2019 July

Spirits giants Bacardi and Brown-Forman have decided to end a joint UK distribution agreement that has been in place since 2002.

Gosnells of Peckham has pledged to revolutionise the UK mead category by launching four new 4% abv cans of the honey-based tipple.

Australian Vintage chief executive Neil McGuigan has resigned and he will step down after the company’s AGM on November 20, 2019.

John Crabbie & Co has launched a new single malt whisky and at younger spirit fans who like long drinks and cocktails. 

Vulgar pleasures

26 July, 2019

One of the words that is most overused in the wine trade’s lexicon is elegant”. In the wine industry, elegance is considered a virtue, along with balance and harmony.

Furleigh Estate, the Dorset-based wine producer, has released a dry rosé and it has also collaborated with a local ice cream producer for a rosé sorbet launch. 

Diageo GB reports it has had “a positive year” in the UK, with sales up 4% driven by both the beer and spirits categories. 

ABInbev’s UK business saw strong volume growth for the second quarter of 2019, boosted by a number of its brands.

Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies (ABS) has announced it will hold its annual portfolio tasting on September 11 this year. 

Touriga Nacional, Marselan, Petit Verdot and Petit Manseng are among a number of late-ripening grape varieties highlighted by Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) as ones that could help the region to adapt to climate change.

Adnams has added to its RTD portfolio as it continues to tap into the trend for pre-mixed gin and tonics.

Fever-Tree has announced its rapid growth in sales is slowing down in the UK, hindered by “seasonably poor weather” earlier this year.

The Hard Seltzer trend in the US is showing signs of spilling over into the UK with the launch of a premium brand called Bodega Bay.

Australian wine exports to the UK have decreased 4% in volume and 3% in value to $373 million over the past year.

Pernod Ricard UK is adding a new drink to its non-alcoholic spirits portfolio.

Armit Wines has reported strong sales for the last six months, including a 15% rise in the last quarter and it predicts it will reach £30 million turnover in the next five years.

Google can be a fickle beast to tame and the latest algorithm updates has caused some major ups and downs in the online drinks industry in regards to visibility.

The closing date for the independent categories of the 2020 Drinks Retailing Awards is fast approaching.

The Majestic Wine store in Wakefield that rebranded as Naked Wines has now returned to its original trappings and it will operate as Majestic once more.

The advertising watchdog has rapped Aldi on the knuckles over an ad that compared its Veuve Monsigny Champagne to the Moët & Chandon on sale at Tesco.

Bordeaux generic body CIVB has elected winegrower Bernard Farges as its new president to replace the outgoing Allan Sichel.

North South Wines has launched a new range of organic Spanish wines called Amigo de la Tierra into the UK market.  

Broadland Wineries has reported a significant rise in profits over the past year, driven by strong performances from a number of its key brands.

Molson Coors has acquired London-based craft brewer, Hop Stuff Brewery and Taprooms.

Crave Drinks has secured a £20,000 business load to fund the launch of its first product, which is an alcohol-free drink.

Spirit of Bermondsey has launched its inaugural drink, Trinity25.

South Africa is unlikely to have a “normal vintage” until 2021 following an extended period of drought in the vineyards, according to a senior winemaker.

Camra’s 2019 Great British Beer Festival - for which DRN will be the Official Off-Trade Media Partner - will boast a range of live craft keg beer for the first time in the event’s 42-year history.

Vineyards in the South of France have been damaged in the scorching heatwave and some vines “appear to have been blowtorched”, according to reports.

A consumer desire for more alcohol-free drinks and bitter flavours has created a “perfect storm” for non-alcoholic aperitif brand Aecorn, according to managing director Claire Warner.