The Portman Group has criticised a new alcohol labelling report, which it said is "utter nonsense" and "based on out-of-date information".
Craft beer micro-chain The Epicurean has opened its third store in South Manchester on Manchester Road, Chorlton.
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”.
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.
The hit podcast “A Glass With..” will return for an eighth series this autumn, in partnership with specialist wine retailer Majestic Wine.
Brothers Cider said it has experienced “exceptional results” following the launch of new variants; Red Apple, Tutti Frutti and Marshmallow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Zealand producer te Pā Family Vineyards has secured its first major UK listing with the launch of two of its wines into Tesco stores.
Heineken UK has rolled out its 100% plastic-free cardboard topper across thousands of UK retailers.
Nisa has launched a “Summer Drinks” promotion, to help retailers drive footfall and sales.
Accolade Wines has unveiled a new “Taste the Adventure” marketing campaign for its Mud House brand, as part of its bid to increase its share of the New Zealand wine market.
Plumpton College is set to launch a new retraining programme, which it says has been created “in response to the economic impact felt because of Covid-19 and with Brexit on the horizon”.
Accolade Wines is renaming its drinks manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution facility in Bristol as ‘The Park’.
Concha y Toro UK has launched a new wine from Argentina’s Trivento brand.
Lixir Drinks has appointed former Pernod Ricard UK commercial director Chris Ellis as new non-executive director.
Thatchers is launching a new TV campaign, which will hit screens on August 17.
Ian Macleod Distillers is launching Smokehead Rum Rebel, which is a Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky finished in Caribbean rum casks. The newcomer arrives on UK shores in time for International Rum Day on August 16.
The Islay whisky, which is described as “rich, smoky and salty” is finished in spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks “creating culture colliding carnage and a melding of mouth-watering tastes”.
Smokehead aims to disrupt International Rum Day with a “tantalising twist on the humdrum” for rum fans, beckoning them to the Smokehead whisky dark side.
Priced at £54.99 with an ABV of 46%, Smokehead Rum Rebel will be available to buy from www.smokehead.com and many UK specialist and online retailers.
As a toast to International Rum Day, Smokehead is also “ripping up the rulebook and careering away from convention” by crafting a brand-new, bold cocktail that will not be for every rum fan:
The new Rum Rebel Smokito comprises 5cl Smokehead Rum Rebel, 2.5cl lime juice mixed with 2.5cl water, two teaspoons sugar, fresh mint and a few flakes of smoked Maldon sea salt.
Also on August 16 Smokehead brand ambassador Mikey Sim will host an episode of Smokehead TV on the brand Instagram and Facebook channels (@smokeheadwhisky). During the episode he will taste Rum Rebel, as well as show Smokeheads how to craft the Smokito signature cocktail and showcase a special boilermaker serve.
Iain Weir, Smokehead Brand Director, said: “We are overwhelmed by the boldness of flavour in our new bottling and can’t wait to see our Smokeheads’ reaction. When our rich, smoky, salty Islay Smokehead collides with spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks, carnage is inevitable.
“We’re encouraging all our Smokeheads and rum fans alike to stir up a Rum Rebel Smokito and raise their glass high this International Rum Day.
“Like all our Smokehead whiskies, Rum Rebel is not for everyone. This whisky is for the fearless.”
Smokehead Rum Rebel joins the family of Smokehead Original, Smokehead High Voltage and the latest release Sherry Bomb, a smoky Islay single malt that has been boldly blasted by sherry casks.
Naked Wines is launching a one-off fundraising campaign from tomorrow (Thursday August 13) to raise £225,220 for South African winemakers affected by one of the strictest lockdowns in the world.
The initiative forms part of the company’s efforts to support winemakers affected by the global impact of Covid-19, including its recently announced $5 million Covid-19 Support Fund, which helps winemakers affected by the temporary closure of bars and restaurants due to Covid-19.
The South Africa’s wine industry has already seen huge job losses, and tens of thousands more jobs are reportedly at stake. It is estimated that the wine industry alone has already suffered direct losses of £142 million already (VinPro data).
On Thursday, Naked Wines is launching a crowdfunding campaign to support struggling winemakers affected by the strict lockdown measures in South Africa. They have chosen six “talented and deserving” winemakers to support. These are:
• Arco Laarman, a 17-year winemaker of Glen Carlou
• Carsten Migliarina, former Sommelier at London’s Le Pont de la Tour turned boutique winemaker, making small-scale, top-quality wines in the Western Cape
• Cerina van Niekerk, a talented female winemaker working with rare bush vines on South Africa’s West Coast
• Lourens van der Westhuizen, a fifth-generation winemaker from a small, family-run winery, specialising in single vineyard wines
• Rudi Schulz, said to be one of South Africa’s hottest up-and coming winemaking talents
• Richard Kershaw, former Chief Winemaker at Mulderbosch winery in Stellenbosch, who has been making exclusive wines for Naked’s Angel customers for the past nine years
The pre-orders from Naked Wines customers will allow these winemakers to reinvest directly in next year’s wine production with confidence, rather than spend time and money selling their unsold wine.
