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16 January, 2017

Liberty Wines to distribute Sandeman and Mateus

Liberty Wines has reached an agreement to become UK distributor for Sogrape, whose portfolio includes Mateus rosé, Sandeman port and various ranges from around the world.

Gin sales grew 14.5% to £420 million in UK supermarkets in 2016, making it the best performing spirits category.

BWS sales grew 5.7% over Christmas and drove the FMCG market to its best festive performance in four years (Nielsen, four weeks to December 31, 2016).

The producer of Skinny Prosecco has revealed plans to expand the business in 2017 following strong growth last year. 

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Portsmouth City Council has failed in a bid to outlaw Oranjeboom lager and K cider on grounds they promote irresponsible drinking.

Complaints about the packaging of three different alcoholic drink brands have not been upheld by The Portman Group’s Independent Complaints Panel.

New Zealand wine producers are gearing up for a high level of interest in their Pinot Noir wines at the annual trade tasting event in London next week, following the news that tickets for the popular Pinot Noir NZ event in Wellington, New Zealand, have already sold out.

Buckingham Schenk has added Kreglinger Wine Estates to its portfolio to boost its Australian wine selection.

Aldi has reported record festive sales for 2016 supported by strong sales for its Prosecco, alongside low-priced festive veg.

Majestic Wine saw like-for-like sales of 7.5% in its retail division in the 10 weeks to January 2.

BWS sales grew by 5.7% over Christmas, making it the second best performing FMCG category and helping drive the market to its best festive performance in four years (Nielsen, four weeks to December 31, 2016).

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly is introducing a pink Pinot Grigio as part of a plan to drive value back into the rose category.

Think Rum to maximise profit

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Rum is currently a star performer in the UK, with sales up 12% in the on-trade and 3% in the off-trade, with independents and c-stores growing sales by 6% (Nielsen and CGA).

Black Cow Vodka is opening its West Dorset distillery to the public in April this year, along with a new bar and kitchen concept.

Buckingham Schenk will reveal a new brand from Rod McDonald Wines at next week’s New Zealand Winegrowers tasting event.

María José Sevilla is stepping down as UK director of generic body Foods & Wines from Spain.

Thatchers Cider has commissioned its first canning line at its Myrtle Farm headquarters, as part of an £8.3m investment.

Taylor’s has released a 1967 Single Harvest Port, the fourth in a series of 50 year-old limited edition Tawny Ports.

Innis & Gunn has revealed “the first detoxing beer of its kind” to tap into the trend for lower or no alcohol products.

An English sparkling wine has triumphed over Champagne yet again in the contest to become the official partner to The Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race.

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