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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.

Neighbourhood and community drinks retailers are being urged to enter the 2020 Drinks Retailing Awards.

Waitrose is trialling a wine and beer refillable system as part of its “Unpacked” scheme, which aims to reduce unnecessary packaging and plastic.

Amazon is planning to open ten shops in the UK, selling food and drink products as well as electronics, homewares and beauty items.

31Dover owner DMD Ventures has unveiled plans to grow turnover to £50 million by 2022 after completing two private investment rounds and investing in new technology.

US investment giant Fortress is believed to have joined rival bidders in the £100 million battle for Majestic Wines store portfolio.

The Co-op has pledged to experiment more with different wine formats in future after expanding its range of cans, 50cl bottles and minibottles.

Nisa Retail has expanded its craft beer offering with access to more than 100 UK producers, as a result of a partnership with online distributor, EeBria Trade.

A number of investors are reported to be interested in buying the Majestic Wines’ 200-strong retail estate, following the announcement in March that the company plans to change its corporate name to Naked Wines with increased focus on its online business.

Waitrose said it enjoyed strong wine sales in January by treating it with the same care and attention as any other month.

Waitrose has taken on a beer created by university students as a business project.

Britons spent £41 million on Prosecco in the four weeks leading up to Easter, according to Nielsen.

The Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA's) decision to block the merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda is short-sighted, according to a supply chain and logistics expert.

The Majestic Wine store in Wakefield has been transformed into a Naked Wines showroom as part of a trial from the group.

Aldi has relaunched some of the most popular Scottish craft gin and beer brands from the in-store festivals it hosted last year.

Drinkly has appointed a Director of Business Operations and a Brand Partnership Manager to help drive its ambitious growth plans.

Borough Wines is embarking on a franchise scheme for its retail estate as the business continues to ramp up its focus on wholesale. 

Tesco has reported a 28% jump in profits as its turnaround plan nears completion.

The Oxford Wine Company has taken on Nancy Gilchrist MW as a consultant for the business.

We Brought Beer has been forced to bid farewell to its iconic store near Clapham Junction due to the landlord’s “unreasonable rent terms”.

The Bottle Shop has called in the administrators and made all employees redundant after sales dipped “well under forecast” during the winter trading period.

Majestic Wine’s managing director Joshua Lincoln has written to all customers in a bid "explain the big picture" beyond today's headlines. 

Majestic shares fell off a cliff this morning after the group announced plans to shut an undisclosed number of stores in a sweeping revamp of its business.

Independent retailer Real Ale has chosen Notting Hill as the venue for its third store as it continues to expand across the capital.

Gin has overtaken whisky as the largest category by volume at online retailer Master of Malt after enjoying huge sales growth over the past year. “It continues to grow and it occupies a large part of my day,” says head buyer Guy Hodcroft. “We’ve been watching it over the past few years catching up, and now it has overtaken, which is really exciting.