2019 August

Brothers Cider has reported 17% year-on-year growth thanks to new product releases and increased distribution for its existing SKUs.

Westons has launched a medium dry cider called Henry Westons Signature Vintage in a bid to attract a wider consumer base into the category.

Upmarket retailer Harvey Nichols has launched its first ever range of premixed cocktails in order to capitalize on strong growth in the cartegory.

Spirits giant Pernod Ricard has agreed a £183 million cash deal to purchase Jerfferson’s bourbon producer Castle Brands.

That Boutique-y Rum Company (TBRC) has launched the first in a new series of Signature Blends.

Cape Byron Distillery, the maker of Brookie’s Byron Gin, has release a premium roasted macadamia nut liqueur. 

The Portman Group has upheld a complaint about Marks & Spencer’s premixed Porn Star Martini cans after deeming they link alcohol to sexual success.

Walker & Wodehouse has revealed its Autumn Tasting in London will include a focus on South African wines, supported by the chance to meet producers and sample wines from the region while also enjoying food from a braai. 

Aldi is selling a 25 Year Old Glen Marnoch single malt for just £39.99 this week to mark the 25th anniversary of its launch in Scotland.

Sam Linter, managing director of Bolney Wine Estate, has been appointed director of the Board of WineGB.

Waitrose Wine Tasting at Home is introducing a whisky tasting experience.

Hong Kong’s richest family has secured a deal to buy 220-year-old brewer Greene King for £2.7 billion.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has reported its highest-ever annual candidate figures for the latest academic year, with UK candidate numbers up 5%. 

The former boss of Majestic Wine is to return to the retailer after a two-year absence, as the business takes shape under new ownership.

You can’t go down the alcohol aisle in a supermarket without noticing the influx of new no and low-alcohol alternatives. I’ve even picked one up thinking it was the alcoholic version and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Most bars and restaurants have pages in their drinks menus dedicated to alcohol-free alternatives. With restaurants and bars popping up where the drinks offering is strictly alcohol-free, it seems there’s no slowing the no/low movement. 

Cognac exports to the UK decreased by 6.7% in volume and 4.1% in value during the 2018-19 financial year.

Aldi is launching its first national in-store spirits festival on Thursday and Didsbury Gin’s Tutti Frutti gin liqueur has secured a berth on shelves.

Tobermory, the only whisky distillery on the Isle of Mull, has expanded its repertoire to produce a Tobermory Gin. 

Kingsland Drinks has announced it has made “high-level executive changes” in order to focus on the strategic direction of the business. 

Bimber Distillery has announced the release its inaugural single malt whisky. 

Rockstar Spirits has secured a five-figure loan to expand the business, following the success of its Two Swallows rum range, which was recently selected by Coca-Cola as the official partner for its new Signature range of mixers. 

Remember Binge Britain? Only a few short years ago we were really worried about young people drinking too much, falling over and showing their pants. And now, suddenly, we’re worrying they’re not drinking enough. What are they up to?

Stourbridge-based brewery Sadler’s has launched its popular Peaky Blinder lager in 33cl cans in time for season five of the hit BBC show.

Borough Wines has been bought out of administration in a pre-pack sale worth £58,760 after widening losses caused it to collapse on May 31.

Napa-based winemaker, Celia Welch, is set to export her own wines to the UK for the first time. 

The founders of Craft Beer Rising are launching a new beer festival called BrewLDN in February 2020.

Frosty Jack’s Cider has revealed new branding to recruit new drinkers to the brand.

Adnams has reported half year losses to June 30 rose to £783,000 from £557,000 in the previous year, but beer volumes grew for the first six months of 2019. 

The Portman Group has welcomed a report highlighting a decline in underage drinking in the UK.