Vinexpo is targeting 10 leading UK buyers to be part of a 100-strong annual buying trip taking in some of the most unheralded but progressive regions.

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent has appointed industry veteran Tom Yusef as chairman following the completion of Dan Townsend’s successful two-year tenure. 

The UK’s leading retailers, bar operators and communicators were rewarded for their hard work in making rum one of the BWS trade’s most dynamic categories at OLN’s inaugural Think Rum event yesterday.

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has unveiled a new £4.5m advertising campaign to support Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, which it says is now the fastest growing of the top five cola brands in Great Britain.

Kingfisher Beer Europe is to market and distribute the popular Indonesia beer brand Bintang Beer across the UK and selected European markets.

Vinita Italia is ready to tap into the UK’s Italian wine market with the launch of a new UK base.

Fallen Brewing has become one of the first craft breweries in Scotland to install a canning line and move its entire beer range into cans.

Les Vignobles Foncalieu will launch two new blended wines at this year’s Vinisud show in Montpelier, France.

Pinkster Gin has launched its first limited edition bottle for Valentine’s Day.

Liberty Wines has reached an agreement to become UK distributor for Sogrape, whose portfolio includes Mateus rosé, Sandeman port and various ranges from around the world.

Gin sales grew 14.5% to £420 million in UK supermarkets in 2016, making it the best performing spirits category.

BWS sales grew 5.7% over Christmas and drove the FMCG market to its best festive performance in four years (Nielsen, four weeks to December 31, 2016).

The producer of Skinny Prosecco has revealed plans to expand the business in 2017 following strong growth last year. 

Portsmouth City Council has failed in a bid to outlaw Oranjeboom lager and K cider on grounds they promote irresponsible drinking.

Complaints about the packaging of three different alcoholic drink brands have not been upheld by The Portman Group’s Independent Complaints Panel.

New Zealand wine producers are gearing up for a high level of interest in their Pinot Noir wines at the annual trade tasting event in London next week, following the news that tickets for the popular Pinot Noir NZ event in Wellington, New Zealand, have already sold out.

Buckingham Schenk has added Kreglinger Wine Estates to its portfolio to boost its Australian wine selection.

Aldi has reported record festive sales for 2016 supported by strong sales for its Prosecco, alongside low-priced festive veg.

BWS sales grew by 5.7% over Christmas, making it the second best performing FMCG category and helping drive the market to its best festive performance in four years (Nielsen, four weeks to December 31, 2016).

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly is introducing a pink Pinot Grigio as part of a plan to drive value back into the rose category.

Black Cow Vodka is opening its West Dorset distillery to the public in April this year, along with a new bar and kitchen concept.

Think Rum to maximise profit

09 January, 2017

Rum is currently a star performer in the UK, with sales up 12% in the on-trade and 3% in the off-trade, with independents and c-stores growing sales by 6% (Nielsen and CGA).

Buckingham Schenk will reveal a new brand from Rod McDonald Wines at next week’s New Zealand Winegrowers tasting event.

María José Sevilla is stepping down as UK director of generic body Foods & Wines from Spain.

Thatchers Cider has commissioned its first canning line at its Myrtle Farm headquarters, as part of an £8.3m investment.

Taylor’s has released a 1967 Single Harvest Port, the fourth in a series of 50 year-old limited edition Tawny Ports.

Innis & Gunn has revealed “the first detoxing beer of its kind” to tap into the trend for lower or no alcohol products.

An English sparkling wine has triumphed over Champagne yet again in the contest to become the official partner to The Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race.

The Local Government Association has warned retailers tempted to sell illegal alcohol on the biggest night of the year that they face confiscation of stock, prosecution and being stripped of any relevant licences.

Plans have been submitted for a new whisky distillery in the Dartmoor National Park.

Tesco has reported a 30% increase in sales of premium spirits in the run-up to Christmas compared with the same period last year.

Sparkling wine was the third fastest growing grocery category in supermarkets in 2016 according to new Nielsen figures.

Bath Ales has launched a trio of hearty stouts in time for Christmas.

More than 50% of the UK’s festive alcohol shop is tax, according to research commissioned by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Beam Suntory has taken a "controlling stake" in London-based microdistillery Sipsmith.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has expanded its Liverpool Collection by adding a rum to sit alongside the vodka and three gin variants.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has expanded its Liverpool Collection by adding a rum to sit alongside the vodka and three gin variants.

Supermarket representatives have dismissed the idea that pre-loading is a problem the off-trade needs to tackle, and urged the government to encourage every retailer to focus on the responsible retailing of alcohol.

Pierre Mansour has been appointed Head of Buying at The Wine Society, effective from March 2017.

Berry Bros & Rudd has appointed Abi Hirshfeld as its new buying director.

A new craft beer shop has opened on London’s Brick Lane claiming a “unique way of ranging its beers”.

Tesco has vowed to become the champion of low and no-alcohol drinks and is introducing the largest range in its history.

Shingadia: "great advice"

Nielsen research shows that 90% of UK households buy alcohol at least once a year, but only 30% buy it from a c-store.

Origin Wines aims to use craft wine, fruit wine, small formats and interesting bottles to demystify wine, attract millennials and reinvigorate the market.

McGuigan Wines is targeting UK independents with wines showcasing regionality, distinctiveness and personality after winning IWSC Winemaker of the Year for a record fourth year running. 

Chivite plots UK comeback

13 December, 2016

Chivite is seeking to re-establish itself as a leading supplier of mid-tier Spanish wines to the UK trade after a cash injection from venture capitalists.

A family making site specific, fruit forward wines is targeting UK independent wine merchants that can hand sell its premium Spanish range.

St Austell Brewery’s “homage to the West Coast American Pale Ale” is gearing up for a national launch in bottle and keg.

Thatchers Cider is introducing a new series of special vintage, limited edition ciders under the sub brand Cider Barn.

Conviviality Retail has acquired a 15-strong portfolio of convenience stores in the South East of England, with the aim of converting the majority into Bargain Booze stores.

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