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As February marks the UK’s annual LGBTQ+ history month, there is no better time for drinks retailers to consider the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer colleagues who contribute to the sucess of the off-trade, as well as LGBTQ+ potential employees who are seeking a career in the industry. 

Tonic: Mixing up the flavours

18 February, 2019

Consumer thirst for unusual additions to boost their G&T has never been higher, reports Sonya Hook

In the latest of our series celebrating the best in British bottled beer we explore some of the essentials to get your staff talking to customers with knowledge and confidence.

Rolling with the times

10 April, 2009

Despite encountering many obstacles, tobacco

is still holding its own . Nicola Collenette report

Christine Boggis meets the retailers who offer hard-to-find bottles, sound advice and a speedy delivery service

The health-conscious public have turned the

sector on its head - and Scotland's proposed sales restrictions pose a threat south of the border, says Jaq Bayle

Anyone for Swede?

16 May, 2008

Drinks retailing in Sweden is controlled by the state monopoly. Graham Holter wonders if the UK has anything to learn

Since the introduction of the smoking ban, sales of tobacco-related products have gone into decline. Christine Boggis finds the once powerful industry is facing big challenges

Cider may be the industry success story of recent years, but it still faces challenges. Graham Holter quizzed some key players about the prospects and problems for the year ahead

Monkey business

22 February, 2008

Marc Wise and Matt Harris have expanded their offer to reach the on-trade, writes Laura Clark

Everything under control?

11 January, 2008

Just how much of a difference do alcohol levels make to wine? Natasha Hughes investigates

A spoonful of sugar ...

30 November, 2007

Expanding the product offer with sweets could be a tonic - or a bitter pill, reports Jaq Bayles

The McQuillens tailored their BWS range to suit their customers' needs, and the move proved a prosperous one. Laura Clark reports

Protect and survive

19 October, 2007

For drinks shops in high crime areas, it may seem the only real protection is in security screens, but you don't have to turn your shop into Fort Knox. Emma Eversham looks at the options

Flummoxed by the interweb? You needn't let that stand in your way of cashing in on online sales opportunities. Laura Clark talks to the experts to give you all you need to know to set up your own website

The tables are turning

21 September, 2007

This all-essential guide is just what retailers need when it comes to selling digestifs - the category that is rising in popularity - says Laura Clark

Few drinks categories are quite so Christmas-sensitive or dominated by a single brand as cream liqueurs. Despite the best efforts of brand owners to convince the world that it’s an all-year round drink, the category remains a once-a-year purchase for many of its consumers.

Cheers to beers

23 November, 2012

Could there be two happier words in the English language than “Christmas” and “beer”? Both signify unadulterated joy, wonder and merriment.

If you were to put the lager category on the psychiatrist’s couch and ask why it is so depressed, you would be met with a litany of reasons.

Romania has had to put up with a lot of drama since it started producing wine 6,000 years ago.

The Languedoc is a fiery region of bullfighting, rugby and tough, cassoulet-fuelled farmers tending scorched plains, but it has always suffered from an inferiority complex when it comes to wine.

You cannot be a self-respecting pirate without adhering to a very particular checklist: scraggly beard, bulging biceps, weathered skin, tattoos, missing limbs, fighting spirit, a filthy mouth and, of course, a bottle of rum.

A chance to score well

22 March, 2010

As the World Cup nears the trade should be ready to reap the rewards.