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The former boss of Majestic Wine is to return to the retailer after a two-year absence, as the business takes shape under new ownership.

Aldi is launching its first national in-store spirits festival on Thursday and Didsbury Gin’s Tutti Frutti gin liqueur has secured a berth on shelves.

Borough Wines has been bought out of administration in a pre-pack sale worth £58,760 after widening losses caused it to collapse on May 31.

Adnams has reported half year losses to June 30 rose to £783,000 from £557,000 in the previous year, but beer volumes grew for the first six months of 2019. 

The drinks retailing trade has suffered a sluggish start to the summer as BWS value sales decreased 4.2% year-on-year (Nielsen, 12 weeks to July 13, 2019).

Lea & Sandeman is opening its first new store in 10 years, bringing its total number of retail outlets to five. 

The Good Wine Shop is opening its third store this autumn after taking over a former Oddbins in Richmond Hill, south west London.

The deadline for independent retailers to enter the 2020 Drinks Retailing Awards is now only 11 days away.

The awards celebrate excellence in all areas of the off-trade with the following categories all up for grabs:

American investment firm Fortress has wrapped up a £95 million deal to buy the Majestic retail chain, its Calais stores and its commercial arm.

The closing date for the independent categories of the 2020 Drinks Retailing Awards is fast approaching.

The Majestic Wine store in Wakefield that rebranded as Naked Wines has now returned to its original trappings and it will operate as Majestic once more.

The advertising watchdog has rapped Aldi on the knuckles over an ad that compared its Veuve Monsigny Champagne to the Moët & Chandon on sale at Tesco.

London wine shop chain Jeroboams says its two years as a finalist in the Drinks Retailing Awards have helped it highlight all the elements of its business that enhance its consumer and trade reputation.

Vagabond is gearing up to add four stores to its estate over the next eight months.

Online retailer Beer Hawk and subscription service Beer Bods have joined forces in a bid to “get more people drinking better beer”.

Sainsbury’s is ramping up its focus on the low and no alcohol sector by opening an alcohol-free pub.

Entries for the independent categories of the 2020 Drinks Retailing Awards close five weeks today.

Fortress has emerged as the frontrunner to buy Majestic Wine’s 200 stores in a deal worth £100 million.

Spar’s Rios de los Andes Reserve Malbec will feature as one of 15 standout products that will now be the focus of the retailer’s summer 2019 campaign.

One of the winners of this year’s Drinks Retailing Awards has been exploiting the benefits of the extra profile and publicity opportunities.

Majestic Wine has lowered the price of its entire spirit range and removed the two-tier pricing on the category.

European Food Brokers is reportedly seeking to take Oddbins back from the hands of the administrators it appointed four months ago.

The 2018 winner of the Independent Beer Retailer of the Year category in the Drinks Retailing Awards is celebrating a move to bigger and better premises.

Shrinkage costs UK retailers almost £11 billion a year and alcoholic drinks are the greatest contributor to that figure, according to new research.

In a small room upstairs at the St John’s Chop House in Cambridge on a wet Tuesday night, the Oxford Wine Company meet for a debrief following round one of their blind tasting challenge against hosts Cambridge Wine Merchants.

The clock is ticking for independents to enter the 2020 Drinks Retailing Awards.

The managing director of Majestic Wine is confident that all jobs will be preserved after the parent company decided to sell the entire retail estate.

Majestic Wine chief executive Rowan Gormley has confirmed that the group intends to sell the entire Majestic business after deciding Naked Wines offers greater growth potential.

The owner of Waterstones is reported to be a new contender in the £100 million battle for Majestic Wine’s 200-strong retail estate.