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To give the UK’s drinks retailers more time to finish their entries at a time when many find their resources stretched, the deadline for the independent categories of the Drinks Retailing Awards 2021has been extended for the very last time.

The Whisky Exchange has cancelled the 2020 instalment of its annual Whisky Show – which was to have been held in London in October – because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Spar is bringing its annual wine festival into stores in August across England, Scotland and Wales, offering “a huge variety of wines at sector-leading prices”.

This year, Spar said the focus of the festival will be on giving customers great value by offering a number of discounts on a wide selection of wine from leading brands to own label.

The Spar Wine Festival kicks off in participating stores on August 13 and will run until September 2, 2020.

There are 32 different wines included in the festival with 12 of those coming from Spar’s own label range.

Matthew Fowkes, Trading Manager for Wine at SPAR UK, said: “Our annual Wine Festival is a great opportunity for us to show shoppers the fantastic range of wine available in Spar stores.

“It is a great event for our stores, as it helps boost sales by encouraging shoppers to try wines at promotional prices.

“As a leading convenience retailer that sells excellent quality wines that represent value for money, a large selection of wine in this year’s festival will appeal to a wide customer base, allowing stores to showcase their extensive wine range to new and existing customers.”

A focus point of the event is the range of Spar own label wine on offer. New products such as the Orbis Organic range and Rios de los Andes Malbec Rosé will feature alongside the established Vine & Bloom and Perlezza wines.

Key brands at the heart of the festival include customer favourites Casillero del Diablo, Wolf Blass Yellow Label and, the increasingly popular, 19 Crimes wines.

All wines included in the Spar Wine Festival are on special offer and will be supported by in-store POS and communications across the Spar digital network.

Fortnum & Mason has added the first English still wine to its range.

Entries close tomorrow, Friday, August 7, for the independent categories of the Drinks Retailing Awards.

The Waitrose offer of a specially-curated case of South African wines at 25% off sold out within 24 hours.

The deadline for independents to enter the 2021 Drinks Retailing Awards has been extended until Friday, August 7.

Majestic Wine has confirmed plans for future growth - alongside revealing details of new stores set to open in 2020. The business said its experience of lockdown was partly behind the new strategy.

Nisa is supporting its retailers with a range of cider deals to drive sales over the summer season.

The closing date is fast-approaching for the independent categories in the 2021 Drinks Retailing Awards.

BWS sales growth in the off-trade continued unabated in early July despite the reopening of pubs, bars and restaurants.

One of the UK’s most well-known specialist beer shops has closed. Beer Ritz, in the Headingley district of Leeds, announced the closure on social media yesterday, though mail order continues to be available from their warehouse, via the Beer Ritz website. 

There are just two weeks to go for independent off-trade retailers to get their entries in for the 2021 Drinks Retailing Awards.

Berry Bros & Rudd has appointed Emma Fox as its new chief executive officer.

Independent beer shops are planning an event that resembles Record Store Day, in a bid to reignite the sector following the coronavirus lockdown.

A winner in the independent categories of the Drinks Retailing Awards says the victory was good news for suppliers, customers and staff as well as the commercial health of the business.

Victor Zasadzki, owner of the Pilango, the winner of the Independent Cider Retailer of the Year category in the 2020 awards, says: “It’s a very useful part of our marketing to help us to ensure confidence and to emphasise the quality we offer our customers.

Online retail sales continued to soar through June, despite the re-opening of the high street.

Majestic Wine is expanding its partnership with Deliveroo, adding 54 new stores and bringing the total to 137 stores across the UK.

The winner of this year’s Independent Wine Retailer of the Year says the kudos from the victory has brought tangible benefits.

Entries are now open for the independent categories of the Drinks Retailing Awards 2021.

Tesco has announced its total sales increased by 8.2% to £13.4 billion in the first sales quarter of 2020, but it warned that coronavirus-related costs were set to hit £840 million this year.

Majestic Wines has announced it is ready to reopen all of its stores from tomorrow.

Waitrose is predicting record-breaking demand for rosé wines over the next few weeks.

Naked Wines has appointed James Crawford as managing director of its UK business.

Spar is launching two new organic wines under a new brand name, Orbis (Latin for ‘World’)

Spar has launched a new extra dry rosé sparkling wine.

Bestway Wholesale has written to The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, to urge the government to “ensure the right decisions are taken for consumers, shopworkers and for retailers”, in relation to the proposed relaxation of Sunday Trading Laws.

A leading north west England wine merchant has shared on national radio its experiences of a rollercoaster ride doing business under lockdown.

The Whisky Exchange has reported a 159% uplift in gifting purchases over the lockdown period.

Joint administrators Duff & Phelps have confirmed they have sold of a large proportion of the Oddbins business.