British wines can fill the demand for cheap, entry- level products and stop hard-up consumers abandoning the category, according to Broadland Wineries.

Kopparberg Swedish cider is bringing “Scandinavian cool” to the UK with a £4 million blast of activity including creating an urban forest in London.

Football fan Gerard Basset MW takes a break from watching the World Cup to help award-winning chef Sophie Wright create food and wine matches for people that have no appetite for loud pubs showing the beautiful game in two new videos.

Strong sales growth has seen alcoholic drinks emerge as the best performing FMCG category of the past year – and the trend looks set to continue as retailers prepare for the World Cup and a summer heatwave.

Visitor numbers to the London Wine Fair rose 11% to 11,247 after organiser Brintex returned it to its spiritual home at Kensington Olympia.

Bibendum wants to increase the share of its business going to off-trade multiple retailers.

The Morrisons wine team is bullish about its future prospects despite criticism for launching the controversial three-for-£10 promotion and scrapping its dedicated wine website.

Kingsland Wines & Spirits has dismissed claims that bulk shipping and UK bottling has peaked and will drop off in the years ahead.

A leading supplier claims the best way to grow the wine category is to make it easier for consumers with simple innovations, such as ageing wine for them in a controlled environment.

French wine has been tipped to make a big comeback this year as Britons emerge from the recession with more money to spend on luxury items.

Brewdog has said it will open a further four Bottledog beer shops by the end of 2014.

Blavod vodka firm Distil has reported an operating loss of £367,000 and falling sales.

Bristol Cider Shop has begun offering a Cider Festival in a Box service to on-trade customers in a bid to build custom during the World Cup.

The Whisky Shop has appointed former Whyte & Mackay chief executive John Beard as a non-executive director.

Ardbeg is producing a limited edition whisky to mark its support for a community project on Islay, where the Scotch whisky distillery is based.

Italian wine producer Borgo del Tiglio has signed a distribution deal with the importer which first represented it in the UK almost 20 years ago.

Wines of Rioja has reported record wine sales for 2013 and said that the UK remains its most important export market with 328,000 hl shipped to the UK.

Bath Ales has signed a distribution deal with Bibendum Wine for its Beerd craft brewery, set up a year ago.

Heineken is investing £108 million to increase capacity at its Manchester brewery and Hereford cider plant to deal with increased demand for its products.

Halewood International has launched a new bottle design for its Caribbean Twist pre-mixed cocktails and added Peach Paradise flavour to the range.

Hardys has signed up to sponsor the 2014 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta after winning the naming rights to the event in a competition.

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Global Brands has released a Raspberry & Nettle variant of its Hoopers RTD.

The Shepton Mallet Cider Mill has launched a competition giving one consumer the chance to win his or her height in cases of Natch dry cider.

Grant’s Scotch whisky has launched a £1 million marketing campaign in which it teams up with sporting legends Sir Geoff Hurst, Gordon Banks and Archie Gemmill to share insights and achievements.

Glenfiddich has released a range of Father’s Day gift packs. 

Waitrose has teamed up with craft brewery Thornbridge to find the country’s best home brew and will reward it with a listing.

Greene King is giving consumers the chance to win a holiday in Rio de Janeiro and launching a new beer to celebrate the World Cup.

A Kronenbourg 1664 ad featuring Eric Cantona championing the hero hop farmers of Alsace has been cleared by the advertising watchdog after an appeal. 

Stevens Garnier has moved into the low-alcohol category with the launch of the Light Mateus range of 5.5% abv wines.

Neil McGuigan has launched a 2010 Cabernet Shiraz retailing at £100 into the UK market in a bid to recapture the finesse of Australian claret from the 1970s. 

Tesco wine boss Dan Jago claims the trade’s future success relies on its ability to embrace multi- channel retailing as consumers seek more diverse ways to buy wine beyond the “pile it high” era of selling in-store.

Morrisons has taken its first step into the controversial three-for-£10 wine promotion mechanic – despite rivals having killed it off for damaging profits.

Two fast-growing discounter chains have been tipped as major players in the future of drinks retailing.

Who decides which wines are sold, bought and drunk in the UK off-trade? Who determines where they come from, how they are made and how much they cost?

Oddbins has bought back 20 Nicolas stores from Spirited Wines to bring its estate to 54 as it ramps up plans to rebuild the business as a 300-strong national chain.

Sales of own-label Italian fizz have surged by 90%, making it nearly twice the size of the market for own-label Champagne.

Australian wines may be pushed into the sub-£5 bargain basement as a glut in surplus forces prices down.

Wine sales are in the pink for summer with a series of launches.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne is making its first stand-alone appearance at next week’s London Wine Fair at Olympia with an Airstream trailer.

Mouton Cadet aims to become the market leader for the UK’s Bordeaux wine category after returning to Britain with listings at Majestic and Morrisons.

Waitrose is set to roll out its deli and wine concept after successful trials in more than a dozen stores.

Booths’ new wine buyer Victoria Anderson is set to update the northern supermarket’s own-label range with some New World additions.

A Nisa convenience store operator in north east England has taken on franchises for two Bargain Booze stores.

Accolade has launched an online wine shop to sell premium Australian wines direct to consumers.

Campo Viejo Tempranillo has grown 25% in value in the past year and is now third bestselling wine SKU in the off-trade (Nielsen, year to April 26).

Pernod Ricard is offering shoppers the chance to add personalised Father’s Day messages to bottles of three of its bestselling whiskies.

South African wine sales have risen 18% in value and 15% in volume (Nielsen, year to February 1) in the UK off-trade.

Winemaker and consultant Paul Hobbs, who has wineries in California and Argentina, has teamed up with Cahors’ Bertrand Vigouroux to launch a Malbec from the region. 

Berry Bros & Rudd has given its warehouse store in Basingstoke a makeover and it will reopen this week with a larger range of wines and spirits.

Scotch whisky, bourbon and beer are set for a push in stores across the UK as sons and daughters prepare to treat their dads this Father’s Day.

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