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Two of the UK’s best-performing wine suppliers will officially merge on January 1 to create a new company called Freixenet-Copestick.

Borough Wines is ramping up its focus on wholesale as it bids to become a leading supplier of wines on tap.

Brothers that evaded paying £3.6 million in tax by distributing illicit beer, wine and spirits across the UK have been jailed for a total of 12 years.

The managing director of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack is leaving the group to take up a senior role at Pets at Home.

Diageo GB managing director Charles Ireland is leaving the business after a 20-year stay and travel retail boss Dayalan Nayager will replace him.

Edrington Beam Suntory has appointed former Diageo Reserve Brands supremo Nick Temperley as its new general manager for London.

Beer, cider and spirits all enjoyed a duty freeze as the Chancellor delivered his autumn budget statement, but wine was hit by an RPI increase.

Shares in AB Inbev dropped by 11% after it announced it will cut its dividend in half in a bid to bring down its debt.

Bancroft Wines has bolstered its portfolio with 167-year-old Barossa Valley producer Seppeltsfield and it will relaunch the wines into the UK market this month.

Michelle Brampton is taking over as the new managing director for Treasury Wine Estates’ UK and European business from November 1.

Whisk(e)y accounts for 21% of all UK spirits sales and it dominates the off-trade channel, but there is still a massive opportunity to grow the category further. It vastly under-trades among female consumers and younger adults, and retailers can reap the rewards if they compose exciting ranges that appeal to a broader demographic. For that reason we decided to launch Think Whisky, building on the success of our popular Think Gin and Think Rum events, in order to help them share best practice.

This April the dam levels in the Western Cape slumped to a low of just 18% and South Africans were bracing themselves for Day Zero.

Leading investors gathered at the Mayfair Hotel last week to listen to Cam Battley, chief corporate officer at Canadian firm Aurora Cannabis, wax lyrical about the marijuana industry’s vast potential. Make no mistake, this is going to become a large, global industry, bigger than global brewing,” he said. And I’ll tell you why. Beer has no legitimate medical applications, no matter what we tell ourselves on a Friday evening.”

Tom Jago: 1925-2018

16 October, 2018

Drinks industry pioneer and Baileys Irish Cream co-creator Tom Jago has died at the age of 93 after a short stay in hospital.

Drinks retailers are feeling bullish about their chances of thriving during the upcoming Christmas trading period, according to our reader survey.

Convenience retailers have a glorious opportunity to boost sales in the days between Christmas and New Year, according to a leading retailer. 

Oddbins is putting its faith in New World wines in the run-up to Christmas as it bids to offer its customers good value for money.

Premium bottled ale needs to innovate to avoid meeting the same fate as the tanking blended Scotch whisky category, according to a leading buyer.

Lebanon’s oldest winery has celebrated its 160th anniversary by going back to its roots and launching a 100% Merwah.

The UK’s largest wine supplier is branching out into the gin category with the launch of Stone’s ginger gin.

The Times has laid into Sheffield University academics in a scathing editorial that ridicules their demand for Public Health England to end its partnership with Drinkaware.

Greene King has secured the exclusive UK distribution rights for Spanish lager brand Estrella Galicia.

Winter is coming and Johnnie Walker has launched a limited edition whisky to cash in on the enduring popularity of hit show Game of Thrones.

Chapel Down has reported 15% year-on-year sales growth for the six months to June 30, 2018, as demand for its wine and spirits has soared.

Distell has unveiled six new limited-edition malt whiskies from a range of distilleries it owns across Scotland.

TV star Brian Cox has teamed up with brewer JW Lees to launch a zesty amber ale called Cosmic Brew.

Students drink an average of 14 shots during the course of Freshers’ Week, according to new research from herbal liqueur brand Jägermeister.

London retailer Real Ale has helped Marks & Spencer overhaul its own-label beer range in time for the key Christmas trading period.

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”.

The burgeoning UK gin category has surged past the £1.6 billion mark after sales grew 38% in the past year.