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1 July, 2016

Brexit poll: majority of drinks trade disappointed and fearful after result

The vast majority of retailers, wholesalers and suppliers are unhappy with the result of the EU referendum and believe their businesses with take a battering in the short term, an OLN survey has found.

Waitrose has installed its draft beer pump concept into a second store.

St Austell Brewery Company has announced the acquisition of fellow West Country brewer and pub company, Bath Ales.

German Riesling will be highlighted in stores across the country this month as part of a nationwide promotion for the "King of German grapes".

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A new craft distillery is due to open its doors in Kent this summer, offering gin, vodka and other spirits for the UK and overseas markets. 

Elements Eight, the single distillery rum from St Lucia, will be relaunched in the UK as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

Tesco has revealed plans to open a pop-up Tesco Finest wine bar for 11 days in Soho's Wardour Street in August, offering the entire 70-plus Finest wines to taste and a selection of ‘discovery wine flights’ to introduce consumers to new varieties.

Citra, which Oakham Ales launched five years ago, has overtaken JHB as the brewer’s most popular ale, ending its 23-year position in the top spot.  

Irish craft brewer Brú is targeting the UK off-trade with a range of bottled beers.

The Guildford Wine Company will open some “cracking” wines alongside big discounts as part of the celebrations for its 10-year anniversary this weekend.

Old Speckled Hen led the charge in take-home for Greene King as it posted a 2.2% increase in sales and a 9.7% rise in operating profits in its brewing and brands division in the year to May 1.

Denis O’Flynn is leaving his post as managing director of Pernod Ricard UK at the end of September.

Surrey’s Cellar Magneval wine shop and wine bar group has split in two with its site in Ripley in the county relaunched as Cellar Wines.

Waitrose is exclusively listing a single hop beer made with a rare variety by Surrey brewer Hogs Back.

Crush Wines has released its Bijou Rosé in a magnum format, following the “unbelievable increase” in consumers looking for larger sharing formats.

Kopparberg has launched a limited-edition Kopparkeg, to help encourage its fans to share their fruit cider this summer.

A YouGov survey for the Groceries Code Adjudicator shows a fall in the number of suppliers experiencing code-related issues in the past year.

The UK has voted to leave the EU and Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned. Meanwhile, the pound has dropped to its lowest level since 1985.

Convenience store chain My Local, which was sold by Morrisons last September, is reported to be on the verge of collapse.

Maxxium UK has revealed its strategy for accelerating spirits sales growth over the next five years for the off-trade and on-trade channels.

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Three ways to improve wine's fortunes

Last month’s OLN Wine Report highlighted some of the most prominent issues currently facing the off-trade. Taken in isolation, the report’s findings make gloomy reading – shrinking product ranges, supermarket turmoil, lack of innovation and a decline in overall wine sales across the country.

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