Campbell’s Brewery has had 2,000 pre-orders for its flagship beer, Gunner Blonde Ale, as the producer prepares to launch the beer into the off-trade.

Budweiser Prohibition has teamed up with Love Island start and personal trainer, Gabby Allen, to unveil a fleet of ‘beer floats’, which will travel the country to give away free Budweiser Prohibition Brew. The campaign is part of ABInbev’s UK launch of the beer, which is the brand’s first alcohol-free variant.

The off-trade gin category delivered the best Christmas performance anyone at Nielsen has ever seen and led BWS to another strong festive period.

Many independent drinks retailers across the UK have reported strong sales for the weeks leading up
to Christmas 2017, with some stating the festive period was the best they have ever had.

The non-alcoholic spirit market looks set to see a raft of activity through 2018, as newcomers and existing players reveal plans to tap into growth in this sector.

The amount of distilleries in the UK has grown by 127% in the past five years, according to the latest data from HMRC.

German brewery Krombacher has launched a campaign to drive the importance of perfectly pouring your beer, bolstered by the added incentive of an all-expenses trip to Germany.

Caorunn is set to release a new British-made bottle, which is designed to marry the spirit’s artisan roots with “seriously sleek aesthetics”.

North South Wines has appointed Kim Wilson as its new managing director.

Borough Wines & Beers has reported 19% year-on-year sales growth on the back of a strong ecommerce performance and two new store openings.

Morgenrot is giving its customers a real mouthful with its latest launch from New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay.

Great Wines Estates will now represent Voyager Estate across the UK, where it will focus on independent wine shops and the premium on-trade sectors for the wines, which are produced in Australia’s Margaret River region.

The Benevolent has launched its new mental health awareness campaign #NotAlone, which aims to encourage members of the trade to speak freely about mental health issues within the workplace, creating a stigma-free environment.

Boutinot is now working with north-eastern Italian producer Cantine Riondo, becoming the exclusive agent for wines targeted at the UK multiple off-trade.

Think Brands has launched a grapefruit-based drink, which can be used in a range of cocktails.

Broadland Wineries owner Mark Lansley has cooled talk of turnover growing to £100 million in two years after the sudden departure of chief executive Paul Schaafsma.

Koshu of Japan has announced the date for its 8th annual trade and press tasting; the event is due to take place on 14 February at 67 Pall Mall in London. 

Balblair has unveiled the limited edition second release of its 2000 vintage and the third release of its 1991 vintage.

Paul Schaafsma is leaving Broadland Wineries after four months as chief executive to start up his own business.

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Seedlip has announced plans to launch a portfolio of new brands with the hire of former Belvedere Vodka head of spirit creation, Claire Smith-Warner.

Brewdog has extended the investment deadline for its latest Equity for Punks crowdfunding programme and upped its target to a maximum of £50million.

Fentimans has overhauled its image with a rebrand costing £1.2 million.

Tesco has reconfirmed its place as one of eleven Gold Corporate Patrons in WSET’s partnership programme, which includes supermarkets, drinks producers and distributors.

Conviviality has announced it is reshaping its leadership team in order to “bring decision making closer to the customer”.

Halewood Wines & Spirits is extending its Liverpool Collection by bringing back its limited edition, ultra-premium Rose Petal Gin following the drink's first appearance in 2016, which the producer hailed as “a resounding success”.

Wines of Germany has seized upon Wine Intelligence research suggesting the average German wine consumer is getting younger and is shifting its marketing focus accordingly.

Low calorie BWS supplier Skinny Brands has secured a £1.5 million cash injection to allow it to roll its brands out across the UK and Ireland.

Bier Huis has added Clover Gin to its portfolio as a UK exclusive.

Diageo has teamed up with Uber Eats to allow convenience retailers across the UK to sell their drinks to online shoppers.

Luscombe Drinks is expanding its flavoured mixer portfolio and giving the full range a new look.  

The Co-op is expanding its vegan wine offering to 100 lines by the end of the year to meet customer demand, with eight new lines launching next month.

Majestic Wine has appointed Joshua Lincoln as retail and managing director of Majestic Retail; it has also announced its Group sales increased by 3.2% for the 10-week Christmas trading period, compared to the same period the year before.

Buckingham Schenk is launching Latis, a new brand from Cahors in France.

Stirling Gin has been given the green light to create the first gin distillery and visitor centre in Stirling.

Pinkster gin is releasing a limited-edition, Cupid-themed bottle in a bid to boost sales in the build up to Valentine’s Day.

Nick Hyde has taken over from James Simpson MW as chairman of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Board of Trustees. Simon McMurtie has also joined the Board.

Industry campaign There’s A Beer For That is switching its focus to lobby against high beer duty in a bid to safeguard the industry’s future.

Alcohol charity Drinkaware is joining forces with Asda to launch a responsible drinking campaign.

A series of celebrations have been planned across the globe for International Scotch Day, which takes place on 8 February 2018.

Drinkaware ambassadors will be in 100 Asda stores across the UK on January 12 to hand out thousands of specially created alcohol assessment scratchcards to shoppers.

Molson Coors has acquired cider producer Aspall, stating its ambitions to turn the brand into the UK’s top-selling premium cider.

Smaller formats are key to driving BWS sales among cash-strapped convenience shoppers in January, according to leading supplier Diageo.

Durham Distillery is to start producing whisky this year to add to its existing portfolio of gin and vodka.

Diageo has launched a new concept for the Amazon Echo Show in the UK to help consumers create cocktails at home.

Berry Bros & Rudd has praised the quality, charm and complexity of the 2016 Burgundian vintage and claims to have an industry-leading offer.

UK consumers spent £36 million on gin in supermarkets during the week before Christmas, which is a 45% increase on the previous year, according to the latest data from IRI.

Aldi has reported strong growth across all categories resulting in its busiest-ever Christmas, pushing its total 2017 UK and Ireland sales over the £10bn barrier for the first time.

Naked Wines is the most popular online drinks retailer when it comes to monthly searches, according to research from search engine strategy firm Inside Online.

Love Drinks has added an award-winning Swedish gin to its portfolio of spirits.

Gin Lane 1751 has announced ambitious plans to double volume sales through 2018, following a surge in sales last year driven by the popularity of its pink gin variant.

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Lifting the spirits

I were to sum up alcohol sales over Christmas 2017 in one word, it would be “gin”. At Nielsen, we define the Christmas period as the 12 weeks to December 30 and in that time gin sales were £199.4 million, which means they increased by £55.4 million compared with Christmas 2016. There’s no sign the bubble is about to burst either. Growth at Christmas 2016 was £22.4 million, so gin has increased its value growth nearly two-and-a-half times in a year. The spirit added more value to
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