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The Federation of Independent Retailers (NFRN) has said plans to raise the national living wage will be a “bitter blow to small businesses that are already struggling to survive”.

El Tequileño 1959

Here’s the low-down on this month's beer, cider, wine, spirits, no/low and RTD product launches:

New Zealand Winegrowers

Both the Wine and Spirit Trade Association and the trade body for New Zealand wine have welcomed the announcement of an agreement in principle for a future UK/New Zealand Free Trade Agreement.

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WSET launches Events Hub

21 October, 2021

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has launched the WSET Events Hub, as it looks to engage different audiences.

Ashely Cole Denny Warriors

With climate change conference the COP26 Summit just around the corner, drinks companies are working hard to show off their sustainability credentials. Here’s a selection of the latest initiatives across beer, wine, spirits and hard seltzers.

The IWSR has forecast robust volumes growth for hard seltzers in the UK market over the next four years.

Three interesting pieces of research released over the past couple of days suggest that consumers are likely to be staying in this winter.

What’s in this issue? Well, as the cover suggests, we’re gearing up for Christmas. Last year, we certainly entered uncharted territory and although masks and social distancing are old hat now, this year is still set to be unusual.

Central and Eastern European wine and spirits company Vida has launched in the UK market.

Diageo special releases

Here’s the low-down on this month's beer, cider, wine, spirits, no/low and RTD product launches:

Online shopping

Online sales for beer, wine and spirits have shown solid growth over the summer months, according to data from Capgemini.

Asda On the Move

Asda has outlined plans to open more convenience stores, following the successful trial of five sites.

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Private label has a strong opportunity to gain market share in premium alcohol categories, according to insights specialists Mintel.

The managing director of Amathus has highlighted the importance of physical stores, as the company announces its third new opening in the past 10 months.

Pernod Ricard has flagged strong trade in the UK, Germany and Eastern Europe as part of its full-year 21 results.

Bullards experiential gin shop

The founder of Bullards Spirits has lined up more London retail concepts, following the opening of Bullards London Gin Shop & Tasting Room in Westfield White City (pictured).

convenience store

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has launched a Wellbeing Guide, as it looks to provide retailers with practical advice on how to support wellbeing for themselves and their colleagues.

Accolade Wines has announced the launch of its new hard seltzer line; Nine Yards.

Grant’s Whisky has teamed up with Vice to create “an inspiring and engaging” guide for groups of friends that helps them tackle real life problems with advice, tips and hard-hitting stories from informed, yet relatable, experts.

Chapel Down has announced that Andrew Carter, currently managing director Chase Distillery will be succeeding Frazer Thompson, chief executive of Chapel Down in September 2021. Carter will be joining the business as chief executive on September 13 and Thompson will work with him to ensure a seamless handover of office.

Vida Wines and Spirits, the importer and wine retail brand with a presence in Bulgaria and Austria, is expanding into the UK and has appointed YesMore drinks marketing agency to lead its UK launch.

WineGB’s annual Trade and Press Tasting will take place on Tuesday September 7 at RHS Lindley Hall in London.

The Drinks Trust has added four new members to its charity Board of Trustees, each of them highly respected and experienced leaders in the drinks industry and drinks-led hospitality industry. They are Nicky Forrest, Katy Keating, Jillian MacLean MBE and Laura Willoughby MBE.

London family gin distiller Hayman’s has joined together with Singapore Airlines to celebrate the airline’s 50th anniversary of flying between London and Singapore. The Singapore Airlines ~ Connoisseur Gin has been created by fusing Hayman’s renowned London Dry Gin with the Asian flavours of Kumquat, Lemongrass, Galangal and Persian Lime.

Didsbury Gin, the premium gin which rose from Dragon’s Den fame to become a leading drinks brand, has made two senior appointments: Allan Beattie as finance director and Michael Saunders as non-executive director.

Virgin Wines has launched an exclusive Tuffers’ Tipple wine range, in partnership with England cricketing legend Phil Tufnell.

LWC is expanding its hard seltzer offering by adding its first independent and craft hard seltzer brand Two Brooks. The independent drinks wholesaler inked a distribution deal with the family-owned startup to grow the brand across the country.

William Grant & Sons has launched Clink (www.clinkspirit.com), a new e-commerce platform that gives consumers direct access to the pick of the company’s portfolio of spirits brands together with topical cocktail recipes, ingredients, serving suggestions and gift ideas related to trending current affairs and special occasions.