2020 September

Following lockdown developments in wine consumption, the spirits giant has new plans for its off-trade presence.

The Gin Guild is stamping down on drinks producers who “cynically” and “falsely” label non-compliant products as ‘gin’ to cash in on the spirit’s popularity. 

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has highlighted “serious issues” facing the brewing and hospitality industries, which it said the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, failed to address in his Coronavirus financial support announcement today.

Educating consumers about wine has become such an ingrained objective in the trade that we never question its value.

Eden Mill will open five seasonal pop-up stores across Scotland this year creating 25 jobs.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a range of measures to replace the furlough scheme, which helped protect jobs through the lockdown weeks and beyond.

It’s been just over two months since the on-trade began to reopen.

Majestic Wine is beginning the process of rolling out a new logo following the results of a staff vote.

This year has not been kind to British brewing.

Brewdog: Growing up gracefully

24 September, 2020

Has Brewdog come of age? The Aberdeenshire brewer founded in 2007 has consistently put industry noses out of joint with stunts which it insists represent a refusal to play by the traditional rules of beer marketing – while generating great publicity both for itself and the craft brewing scene as a whole.

When the on-trade giant Bibendum Wine saw its sales come to an abrupt halt in March this year, the company naturally turned itsattention to its specialist retail business, Walker & Wodehouse, but it required a huge effort to refocus the business in a short time.

Borough Wines is expanding its offering of sustainable solutions with a new zero waste range for its off and on-trade customers.

The weekly sales uplift for the off-trade picked up in September with sales for the first two weeks of the month growing ahead of the end of August.

Kingsland Drinks has been appointed as distribution partner of Cellier des Dauphins, one of the leading producers of wines in the Rhône Valley, covering all key appellations, including Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages and Crus such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vinsobres and Cairanne.

Marussia Beverages, producer and international distributor of wines, sakes and spirits, is adding to its portfolio of Japanese spirits brands with the launch of 135°East Gin.

A new report from a committee of MPs shines a light on the impact to UK wine businesses of the government’s new red tape requirements, which will push up the price of wine for consumers and cause “chaos” for the wine industry.  

Grolsch Premium Pilsner is returning to the UK market this Autumn.

The Portman Group has appointed former senior civil servant Philip Rycroft as its new Chair.

Warner’s Distilery is launching its first non-alcoholic spirits.

Four Pillars Gin has had a full UK off-trade launch with a new major retail listing.

Premium tequila brand, 1800 Tequila, has secured listings with Tesco and Waitrose.

Aston Manor has announced it is launching Sol Duc, a trio of low-calorie, alcoholic hard seltzers.

Budweiser, the official beer of the English Premier League, has announced the launch of a new on-pack competition and limited-edition Premier League packs to celebrate the return of the football season.

Think Spirits 2021, Drinks Retailing’s annual day of spirits events, is launching a live webinar next week.

Majestic Wine is launching a new ‘Majestic Diversity In Wine Scholarship’ this Autumn. 

Black Cow vodka has produced a limited edition version for Christmas.

Seven Cellars, Brighton

16 September, 2020

Louise Oliver set up her Seven Cellars business in 2015 in Brighton. Here she talks to Drinks Retailing about how sales have been in the past year and her plans for the future:

Westons Cider has added the New Zealand-founded Ranga Alcoholic Gingerbeer to its collection.

Drink Retailing caught up with Mahesh Odedra, who runs the Premier Lake Avenue store in Bury St Edmunds, to find out how the business is navigating through the pandemic: