Delibo Wine Agencies has expanded its portfolio with the addition of the Footprint range from South Africa’s Western Cape.   

The UK’s largest spirits supplier has a new general manager after Charles Ireland took over from Andrew Cowan at Diageo GB.

Cider: ripe for growth

25 November, 2016

Britain has entered the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, the falling apples are ripe to the core and the cider presses are in full flow. Autumn is a time of change and it is easy to become overwhelmed by Keatsian wistfulness as you stroll through the Herefordshire countryside, taking in landscapes brimming with yellow, red and gold and breathing in the sweet scents.

Britain’s two most famous Davids recently visited the Cameronbridge distillery in eastern Scotland – former prime minister Cameron and former England captain, style icon and all-round superstar Beckham. It’s not hard to guess which one caused the off-duty female staff to come into work simply to catch a glimpse. Beckham has regularly been voted the world’s best looking man, while Cameron has been described as a “slightly camp gammon robot… a C3PO made of ham”.

Supermarkets are going all out to drive footfall on Black Friday by offering huge discounts on beers, wines and spirits.

Doing their bit for charity

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent is hosting an inaugural online auction tomorrow to raise money for members of the industry that have fallen on hard times.

Jägermeister has launched a TV ad campaign designed to reach 18 to 34-year-old men in the run up to Christmas.

Luxury retailer Harrods has reported an upsurge in sales of premium port and believes more shoppers now see it as a wine to be enjoyed all year.

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Wine could be the big winner if minimum unit pricing comes into force in Scotland, according to analysis from Nielsen.

The drinks industry can thrive going forwards by championing British products and continuing to work in partnership with government on social policies, according to leading trade commentators. 

Reducing the Strength schemes are on the ropes as the buzz around them has died down and retailers are feeling confident to resist. 

The chief executive of Virgin Wines has urged the wine trade to stop moaning about tough exchange rates and work harder to maintain profits.

Brexit minister David Jones MP has promised he will do everything he can to ensure the drinks industry continues to thrive after Britain leaves the EU.

OLN publisher buys SITT

10 November, 2016

OLN publisher Agile Media has acquired SITT, the leading tasting for independent drinks merchants, from William Reed.

Anne Burchett has resigned as Managing Director UK & Ireland at Sopexa and will leave the company on November 10.

The creators of Coravin have taken over one of the big electronic billboards at London’s Piccadilly Circus to tell passers-by to Stop Screwing Around.

A new team featuring Justin Knock MW, Damien Jackman, Rosamund Barton, Rupert Ponsonby and Sue Glasgow has been assembled to promote Californian wines in the UK.

Pinkster gin has bolstered in sales force and management team following a £1 million crowdfunding drive earlier this year.

The trend that has seen Brits choosing to drink beer at home rather than go to the pub has continued as off-trade beer sales grew 0.3% in volume in the year to September 2016.

Chile has leapfrogged Spain and South Africa to become the UK’s fifth largest wine supplier, while New Zealand and Argentina continue to enjoy surging sales.

The Co-operative has declared that the UK is “stuck in a wine rut” after surveying a thousand shoppers and finding that 52% have been drinking the same stuff for more than a decade.

AB-InBev has reported that it grew UK volume sales “in the low single digits” as it released global Q3 figures showing revenue grew 2.8%.

Aldi and Lidl are the big winners when it comes to attracting millennial shoppers, according to new research from Nielsen.

The National Association of Cidermakers has a new chair and deputy chair after Martin Thatcher’s reign came to an end.

Online retailer Rude Wines has launched a “cheeky duo” of own-label wines from France in a bid to inspire more consumers to choose quality wine.

Britain’s best beer retailers were honoured for their achievements in championing our country’s thriving brewing industry at an awards ceremony at the House of Commons yesterday.

Eighty-five per cent of BWS retailers expect trading this Christmas to be at least as good as last year, if not better.

Adnams has opened a pop-up shop in the centre of Chelmsford in Essex as it continues to expand its retail empire across East Anglia.

Hungarian wine could enjoy a revival in the UK after one leading supplier decided to champion the category through a range of branded and own-label wines.

Online retailer Beer Hawk is hiring 30 new staff and increasing storage capacity 10-fold to capitalise on the UK’s burgeoning love of craft beer from around the world.

South African producer Distell has identified the UK as a key region for growth and is expanding its British team, setting up a new head office in Richmond and bringing all its brand distribution in house.

More than 200 Bargain Booze and Wine Rack franchisees have seen their loyalty rewarded with shares in the business.

Porter is off to Amsterdam

Heineken’s UK off-trade sales managing director has been promoted to head up the business’ European off-trade division and will be replaced by Simon Amor.

English sparkling wine producer Chapel Down has grown sales by 26% in the past year, according to its interim results.

Pernod Ricard has launched a peated single malt whisky from Orkney called Scapa Glansa into the specialist retailer trade.

Harrods is axeing the fine wine and spirits department it unveiled in 2013 and replacing it with a 225-seat restaurant.

Aldi has teamed up with Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey to launch its first English sparkling wine.

Brockmans gin has secured its first national grocery listing as Marks & Spencer decided to stock the brand from this week in 134 of its stores.

The producers of Pinkster gin have released a fruit gin liqueur made with Suffolk quince and wild bullace foraged from the hedgerows of East Anglia. 

A canned beer has earned Camra’s accreditation for “real ale” for the first time ever.

Morrisons is giving students 10% off beer, wine, spirits and food in a bid to improve its sales and claw back market share.

Les Grands Chais de France has expanded its empire with the purchase of Bejot Vins et Terroirs, which owns 520ha of vines across some of France’s most prestigious appellations.

A successful summer drinks festival event saw BWS sales grow faster than any other category at Tesco and was the driving force behind the retailer’s best performance in two years.

A poor performance from Majestic’s B2B arm and from Naked Wines USA has led to the group delivering worse than expected profits, a trading update has revealed.

Australia is in the doldrums after slumping to its worst Olympics performance in decades and finishing 10th in the medals table.

Alcohol brands can be a force for good in the sporting world by supporting with sponsorships and the health lobby will struggle to ban this practice, according to the chairman of the National Association of Cidermakers.

The English wine industry’s biggest challenge is protecting quality and maintaining high standards as newcomers jump on the bandwagon, says a top producer. 

A quick look at the IRI figures for the top 10 bestselling wine-producing countries in the UK retail trade reveals a stark trend: the Old World is taking a battering and the New World is surging.

Market leader Australia is growing, along with Chile, New Zealand and Argentina, but Italy, France, Spain and Germany are all in ongoing decline.

The apple may have originated in Kazakhstan – via the Garden of Eden, of course – but many countries have claimed it as their own: to our Gallic cousins it’s as French as a beret-clad man eating a brie baguette, while there is nothing more American than apple pie. But the English might just have them all trumped as an apple is as quintessentially English as cricket on a village green, The Archers, drinking tea, moaning about the weather and queuing in an orderly fashion. “Few autumnal pleasures outshine sinking your teeth into the blushing virgin flesh of a sweet, yet ever so subtly tart, English apple,” gushes The Telegraph in a recent homage to the fruit. No wonder Adam found it so tempting.

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