For some time, canned ale has been the dowdy cousin of flamboyant premium bottled ale. The humble format has seen sales slide 2.3% for premium ales and 6.6% for standard ales, according to Marston’s 2014 Premium Bottled Ale Report, while more than 140 products were launched in the PBA category last year – compared to fewer than 20 in canned ale.
Shots and shooters are inextricably linked with the on-trade. Their very names conjure up images of crowded bars and clubs, loud music and drinks that are swallowed, not savoured.
Three Scandinavian producers made the top 10 European brewers in our poll of industry experts and opinion-formers. The traditional European powerhouses of Belgium and Germany still got a look- in, but the impact of the craft brewing revolution has reached as far as Iceland, Spain and Italy, as the list of those that didn’t make the top 10 shows. In addition to the emergence of Denmark and Norway, Italy has reaffirmed its case as the microbrewing scene to keep an eye on, with the country’s vote split between five of its up-and-coming producers.
The off-trade spirits market grew by £130 million in the past year as consumer confidence shot up, according to latest annual market report from William Grant & Sons UK.
Drinks shops with the ability to provide customers with suggested pairings for their evening meal are legion. But there aren’t many that will actually sell them the meal as well.
Fresh, fruity, approachable and affordable – four reasons why Prosecco has become the bubbly of choice in the UK.
Favourite Beers opened in 2010 and set itself up as the Gloucestershire centre for beer and cider lovers. The shop scooped OLN’s Drinks Retailing Awards for Independent Beer Retailer of the Year 2012 and Independent Cider Retailer of the Year 2013.
Bordeaux has grown wine exports to the UK by 750,000 cases in the past four years, making it one of the most recession-proof categories around. Latest off-trade figures show sales grew 14.2% in volume and 18.6% in value in the past year (IRI, 52 weeks to March 1).
The off-trade is gaining a stranglehold on the UK’s total beer market and has returned it to growth for the first time in years, according to a new report.
Like the local football team, Burnley brewer Moorhouse’s wants to be in the Premier League. But while the Lancashire town’s footballers defied all the odds to achieve their goal last season, brewery boss David Grant admits: “We’re not quite there yet.”
Lawsuits come in thick and fast when you’re among the world’s top 25 alcoholic drinks suppliers and have a higher turnover than many small countries.
Sales of organic products are on the up — they grew 2.8% in the year to March 2014, reversing several years of decline, according to UK certifying body the Soil Association. But it’s a different story for wine.
In a few short years, electronic cigarettes have emerged as one of the most dynamic — and controversial — markets in the country.
In an off-trade market of almost static volumes, and value sales creeping up with tax and inflation, one category is still storming ahead — fruit cider.
The sun is shining, the weather’s hot, and fruit cider sales are on the up and up. But long-range forecasts suggest that July could be wetter than average — so how can retailers guard against a drop-off in sales and keep fruit cider moving through to autumn and beyond?
Borough Wines started out as a tiny stall in London’s trendy Borough Market, set up by owner Muriel Chatel to sell wines from her family’s Bergerac estate.
For years lager has been in the doldrums, cast as a villain by health lobbyists and Daily Mail columnists decrying “booze Britain”, a tasteless dullard by ale aficionados and a great disappointment by retailers watching annual sales continuously dwindle.
Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying that the success of UKIP’s candidates in last month’s local and European elections tapped into a rich seam of patriotism in the British population. Nigel Farage is oft snapped supping on a pint of honest ale in a traditional pub – an acknowledgement that great British drinks are at some level an important part of the cultural psyche of the country.
Who decides which wines are sold, bought and drunk in the UK off-trade? Who determines where they come from, how they are made and how much they cost?
Cliff Roberson hasn’t done badly for someone who started out as an assistant’s assistant at Peter Dominic, earning £3 a week.
The eyes of the trade are on the London Wine Fair as it gears up for a make-or-break event. A more central location, a broader welcome for suppliers and retailers of all sizes and a domestic, rather than international, focus are all hoped to “re-energise” and “reinvigorate” the fair – and now show organisers are waiting with bated breath to see if the changes will be enough to make it a success.
The world beer fixture has emerged as arguably the most diverse and exciting space in the FMCG market in recent years, and it has finally dragged the struggling lager category back into growth.
Beer and football go together like £10 Champagne and footfall, so there is no better time to promote world beers than the impending World Cup.
If the people of Scotland vote for independence in September they’ll take with them one of the UK drinks industry’s biggest assets.
Rosé is coming of age. After its mad surge in popularity in the mid to late noughties, sales of pink wine have levelled off and consumers are turning to paler-coloured, drier styles that go well with food.
April air is full of promise. Balmy evening barbecues and picnics in the sunshine are just around the corner. Long, refreshing drinks will be the order of the day and the best way to gauge what might slake consumer thirst this season is to talk to the trendsetters.
At first sight, the latest export data from Jerez’s Consejo Regulador make for some pretty grim reading. Total imports of sherry in the UK fell more than 1 million litres, from just over 12 million litres in 2012 to just over 11 million litres in 2013. This is typical of the downward trend that has dominated the UK sherry market over the course of the past decade.
Winter is barely behind us and the sun already seems to be shining on cider sales. They grew 9% by value in the off- trade to reach nearly £1 billion in the year to March 1, according to Nielsen, and cider is outperforming most other drinks categories.
Cider is set for a super summer, but it is no longer as simple as pouring apple cider over ice. Keep on top of the trends with OLN's guide to the five key elements to make this year the summer of cider.
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