2020 May

Waitrose has reported a record week for sales of rosé wine and says premium wines have been driving the growth in sales.

Fine wine supplier Flint Wines has paid an undisclosed sum to buy the specialist Burgundy importer Domaine Direct.

Barefoot is introducing a wine seltzer brand to the UK.

Brewdog has released a limited edition beer inspired by the Dominic Cummings lockdown rule-breaking affair, just days after the prime minister’s aide made his televised press conference appearance.

The pace of off-trade alcohol sales growth slowed in the second full week of May according to new Nielsen data.

Kylie Minogue has launched a wine brand, which is available in the UK via Tesco stores.

Customers are being allowed to visit most Majestic wine stores from today for the first time in over two months – but only to collect orders placed online or by emailing stores direct.

Sales of 19 Crimes, the Australian wine brand owned by Treasury Wine Estates, grew by 68.2% in value and 54.1% in volume through April 2020 versus the same period last year.

High-strength cider and perry has experienced the biggest decreases in stocking by retailers in Scotland since the introduction of minimum unit pricing two years ago.

Google searches for drinks deliveries have increased by over 2,000% on an annual basis in Glasgow and Edinburgh during lockdown.

Marston’s has formed a joint venture with Carlsberg UK to create a brewing and distribution company.

Beer fans around the UK have spent an estimated £5 million on home delivery through Beer is Here since the start of the coronavirus lockdown.

The Co-op, Brewgooder and Robinsons Brewery have joined forces to launch an exclusive brew which will help fund clean water development projects in Africa.

Armit Wines has appointed Fraser Currie as its new head of off-trade.

Leigh Norwood opened Favourite Beers in 2010 and at the time it was the only specialist beer and cider venue in Gloucestershire. In this latest feature in this series of interviews with beer shops across the UK, Norwood talks to DRN about how the business is operating and adapting during the pandemic:

By John Timothy, chief executive, Portman Group

Aldi has dropped the price of its best-selling Prosecco to under the £5 mark in time for the bank holiday weekend.

From this week, Waitrose will be offering its Wine Tasting at Home experience in a new virtual format for people to enjoy at home.

Jose Cuervo has teamed up with Lucky Liquor Co and Mothership and Mothership Scotland to create Keeping Faith With Paloma, a “lip-smackingly delicious and refreshing take on the classic”.

With hospitality venues closed and online beer tastings taking off during lockdown, this year’s Beer Day Britain on June 15 is set to go ahead as a virtual celebration.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), has announced that it is introducing online exams for a number of its wine, spirits and sake courses, starting from June 2020. 

The Drinks Trust has launched “significantly increased” wellness services, which aims to support those in the industry in need of help “through Covid-19 and beyond”.

UKHospitality has unveiled secure guidelines for the sector, which it is proposing to Government to help the industry reopen.

Glasgow Distillery has today unveiled the third and final expression to complete its Signature Range.

Waitrose has reported sales of rosé wine have gone up, alongside outdoor and picnic items, in line with the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions in England.

Speciality Brands has been appointed exclusive UK distributor of Waterford Distillery, the Irish whisky producer set up by Mark Reynier in 2015.

Taste Champagne London 2020 has been postponed to March 2021 due to the uncertainty caused by coronavirus.

Majestic Wine and Deliveroo are expanding their delivery partnership to cover 80 UK sites across the UK, alongside an expanded range on offer.

The Wine Society is now open again to new members.