More than half of Prosecco sales in the UK are generated by men, according to new research from the Consorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC.

Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle put the sparkle in bubbly sales as they increased 36.6% year-on-year for the week of the wedding.

In 2008, the UK was plunged into a full financial meltdown by the global credit crunch and Brits clung to their jobs as panic set in. Amid this testing backdrop, Rowan Gormley made the bold decision to leave a stable business, Virgin Wines, and set up a new one called Naked Wines.

"Well done, SNP, in one fell swoop you made heroin cheaper than alcohol – that’s really going to solve all of Scotland’s problems.”

The Bordeaux Butterfly pop-up bar is returning to London next month in a bid to educate consumers about the region’s diversity.

TV star Joe Fattorini has joined Berry Bros & Rudd and Fields, Morris & Verdin as its new head of sales for London.

Popular Scottish ale brand McEwan’s has relaunched with a new look designed to broaden its appeal among customers old and new.

Spar has felt the wrath of Alcohol Concern for referring to a new range as “everyday wine” in a press release and the Portman Group has upheld a complaint against the retailer.

There is still time for retailers to register for Bordeaux Today, an educational tasting that showcases the region’s versatility and suitability for younger adults.

The UK’s finest gin retailers, bar operators, wholesalers and communicators were honoured for their hard work in making it the UK’s most exciting drinks category at our fourth annual Think Gin event this week.

Surrey brewery Hogs Back has appointed Hall & Woodhouse to distribute its broad range of beer brands in the off-trade.

New distributor Craftwork continues to bolster its burgeoning portfolio with intriguing spirits and the latest addition is Hyde Irish whiskey.

Sainsbury’s share price has risen by 15% after it confirmed a merger with Asda that will create the UK’s largest retailer.

Minimum unit pricing comes into force in Scotland on May 1 and a leading cider producer has warned that it will fail to achieve its goals and bring damaging, unintended consequences.

Concha y Toro has announced the UK launch of 1000 Stories, a Californian Zinfandel aged in bourbon barrels.

Two new rogues are joining the 19 Crimes gallery as brand owner Treasury Wine Estates bids to win over more Millennial consumers.

Waitrose has overhauled its beer and cider range and shoppers can look forward to new drinks from the likes of Beavertown, Sxollie, Hawkes and Wiper & True.

The Good Wine Shop has announced that all staff and shoppers at its Kew store emerged unscathed after an electrical fire raged through the shop.

Budweiser and Stella Artois brewer AB Inbev has purchased online spirits retailer Master of Malt as it continues to consolidate its position in the market.

Clare Balding OBE stars in the first episode of a new series of A Glass With, the podcast hosted by Olly Smith and produced by Richard Hemming MW.

Majestic Wine has warned that earnings will be cut by up to £3 million as it has decided to invest in acquiring new customers for its Naked Wines arm. 

In November 2017, Conviviality was riding the crest of a wave after share prices hit a record high of 426p following a raft of acquisitions.

Whyte & Mackay is offering drinkers the chance to win a VIP trip to the Edinburgh fringe festival with an on-pack offer designed to boost sales.

Hysterical media coverage suggesting that exceeding the CMO drinking guidelines can shave years off your life has been met with scorn by academics, statisticians and industry insiders.

Bestway has an enormous job on its hands to win over embattled Bargain Booze franchisees and restore order to the estate following its takeover of Conviviality’s retail division. 

Herefordshire cidermaker Westons has laid out ambitious plans to grow sales by 40% in the next five years after moving into the flourishing fruit cider market.

Carlsberg UK has radically overhauled its portfolio in the past couple of years and it now feels it can compete in the burgeoning world and craft beer sectors.

Beer is becoming an increasingly popular accompaniment to meals and one of the world’s best chefs has given it his endorsement. 

The new Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner has promised “business as usual” at 769 stores across the UK after buying Conviviality’s retail division.

Vinexpo chief executive Guillaume Deglise is standing down after the Hong Kong exhibition that takes place at the end of May.

Multinational investment group Carlyle has purchased Hardys and Echo Falls supplier Accolade Wines for a billion Australian dollars (£422 million).

Conviviality said it “continues to pursue opportunities” to find a buyer for its retail arm after confirming the sale of Matthew Clark and Bibendum PLB to C&C Group.

BWS grew off-trade sales by 4.4% in the past year to reach £16.1 billion and cement its status as the bestselling FMCG category in the UK.

Magners and Tennent’s producer C&C Group is poised to buy Matthew Clark and Bibendum PLB from the failed Conviviality empire.

Swindon and its environs have several claims to fame, from yielding James Bond creator Sir Ian Fleming to creating what is surely the world’s most complex roundabout.

When overworked news editors have a gaping hole in their papers, they can always rely on the anti-alcohol lobby to supply a scare story about the nation’s drink problem.

A retail analyst has delivered a scathing assessment of the failings that contributed to Conviviality’s impending descent into administration.

Bargain Booze is trending on Twitter after parent company Conviviality announced it will slip into administration following a calamitous fortnight.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality has failed to raise the £125 million it needed to shore up its finances and prevent it from going under.

Gin has emerged as the absolute star performer in the UK drinks trade, leaving dynamic categories like Prosecco, craft lager and fruit cider in its shade.

Westons predicts that fruit cider will account for half the category by 2022 and it has launched Stowford Press Mixed Berries to capitalise on the opportunity. 

Waitrose has more than doubled its range of small-batch gins since the beginning of the year as demand for locally sourced craft spirits continues to soar.

Bargain Booze franchisees fear for their livelihood as beleaguered parent company Conviviality desperately tries to raise funds to stop it from going under.

VK supplier Global Brands has announced it grew sales by 16% to £42 million in the year to September 30, 2017.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality has announced it will be “unable to trade as a going concern” unless it can raise £125 million to shore up its finances.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality has announced it will be “unable to trade as a going concern” unless it can raise £125 million to shore up its finances.

Vagabond Wines has opened the doors of its urban winery, bar and restaurant in the old Battersea Power Station and it is poised to launch its first wine.

Concha y Toro has overhauled the packaging for its Cono Sur Bicicleta range as it prepares to launch the brand’s biggest ever marketing drive.

Conviviality chairman David Adams has aimed to quash fears that Conviviality will go under following a disastrous week that cost chief executive Diana Hunter her job.

The accountancy watchdog could probe Conviviality after the chairman of the parliamentary work and pensions committee called for an investigation into the “mess” that paralysed the firm.

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