It’s our first issue of 2024 and we are revealing the official shortlists for the annual Drinks Retailing Awards (pages 20 – 32). Congratulations to all of the finalists, and thank you to everybody who entered. The winners will be announced on February 6. 

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

As we look ahead to the rest of 2024, Lucy Britner talks to seven leading industry experts about what this year will hold for the drinks trade, including alcohol duty, sustainability and mindful drinking (35 – 41).

With Dry January coming to an end soon, Rachel Badham explores the year-round potential for the low/no category as mindful drinking proves that it’s here to stay (42 – 44).

In wine, Martin Green looks at the burgeoning potential for the bulk wine market (47 – 48), while Jason Millar examines the definition of fine wine (16).

Our big interview is with Kenton Burchell, group trading director for Bestway Wholesale, who tells Lucy Britner about the latest hybrid stores and how the Bestway business works (18 – 19).

Plus, read all of our regular features such as retailer profile (62) and meet the maker (65) and the Jeff Evans beer review (61).

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