Importer Connoisseur Estates has added New Zealand producer Tohu to its portfolio and will pour the wines at the upcoming SITT tastings in Manchester and London.

On March 1 buyers from across the UK are invited to the second annual Think Gin event, hosted by Off Licence News and our sister titles Harpers Wine & Spirit and Drinks International.


French wine producer Les Grands Chais de France has promoted UK off-trade director Mark Kears to be the group’s new managing director for UK and Ireland.

Reported sales at Beam Suntory grew 23% in 2015, the first year of full results after Suntory’s £9.3 billion acquisition of Beam in 2014.

Success in the UK and Spanish markets drove a 1% H1 growth in Pernod Ricard’s European sales.

Pernod Ricard is targeting Millennials with a new five-strong range of entry-level wines called Jacob’s Creek Sun Craft.

Pernod Ricard’s Brancott Estate brand is marking its 40th anniversary with a major on-pack promotional campaign in the UK’s off-trade.

Harpers is partnering with Wines from Rioja to offer independent retailers the chance of an all-expenses paid trip to some of the most respected and innovative bodegas in the beautiful Rioja region.       

The Scottish Green Party has launched it own brand of craft beer in the run up to May’s elections.

Supermarkets need to mimic the success of independents and the on-trade in exciting consumers with diversified ranges if they are to return to growth, supplier Enotria and Coe has warned.

The government must cut the duty on wine and spirits by 2%, two influential MPs have said.

The days of cheap Prosecco could be numbered as the base price has risen by around a quarter in the past year, a leading importer has warned.

Leading independent beer retailers have stopped listing beers from London’s Camden Town Brewery following the company’s takeover by Stella Artois and Beck’s brewer AB-Inbev.

We are entering a golden age for wine gadgetry that will pique the interest of new consumers and help maintain the category’s future prosperity, according to a leading buyer.

 The government must act to save Britain’s cider makers, MPs were told at a Parliamentary reception last night.

AB InBev has accepted a £1.8 billion bid from Japan’s Asahi brewing group for four beer brands including Peroni and Grolsch.

Family-owned distillers William Grant & Sons has appointed whisky writer Alwynne Gwilt as whisky specialist and brand ambassador for its Ancient Reserves portfolio.

The Advertising Standards Authority has ordered multiple retailer Iceland to withdraw an ad for the Fat Bastard wine brand.

The drink-driving limit in England and Wales could be lowered to match the tougher stance taken in Scotland, according to media reports.

Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings is nearing a deal to buy European beer brands Grolsch and Peroni, as reported in Reuters today.

The Friday Beer Company has raised £93.5k of the £150k it is seeking to fund its ambitious expansion project.

UK consumers are losing their retail loyalty and are increasingly willing to shop at a wider range of stores if it means saving money, the latest retail figures from market analysts Nielsen suggest.

The government’s official response to its consultation exercise on Sunday Trading, published today, has been angrily dismissed by the Association of Convenience Stores.

Foley Family Wines has acquired the Chalone Estate Vineyard in Monterey County, California from Diageo for an undisclosed sum.

Sales of Rioja wines set a new record last year with a total of 388 million bottles sold, aided by the region’s strategy to boost its focus on both white and aged wines.

Sales of Franciacorta premium Italian sparkling wine were up 7.1% domestically and 7.5% in export across 2015, the region’s winemakers’ governing body, Franciacorta Consorzio, has announced.

Armit Wines has added winery Castello di Buttrio to its Italian portfolio, as part of a strategic category review designed to boost its range of quality white wines and indigenous northern Italian varieties.

A rosé from Champagne Lanson’s portfolio has been hailed as the UK’s best-selling Rose Champagne, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The Sussex-based Nyetimber winery has acquired a neighbouring 44-ha site in West Chiltington to help fulfil its expansion plans.

Diageo is to launch a limited-edition run of Johnnie Walker Blue Label to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year.

Sharps Cornish brewery is to be the headline partner for the second annual London Beer Week, which runs from February 22 to 28.

Casillero del Diablo has renewed its partnership with Sky Movies after a record year of sales in 2015.

The Scotch Whisky Association made its case for a further 2% cut in spirits duty directly to the Treasury this week.

The UK government’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, has urged women to contemplate the risk of developing breast cancer every time they consider having glass of wine.

Le Vignoble's owners collect their award

Aldi, Waitrose and We Brought Beer were among the big winners at the Drinks Retailing Awards, which were presented at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday.

The Association of Convenience Stores has condemned the government’s tactics on its controversial deregulation of the country’s Sunday trading laws.

Copestick Murray’s i heart Prosecco posted 85% growth across 2015 to become the largest Prosecco brand in the impulse sector, according to data from Nielsen.

The Association of Convenience Stores has called on the chancellor, George Osborne, to do more support local retailers.

Conviviality Retail is on course to meet its expansion target of opening 50 new Bargain Booze and Wine Rack store in 2015-16 financial year.

AB InBev is following through on its commitment to ensuring 20% of its global beer are low-to-no alcohol by 2020 with the release of Beck’s Blue Lemon in the UK.

There’s A Beer For That, the brewing industry campaign to revive the popularity of beer in Britain, has secured a further £5 million in funding.

A former licensing sergeant has branded Wirral council “disgraceful” and accused it of flouting licensing laws in its bid to roll out a Reducing the Strength scheme in the area.

Free Run Wines has created a new brand of AOP Bergerac wines called Le Village Anglais and will present them at the upcoming France Under One Roof tasting.

An Englishman who found fame with a viral video instructing people how to open a bottle of wine with a shoe is hoping to make his six-litre Imperials of Provence rosé the drink of choice at parties and BBQs this summer.

Kopparberg hopes to win over drinkers that find lager too bitter and fruit cider too sweet with its new lemon and limed flavoured fruit lager.

Organic sales at global drinks giant Diageo were up 1.8% for the second half of last year, the company has revealed.

Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled the first in a series of new expressions for its Speyside Longmorn whisky.

Last year’s 2% cut on excise duty helped the Treasury increase its take from the tax on UK spirits sales by 4% to £96 million, new figures reveal.

Leading UK wholesaler Bestway is keeping ahead of rapidly changing tastes in the marketplace with the launch of a number of new wine ranges.

Wine trade supergroup Skin Côntact is returning this year after raising more than £10,000 for Comic Relief in a 2015 charity gig.

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Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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