2020 August

The GlenDronach Distillery has announce the exclusive release of The GlenDronach Kingsman Edition 1989 Vintage, the second expression created in collaboration with Matthew Vaughn, to mark the upcoming release of “The Kingsman” by 20th Century Studios and Marv, coming to theatres soon.

Waitrose has agreed a new delivery partnership with Deliveroo, which will allow thousands of households to have food and drink delivered in as little as 30 minutes.

Pernod Ricard UK is set to reintroduce Powers Irish Whiskey’s Gold Label expression to the UK.

Marks & Spencer is ramping up its product lines and BWS activity in advance of its Ocado launch on September 1, according to new data.

The Isle of Wight Distillery has unveiled a new look for Mermaid Salt Vodka and made the grain-based spirit available nationally for the first time.

Kopparberg has teamed up with East London rapper, Kojey Radical, to mark the launch of its new Dark Fruit Spiced Rum.

North South Wines has added to its low and no alcohol portfolio with La Gioiosa 0.0%, an alcohol-free sparkling wine.

Brew By Numbers and Bimber Distillery have released their first collaboration beer.

Beavertown Brewery has announced it is expanding to create “London’s Largest brewery”, known as “Beaverworld”.

Awin Barratt Siegel has launched a new volcanic wine Le Tracteur Vert, from the Côtes d’Auvergne region of France.

The early August heatwave saw beer and cider sales soar as the off-trade retained the buoyant position generated by lockdown.

Halewood Wines & Spirits is planning to close the site of its headquarters in Huyton, Merseyside.

The Portman Group has criticised a new alcohol labelling report, which it said is "utter nonsense" and "based on out-of-date information". 

Concha y Toro has launched two new Argentinian wines from Trivento and a third from Cono Sur in Chile.

Brewdog claims to have become “carbon negative” with plans to plant a 2,000 acre forest and £30 million investment in green infrastructure projects.

The brewer already uses wind power to generate electricity for its brewery and bars and converts spent grain into gas to power the brewery.

A collection of drinks described as “the UK’s first myco-adaptogenic alcohol-free beers” is set to launch this September.

Salcombe Gin has teamed up with Michelin-starred chef Niall Keating to create “the world’s first gin distilled with a liquid botanical”. 

Craft beer micro-chain The Epicurean has opened its third store in South Manchester on Manchester Road, Chorlton.

Tesco has said it plans to create an additional 16,000 permanent jobs to support “the exceptional growth” of its online business, according to reports.

Co-op has announced it has helped safeguard the future of its wine producers by providing vital funding and support, as part of its global wellbeing charter. It has also doubled its rate of ordering with South African, Argentinean and Chilean Fairtrade wine producers.

Broadland Drinks has reported an 11.9% increase in sales revenue to £79 million with pre-tax profit up from £2 million in 2018 to £2.9 million for the year ending March 31, 2020.

Brothers Cider said it has experienced “exceptional results” following the launch of new variants; Red Apple, Tutti Frutti and Marshmallow.

The hit podcast “A Glass With..” will return for an eighth series this autumn, in partnership with specialist wine retailer Majestic Wine.

Johnnie Walker has unveiled three new limited-edition bottles for its iconic Red Label, Black Label and Gold Label Reserve variants launched to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

The block-colour bottles are “a bold reimagining” of its classic glass bottle – each variant named after its iconic slanted label, now replaced by a striking opaque wrap.

The new designs reimagine the brand’s ‘Keep Walking’ mantra, celebrating the boundary-pushing spirit that has been at the heart of the brand since its founder John Walker first opened the doors to a small grocery store in Kilmarnock, Scotland 200 years ago.

Wines of Germany has launched a new campaign offering financial support to smaller and medium-size retailers in the UK for the promotion of German wines to consumers.

Diageo has invested in Rheinland Distillers GmbH, the maker of Siegfried Rheinland Dry Gin and creator of the alcohol-free alternative Siegfried Wonderleaf.

Ormarine, the producer of AOP Picpoul de Pinet in France, is launching its first-ever UK consumer PR campaign this month to position Ormarine as “the go-to Picpoul de Pinet brand for wine drinkers”.

Working in partnership with Languedoc giant, Maison Jeanjean since 1985, Ormarine is now one of the best and largest cooperatives in the Languedoc-Roussillon. Its vineyards cover 580 hectares - or 42% of the total area under vine - in the Picpoul de Pinet appellation, southern France’s largest white wine region.

If you’re hanging on to a rising balloon, you’re presented with a diffi cult decision — let go before it’s too late or hang on and keep getting higher, posing the question: how long can you keep a grip on the rope?”

It’s painfully ironic that, for a product we value above all for its diversity, most of us who sell wine in Britain look unfortunately similar.

Supermarket sales have slowed as shoppers settle into new post-lockdown shopping routines, but alcohol sales continue to outstrip the market.