2020 September

Cellar Trends is “outperforming the market” in both the grocery and online channels, according to its latest results.

Earlier this year Laura Riches and Laura Rosenberger joined forces when they spotted a gap in the market for a new approach to the bag-in-box format for wine.

Beer and cider sales picked up slightly in the off-trade last week, according to the most recent data from Nielsen.

Masons of Yorkshire has revealed a bold new look for the brand, as well as a new addition to its range of gins.

Alcohol Solutions, a specialist in drinks development and innovation, has reported a 30% increase in enquiries for its canning and bottling facilities over the last week, as the 10pm curfew introduction prompts a surge in demand across all sales channels.

New research released today by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) shows that the UK’s independent breweries are struggling to cope with a fall in beer sales, just as Government threatens them with increased taxes.

The previously small but booming craft beer sector is now under threat – as the global lockdown saw a considerable drop in craft beer sales, SIBA said.  Even after pubs and restaurants started to reopen this summer, craft beer sales remained at just 51% of what they would have expected for a ‘normal’ July, and the new 10pm curfew and rules around table-service only have given pubs and brewery taprooms another hurdle to jump.

The fall in sales comes just as the Government is set to slash the Small Breweries’ Relief, which was introduced to take account of small brewers’ relatively high cost of production and allow them to compete with global brewers. 

The Government is yet to reveal exactly how much these taxes will rise, and it is this uncertainty which means 58% of brewers say they are delaying investment, 51% are delaying employing new staff, and 49% are delaying growing their brewing capacity – with just 4% of respondents greeting the Governments proposed tax changes positively.

James Calder, SIBA’s chief executive, said: “This new data shows very clearly that breweries are delaying investment and growth as they simply do not know what their tax bill will look like in the future – it is making a very difficult situation near impossible for small independent breweries across the UK - businesses which have been hit extremely hard by Coronavirus.

Berkmann Wine Cellars has added the Mendoza-based Pulenta Estate to its agency portfolio.

A leading port manufacturer is building up stocks in the UK ahead of anticipated disruption after the Brexit transition period ends in January.

Following lockdown developments in wine consumption, the spirits giant has new plans for its off-trade presence.

Brewdog: Growing up gracefully

24 September, 2020

Has Brewdog come of age? The Aberdeenshire brewer founded in 2007 has consistently put industry noses out of joint with stunts which it insists represent a refusal to play by the traditional rules of beer marketing – while generating great publicity both for itself and the craft brewing scene as a whole.

When the on-trade giant Bibendum Wine saw its sales come to an abrupt halt in March this year, the company naturally turned itsattention to its specialist retail business, Walker & Wodehouse, but it required a huge effort to refocus the business in a short time.

The Gin Guild is stamping down on drinks producers who “cynically” and “falsely” label non-compliant products as ‘gin’ to cash in on the spirit’s popularity. 

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has highlighted “serious issues” facing the brewing and hospitality industries, which it said the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, failed to address in his Coronavirus financial support announcement today.

Educating consumers about wine has become such an ingrained objective in the trade that we never question its value.

Eden Mill will open five seasonal pop-up stores across Scotland this year creating 25 jobs.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a range of measures to replace the furlough scheme, which helped protect jobs through the lockdown weeks and beyond.

It’s been just over two months since the on-trade began to reopen.

Majestic Wine is beginning the process of rolling out a new logo following the results of a staff vote.

This year has not been kind to British brewing.

The weekly sales uplift for the off-trade picked up in September with sales for the first two weeks of the month growing ahead of the end of August.

Borough Wines is expanding its offering of sustainable solutions with a new zero waste range for its off and on-trade customers.

Kingsland Drinks has been appointed as distribution partner of Cellier des Dauphins, one of the leading producers of wines in the Rhône Valley, covering all key appellations, including Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages and Crus such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vinsobres and Cairanne.

Marussia Beverages, producer and international distributor of wines, sakes and spirits, is adding to its portfolio of Japanese spirits brands with the launch of 135°East Gin.

A new report from a committee of MPs shines a light on the impact to UK wine businesses of the government’s new red tape requirements, which will push up the price of wine for consumers and cause “chaos” for the wine industry.  

The Portman Group has appointed former senior civil servant Philip Rycroft as its new Chair.

Grolsch Premium Pilsner is returning to the UK market this Autumn.

Warner’s Distilery is launching its first non-alcoholic spirits.

Aston Manor has announced it is launching Sol Duc, a trio of low-calorie, alcoholic hard seltzers.

Four Pillars Gin has had a full UK off-trade launch with a new major retail listing.

Premium tequila brand, 1800 Tequila, has secured listings with Tesco and Waitrose.