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26 April, 2017

Brookfield aims to fizz up UK cider market with Finnish brand

The team that rejuvenated Kestrel lager and Diamond cider is now targeting UK retailers with a Finnish cider called Fizz.

Leading online craft beer retailer Beer Hawk has appointed Russell Clarke to head up efforts to boost sales to the trade.

John Timothy has taken over as chief executive at the Portman Group after a decade in senior public affairs roles at Tesco.

Suffolk producer Aspall has launched canned cider to satisfy growing demand for consumers for “mid-strength cider that doesn’t compromise on quality or taste”.

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Lyme Bay Winery has added two new additions to its line-up of English sparkling wines.

Cornish cider producer, Cornish Orchards, has extended into 33cl cans with three of its ciders.

Chapel Down is launching a prestige cuvee from its single vineyard estate, Kit’s Coty, which will form part of a new trio of wines.

Heineken has launched a £5m campaign for its New Zealand cider brand, Old Mout.

Sol lager is now available in two new SKUs to help retailers cash in on the key summer season.

Big Drop Brewing Co, the UK’s first brewer dedicated exclusively to producing beers under 0.5% abv, has added a new beer to its portfolio.

The Co-op has revealed details of a new project, which follows the success of its recent member-led own-label beer launch, and this time it's focused on wine.

Martell has refreshed its original VS expression as part of its strategy to modernise the cognac category.

Chapel Down has announced last year was “another fantastic year of growth” with year-on-year sales up by 25% to £6.8m, and wine gross profit up by 30% to £2.8m.

Australia has long been head and shoulders above the other wine producing countries in UK volume and value sales, but sales have finally started to dip slightly. The only top 10 countries of origin in growth – New Zealand, Argentina and Chile – all have a higher average bottle price than Australia, so it is arguably time for the industry to come together to drive value into the Australia category to preserve its long-term health.

More than 250 wines will be poured at the Wines of Germany trade tasting at the Hospital Club in London on May 9.

Tequila sales are soaring in the UK as fans seek out premium variants for cocktails or as a sipping spirit, according to the latest data.

The Bolney Wine Estate and The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew have joined forces to launch a new collection of  “quintessentially English” sparkling wines for spring.

Pernod Ricard posted a 3% rise in sales for its third quarter, boosted by good growth in both Europe and the Americas.

Carling has relaunched its premium lager, Carling Premier.

The off-trade spirits market is in a good position for growth, with signs it is picking up traction from the on-trade, according to a leading bartender.

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Rosé tinted glasses

I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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