The government’s new guidelines on healthy drinking, published today, have met with a mixed reception from the drinks industry.

HMRC has broken up a conspiracy to flood the UK with illicit cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol, which was organised from a prison cell.

Curious Brew lager from Kent’s Chapel Down winery was the bestselling craft beer at Waitrose over the Christmas season, posting sales growth of 116% at the multiple retailer across 2015.

Majestic Wine plc has posted strong sales growth for the ten-week Christmas trading period.

Armit Wines has added boutique New Zealand winery Stonecroft to its portfolio and claims it will now be distributing “some of the finest Syrah in the New World”.

AB InBev is to offer UK consumers full calorific information on its products, the global brewing giant has announced.

The drinks aisles boomed in the Christmas fortnight, according to the latest figures from data analysts IRI.

Police are investigating an overnight attack on the Riverland Vintners winery in Monash, South Australia, which saw four insulated temperature-controlled storage tanks containing 1.2 million litres of red wine deliberately emptied overnight.

Alcohol-free beer is gaining in popularity in the UK, according to new research from AB InBev UK.

The HMRC’s Alcohol Wholesaler Registratation Scheme is now operational.

Discount retailer Lidl is to stock English wine for the first time, the company has revealed.

Treasury Wine Estates’ UK portfolio will now include Blossom Hill after it completed the £362 million purchase of Diageo’s wine division.

Pernod Ricard UK has again partnered with the AA on its Christmas anti drink-driving campaign.

Borough Wines has opened a pop-up shop in Islington, before refurbishing and opening as a permanent store site in the New Year.

The Christmas gift market has untapped potential for white spirits producers, especially at the craft end of the market, according to research from Mintel.

William Grant & Sons chief executive Stella David is to leave the family-owned business in February, it is reported.

The Scottish Whisky Association is to partner with Scotland Food and Drink in a new initiative to help expand Scottish exports.

Australian winemaker De Bortoli is to launch a new wine range into the UK in January aimed at the impulse market, the multiples and specialist wine merchants.

Three month’s after selling its c-store chain of M Local shops, Morrisons is piloting a new range of convenience stores.

The Good Wine Shop and Adnams have been named the best Rioja retailers in the UK in a competition run by the Spanish region’s generic body.

Hardys and Echo Falls owner Accolade Wines has muscled into the retail market by opening its own wine shop near its head office in Weybridge, Surrey.

The Cotswolds Distillery reached the minimum funding target in its Angels’ Share crowdfunding round in just one week.

Over £6.4 billion will be spent spent at the UK’s leading supermarkets in the two weeks to Christmas, according to global information and insights giant Nielsen.

Aldi’s Champagne Veuve Monsigny has cornered 8% of the entire UK off-trade Champagne market, the discount retailer has claimed.

The 18th annual Prestigio Rioja Prize will be awarded to actress and philanthropist, Eva Longoria.

Southwold-based brewer Adnams is to be the official beer partner of the annual university boat race, now formally known as the BNY Mellon Boat Race.

Hallgarten has added its first red from the award-winning Lismore Estate with the listing of the 2014 Syrah.

Supermarkets and c-stores are leading the way in the fight against under-age drinking, according to a survey released today.

Drinks By The Dram is bringing back its range of alcoholic Christmas crackers for their second year.

The University of Edinburgh is seeking 120 volunteers to drink whisky for a research project run in partnership with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Hull’s Great Newsome Brewery has been awarded one of the first Food Safety and Quality Certificates to be accredited by the Society of Independent Brewers.

Tributes paid to Glenn Payne

09 December, 2015

Leading lights in the UK beer trade have paid tribute to much-loved industry titan Glenn Payne, who sadly passed away last weekend.

The Association of Convenience Stores has attacked proposals to introduce a tobacco register for retailers ahead of a debate on the Public Health Bill in the National Assembly for Wales due later today. 

The first shipments of Graham Norton’s Own Sauvignon Blanc have already sold out, the wine’s producer Invivo Wines reports.

Prosecco continues to be the sparkling wine of choice in Britain, according to a new survey out today.

Japanese-owned Highlands distillery Tomatin has been named distiller of the year in the Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky 2016 awards, which were held in Edinburgh on Friday.

Speyside distillery Glenfiddich has announced major expansion plans to ensure capacity keeps pace with global demand.

SABMiller has confirmed that AB InBev is looking to sell the Greenwich-based Meantime brewery, which SABMiller acquired in May for an undisclosed sum.

Tesco has joined forces with Drinkaware and Diageo to educate its shoppers about drinking sensibly in the run up to Christmas.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has opened a five-strong office in Westminster, London.

Operating profits at Greene King are up 46.1% year on year to £180.2 million, according to its first-half results released today.

UK-based drinks business Global Brands is launching a new range of ready-to-serve cocktails.

Regulatory concerns about its agreed £71 billion merger with SABMiller are forcing AB InBev to sell its Peroni and Grolsch businesses, according to reports.

The Belgium-based multinational has already announced the £8 billion sale of SAB Miller’s 58% controlling interest in its US Miller Coors joint venture with Molson Coors.

On-line drinks retailer, Fromvineyardsdirect.com, has appointed David Hefford as its new wine product manager.

Spirit Cartel is bringing ultra-premium tequila range, Clase Azul, to the UK.

Romanian winery Cramele Recas has won a new listing at convenience store Bargain Booze for its Wolfhouse Pinot Noir.

Leading Australian wine brand Hardys has won two coveted international media awards for its £3.5 million above-the-line summer campaign celebrating its sponsorship of the England cricket team.

Spitfire Gold, launched into the on-trade in September, is to be made available to the national retail trade.

Marstons, the Wolverhampton-based pub operator and brewer recorded sales of £845.5 million, according to its end-of-year figures released today.

The winners of the Wines of Portugal competition in Off Licence News held a range of successful events and tastings last month as part of the prize.

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