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French wine group Les Grands Chais de France (GCF) has made its first acquisition outside of Europe as it continues its international expansion.

From brands stripping back ingredients to ramping up flavour – and even gin brands taking on vodka making – the landscapes in gin and vodka continue to broaden. Millie Milliken reports

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Trade organisations for the wine industry in South Africa have said the 2022 grape crop is down on the previous year.

The monthly round-up of what's new in low/no, beer, cider, wine, spirits, RTDs and mixers. 

London Wine Fair has shared its Wine Writers Edit ahead of its 40th live show on June 7 - 9. 

Rum has been the ‘next big thing’ for as long as we can remember at Drinks Retailing. So, we caught up with Think Rum ambassador and all-round rum expert Peter Holland to find out if rum’s time is finally here.

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Earlier this month, Drinks Retailing caught up with Sogevinus CEO Sergio Marly Caminal and international business manager João Tamagnini Belo at Prowein. The company’s flagship Kopke port is the main focus for the producer, with a 50-year-old Tawny and 50-year-old White Port being unveiled at the show. But elsewhere, Sogevinus has big plans for tourism and still wine

The May beer review

31 May, 2022

Jeff Evans is back with his bimonthly beer review. 

As Britain prepares for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, the drinks industry is gearing up with a host of limited edition products to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. 

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Drinks specialist Belle Lawrence from social media consultant Immediate Future uses Brandwatch analytics to deliver insights into at-home drinking habits

Asahi Super Dry beer is set to launch its largest multi-channel advertising campaign in the brand’s history. 

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The trade organisation for Australian wine has said 29 wineries will be present in the UK for London Wine Fair (LWF) next month.

As low and no alcohol leaves its niche past behind, the category is getting organised - and is getting even more attention.

Wine and spirits events organiser Vinexposium has announced a series of debates around sustainability, as part of Bordeaux Wine Week next month.

Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden, has taken up the role of co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for wine and spirits, following the group’s recent AGM.

A Scottish wholesaler has warned the UK could see bottled beer stocks fall as glass prices continue to rise.

Mixers brand Fever-Tree has launched a summer campaign, as the company looks to highlight the importance of tonic in a G&T.

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The region might be famous for its still reds, but sparkling white and rosé Rioja is beginning to appear on the scene, following some rule changes. Lucy Britner reports from Prowein.  

Man with tattoos holding a bottle of Lucky Saint alcohol free beer

Following Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May), Lucky Saint alcohol-free beer has partnered with Beder and ASCND to launch a series of activations and mental health training courses. 

East London Liquor Co (ELLC) has rolled out a refill programme that allows consumers to refill any 70cl spirits bottle with ELLC spirits.

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The Spirit of Manchester Distillery is set to launch a range of vodkas, as the operator continues to diversify its portfolio. The company is also installing a whisky still, with the first casks expected to be laid down later this year.

Bigger brands create more loyalty among consumers, according to the chief executive of Wine Intelligence.

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KBE Drinks has announced a £1 million marketing campaign to showcase a new look for its Kingfisher beer brand.

The Drinks Retailing Awards are now open for entries for the 2023 event. The awards, which have been given a makeover for 2023, celebrate the best in the UK off-trade.

This issue marks a change for our Top 100 Most Influential list. We’ve opened it out beyond wine to include all drinks categories and we have made it into an industry poll.

Aspall Cyder House cidery site

Aspall Cyder is due to hit TV screens for the first time later this year as part of a new marketing campaign launched by brand owner, the Molson Coors Beverage Company. The £3 million activation will begin in June with a TV advert, alongside a social media campaign and out-of-home advertising. 

Non alcoholic drinks

Waitrose has released its Drinks Report 2022, highlighting some of the key trends in beer, wine and spirits. From the rise in retro cocktails to eco-conscious bag-in-box wines, Pierpaolo Petrassi MW, trading director for BWS, said consumers are becoming “increasingly keen to expand their horizons when it comes to their drinks cabinet”. 

Anheuser-Busch InBev has rolled out a lightly sparkling alcoholic drink made with fruit juice, as it looks to tap into the lower calorie drinks market. The move marks the brand’s first foray outside of beer in the UK.

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“It will probably never be as big as Sauvignon Blanc, but there’s lots of innovative styles in New Zealand rosé, and now is the time to grow its presence and get it on shelves”, says  Chris Stroud, European market manager for trade organisation New Zealand Winegrowers.