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16 December, 2017

Conviviality eyes up P&H's Central Convenience chain

Conviviality’s retail chain Bargain Booze has made a bid to buy 109 convenience stores from Palmer & Harvey, which went into administration last month.

Johnnie Walker has teamed up with acclaimed street artist Tristan Eaton to create a new, limited edition Artist Series of gift packs.

Budweiser is the fastest-growing product of 2017 in UK supermarkets, ahead of Monster energy drinks and avocados.

DRN is gearing up to host its second annual Think Rum event in London and co-chairman Peter Holland believes there is huge untapped potential in the off-trade.

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English wine is now considered so classy and fashionable that even the Queen has started producing it, but British-made wine is not exactly sexy.

The UK drinks trade has been urged to develop its expertise in sake to capitalise on this burgeoning category.  

Wines of Great Britain is the new name for the national body for English and Welsh wine while the organisation has also appointed a ceo.

Magners is gearing up to take on Strongbow with the launch of a rival Dark Fruit variant for the off-trade.

Lamb & Watt has added to its tonics and mixers line up with a new Ginger Ale variant.

A chilli honey pale ale has been chosen as the winning recipe for Innis & Gunn’s competition to create a limited edition barrel-aged beer.

Black Tower has launched a new limited edition bottle design for the winter period.

Former Tesco wine buying manager James Davis MW has been appointed commercial director for Adnams’ beers, wines and spirits team.

Former Coe Vintners managing director Matt Davies has joined Berry Bros & Rudd in the newly-created role of managing director for Field’s, Morris & Verdin and Berry Bros & Rudd Wholesale.

Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham is launching a range of wines in partnership with Broadland Wineries.

Highland Park has released a new 17 year-old single malt called The Dark, which will be followed by the launch of The Light early next year.

Majestic Wine has made a series of predictions for drinks trends in 2018.

Chapel Down has completed £18.5 million fundraising by issuing new shares, and it hopes to raise around £1.4 million more with the help of existing shareholders.

A Welsh vineyard claims to have launched Wales’ first fortified wine.

Black Sheep Brewery has produced a special Christmas beer to mark its 25th anniversary.

Vivino is launching a free delivery service, which it describes as the “Amazon Prime” of the wine industry.

Pickering’s Gin’s 3 Queens range, which was originally created exclusively for luxury British cruise line, Cunard, is now being made available on dry land.

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The shops that stand out from the madding crowd

The judges met last week to sort out the winners in the independent categories of our 2018 Drinks Retailing Awards. The results are top secret until the awards dinner on February 6 but it’s giving nothing away to report that the overall standard of those that will be revealed in the shortlist of finalists in the January issue of DRN is higher than it’s ever been.

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