2019 March

A raft of activity and investment in the spiced rum market indicates a confidence from producers that this sector is set for more growth in the months ahead.

Lost in cartography

29 March, 2019

Among my most sentimentally valued possessions are a couple of old Denoyer-Geppert maps given to me by a history teacher making way for the technology of the overhead projector.

Another contender has emerged in the on-going battle to land the most preposterous attack on the drinks industry in 2019.

Diageo Reserve is set to launch the “world’s first Anejo Claro tequila” into the UK market, under its premium tequila brand Don Julio.

Bacardi is bringing Martini Fiero over to the UK with the aim of attracting a younger adult audience to the brand.

We Brought Beer has been forced to bid farewell to its iconic store near Clapham Junction due to the landlord’s “unreasonable rent terms”.

France has increased wine shipments to the UK by 30% as distributors stockpile cases in preparation for the fallout from Brexit.

A few years ago, while living in the US, I was introduced to rosé wine in a can at a summer picnic. Being British, I set aside my preconceived notions, politely accepted the drink and sipped away. I had always believed that a great wine could only ever come in a bottle, but I was pleasantly surprised by the canned offering – it had a great taste and stayed cooler for longer, particularly during a hot summer. 

Fever-Tree saw profits after tax rise 26% to £61.8 million in 2018 as it continued to revel in Brits’ growing love of gin.

Greene King shares have been on a tear over the past year and they closed at 674p on Friday.

The Bottle Shop has called in the administrators and made all employees redundant after sales dipped “well under forecast” during the winter trading period.

Majestic Wine’s managing director Joshua Lincoln has written to all customers in a bid "explain the big picture" beyond today's headlines. 

AB InBev UK has changed its name to Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I as management felt Budweiser is the group’s most famous global brand.

Majestic shares fell off a cliff this morning after the group announced plans to shut an undisclosed number of stores in a sweeping revamp of its business.

Think Gin will take place at the Honourable Artillery Company in London on June 18 and this year’s event will be the biggest yet.

Bordeaux wine exports to the UK grew 15% in value last year compared to the region’s overall global exports, which grew by just 3%.

The Beer Boutique has announced it has gone into voluntary liquidation and it will be closing all of its three stores with immediate effect.

Yesteday we reported that JF Hillebrand has informed the trade it will not plan any collections for the next 48 hours from EU countries or until the government indicates what will happen with Brexit.

Andy Cresswell has been tasked with ushering in a brave new era at Bestway Retail after a tumultuous couple of years for franchisees and staff.

Producers are pushing pink drinks as they bid to boost sales in the build up to Mother’s Day on May 31.

The UK’s largest drinks logistics firm has placed a hiatus on collections from EU countries until the government confirms what will happen on March 29.

Bancroft Wines has been appointed as the exclusive UK agent for Heartland Wines.

The team at Vivir is bidding to turn tequila into a mainstream spirits category in the UK by spreading the gospel about its craft, provenance and versatility.

Brewgooder is joining forces with Co-op for its first national retail campaign.

Treasury Wine Estates is bidding to tap into the gin craze by launching Blossom Hill Gin Fizz into the UK market.

ABInbev has appointed Jess Markowski to the new role of sales director for convenience and wholesale, to bolster the brewer’s off-trade sales team.

Mackmyra has collaborated with a leading Calvados producer to create a limited edition seasonal whisky.

The Glasgow Distiillery Company has added a spiced rum to its premium spirit collection.

Independent retailer Real Ale has chosen Notting Hill as the venue for its third store as it continues to expand across the capital.

Gin has overtaken whisky as the largest category by volume at online retailer Master of Malt after enjoying huge sales growth over the past year. “It continues to grow and it occupies a large part of my day,” says head buyer Guy Hodcroft. “We’ve been watching it over the past few years catching up, and now it has overtaken, which is really exciting.