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4 May, 2016

Top 100 Most Influential People in Wine 2016

Welcome to our annual rundown of the 100 most influential people in the UK wine trade, spanning retailers, suppliers, lobbyists, writers, marketers and TV stars.

Kingsland Drinks launched a new range of fusion beverages at this year’s London Wine Fair this week.

There’s a Beer For That has launched the next phase of its campaign through a partnership with Co-operative Food.

Berry Bros & Rudd will be bring the distribution of its premium spirits portfolio in-house from 1 July 2016.

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Magners has introduced a new campaign to shake up the apple cider category.

Conviviality Retail, the owner of Bargain Booze, has announced it plans to acquire wine wholesaler Bibendum in a deal worth £60m.

London-based beer retailer We Brought Beer is set to open its third store in less than two years, while other craft beer specialists have also revealed plans for expansion.

John Smith’s has revealed details of a campaign to drive awareness of its Golden Ale among its target audience.

Kleine Zalze is to mark its 20th anniversary this year with investment in a vineyard analysis programme as well as new wine launches.

Strongbow is set to be the Official Partner of Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Freixenet will be kicking off the summer season with its new Ice Cava, which has been created exclusively for the UK market.

Bibendum PLB Group has been appointed by Cellier des Princes to distribute the Rhone Valley-based producer’s wines across all channels in the UK.

A Canadian ice cider has been crowned Supreme Champion at the International Cider Challenge 2016 run by Off Licence News.

Vestal Vodka is gearing up for a big push into the UK off-trade and beyond, following the appointment of a new brand development director.

Kingsland Drinks, which acquired Bottle Green in April last year, has now completed the strategic integration of the two businesses.

Bibendum PLB has has been appointed to distribute wines from Rhone Valley-based Cellier des Princes in all UK trade channels.

English sparkling winery Ridgeview has announced it will feature in Michel Roux Jr’s series The Craftsmen’s Dinner.

Independent whisky bottler Wemyss Malts is releasing six new single cask whiskies.

Premium Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig has launched a “pioneering new range” of Rekorderlig Cider Cocktails.

The Real Wine Fair has been branded the most successful in its five-year history with a 25% increase in visitor numbers compared to 2015.

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Do anything too regularly and it soon becomes a chore. Stop sniggering at the back. It’s as true for wine tasting as it is for data entry. I know, poor us. Try telling anyone with a normal job how unlucky we are and I doubt you’ll get much sympathy, but the fact remains that there are thousands of different wines and most of them taste pretty average.

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