2020 June

Waitrose & Partners is reporting a surge in low and no alcohol sales.

Surrey brewery Hogs Back has expanded its craft beer range with the launch of a seasonal East Coast IPA.

London-based artisan spirits distillery, 58 Gin, has launched what it claims is the first gin-based hard seltzer in the UK.

A new distillery, based in north Cornwall, has launched its first small-batch spirits.

William Grant & Sons is celebrating ten years of ownership of the Irish whiskey brand Tullamore DEW by offering consumers the chance to win a rare edition from a ‘no longer available’ very limited batch of whiskey.

WKD aims to build on strong volume sales for the first quarter of 2020 with the launch of a new Lemon variant.

Entries are now open for the independent categories of the Drinks Retailing Awards 2021.

Tesco has announced its total sales increased by 8.2% to £13.4 billion in the first sales quarter of 2020, but it warned that coronavirus-related costs were set to hit £840 million this year.

Majestic Wines has announced it is ready to reopen all of its stores from tomorrow.

Buyer’s Guide to Cider

25 June, 2020

Retailers will need to ensure shelves are well stocked and chiller cabinets have a good selection of ciders:

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) has reported a “notable spike” in retail sales of English and Welsh wines in the last few months. 

Naked Wines has appointed James Crawford as managing director of its UK business.

Luxco, the American distiller, producer, supplier and bottler of alcohol, has appointed Lightbox Brands to grow UK sales.

The off-trade recorded a slight slowdown in growth for the cooler week ending June 13, but this still equated to an additional £110 million in value, compared to the same week in 2019.

Waitrose is predicting record-breaking demand for rosé wines over the next few weeks.

Chivas Brothers has announced it will dedicate its pitch-side advertising space to support the Covid-impacted charity, MND Scotland (Motor Neurone Disease Scotland), when Manchester United hosts its first Premier League game back at Old Trafford this Wednesday evening.

Spar is launching two new organic wines under a new brand name, Orbis (Latin for ‘World’)

Boris Johnson has announced a change in the two metre social distancing rule from July 4, and he has confirmed hospitality businesses can reopen from this date. 

Virtual crocheting, Zoom pilates and online museum tours are things we swiftly came to expect from 2020 and there appear to be no limits to the activities consumers can access via a screen.

Camden Town Brewery is launching a beer to celebrate the return to pubs.

Cramele Recas, the Romanian wine exporter, is launching its first wines into Waitrose stores.

A Mexican whisky is set to launch in the UK in July.

Molson Coors has expanded its RTD offering via a partnership with the Miami Cocktail Company.

Spar has launched a new extra dry rosé sparkling wine.

Hervé Deschamps has held the prestigious title of cellar master at Maison Perrier-Jouët for 37 years and is the seventh cellar master in the company’s 209-year history.

Waitrose is celebrating English Wine Week (EWW) at the end of the month (June 20 to 28) by launching five new and exclusive wines, including its first wines from the Oxney Organic Estate in Sussex.

It’s not very often that a new category emerges in drinks.

Bestway Wholesale has written to The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, to urge the government to “ensure the right decisions are taken for consumers, shopworkers and for retailers”, in relation to the proposed relaxation of Sunday Trading Laws.

Ridgeview Wine Estate has revealed its plans for English Wine Week (EWW), which – this year, for the first time - will comprise a series of virtual events from June 20 to 28.

Bordeaux Wine Month is set to go ahead for the third year running.