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Burgundy has had a number of difficult harvests but 2020 could be a huge year for fans of this wine region, according to Majestic Wine buyer, Nadia Williamson.

The Australian wine sector had a difficult start to 2020 with bushfires followed by the challenges posed by coronavirus, but Majestic Wine is seeing growing evidence that its customers are rallying round to support the nation’s wine producers.

The UK may have spent the whole of April 2020 in lockdown but the spectacular weather throughout the month, alongside early signs of interest in Majestic Wine’s revamped wine ranges, helped drive sales of the retailer’s rosé wines.

Majestic Wines sells one bottle of wine from New Zealand for every bottle sold from America, Australia and South America put together.

Jeroboams has launched a revamped and “newly transactional” website.

Majestic Wine has reported early signs that its new 2020 wine ranges have been a hit, despite its customers being in lockdown, and it says each of the revamped categories is recording year-on-year growth.

BWS sales through the off-trade grew 42% in the week after the Easter break, driven by strong sales of beer and cider.

Berry Bros & Rudd is launching a special mixed case of wine designed to raise funds for the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. For every case sold the retailer will donate £25 to the appeal.

Majestic Wine has revealed details of a number of changes to key personnel, as the business prepares for its new chapter.

James Reed has been appointed as buying manager for wine at Tesco.

Sainsbury’s has reported it could close stores if the £500 million cost of the pandemic grows any bigger.

Beers, wines and spirits (BWS) was the fastest growing online grocery category in terms for the last four weeks of lockdown, according to recent data.

Marks & Spencer has released a range of own-label wines priced at £5 per bottle.

Beer shops across the UK are fearful about the future of the UK high street, alongside concerns about their ability to continue to operate as delivery-only businesses if the lockdown period is extended further.

Berry Bros & Rudd is pre-selling wines from two of its smaller producers, offering its customers the chance to buy early at a reduced cost.

Aldi has teamed up with TV mixologist Pritesh Mody to recreate “an impressive collection of world-class cocktails”, but at a fraction of the price. 

Britons spent £160 million less on Easter than in 2019 but alcohol sales for the bank holiday weekend surged 29%.

Waitrose has announced it will continue to assess its existing BWS packaging while also seeking out packaging innovations as part of its efforts to become the “leading sustainable retailer in the UK”.

A convenience store retailer has brought forward plans to open a new store in order to provide more support to the local community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Majestic has unveiled a number of new wines including “interesting parcels at the lower-premium end” as well as “brilliant wines lost to the range over recent years”, which the company has now brought back in. 

Off-trade alcohol sales saw another spike in sales in week two of the UK's Covid-19 lockdown according to new data from Nielsen.

The Wine Society is now open for business again having made “vital changes to its warehouse operations” to ensure the safety of its staff.

Online drinks retailer 31Dover recorded a sharp increase in sales through March 2020 and it said it is now “sharing its online direct-to-consumer lifeline” with wholesalers and brands who were solely reliant on the on-trade.

The contactless payment limit in shops is increasing to £45 from today as part of measures to stem the spread of coronavirus, while rises to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage also come into force today. 

British consumers made more than 79 million extra grocery shopping trips in the last four weeks, with total till sales at supermarkets surging to 20.5%, according to data released by Nielsen.

Vinterest has launched its new website offering consumers across the country access to wine deliveries from London merchants.

Berry Bros & Rudd said it is seeing “incredibly strong” demand for wine deliveries and it recently recorded its biggest online sales day to date.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed an announcement from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which extends the deadline for filling all accounts by three months for businesses that have been affected by Covid-19.

The government has confirmed off-licences and shops licensed to sell alcohol have been added to its list of “essential businesses” and can remain open during the coronavirus lockdown measures.

The drinks industry is currently awaiting guidance on what classifies as an “essential” business, following the Government’s new guidelines yesterday, whereby all shops selling “non-essential goods” will be closed down with immediate effect.