In return for their support, customers will save 26% on 12 bottles from a group of talented South African artisans. The 12 bottles comprise:
One Focal Point Chardonnay 2018 and one Focal Point Chenin Blanc 2019 from Arco Laarman; two Arendsig Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blok A9 2018 from Lourens van der Westhuizen; two Parquet Stellenbosch Red 2019 from Carsten Migliarina; one The Smugglers Boot Pinot Noir 2017 from Richard Kershaw; one Cecilia Shiraz 2019 and one Windband Pastiche Rose 2020 from Cerina van Niekerk; and three North Beach Sauvignon Blanc 2020 from Rudi Schultz.
This rescue deal is the sixth to come out of Naked’s $5 million Covid Support Fund, and the second to support South African winemakers. In July, 1,800 Angels raised £124,938 to help winemaker Reenen Borman from the Boschkloof estate, on the edge of Stellenbosch.
To date, more than 11,000 Naked Wines customers in the UK have raised almost £1 million to help 31 winemakers impacted by Covid-19 around the world.
The deal will go live on Thursday 13th August here: www.nakedwines.com/marketplace
Arco Laarman, Winemaker, says: “It is just astounding to hear and see the impact that Covid had on so many people and their livelihood. I am only one small business owner from South Africa, and this had a devastating effect on my family. But thanks to you guys, we got a second chance this year, and things are looking much more promising now. As a result of your help, I can continue living my dream of making wines and supporting my family through this! Thank you!”
Eamon FitzGerald, Global Wine Director, added “I’ve heard from countless winemakers about their struggles following the domestic alcohol ban in South Africa. Given our unique platform and passionate customer base, it feels right to launch this initiative to help the South African wine industry. The best way we can support them is by buying and drinking their wines. In return for their support, our customers will get a great deal on a case of South African hidden gem wines from six talented winemakers.”
Bacardi has relaunched its ready-to-drink cocktail (RTD) cans in time for National Rum Day on August 16.
The cans have been redesigned and are available in four flavours including the Mojito, Raspberry Spritz, Bacardi Rum & Cola and Bacardi Spiced & Cola.
Tine Van Nevel, Brand Director of Bacardi Europe said: “We know the demand for ready-to-drink cocktails is increasing as the sector has grown by 43% growth in the past two years1. Consumers need convenience more than ever - but not at the cost of amazing taste, which is why we’ve brought out some of the nation’s favourite cocktails in ready-to-drink cans. We’re delighted Bacardi fans will get to enjoy these delicious cocktails as they savour the rest of the summer sun.”
Metinee Kongsrivilai, UK Brand Ambassador, said: “This summer is all about making the most of our amazing outdoor spaces and soaking up the sun, and what better way to enjoy the heat than with a delicious, chilled cocktail? Our ready-to-drink cocktail cans are easy to keep cold and bursting with vibrant flavour, making them the perfect drink for any summer occasion.”
The 5% abv RTD cans can be found in Sainsbury’s stores at an RRP of £1.80 per 25cl can.
The off-trade recorded an additional £49 million in sales for the week ending 25 July, but this was the slowest week of growth since the end of March, as consumers balance their at-home consumption with visits to the on-trade.
Bladnoch, the 203-year-old Scotch Whisky distillery, has secured SEA Spirits as its new distribution partner.
Freixenet Copestick’s wine brand I Heart Wines is on track to hit global sales of 25 million bottles this year, and it is now the tenth largest wine brand in the UK, according to IRI data (June 14, 2020).
Treasury Wine Estates has introduced its first luxury e-commerce platform in the UK displaying its portfolio of key luxury wines from a collection of the global producers.
The Winery Collection is designed to raise the profile of premium wine brands, showcase insight and stories from Wine Makers and Brand Ambassadors, and provide “a convenient purchase journey for consumers”.
Tennent’s has announced plans to launch a new loyalty scheme for Scottish independent convenience stores and wholesale partners, which will offer a host of benefits and advice.
The new initiative, which will go live early September, will support members of the scheme with advice on ranging information and merchandising support, designed specifically with the Scottish convenience sector in mind.
The initiative will be supported by the Tennent’s team, working directly with member retailers to maximise range availability and drive incremental sales opportunities. A tiered system of incentives and rewards will be accessible for members who join the scheme, including cash vouchers and free stock, along with ongoing support.
The launch of the rewards loyalty scheme comes as Tennent’s seeks to increase investment in to the Scottish off-trade.
Halewood Wines & Spirits is tapping into an anticipated “significant growth” across all vodka categories with the launch of its first flavours for Vestal Vodka.
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