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Jay Wright runs one of the UK’s most successful online wine retailers, Virgin Wines, which has more than 120 staff, a turnover of £40 million and north of 200,000 customers.

The English wine industry will continue to flourish for many years as long as new producers uphold the dedication to quality that has made it world famous, according to a leading supplier. 

The Aldi beers, wines and spirits team is riding the crest of a wave this year. Knocking Waitrose off the podium as Best Supermarket in this year’s Drinks Retailing Awards, as well as scooping the top gongs for Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year and Drinks Buying Team of the Year, is worthy recognition for the sterling work the Aldi drinks team has been undertaking over the past couple of years.

The UK’s fascination with imported beer is nothing new but it definitely feels like it’s moved into a whole new phase in the past couple of years.

The 2016 Essential Guide to Cider provides expert analysis on the trends developing within the cider market and what retailers can do to boost sales. It features a style guide, reveals statistics on the brands and categories that are driving growth and those that are seeing sales decline, and offers opinion on what the trade can do to drive value into the market, herald a return to growth and boost shoppers’ education of the myriad wonders contained within cider.

Most fathers welcome any excuse to enjoy a glass of their favourite tipple, but Father’s Day is one of the few occasions cemented in the calendar for dads to relax, guilt free.

The Co-operative Group’s BWS trading manager, Simon Cairns, has every reason to be in a bullish mood after the retailer increased its share of the wine market from 9.4% to 10% in the past year (Nielsen). It is the first time the Co-op has ever been in double digits and Cairns says this is just the start.

Solid as a Rioja

11 April, 2016

Reading an Old World wine label elegantly can be a challenge for many Britons, particularly those who can’t boast a language GCSE on their CVs. But despite the fact that “Rioja” clearly has the potential to be pronounced incorrectly, it’s a word and a wine-producing region of Spain that UK consumers have confidently embraced in recent years.

Gin is on everyone's lips

11 March, 2016

A host of leading buyers, producers, bartenders and commentators from across the UK descended on the Hospital Club in London this month for a celebration of all things gin.

Essential Guide to Beer

10 March, 2016

The Essential Guide to Beers highlight the wide range of brewers and brews available to the UK retailer, traditional UK styles to artisan and speciality styles from across the world and the innovation that is making the beer ranges evermore exciting. The guide will have an overview of the market, retailers' views plus tips and advice on how to make the most of sales.

In the dog-eat-dog beer market off-licences are taking a bite out of the pub trade – thanks to the growler.

The Australian wine category will nosedive in a brave new retail world obsessed with everyday low pricing if it does not adapt and improve its average price point, according to Hardys supplier Accolade Wines.

The OLN Essential Guide to South Africa is the perfect guide for buyers on trends within the South African category – highlighting the grapes, regions, categories and producers they should be looking to add to their drinks range.

Essential Guide to Cider

04 February, 2016

The OLN Essential Guide to Cider brings you the stories behind the ciders you’re selling – putting British and international brands on the map as well as looking at the latest trends in cider and food-matching and gleaning tips from trend-setting pubs, bars and restaurants.

Essential Guide to Fruit Wines

04 February, 2016

In France, aromatised wine-based drinks saw the biggest growth in the off-trade last year, and plenty of companies are hoping to replicate that success here. These drinks were also tipped as the future for lower-alcohol wine in OLN’s annual Wine Report, with 28% of suppliers predicting they would grow, more than any other part of the lower-alcohol wine market.

Dry and high

21 January, 2016

After the excesses of December the UK has staggered bleary-eyed and pasty-faced into the driest month of the year.

Essential Guide to Australia

20 January, 2016

The past few years have seen a remarkable evolution both with classic varieties such as Chardonnay and Shiraz, along with a host of other exciting grapes and styles. The OLN Essential Guide to Australia explores the diverse grapes and regions from the land down under.

Thought Austria was all about Grüner?

Has there ever been a better time to be a beer wholesaler?

Home Brews

10 November, 2015

Brewers are finally coming to recognise the off-trade’s potential thanks to the craft beer phenomenon, expanding premium bottled ales ranges and an appetite for experimentation among buyers.

Both sides are claiming victory following the latest legal opinion from Luxemburg on the Scottish government’s bid to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

Back to basics

10 November, 2015

The craft beer trend has woken consumers up to the delights of the brewing world with the taste explosions ofheavily hopped IPAs and the lighter touch of golden ales.

Inspiring Indies: Bier Huis

09 November, 2015

Former TV executive David Jones opened his beer shop in the West Yorkshire town of Ossett in November 2011, with the aim of giving beer fans a go-to store for northern brews where they could park easily.

With 2,600 shops across the UK, each designed to cater for its local market and be a community hub, Spar’s trading managers for wine, Nick Jones and Daphne Teremetz, have got their work cut out.

Cream of the crop

09 November, 2015

Christmas is all about creating an eclectic drinks cabinet, so retailers should ensure those indulgent and unusual cream liqueurs are clearly visible.

Many of the biggest names in BWS started at the bottom. They explain why it is so important to nurture new talent. Christine Boggis reports

Beer: Cheers to Brazil

06 November, 2015

Not everything is quite what it seems. Sitting at a terrace table, taking in mountain views, surrounded by thesort of buildings you see dripping with snow on Christmas cards, it would be easy to think you were in Switzerland or southern Germany. The truth is you are some 6,000 miles away. This is not alpine Europe but Latin America, more precisely a town in Brazil just a couple of hours’ drive from the teeming metropolis of São Paulo.

Sparkling Wine: Bubbling Under

06 November, 2015

The juggernaut of fizzy popularity that is Prosecco is having another good year.

In the enlightened society we live in, it goes without saying that we want our wines to be made by happy, decently paid workers living in sustainable communities where their children can be educated and they get the health and social care they need. Or does it?

There’s no denying the seismic effects Aldi’s inexorable rise – and its growing focus on wine – have had on drinks retailing in general and the big four supermarkets in particular.