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Kantar’s latest beer, wine and spirits (BWS) spending data has indicated a decline across all categories, with beer & lager showing the largest drop (11.6%) over the 12 weeks ending August 7, compared to the same period in 2021. 

Halewood Artisanal Spirits has named Neil Jardine managing director for its UK and Ireland business. Jardine replaces John Bradbury, who will move into a non-executive director position at the company.

Bordeaux Index has noted a 37% increase in revenue for the first half of the fiscal year, compared to the same time period in 2021.

The monthly round-up of what's new in low/no, beer, cider, wine, spirits, RTDs and mixers.

Doghouse Distillery produces grain-to-bottle spirits in Battersea, complete with unconventional packaging and a dose of rebellious attitude. Its spirits are now stocked in Majestic, Master of Malt, The Whisky Exchange and Selfridges, as well as selected wholesalers. 

Greenall’s gin has launched its first paper bottles, made from “94% recycled paperboard”, as part of its Greener Greenall’s campaign. 

Diageo has reported a 20% net sales increase for its Great Britain trading unit.

Kingsland Drinks Group has partnered with distillery company Manchester Still to install a new fermentation and distillation facility adjacent to its site in Irlam, Salford. 

Online retailer Naked Wines has partnered with Norwich-based distillery Gyre & Gimble to launch a paper bottle for its Coastal Gin, in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.

dead mans fingers rum and tequila

A complaint against Dead Man’s Fingers Super Spiced Rum and Dead Man’s Fingers Tequila Reposado has been rejected by the drinks trade’s Independent Complaints Panel (ICP). 

Cognac house Martell is to link-up with the gaming platform The Sandbox to create what is calls “a new immersive experience”.

The Spirit of Manchester Distillery has released more details of its move into malt whisky, including a consumer club to allow enthusiasts to follow the evolution of the spirit from cask to glass.

Malibu has launched its Do Whatever Tastes Good campaign, as the Pernod Ricard-owned brand invites consumers to “embrace the summer mindset”.

The monthly round-up of what's new in low/no, beer, cider, wine, spirits, RTDs and mixers.

Halewood Artisanal Spirits has signalled plans to continue expanding its gin range amid the rising popularity of vodka. 

Diageo has purchased Vivanda, owner of the flavour matching technology behind the ‘What’s Your Whisky’ platform and the Journey of Flavour experience at the Johnnie Walker brand home in Edinburgh.

From aperitivo moments to barbecues, cocktail hour and after dinner drams, there’s a world of drinking occasions for retailers to get behind, finds Jaq Bayles

Interest in tequila and mezcal is growing and sales are surging, but the category’s small size means there’s still plenty of room for growth, says Clinton Cawood

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

From brands stripping back ingredients to ramping up flavour – and even gin brands taking on vodka making – the landscapes in gin and vodka continue to broaden. Millie Milliken reports

Rum has been the ‘next big thing’ for as long as we can remember at Drinks Retailing. So, we caught up with Think Rum ambassador and all-round rum expert Peter Holland to find out if rum’s time is finally here.

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

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

sustainable whisky bottles

As part of its 10-year action plan to operate more sustainably, Diageo has outlined plans to discontinue the use of cardboard gift boxes within its Scotch whisky portfolio. The phased removal of 183 million gift boxes will cover brands such as Johnnie Walker, Buchanan’s and Bell’s. If successful, the programme will extend to more Diageo-owned brands in 2023.

RedLeg rum advert campaign

RedLeg rum has launched its first TV advertising campaign,  entitled ‘Crab Dance’, which will run exclusively on ITV.

Absolut campaign with Drag Race Tayce and Chet Lo fashion designer

Pernod Ricard owned vodka brand, Absolut, has announced the launch of its #BornToMix campaign in collaboration with Drag Race alumni Tayce, celebrity designer Chet Lo and Ateliers Institute of Digital Fashion (IoDF).

Moet Hennessy’s namesake Cognac brand has teamed up with the Gérard Basset Foundation and Liquid Icons to introduce the Hennessy Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship in Spirits.

Dan Farrell-Wright launched online wine and spirits merchant Wickhams in November 2020 – the depth of the pandemic. The business has grown and will this year evolve to include in-person tastings with wine presenter Tom Surgey. Farrell-Wright tells Drinks Retailing how he got here.

Stoli Group has announced that it will discontinue the use of the Stolichnaya name for its vodka, in direct response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Latvian-produced vodka will now be exclusively sold and marketed as Stoli on account of the founder's “vehement position on the Putin regime”, and the brand’s aim to represent Stoli’s roots in Latvia.