2019 September

Whyte & Mackay is adding to its gin portfolio following the success of its Wildcat Gin, launched in 2018.

Purato, the organic Sicilian wine brand by Stefano Girelli’s TWP Wines, has seen an increase in sales of 62% since the launch of its new look earlier this year.

Marussia Beverages UK has announced it has signed an agreement to distribute Constellation Brands’ craft spirits portfolio in the UK.

Penderyn has revealed the location of its second distillery and visitor centre with the promise of a third distillery in the near future.

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has added its first wines from Armenia and Georgia.

Cellar Trends is to bring the ultra-premium tequila Villa One to the UK in 2020.

The Cotes de Provence AOC area now has a fifth terroir designation (DGC), as revealed by the Conseil Interprofessionel des Vins de Provence (CIVP).

The Whisky Exchange has reported “rocketing rum sales” with an uplift of 165% over the past three months. The soaring rise in sales means rum has seen higher growth than gin for the first summer in five years.

Majestic has reported a 77% rise in year-on-year sales of low-alcohol beer amid vast improvements in the overall level of quality within the category.

Black Sheep Brewery has extended out of beer and created its first-ever gin, with plans to produce a full collection of sprits in the future.

B2B marketplace Spiritrade has branched out into beer, wine, soft drinks and CBD-infused drinks after noting a strong demand among its members.

Diageo Reserve is launching a limited-edition Cîroc variant in time for the festive season.

Accolade Wines has reported “significant growth” got its mainstream premium portfolio of wines priced £6 to £10.

Teeling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey – the first new Dublin-distilled Irish whiskey to be released for nearly 50 years – is being brought to the UK by Maverick Drinks.

Colchester-based wine merchant Mr Wheeler has rescued online retailer FromVineyardsDirect.com from administration by purchasing the business and its assets in a pre-pack deal.

Wines of Hungary UK is creating “the largest UK tasting solely dedicated to Blaufrankisch, the most important black grape of Central and Eastern Europe”.

The Whisky Exchange is celebrating its 11th annual Whisky Show with a series of special bottlings highlighting “the mystery of a cask’s influence”.

Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I is the latest producer to announce plans to eliminate plastic rings from all of its products.

Oscar’s On The Green, Hove

23 September, 2019

The Oscar’s On The Green convenience store in the Hangleton area of Hove has been owned by Neil Patel’s family for 30 years. The area and store have changed considerably over that time. Earlier this year the family extended into the unit next door when the Hartley’s chain went into administration. DRN speaks to Neil Patel to find out more:

Lancaster Wine, Lancaster

23 September, 2019

Barry and Fiona Howarth opened Lancaster Wine six years ago when they spotted a gap in the market for an independent wine store. Being made redundant triggered the move and provided the finances for the business, which has gone from strength to strength since. DRN catches up with Barry Howarth:

Beer Hawk has launched a chilled supply chain proposition to offer craft brewers a new route to market. 

Off-Piste Wines has become the exclusive representative for Italian producer Piccini in the UK multiple off-trade.

Elixir Distillers claims to be turning navy rum on its head with the launch of its latest product.

The Famous Grouse has launched Wine Cask, the third edition in its series of innovative blended whiskies inspired by different types of oak cask.

Asterley Bros has secured its £100,000 Crowdcube fundraising target and it is now extending this to £150,000 following an “overwhelming response” to the campaign.

Drygate Brewing Co claims it has launched “Europe’s first reforestation beer”, and it has pledged to plant 10,000 trees with the proceeds.

Fentimans is launching its biggest marketing push to date to encourage more consumers to trade up to its premium products. 

Atom Brands is introducing The Character of Islay Whisky Company, with the aim of “reaching a wider pool of whisky drinkers” with continuous liquid, rather than small batch and single cask expressions. 

Whisky: Christmas in a glass

18 September, 2019

We’re on the path to Christmas now so it’s a good time for retailers to revisit their whisky ranges. There has been a lot of noise about Irish whiskey and also some global options, including bourbon from the US. But will the popularity of these overshadow Scotch this festive season?

Retailers are gearing up for the crucial Christmas trading period after enduring a tough year blighted by poor weather, Brexit fears and plummeting consumer confidence. Like-for-like sales are down across most BWS categories in 2019 and Christmas represents the last bastion of hope for retailers aiming to record a strong profit.