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12 February, 2016

Cider industry needs cut in duty, MPs told

 The government must act to save Britain’s cider makers, MPs were told at a Parliamentary reception last night.

AB InBev has accepted a £1.8 billion bid from Japan’s Asahi brewing group for four beer brands including Peroni and Grolsch.

Family-owned distillers William Grant & Sons has appointed whisky writer Alwynne Gwilt as whisky specialist and brand ambassador for its Ancient Reserves portfolio.

The Advertising Standards Authority has ordered multiple retailer Iceland to withdraw an ad for the Fat Bastard wine brand.

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Caledonian Brewery is releasing its Coast to Coast pale ale and Three Hops lager in bottles.

The drink-driving limit in England and Wales could be lowered to match the tougher stance taken in Scotland, according to media reports.

Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings is nearing a deal to buy European beer brands Grolsch and Peroni, as reported in Reuters today.

The Friday Beer Company has raised £93.5k of the £150k it is seeking to fund its ambitious expansion project.

Heineken has reported “low single digit” decline in beer volumes in the UK during 2015.

UK consumers are losing their retail loyalty and are increasingly willing to shop at a wider range of stores if it means saving money, the latest retail figures from market analysts Nielsen suggest.

The government’s official response to its consultation exercise on Sunday Trading, published today, has been angrily dismissed by the Association of Convenience Stores.

Foley Family Wines has acquired the Chalone Estate Vineyard in Monterey County, California from Diageo for an undisclosed sum.

Sales of Rioja wines set a new record last year with a total of 388 million bottles sold, aided by the region’s strategy to boost its focus on both white and aged wines.

Sales of Franciacorta premium Italian sparkling wine were up 7.1% domestically and 7.5% in export across 2015, the region’s winemakers’ governing body, Franciacorta Consorzio, has announced.

Armit Wines has added winery Castello di Buttrio to its Italian portfolio, as part of a strategic category review designed to boost its range of quality white wines and indigenous northern Italian varieties.

A rosé from Champagne Lanson’s portfolio has been hailed as the UK’s best-selling Rose Champagne, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The Sussex-based Nyetimber winery has acquired a neighbouring 44-ha site in West Chiltington to help fulfil its expansion plans.

Diageo is to launch a limited-edition run of Johnnie Walker Blue Label to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year.

Sharps Cornish brewery is to be the headline partner for the second annual London Beer Week, which runs from February 22 to 28.

Casillero del Diablo has renewed its partnership with Sky Movies after a record year of sales in 2015.

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