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Austria's Neusiedlersee DAC has announced plans to champion the region and its red grape variety, Zweigelt, in the UK market.

Thatchers has lined up a TV ad for its new flavoured cider.

A table with two glasses of beer and a plate of food

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company has rolled out the first TV ad for its Birrificio Angelo Poretti brand, as it looks to tap into the beer with food occasion.

Moet Hennessy’s namesake Cognac brand has teamed up with the Gérard Basset Foundation and Liquid Icons to introduce the Hennessy Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship in Spirits.

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

Grow with Aldi farmers field with UK flag

Channel 4 is partnering with Aldi to broadcast its Grow with Aldi food and drink producer competition in a TV series that will air later this year. Platforming local British food and drink suppliers, the show is calling for applicants to appear in the six-part series, including alcohol producers. 

a box of Guinness on a packaging line

Diageo has announced plans to invest £40.5 million to expand its packaging facilities in both Belfast and Runcorn.

While IPAs, stouts and APAs have enjoyed time in the sun, their more mainstream cousin has only just begun to re-emerge from the shadows. Goodbye Eurofizz, hello grown-up lager. Millie Milliken reports

NielsenIQ’s Total Till sales report for April has revealed a steep decline in beer, wine and spirits sales across UK supermarkets. Alongside confectionery, the alcoholic drinks category saw the greatest decline in sales (-17.6%) compared to last year’s data. Overall, grocery sales dropped 4.1% over the last four weeks ending March 26, continuing the monthly downward trend seen in 2022.

Justin Moran headshot co-founder of the hidden sea wine

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London Wine Fair 2019 event centre

A round-up of upcoming trade events

Trade organisation New Zealand Winegrowers has outlined plans to focus on the country’s white wines for the month of May.

Wine bottle lying on natural wine corks

Recent studies conducted by CGA and Nielsen found that wines closed with a natural cork attract a higher average price compared to those sealed with a screwcap. In both the on and off-trade, wine closed with a natural cork has undergone a higher value increase over the past four years.

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The March beer review

29 March, 2022

SALTAIRE PILSNER, 4%

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Cider producers are relentless in their pursuit of new flavours. There’s the seemingly endless stream of new fruits – think Strawberry, Mixed Fruit, Dark Fruit, Summer Fruit, Winter Fruit and so on – but also the various flavours offered by single varietals, for example. Cider flavours are ever-changing at every level of the category – from new fruit flavours to barrel ageing and co-ferments.

As Westons releases its Westons Cider Report 2022, Nigel Huddleston looks at the figures, forecasts and fruit trends shaping the cider category

Glass bottles will not be included in the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for England and Northern Ireland, the government has said.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has said Covid caused almost £1 billion in lost income for British distillers.

As the cost of living continues to rise, headlines for chancellor Rishi Sunak’s 2022 Spring Statement will likely centre around the 5p per litre reduction in fuel duty. And while that will ease some supply chain pressures, there are other gains and losses for drinks retailers and suppliers.

Sales of Provence rosé were up 9% in 2021, driven by key European markets, including the UK.

Drinks Retailing Awards 2022 winners on stage

The independents showed up in full force at the 2022 Drinks Retailing Awards, with both new and familiar faces making their mark as some of the country’s most prominent independent drinks retailers.

Drinks Retailing Awards 2022 event

From the major supermarkets to convenience chains and regional stores, the 2022 Drinks Retailing Awards celebrates a range of dynamic multiples, all putting drinks at the forefront of their businesses. 

Ridgeview wine new visitor centre in the South Downs National Park

English sparkling wine producer, Ridgeview, has shared its plans to open a new visitor destination next to its Chardonnay vineyards in the South Downs. Announced in celebration of Visit Britain’s English Tourism Week (18-27 March 2022), the new venue will offer wine tastings, on-site dining, tours and retail.

New Drinks Retailing magazine cover Womens History Month

This issue, we celebrate Women’s History Month with a raft of interviews with female trailblazers throughout the trade. From buyers to winemakers, discover how women across the trade got started in their career, and what advice they would give to others hoping to follow a similar path (page 16 - 17). 

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Casillero del Diablo owner Viña Concha y Toro has hailed performance in the UK, which the company said “continues to be the most important market”.

shamrock irish whiskey bottle with glass on a table for St Patricks Day

St Patrick’s Day is possibly the most quintessential event for the drinks industry. March 17 marks the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations, with whiskey, Guinness and Irish cocktail creations being among some of the most popular drinks. Drinks Retailing takes a look at how producers and retailers are celebrating this St Patrick’s Day.

the whisky barrel bottle label with QR code

Fife-based retailer The Whisky Barrel has pioneered a new digital authentication process to reduce the risk of purchasing counterfeit whisky, while also releasing the “world’s first” single-cask Scotch with full digital provenance certificate (NFT). 

close up of a chef seasoning food on a board

French wine brand Calvet is launching a new promotional campaign on social media, which will include virtual cooking sessions hosted by a series of chefs. The campaign, titled Calvet Kitchen, aims to engage food and wine lovers on Facebook and Instagram. 

Stoli Group has announced that it will discontinue the use of the Stolichnaya name for its vodka, in direct response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Latvian-produced vodka will now be exclusively sold and marketed as Stoli on account of the founder's “vehement position on the Putin regime”, and the brand’s aim to represent Stoli’s roots in Latvia. 

Churchill’s has lined up new packaging and branding for its port and wine brands, as it looks to attract new consumers.