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19 April, 2015

Prosecco, vodka and lager drive £284 million growth in BWS

Strong performances from Prosecco, vodka, premium lager and craft ale led off-trade value sales to grow 2% to £14.5 billion in 2014, according to IRI.

Aldi has been the biggest winner in the premium bottled ale market in the past year after stealing shoppers from the big four grocers and rival Lidl.

Cider needs to innovate and enforce a premium price point to stop it from going down the route of mainstream lager, according to a leading supplier.

Carlsberg has increased its UK marketing budget by 500% to £12 million as it

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A Prosecco has overtaken Freixenet, Martini and Codorníu to become the biggest non-Champagne sparkling wine in the UK off- trade, market analyst company IRI has reported.

Morrisons’ drinks buying teams have been told their positions could be at risk after the retailer announced it is to cut 720 head office jobs.

Independent retailer the Oxford Wine Company is set to open a second café in the city this summer.

Tesco has confirmed James Davis MW has been appointed as category buying manager for wine.

Tesco is on the brink of announcing swathes of changes to its wine buying team, including a series of redundancies and the appointment of a new MW to bolster the department.

Sales of Trivento Argentinian wines helped boost UK sales figures for the UK arm of Chile-based wine producer Concha y Toro last year.

Pilsner Urquell is switching from green to brown glass bottles for the UK market. Supplier Miller Brands said the move was intended to “reinforce the brand’s quality and original Pilsner credentials”.

Harpers Wine and Spirit and www.harpers.co.uk have joined Off Licence News at Agile Media.

Majestic has announced it will acquire Naked Wines for £70 million and has appointed the company’s founder Rowan Gormley as the combined group’s new chief executive.

Cumbrian brewery Hardknott has doubled its production capacity to meet the rapidly growing demand for its bottled beers after winning a nationwide listing with Morrisons.

Comedian Bob Mortimer has taken over as the face of Charles Wells’ flagship beer Bombardier after the sad death of Rick Mayall.

Twickenham independent Real Ale is celebrating its 10th anniversary by launching an own-label beer and plans to create a broad own-label range in future.

Birmingham independent Loki is aiming to open a new shop in the West Midlands in the coming weeks and a third store in early 2016.

A report from the Society of Independent Brewers shows bottled beer taking an increasing share of its members’ sales.

A group of 15 winemakers from across the Rhône poured some of the region’s finest wines for buyers as it hosted its first UK tasting in 15 years.

The Champagne Bureau has admitted it needs to start educating consumers on why Champagne is more expensive than rival sparkling wines and will start by releasing a series of educational online videos.

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Richard Hemming: Know your message

Is your decanter half full or half empty? Some people look at the UK  wine trade and see declining sales, punitive tax and low average prices. I prefer to see recovering sales, decelerating duty and everyday affordability.

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