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24 August, 2016

Olympics and heatwave cause alcohol sales to surge

Sales of beers, wines and spirits grew 3% and soft drinks sales were up 9.3% in the retail trade during the Olympic Games, according to Nielsen.

Scottish wholesaler Inverarity Morton has hired former Wallaces Express boss Brian Calder to conduct a full audit of the business with a view to improving its offering.

WKD is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a packaging makeover and the launch of two lower-calorie drinks in a bid to appeal to more 18 to 24-year-olds.

Retailers have been warned to be especially vigilant when checking IDs as more than 700,000 students aged 15-16 prepare to celebrate GCSE results week.

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Retailers and suppliers are buoyant about their chances of growing sales over the next few years, despite 45% saying the EU referendum result has hit their businesses.

Andrew Shaw’s influence over the UK wine trade has soared in the past couple of years and he is now arguably its leading buyer. Two years ago he was in charge of buying for Bibendum, one of the UK’s biggest agencies, which was a big job in itself for the former Waitrose wine supremo. But thanks to a series of mergers and acquisitions he is now in charge of buying for Bibendum, PLB, Matthew Clark, Bargain Booze, Thorougoods, Wine Rack and more.

OLN was shocked and saddened to learn today that the UK office of the Wine Institute of California will close due to severe cuts in funding from the Department of Agriculture in Washington DC.

Casillero del Diablo and Barefoot have posted strong value growth figures to surge up the table of the UK’s bestselling wine brands.

Hayman’s Gin has joined forces with premium conserve brand Tiptree to create a range of gin liqueurs.

A drink described as India’s first premium rum is gearing up for its UK launch.

Laithwaite’s Wine has opened an online wine cellar on eBay, forming part of the online marketplace’s strategy to build a wine arm in the UK.

Spirits are driving 0.9% value growth in the Ł15.8 billion off-trade BWS market (Nielsen, year to April 23, 2016) and, while alcohol consumption is in long-term decline, “quality is winning over quantity”, according to a leading supplier.

Karla & Co Spirits, together with Gas Familia Distillery, are introducing the first Slovakian vodka on the UK market.

Caorunn Gin has opened up its distillery to give gin fans the chance to learn about the botanicals and production processes for its gin.

Berry Bros & Rudd has appointed Nick Morton in the new role of director of private clients.

Burleighs, the Leicestershire-based gin producer, is releasing a Pink edition, inspired by its master distiller’s trip to Tokyo.

English winemakers look set to earmark 2016 as their strongest year to date as sales and award wins continue to soar.

Eisberg has agreed a three-year partnership to become the Official Wine Partner for the Tour of Britain.

Three Ships Whisky has released its limited edition 10 Year Old Single Malt, described by the master distiller as “the most powerful single malt he has produced”.

Lanchester Wines has appointed Barney Davis as its new head of commercial operations.

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