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BWS sales decreased 0.1% over the four-week Christmas trading period as consumers switched to alcohol-free alternatives and soft drinks, according to Nielsen till data.

Majestic sees "largest-ever trading day" and festive sales rise

Aldi has reported that BWS sales grew 9.2% year-on-year at its stores over the Christmas trading period.

Thatchers Cider has introduced its first alcohol-free cider, Zero.

Fourpure Brewing Company’s product Juicebox IPA has been upheld in one of the first complaints under the Portman Group’s new Code of Practice, following concerns that the citrus-themed packaging and brand name could appeal to children. 

Black Chalk English Sparking Wine has entered the next phase of its expansion plans, with the addition of vineyards.

Liberty Wines has added one of the world’s most iconic producers to its portfolio by becoming the UK agent for Henschke.

Beer Hawk Fresh has announced it will now distribute Fix8 Kombucha, giving retailers the chance to offer freshly-fermented kombucha in both bottle and keg.

Complaints against Heineken’s Birra Moretti Gran Antichi and Leffe Brune Abbey have not been upheld by the Portman Group’s Independent Complaints Panel.

Harvey Nichols has added a limited-edition whisky created by The English Whisky Company to its own-label range.

Chapel Down Group has announced that its managing director, beers and cider, Gareth Bath, has resigned to pursue other interests.

Sales of liqueurs hit their highest ever level over the last 12 months, with 43 million bottles sold to a total value of £1.3 billion.

Majestic Wines has given its staff an extra day of holiday today to kick off 2020, as a thank you for their hard work throughout 2019.

Halewood Wines and Spirits has reported strong growth throughout 2019 driven by a number of its core brands, including Whitley Neil Gin, Crabbie’s Whisky and Dead Man’s Fingers Rum.

Off-Piste Wines has secured investment from business investor BGF to support further growth. The investment gives BGF a minority stake in the company.

Low and no alcohol producers are gearing up for a record number of consumers embracing Dry January this year, with a raft of campaigns targeting those looking to reduce their alcohol intake.

Craft gin producer Brockmans has pulled off a significant coup in hiring former Mast-Jägermeister UK chief executive Guy Lawrence as its new managing director.

Gosnells, London’s only meadery, is launching Gosnells Low Alc, which it describes as an “exotic 0.5% abv gluten-free sparkling mead”.

St Peter’s Brewery has introduced an “improved recipe” for its Without brand of zero alcohol beer, in order to appeal to a wider range of no and low-alcohol drinkers.

The advertising watchdog has rapped Brewdog on the knuckles over an outdoor poster ad featuring the slogan “SOBER AS A MOTHERFU” next to a picture of Punk AF.

Nisa has launched a range of in-store alcohol deals to help its retailers drive footfall and sales over the Christmas and New Year period.

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has announced that its new brewery will be located at Heriot-Watt University’s research park in the west of Edinburgh.

Halewood International has been ordered to pay Dame Vera Lynn £1,800 after losing a case to trademark the singer’s name for its gin.

Online sales of beer, wine and spirits increased 37.3% year-on-year in November as Brits stocked up early ahead of Christmas.

Drynks Unlimited is expanding its alcohol-free portfolio with the addition of Smashed Lager, which will launch in time for Dry January.

Global organic wine consumption is on track to hit almost one billion bottles a year by 2023, more than doubling over a decade, according to new research from organic wine trade fair Millesime Bio.

Wines of Hungary UK will be bringing Furmint February back to the UK in 2020.

Drinkly is looking to raise £250,000 to accelerate its growth to become “the UK’s number one on-demand drinks delivery provider”.

Bimber Distillery has announced the release of the first bottling of its four-year long Founder’s series.

Former Tesco wine buying manager Rob Dixon has joined Provence rosé specialist Mirabeau as its new head of retail for the UK and Ireland.