2020 January

The trade body for Provence wines is ramping up activity in the UK for 2020 as a result of a 100% increase to its export marketing budget.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is calling on its members to “embrace a new world of trading” as Britain leaves the EU.

Bombay Sapphire has launched a quartet of naturally-flavoured gin liqueurs, designed to “customise your G&T”.

Diageo has reported net sales in Great Britain grew by 2% for the six months ending December 31 2019.

Westons Cider is to take on all sales and distribution responsibilities for Lowlander Botanical Beers in the UK.

Proposals for a new rural headquarters for Kent-based wine merchants, The Vinorium, have been granted planning consent.

The low and no-alcohol beer sector is predicted to grow at least 6% each year in the UK to 2023, according to the latest research by IWSR.

The London to Lima Gin Distillery in Peru is set to launch London to Lima Mulberry & Coca Gin Liqueur in the UK.

Licor 43 is adding a vegan variant to its line up in the UK, to tap into the growing popularity of dairy-free liqueurs. 

Alcohol education charity Drinkaware set up stalls in 47 Asda stores across the UK this month in a bid to help shoppers drink responsibly.

Beers, wines and spirits from some of the world’s biggest producers will carry age restrictions on labels, marking the latest move by members of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD) in its mission to combat underage drinking.

Hattingley Valley has secured £7.5 million in finance to support its continued growth plans.

Hattingley Valley has secured £7.5 million in finance to support its continued growth plans.

Austria is ticking a lot of boxes for wine drinkers, finds Sonya Hook

Love Drinks has taken on Pedrino Spritz to add to its pre-mixed drinks collection.

Wine in cans is starting to take off in the UK as consumers buy into more portable formats, by Sonya Hook

Dealing with Brexit

27 January, 2020

Brexit means Brexit. That much is now clear. If only we knew what Brexit meant.

WineGB is to exhibit as a major generic body for the first time at the London Wine Fair this year.

Lanchester Wines is has expanded its range of boutique bulk wines with a high altitude single vineyard Malbec.

Halewood Wine & Spirits has secured a 48% share in Vestal Vodka, with both companies sharing their belief that the UK is set to see a revival of vodka.

Kopparberg is bringing out a cherry variant to add to its collection of fruit ciders.

Harvey Nichols is adding a pre-mix cocktail to its own-label range in time for Valentine’s Day.

More than 50% of alcohol drinkers claim to have tried a low-alcohol product, but a further 13% say they do not recall seeing one available for sale anywhere, according to a survey conducted by YouGov for The Portman Group.

Gareth Bath, the former Curious Brewery and Brewdog managing director, has been appointed managing director of Distill Ventures.

Hallgarten & Novum Wines is introducing Lebanon’s only Assyrtiko, from producer Chateau Oumsiyat.

The Whisky Exchange will open its eagerly anticipated new store on the doorstep of London’s Borough Market by the end of the month.

The Whisky Exchange’s third store, which is set to open this month, will feature more than 100 spirits and wines produced in Britain to reflect the community’s support for local and artisanal products.

Majestic Wine managing director Josh Lincoln and chief customer officer Natalie Thng have left the business as part of a boardroom shakeup.

Pre-mixed alcoholic drinks have come under fire for containing “unnecessarily high” levels of sugar and calories, experts have warned.