Griffiths: this concerns many MPs

MPs have warned the competition watchdog they will not stop pounding on its door over Reducing the Strength schemes after it suggested they are not an urgent enough priority to act upon.

The American Craft Beer Company is to sell Colorado’s Crazy Mountain Brewing Company’s range of beers in the UK.

Moët & Chandon has created three new packages for its Rosé Impérial cuvée to form its 2016 Valentine Collection.

A Brighton-based craft beer retailer has revealed plans for off-trade expansion just nine months after opening, in addition to its attempts to move into the on-trade.

Ahead of the upcoming Austrian Wine tasting at the Institute of Directors in London on February 8, we caught up with Willi Klinger, managing director at the generic body, to get the lowdown on Austrian wine.

Leading Spanish Cava producer, Vilarnau is to launch two limited-edition labels for its Brut Reserva and Brut Reserva Rosado in the UK.

Virgin Wines saw a 12% uplift in sales over the Christmas period, the online retailer has announced.

Majestic Wine put together a panel of almost 200 beer-loving shoppers and tasked them with choosing the next brew to join its range.

Aldi customers can now buy their wines online, the discount retailer announced today.

Diageo will offer consumers detailed calorific and nutritional information about its range of brands, the group has announced.

Enotria has rebranded as Enotria & Coe after buying out Coe Vintners in August, and the new firm’s portfolio will be presented at a tasting in London on February 23.

Think Gin will return to London for its second year on March 1.

The Society of Independent Brewers has added new categories for best independent craft beer retailer and best independent craft beer promotion in the off-trade.

Three leading industry bodies in the brewing sector have written jointly to MPs this week asking them to support an Early Day Motion calling for a one penny cut in beer duty in the forthcoming Budget on March 16.

Ultra-premium vodka Cîroc has unveiled a limited edition bottle to tie in the with release of Zoolander 2, starring Ben Stiller in the title role.

Brown-Forman is to sell its Southern Comfort and Tuaca brands to Sazerac for £378 million, the company announced today.

Naturally occuring chemicals found in red wine, tea, berries and fruits can help ward off erectile dysfuction, a major new study has found.

The Association of Convenience Stores briefed MPs this week as part of its ongoing campaign against the introduction of the National Living Wage.

The Vintners’ Benevolent Award for 2016 has been awarded to Caspar and Victoria Bowes, founders of the online wine auction site GrapePip.

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has been confirmed as the Official Partner of the annual Craft Beer Rising beer festival, which takes place on 26 and 27 February in London’s Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane.

Nottingham’s Left Coast Distribution has increased its range of American beers by adding ten new products from Seattle’s Two Beers brewery.

A Conservative MP has called on “misguided” local councils to stop demonising the cider industry by promoting Reducing the Strength schemes.

Big consumer spending in the Christmas week brought some good news for the UK’s supermarkets, according to consumer information analysts Nielsen, with sales up 8% to £3.3bn.

Japanese brewer Asahi is mulling over a £2.4 billion bid for SABMiller brands Grolsch and Peroni.

The beers, wines and spirits categories posted strong enough growth in the two weeks of Christmas and New Year to offset disappointing results elsewhere in food, according to the latest figures from IRI.

Heathwick, the import, distribution and brand-building specialist, is to launch a new US craft IPA on the UK market.

A substantial uplift in sparkling wine sales helped drive strong growth at the Southern Co-operative over the Christmas and New Year period.

The government’s new guidelines on healthy drinking, published today, have met with a mixed reception from the drinks industry.

HMRC has broken up a conspiracy to flood the UK with illicit cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol, which was organised from a prison cell.

Curious Brew lager from Kent’s Chapel Down winery was the bestselling craft beer at Waitrose over the Christmas season, posting sales growth of 116% at the multiple retailer across 2015.

Majestic Wine plc has posted strong sales growth for the ten-week Christmas trading period.

Armit Wines has added boutique New Zealand winery Stonecroft to its portfolio and claims it will now be distributing “some of the finest Syrah in the New World”.

AB InBev is to offer UK consumers full calorific information on its products, the global brewing giant has announced.

The drinks aisles boomed in the Christmas fortnight, according to the latest figures from data analysts IRI.

Police are investigating an overnight attack on the Riverland Vintners winery in Monash, South Australia, which saw four insulated temperature-controlled storage tanks containing 1.2 million litres of red wine deliberately emptied overnight.

Alcohol-free beer is gaining in popularity in the UK, according to new research from AB InBev UK.

The HMRC’s Alcohol Wholesaler Registratation Scheme is now operational.

Discount retailer Lidl is to stock English wine for the first time, the company has revealed.

Treasury Wine Estates’ UK portfolio will now include Blossom Hill after it completed the £362 million purchase of Diageo’s wine division.

Pernod Ricard UK has again partnered with the AA on its Christmas anti drink-driving campaign.

Borough Wines has opened a pop-up shop in Islington, before refurbishing and opening as a permanent store site in the New Year.

The Christmas gift market has untapped potential for white spirits producers, especially at the craft end of the market, according to research from Mintel.

William Grant & Sons chief executive Stella David is to leave the family-owned business in February, it is reported.

The Scottish Whisky Association is to partner with Scotland Food and Drink in a new initiative to help expand Scottish exports.

Australian winemaker De Bortoli is to launch a new wine range into the UK in January aimed at the impulse market, the multiples and specialist wine merchants.

Three month’s after selling its c-store chain of M Local shops, Morrisons is piloting a new range of convenience stores.

The Good Wine Shop and Adnams have been named the best Rioja retailers in the UK in a competition run by the Spanish region’s generic body.

Hardys and Echo Falls owner Accolade Wines has muscled into the retail market by opening its own wine shop near its head office in Weybridge, Surrey.

The Cotswolds Distillery reached the minimum funding target in its Angels’ Share crowdfunding round in just one week.

Over £6.4 billion will be spent spent at the UK’s leading supermarkets in the two weeks to Christmas, according to global information and insights giant Nielsen.

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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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