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29 August, 2015

New brews from Black Sheep

Yorkshire’s Black Sheep Brewery has launched three brews designed to appeal to experimental craft beer drinkers.

Australia’s Barramundi is targeting younger drinkers after a brand overhaul to position the brand as “the beach in a bottle”.

Innis & Gunn has launched a Bourbon Pale Ale, aged over bourbon-infused American heartwood oak. 

Molson Coors is giving Coors Light drinkers the chance to win adventure holidays in an on-pack promotion.

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Surging sales of Champagne and Irish whiskey helped Pernod Ricard grow sales grow 2% in 2014-15 but profits were lower than expected due to a €400 impairment on Absolut vodka, the firm’s full-year report has revealed.

Kingsland Drinks has decided to merge its business with Bottle Green after buying the Leeds-based supplier in April.

Buckingham Schenk has added Chilean producer Garcés Silva Family Vineyards to its portfolio.

Surging summer sales of vodka, gin and sparkling wine have led the total off-trade BWS market into 0.7% value growth on the previous year (Nielsen, 12 weeks to 15/8/15).

Earthquake-hit Chilean farmers will see a wine produced from their Carignan grapes launched in the UK next month by Walker & Wodehouse.

Tesco is shutting down its online wine community after less than four years.

Innis & Gunn has raised £3 million through a mini-bond and is set to build a state-of-the-art brewery in south east Scotland.

Top chef launches ale

20 August, 2015

Tom Kitchin, chef of Michelin-starred Edinburgh restaurant The Kitchin and gastro-pub The Scran & Scallie, has teamed up with the Isle of Skye Brewing Co to release premium brew Yer Ben.

Prosecco charges ahead

19 August, 2015

Prosecco has chalked up its third year as the nation’s favourite sparkling wine, with sales in supermarkets, off-licences and convenience stores up 72% in the past year – and is showing no sign of slowing down, IRI has reported.

Tesco looks set to drop half-price deals on wine in a bid to drive profits and restore consumer trust in its business.

Tesco has confirmed it will not be seeking a replacement for group wine director Dan Jago, who has been appointed chief executive of Berry Bros & Rudd.

Innovation in the cider market is being stifled by Reducing the Strength schemes, which are preventing producers from launching products in the UK.

Award-winning Surrey independent The Wine Reserve has been bought out by its store management team.

Two leading independent chains have expanded their footprints in the on-trade with new openings.

Conviviality Retail has launched two initiatives which it says will improve franchisee involvement in the group.

A retailer claims foreign companies are damaging his business by targeting UK shoppers with beers, wines and spirits that do not include duty or VAT.

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