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Spar has become the latest retailer to sign a partnership with Deliveroo, as it looks to meet consumer calls for on-demand delivery.

Pernod Ricard has agreed to sell the Tormore brand and distillery to Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh’s Elixir Distillers.

Bestway Retail is to roll out age estimation technology to more Bargain Booze stores, following a successful trial.

Online beer retailer HonestBrew has ceased operations.  

The trade organisation for the New Zealand wine industry has reported a 43.8% increase in grapes for the 2022 harvest, as producers look to rebuild stocks and sales.

Wines grown and made in Sussex have been awarded a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status.

Britvic’s mixer brand, The London Essence Co, has rolled out a new marketing campaign as it looks to capitalise on summer drinking trends.

Tim Atkin MW has highlighted the continued improvement of Argentina’s white wines, saying they “now rank among the New World’s very best”.

The chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has praised the resilience of the wine industry, though he also warned there are more challenges to come.  

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French wine group Les Grands Chais de France (GCF) has made its first acquisition outside of Europe as it continues its international expansion.

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Trade organisations for the wine industry in South Africa have said the 2022 grape crop is down on the previous year.

Online wine retailer Naked Wines has announced the release of its first ever TV advert.

Moet Hennessy’s namesake Cognac brand is to open a luxury store inside Harrods.

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Drinks specialist Belle Lawrence from social media consultant Immediate Future uses Brandwatch analytics to deliver insights into at-home drinking habits

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The trade organisation for Australian wine has said 29 wineries will be present in the UK for London Wine Fair (LWF) next month.

Wine and spirits events organiser Vinexposium has announced a series of debates around sustainability, as part of Bordeaux Wine Week next month.

Some in the trade consider English wines to be underwhelming and overpriced. I disagree; we are making world class wines. Quality is on the rise and customers are eager to support local winemakers. Its why English wines make up 25% of our list at Wickhams.

Wine retailer Majestic is expecting record sales of sparkling wine, ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend, while data specialist Kantar predicts supermarket sales increases across several categories.

Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden, has taken up the role of co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for wine and spirits, following the group’s recent AGM.

New Drinks Retailing magazine cover Womens History Month

This issue, we celebrate Women’s History Month with a raft of interviews with female trailblazers throughout the trade. From buyers to winemakers, discover how women across the trade got started in their career, and what advice they would give to others hoping to follow a similar path (page 16 - 17). 

The hype around hard seltzers in the UK is still palpable, but as the category hits bumps in the US, Lucy Britner asks if growth can remain strong this side of the pond.

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With a total of around 4,000 certified B Corporations, or B Corps, in 75 countries across the globe, the movement is growing. And the drinks industry holds a place as one of the 150 sectors involved in B Corp. Drinks manufacturers categorised as a B Corp are regarded to prioritise their environmental and social impact, having built this commitment into their legal structure.

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New drinks launches - February

01 February, 2022

Here’s the low-down on the latest beer, cider, wine, spirits, no/low and RTD product launches. This is a rolling article that gets updated throughout the month. 

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The head of Diageo’s UK business has said he expects the off-trade to remain resilient, as consumers start to return to bars.

From functional spirits to on-trade led NPDs, Millie Milliken outlines the low and no spirit trends retailers should be keeping their eyes on

The organisers of London Wine Fair have moved the event to June, as they look to avoid a clash with Prowein.

The judges have made their deliberations and announced the shortlists for this year’s Drinks Retailing Awards. Winners will be revealed in March – a slightly later date than usual, as organisers look to hold an in-person event.

Manchester-based alcohol-free beer and cider manufacturer, Drynks Unlimited, has aired its first TV advert to kickstart a year-long city centre sampling tour for its Smashed brand. 'Get Smashed Anytime' can be seen in the ITV Granada region, in the north west, until  February 7. The ad shows a host of places where people can drink a Smashed non-alcoholic beverage.

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Edinburgh-based private equity firm Inverleith has acquired a majority stake in gin and whisky distiller Eden Mill St Andrews.

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The chairman of BrewDog has issued a statement in response to the BBC Disclosure documentary, in which CEO James Watt was accused of abusive behaviour by former employees. The programme, called The Truth About BrewDog, aired on January 24 and around 15 ex-BrewDog employees spoke out against Watt.