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31Dover owner DMD Ventures has unveiled plans to grow turnover to £50 million by 2022 after completing two private investment rounds and investing in new technology.

US investment giant Fortress is believed to have joined rival bidders in the £100 million battle for Majestic Wines store portfolio.

The Co-op has pledged to experiment more with different wine formats in future after expanding its range of cans, 50cl bottles and minibottles.

Nisa Retail has expanded its craft beer offering with access to more than 100 UK producers, as a result of a partnership with online distributor, EeBria Trade.

A number of investors are reported to be interested in buying the Majestic Wines’ 200-strong retail estate, following the announcement in March that the company plans to change its corporate name to Naked Wines with increased focus on its online business.

Waitrose said it enjoyed strong wine sales in January by treating it with the same care and attention as any other month.

Waitrose has taken on a beer created by university students as a business project.

Britons spent £41 million on Prosecco in the four weeks leading up to Easter, according to Nielsen.

The Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA's) decision to block the merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda is short-sighted, according to a supply chain and logistics expert.

The Majestic Wine store in Wakefield has been transformed into a Naked Wines showroom as part of a trial from the group.

Aldi has relaunched some of the most popular Scottish craft gin and beer brands from the in-store festivals it hosted last year.

Drinkly has appointed a Director of Business Operations and a Brand Partnership Manager to help drive its ambitious growth plans.

Borough Wines is embarking on a franchise scheme for its retail estate as the business continues to ramp up its focus on wholesale. 

Tesco has reported a 28% jump in profits as its turnaround plan nears completion.

The Oxford Wine Company has taken on Nancy Gilchrist MW as a consultant for the business.

We Brought Beer has been forced to bid farewell to its iconic store near Clapham Junction due to the landlord’s “unreasonable rent terms”.

The Bottle Shop has called in the administrators and made all employees redundant after sales dipped “well under forecast” during the winter trading period.

Majestic Wine’s managing director Joshua Lincoln has written to all customers in a bid "explain the big picture" beyond today's headlines. 

Majestic shares fell off a cliff this morning after the group announced plans to shut an undisclosed number of stores in a sweeping revamp of its business.

Independent retailer Real Ale has chosen Notting Hill as the venue for its third store as it continues to expand across the capital.

Gin has overtaken whisky as the largest category by volume at online retailer Master of Malt after enjoying huge sales growth over the past year. “It continues to grow and it occupies a large part of my day,” says head buyer Guy Hodcroft. “We’ve been watching it over the past few years catching up, and now it has overtaken, which is really exciting.

Aldi has turned to Devon to source its first English still wine and its Exquisite Collection Lyme Block will be released in time for summer.

Online drinks delivery retailer Drinkly is set to expand into eight new cities in 2019.

Humble Grape has hit its crowdfunding target, enabling it to accelerate growth by opening one to two new sites each year.

Independent retailers can win a trip to the Languedoc by taking part in the UK’s first ever Printemps du Languedoc promotion.

Bestway has reaffirmed its commitment to making a success of high street drinks retailing amid challenging times for this sector of the market.

Morrisons, The Co-op, Waitrose, Hedonism and Tesco were among the big winners as we rewarded excellence at the 2019 Drinks Retailing Awards at The Dorchester.

The Oddbins off-licence chain has officially gone into administration, putting around 500 jobs at risk.

The trade has reacted with sadness and concern to the news that Oddbins has lined up administrators following an “extremely tough” Christmas trading period.