A host of leading buyers, producers, bartenders and commentators from across the UK descended on the Hospital Club in London this month for a celebration of all things gin.
The Essential Guide to Beers highlight the wide range of brewers and brews available to the UK retailer, traditional UK styles to artisan and speciality styles from across the world and the innovation that is making the beer ranges evermore exciting. The guide will have an overview of the market, retailers' views plus tips and advice on how to make the most of sales.
In the dog-eat-dog beer market off-licences are taking a bite out of the pub trade – thanks to the growler.
The Australian wine category will nosedive in a brave new retail world obsessed with everyday low pricing if it does not adapt and improve its average price point, according to Hardys supplier Accolade Wines.
The OLN Essential Guide to South Africa is the perfect guide for buyers on trends within the South African category – highlighting the grapes, regions, categories and producers they should be looking to add to their drinks range.
The OLN Essential Guide to Cider brings you the stories behind the ciders you’re selling – putting British and international brands on the map as well as looking at the latest trends in cider and food-matching and gleaning tips from trend-setting pubs, bars and restaurants.
In France, aromatised wine-based drinks saw the biggest growth in the off-trade last year, and plenty of companies are hoping to replicate that success here. These drinks were also tipped as the future for lower-alcohol wine in OLN’s annual Wine Report, with 28% of suppliers predicting they would grow, more than any other part of the lower-alcohol wine market.
After the excesses of December the UK has staggered bleary-eyed and pasty-faced into the driest month of the year.
The past few years have seen a remarkable evolution both with classic varieties such as Chardonnay and Shiraz, along with a host of other exciting grapes and styles. The OLN Essential Guide to Australia explores the diverse grapes and regions from the land down under.
Thought Austria was all about Grüner?
Has there ever been a better time to be a beer wholesaler?
Brewers are finally coming to recognise the off-trade’s potential thanks to the craft beer phenomenon, expanding premium bottled ales ranges and an appetite for experimentation among buyers.
Both sides are claiming victory following the latest legal opinion from Luxemburg on the Scottish government’s bid to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol.
The craft beer trend has woken consumers up to the delights of the brewing world with the taste explosions ofheavily hopped IPAs and the lighter touch of golden ales.
Former TV executive David Jones opened his beer shop in the West Yorkshire town of Ossett in November 2011, with the aim of giving beer fans a go-to store for northern brews where they could park easily.
With 2,600 shops across the UK, each designed to cater for its local market and be a community hub, Spar’s trading managers for wine, Nick Jones and Daphne Teremetz, have got their work cut out.
Christmas is all about creating an eclectic drinks cabinet, so retailers should ensure those indulgent and unusual cream liqueurs are clearly visible.
Many of the biggest names in BWS started at the bottom. They explain why it is so important to nurture new talent. Christine Boggis reports
Not everything is quite what it seems. Sitting at a terrace table, taking in mountain views, surrounded by thesort of buildings you see dripping with snow on Christmas cards, it would be easy to think you were in Switzerland or southern Germany. The truth is you are some 6,000 miles away. This is not alpine Europe but Latin America, more precisely a town in Brazil just a couple of hours’ drive from the teeming metropolis of São Paulo.
The juggernaut of fizzy popularity that is Prosecco is having another good year.
In the enlightened society we live in, it goes without saying that we want our wines to be made by happy, decently paid workers living in sustainable communities where their children can be educated and they get the health and social care they need. Or does it?
There’s no denying the seismic effects Aldi’s inexorable rise – and its growing focus on wine – have had on drinks retailing in general and the big four supermarkets in particular.
It would be overstating things to suggest that Conviviality Retail’s acquisition of Matthew Clark is a game-changer for the drinks industry, but there’s no question that it has catapulted the company previously known only as the owner of Bargain Booze and related brands into a new era.
Satirical website the Daily Mash has invented a spoof academy, the Institute for Studies, to provide expert comment for its fictional reports. It probably wasn’t inspired by the Institute for Alcohol Studies, but it does say something about the media’s craving for a white-coated boffin to shore up their stories.
As the economy finds its feet again and UK consumers start to loosen their purse strings a little, drinks suppliers and retailers are looking forward to an exciting Christmas, with fingers crossed all round for bumper sales.
At Christmas, one must quote Cliff Richard. And as Sir Cliff so correctly informed us in his 1988 number one Mistletoe & Wine, “it’s a time for giving”.
The forecast is in – and it looks like the cider market is going to be cloudy this autumn.
Shaken or stirred, vermouth is the drink to be seen with this season.
Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” Those were the immortal words of Doc Brown to Marty McFly, as he powered up the flux capacitor and headed from 1985 to October 21, 2015, in Back to the Future Part II.
Sales of premium wine are soaring in multiple grocers and struggling convenience stores are in danger of being left behind, new data has revealed.
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