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Majestic Wine has launched a range of sakes in a bid “make rice nice for wine drinkers who may be stuck in Merlot and Sauvignon ruts”.

Berry Bros & Rudd has reported that operating profit fell 74.8% to £1.6 million in the year to March 31, 2018.

Hop Burns & Black has removed Beavertown beers from its shelves despite two of the brewer’s brands accounting for 8% of its turnover from beer.

Wine merchant Jeroboams is sponsoring the Financial Times’ Weekend Live Festival and it will pour wines for thousands of guests from a pop-up shop and bar.

Tesco and Asda are going head-to-head with 25% off wine offers in a bid to drive footfall during the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend.

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack franchisees will now be able to source 10% of drinks from outside of the company under franchise agreements.

Waitrose has reported soaring sales of organic wine and it now claims to enjoy a 60% share of the UK market.

Online retailer Winebuyers now lists more than 400 English wines sourced from 14 different counties.

Costcutter has reported a 28% rise in summer sales of Heineken brands after teaming up with the supplier for a competition called Golden Balls.

The Co-op’s beer and cider sales grew by 21% year on year over the past nine weeks, attributed to the World Cup and heatwave. 

The firm behind online retailer 31Dover.com and supplier Vanquish Wine is using its ecommerce expertise to branch out into the world of drinks marketing.

Corks Out founder Ruth Yates will step down from her role as chief executive at the Cheshire-based retail chain in September.

London fine wine merchant BI reported 6.1% revenue growth in the first half of 2018 thanks to increased demand for US wines, Burgundy and Champagne.

Aldi and Fallen Brewery have teamed up to launch two exclusive craft beers to capitalise on the growing demand for interesting brews in Scotland.

Independent drinks stores of all sorts can now enter the Drinks Retailing Awards 2019.

Trading in Conviviality shares was suspended this morning after it identified a need for short-term funding to pay a VAT bill due on March 29.

Conviviality’s share price took a further hit today as it confirmed the detailed effect of a profit warning issued last week.

PASS proof-of-age cards are being redesigned to include the logos of the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Security Industry Authority.

The Bestway cash and carry group has set up a van sales operation from the remnants of the Snacksdirect and Sweetsdirect businesses of the failed P&H Group.

Majestic Wine has made a series of predictions for drinks trends in 2018.

The Association of Convenience Stores has given evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, raising concerns about the practicality, cost and effectiveness of a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles in the UK.

The Welsh government has introduced plans for minimum unit pricing of alcohol.

Majestic Wine has appointed David Stead as an independent non-executive director, with effect from November 1.

More than half of retailers have colleagues from the EU who are concerned about their right to remain in the UK after Brexit, a report from the British Retail Consortium has shown.

Majestic has relaunched its website with a feature to give customers a say on what wines the retailer stocks.

North west England supermarket group Booths is looking to further increase the contribution of own-label to its wine range with a number of autumn launches.

John Colley is to step down as managing director of Majestic Wine’s retail division.

Majestic Wine saw like-for-like sales of 7.5% in its retail division in the 10 weeks to January 2.

A study by Nielsen shows that British shoppers are among most likely in the world to carry a loyalty card but some of the least likely to use them.

Marks & Spencer is to increase its presence in high street drinks retailing by ploughing ahead with plans to open 200 new Simply Food stores.