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Welsh whisky producer Penderyn has secured bank funding to triple production of its single malts.

SH Jones buys Slurp

25 June, 2013

Online wine, beer and spirits retailer Slurp has been bought by Oxfordshire wine merchant SH Jones.

Cornish brewer Penpont has opened a shop selling its own and other brewers’ beers.

A former Greene King marketing manager has launched a 4% abv ginger beer brand that will donate a share of its profits to charities like Centrepoint that tackle homelessness. 

Former Wells and Young’s managing director Nigel McNally has followed up the purchase of Kestrel lager by snapping up Diamond Cider from C&C.

Drinks industry charity The Benevolent has taken “the tough and uncomfortable decision” to sell a care home that looks after drinks industry veterans due to its “unsustainable drain” on funds.

The Whisky Shop

An exclusive bottle of whisky priced at £150,000 has gone on sale at The Whisky Shop’s flagship store in London’s Piccadilly.

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English vineyard

East Anglia has been hailed as the top spot for producing English wine after the region scooped five of the 13 trophies given out at the English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition.

Amigos tequila-flavoured beer has unveiled a new look bottle designed to promote its Aztec brand identity as Global Brands seeks to build on triple-digit growth figures.

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The Tesco spirits team has selected 30 premium spirits from across the globe to add to shelves after it was buoyed by growth in the category.

Alcohol volume sales dropped 3% in the UK off-trade during the second quarter of 2013 as the market shows no sign of recovery.

Martini racingMartini racing car

The red and blue stripes of Martini will be displayed by 14 racing cars including a Porsche 911 at next month's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

A re-sealable twist on the wine cork has been released after the world’s largest cork producer teamed up with the world’s largest glass container manufacturer to create an industry “game-changer”.

Members of the wine trade have smashed their fundraising target after trekking 50km along the Great Wall of China to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

Bottle Green has signed a deal with German producer FW Langguth to secure total UK distribution rights for Blue Nun from July 1.

A deal between Tesco and a local licensing authority to ban beer and cider with an abv above 5.5% has been branded “nonsensical” by a craft beer supplier.

Majestic has posted a dip in annual sales after scaling back its wholesale operation but recorded a slight rise in annual profits.

Former Thierry's director Matthew Dickinson claims to have submitted documents to accountants investigating the conduct of its management that show "no apparent evidence of wrongdoing" during his 10-year career with the firm. 

Fuller's has outlined long-term plans to build distribution for cider maker Cornish Orchards which it has bought for £3.8 million.

Bollinger has named Gilles Descotes its new chef de cave.

Alcohol Concern has called for a ban on all alcohol advertising at sport, cultural and music events.

Shepherd Neame is at the centre of a racism row after an advertising watchdog banned one of its TV ads because it was deemed offensive to Polish people.

Whisky wholesaler and retailer Gordon & MacPhail is to double production at the Benromach distillery it owns on Speyside.

Broadland Wineries says it can offer independent retailers small batches of own-label 18.7cl and 25cl bottles after investing in a new bottling line.

More than half of convenience store owners are earning less than the minimum wage after paying staff, rent and other overheads, according to a new survey from the Association of Convenience Stores.

AB-InBev, the world’s largest beer supplier, has demanded a London microbrewery with £1,000 in the bank drops the name Belleville in case customers confuse it with the US corporation’s Belle-vue fruit flavoured beer.

Naked Wines has snapped up one of America’s leading wine producers to become its new chief winemaker.

A crackdown on duty fraud has seen the amount of untaxed beer seized by officers almost double in the past four years.

Direct Wines has appointed Iain Muggoch to the newly created role of commercial director for the Laithwaite family’s private vineyard operations.

Fuller’s has posted a 5% rise in annual profits and celebrated by purchasing premium cider producer Cornish Orchards.

All next month independent retailers across the country will run German Riesling promotions and offer prizes including a weekend break in Germany as part of the 31 Days of German Riesling promotion.

Members of the drinks trade are embarking on a 600km cycle ride through the mountainous region of northern Spain and Portugal in a bid to raise £25,000 for charity.

Pernod Ricard has decided to make Malibu and Jacob’s Creek the focus of a summer marketing drive targeting 42 million consumers.

A £3.5 million TV ad campaign aims to carve out a greater share of the lager market for Barcelona beer Estrella Damm.

Accolade has launched a range of 1.5 litre pouches for its Echo Falls brand and it will be exclusive to Asda.

Iron Maiden’s Trooper ale has secured its first major listing with a national retailer and is now being sold at more than 450 Morrisons stores nationwide.

A 2012 rosé from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Provence estate Château Miraval is now available at Berry Bros & Rudd.

Tesco said it “did some really good business” at the London International Wine Fair after meeting more than 100 suppliers at a speed-tasting event.

Accountants have been appointed to investigate the conduct of the directors at Thierry’s and report on the cause of its collapse.

Blogs, PR campaigns and other content outside the remit of the Advertising Standards Agency will now come under scrutiny from the Portman Group, which published the latest edition of its Code of Practice today.

A growing base of independent retailers selling premium products will lead the drinks trade out of the recession, according to leading suppliers.

The gulf between the richest and poorest companies in drinks supply is widening.

Vagabond Wines has outlined its ambitions to create a 10-strong chain of wine shops with its second site opening in the autumn.

The organiser of last week’s London International Wine Fair said feedback following its most “challenging” event had been positive, with UK agents keen to sign up for 2014 despite a drop in visitor numbers.

Misconceptions about technological advances in bulk shipping and UK bottling are preventing the industry taking advantage of cost savings and offering better quality wines, it has been claimed.

Bargain Booze has declared its intention to be taken more seriously as a wine retailer by signing up a former Waitrose MW to review its range.

Brewery workers at Molson Coors in Burton upon Trent have voted to strike.

Retailers should stock sweeter wines, push smaller serves and give shelf space to low-calorie wines to boost sales among young adults, according to analyst firm Mintel.

Global Brands  has launched 20cl and 50cl bottles of its herbal liqueur Jungfrau into the off-trade to capitalise on the momentum it is gaining in the on-trade.

A limited-edition bottle of Harveys Bristol Cream has been released to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. 

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