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Andy Cresswell has been tasked with ushering in a brave new era at Bestway Retail after a tumultuous couple of years for franchisees and staff.

Producers are pushing pink drinks as they bid to boost sales in the build up to Mother’s Day on May 31.

The team at Vivir is bidding to turn tequila into a mainstream spirits category in the UK by spreading the gospel about its craft, provenance and versatility.

Treasury Wine Estates is bidding to tap into the gin craze by launching Blossom Hill Gin Fizz into the UK market.

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.

Retailers and brewers fear that new Portman Group guidance around single-serve cans could damage the momentum of craft beer.

Fuller’s head brewer Georgina Young is moving to the West Country to take over Bath Ales’ brewing operations at St Austell.

Ross O’Hara’s meteoric rise to prominence in the beer industry continues apace as he has been named head brewer at Greene King.

London fine wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd has taken on a mezcal for the first time in its 320-year-old history.

31Dover co-founder Jimmy Metta has launched an online trading platform that allows wholesalers and retailers to sell excess stock and plug gaps in their ranges.

The most exciting opportunity for the rum industry to grow UK sales lies in educating more consumers and trade professionals about the myriad wonders within the category. Too few people fully appreciate its breadth, depth and versatility at a huge range of price points. We therefore decided to make education the chief focus of our big debate at the fourth annual Think Rum event in London this month. 

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.

Treasury Wine Estates is launching a brand called Embrazen into the UK market as it bids to win over more millennial consumers.

Think France is poised to become the ultimate one-stop shop for all French wine buyers bidding to maximise sales in this vital category.

Just before Christmas a single bottle of Penfolds Grange 1951 became the most expensive Australian wine ever sold at auction, fetching a cool £44,000. It is interesting to note that the iconic Penfolds brand, beloved of fabulously rich oenophiles, sits in a portfolio alongside Blossom Hill White Zinfandel, the UK’s bestselling rosé. Boosting sales of both brands, positioned at diametrically opposing ends of the market, is the challenge facing Michelle Brampton, who has just taken over from Tom King as managing director for Europe at Treasury Wine Estates.

An appearance on top TV show Dragon’s Den saw the owners of Didsbury gin gain a £75,000 investment. Martin Green catches up with the duo to see what the future holds

DRN gets the lowdown on how wine branding has changed over the years from expert Abigail Barlow.

Beefeater is bidding to capitalise on the soaring popularity of flavoured gin by launching a new Blood Orange variant.

The UK’s rare whisky auction market saw sales rise 62.7% to a record £40.7 million in 2018 as collectors snapped up more than 100,000 bottles.

Award-winning drinks design agency BD Creative has been renamed as Barlow & Co as it celebrates its 21st birthday. Abigail Barlow set up the firm back in 1998 and it has since worked with leading retailers including Asda and Spar, large global brands such as McGuigan and boutique producers like Jenkyn Place in Hampshire. We caught up with Barlow to find out her reflections on the past 21 years, her vision for the future and her advice for retailers bidding to create an exciting and visibly appealing wine range.

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.

Absolut is targeting vodka lovers with a limited-edition bottle that has hit shelves in time for Valentine’s Day.

Children’s exposure to TV alcohol advertising declined by 62.5% between 2013 and 2017, according to a new report from the Advertising Standards Authority.

The amount of wine produced in Britain shot up by 160% in 2018 as the country bathed in glorious summer weather.

The UK has signed a trade deal with Chile to ensure continuity between the two countries once Brexit finally takes place.

Every year the International Cider Challenge recognises and rewards the wide range of superb ciders produced across the world.

Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham has secured a listing at Waitrose for his eponymous wine range.