Baileys has unveiled a major new campaign to drive consumer awareness and sales through the vital Christmas trading period.

November will see the first Indian Wine Fair to be launched in London.

The award-winning Peterborough-based Oakham Ales has announced major expansion plans.

Martell has commissioned a new design for its iconic Cordon Bleu cognac from London agency Nude Brand Creation.

Wines from Rioja is set to launch its selection of the top 100 Rioja wines at a special tasting event for the trade in November.

Edrington has appointed Edinburgh-based The Leith Agency to handle all global above-the-line, below-the-line and digital activation for its iconic The Famous Grouse brand.

The Black Sheep Brewery is to repackage another of its leading ales to further drive recognition and sales.

Copestick Murray has created four new senior roles as it continues its rapid growth.

The Meantime Brewing Company has announced plans to close its Old Brewery restaurant and microbrewery at Greenwich’s Royal Naval College.

Holland’s Bavaria Brewery has been awarded the prestigious IMD-Lombard Odier Global Family Business Award.

Private labels are driving the growth in drink sales at Aldi and Lidl, according to the latest figures from Nielsen.

Winter is coming. And with it, news of the annual Côtes du Rhône Wines quiz night.

The Kent-based Chapel Down Winery is seeking to raise at least £1 million in a round of crowdfunding for its Curious Drinks brewing subsidiary.

Hop House 13, the latest innovation from Guinness, is being launched in the UK market.

Consumers are spending on average 3.3% less per visit than they were a year ago, according to the latest figures from global information and insights company Nielsen.

The prime minister, David Cameron, has been blasted as “ill-informed” and “incorrect” over Sunday trading, by the Association of Convenience Stores.

Stolichnaya is redesigning the primary packaging of its Premium vodka for the first time since its launch in 1938.

Maverick Drinks is launching its hottest chilli vodka yet onto the UK market.

Japanese brewer Asahi is launching Super Dry Black, a dark lager brand into the UK market.

Grand Marnier has announced the latest in limited edition collection range.

Distell, the South Africa-based wine and spirits producer, has repackaged its award-winning range of Nederburg wines.

Corwnall-based Healeys Cyder Farm is launching a new mulled cider with an eye to the approaching winter.

One of the oldest estates in Stellenbosch is returning to the UK with its range of super-premium wines after a seven-year absence.

Shockwaves from the proposed merger between the two largest breweries in the world, announced earlier this week, continue to reverberate around the sector.

The UK market for premium lagers, beers and ciders is likely to grow steadily for the next five years, sector analysts have predicted.

Adnams has opened a shop and café in Bury St Edmunds.

BrewDog, Scotland’s leading independent brewery, has launched what it believes is the world’s strongest canned beer.

Ireland’s Rye River Brewing Company, producer of the McGargles family of craft beers, is to invest €4m over the next three years in a new craft brewery and visitor centre.

Aston Manor Cider is targeting the small-batch premium craft cider market with the launch of Friel’s First Press Vintage.

The board of SABMiller yesterday agreed in principle to accept AB InBev’s revised offer of £44 a share.

Beer, wines and spirits (BWS) has been among the hardest-hit categories as supermarkets culled their ranges this year, according to new research.

A rift between the major shareholders at SABMiller is widening as the deadline for AB InBev’s £70bn takeover approaches.

Carlsberg loses UK CEO

12 October, 2015

James Lousada, chief executive of Carlsberg UK, has left the company.

Former Scottish & Newscastle and C&C Group chief executive John Dunsmore has opened a craft brewery in his home city of Edinburgh.

Waitrose has become the first British supermarket to stock an English dessert wine, after listing Denbies 2014 Noble Harvest Ortega.

Armagnac distillation has begun today (October 8) – a record early start for the spirit.

ASA bans Strongbow ad

08 October, 2015

A Youtube ad for Strongbow in which a drinker refers to the cider as his “other half” has been banned for making alcohol look too important.

A waiter from Kilburn has won Oddbins’ amateur wine tasting competition The Palate, which has been dubbed the X Factor for wine lovers.

The majority of consumers want more action to overturn Reducing the Strength schemes and are concerned councils are limiting the drinks they can buy.

Conviviality Retail boss Diana Hunter has said the group is open to expansion into off-trade wholesaling beyond its core Bargain Booze and Wine Rack estate following the acquisition of Matthew Clark.

The South African wine industry needs to up its game and introduce more brands and premium tiers, it has been warned.

Accolade Wines is recruiting for a new UK head following Paul Schaafsma’s promotion to chief executive officer.

HM Revenue & Customs has delayed the implementation of the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme until the new year because of IT issues.

Aldi is moving into independents’ territory with a growing focus on smaller drinks suppliers and is planning to sell wine online from early next year.

Older drinkers are becoming the target of awareness programmes as charities focus on the “hidden problem” of over-50s drinking.

Spar to expand wine range

02 October, 2015

Spar is responding to demand for more expensive wines and wider choice from convenience shoppers with the introduction of seven new own-label wines to its core range.

The government is being urged to champion the English wine industry after a fact-finding visit to a leading Sussex vineyard by a group of MPs.

Aldi is to start selling wine online in the new year.

Accolade Wines UK general manager Paul Schaafsma has been named the company’s new chief executive.

Majestic has appointed a managing director for its retail division, responsible for the group’s 211 shops including its Calais store.

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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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