

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack franchisees will now be able to source 10% of drinks from outside of the company under franchise agreements.

Drinks Retailing News and sister title Harpers Wine & Spirit are teaming up to launch a day dedicated to the thriving UK whisk(e)y category.

Online retailer Winebuyers now lists more than 400 English wines sourced from 14 different counties.

Convenience retailers are lagging behind their grocer counterparts when it comes to selling premium spirits and they could unlock a massive sales opportunity this Christmas.

It does not get much better than drinking beer and saving an endangered species at the same time.

Bristol has its first whisky distillery since World War II and shoppers can use blockchain technology to place pre-sales of its various expressions.

Cobra has become the latest big beer brand to launch a gluten free variant in order to meet the growing demand for this burgeoning category.

Costcutter has reported a 28% rise in summer sales of Heineken brands after teaming up with the supplier for a competition called Golden Balls.

Zebrafish Buzzing on Taurine and Alcohol might sound like an up-and-coming rap rave collective from Shoreditch, but it is actually the result a new academic study.

Maltsmiths has launched its first TV advert, highlighting the brewers’ love for their jobs.

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show arrives in late September. This is a good thing. So important is this particular whisky show, it might be called the Big Show. If the organisers are reading us though, they’d need to talk to WWE about trademarks, since that outfit has a wrestler called Big Show on the books, real name Paul Donald Wight II.

Now that schools have broken up until early September, many wine merchants will have spent the month queuing up other projects – preparing for the autumn, trying not to buy any stock that isn’t lager or rosé, or maybe even taking a bit of time off.