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Whatever your preconception about celebrity owned, backed or fronted drinks brands, one thing is clear: they’re big business. But why? Tom Harvey, co-founder of YesMore drinks marketing agency, shares advice for retailers and celebrity-backed drinks brands

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Supermarket grocery sales were up 1.5% in the four weeks ending June 18, according to the latest figures from NielsenIQ, thanks to a boost from the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Nigel Huddleston talks to Gerry’s manager Allen Daly about what makes this year’s Drinks Retailing Awards indie spirits winner so special 

Fine wine and spirits retailer Berry Bros & Rudd has lined up a second series for its Drinking Well podcast.

Spar has become the latest retailer to sign a partnership with Deliveroo, as it looks to meet consumer calls for on-demand delivery.

Online beer retailer HonestBrew has ceased operations.  

Octavian has launched a new customer portal which will be rolled out to private clients and a handful of merchants.

NielsenIQ has merged with CGA, a on-trade data analysis organisation, to deliver a “complete view” of both the on- and off-trade.

The latest report by Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) has found that underage drinking and anti-social behaviour is likely to decrease when retailers implement a Challenge 25 policy. 

Online wine retailer Naked Wines has announced the release of its first ever TV advert.

Moet Hennessy’s namesake Cognac brand is to open a luxury store inside Harrods.

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. 

Last week, M&S held its spring/summer press tasting. Drinks Retailing caught up with Andrew Shaw, head of trading for drinks, to talk about the customer experience, new product development and the department's approach to sustainability

The Adult Non-Alcoholic Beverage Association (ANBA) has launched its UK and European wing to help unify the low/no alcohol sector. 

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

Some in the trade consider English wines to be underwhelming and overpriced. I disagree; we are making world class wines. Quality is on the rise and customers are eager to support local winemakers. Its why English wines make up 25% of our list at Wickhams.

Wine retailer Majestic is expecting record sales of sparkling wine, ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend, while data specialist Kantar predicts supermarket sales increases across several categories.

Cult Wines has introduced a new trading platform for buying, selling and investing in wine with secure blockchain technology to prove the authenticity of the products. 

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.

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”. 

Morrisons has purchased around 1,100 McColl’s stores after the convenience chain briefly went into administration.

Chernigivske beer can Ukraine humanitarian relief

AB InBev’s UK arm, Budweiser Brewing Group, has announced the introduction of popular Ukrainian beer Chernigivske into UK retailers, with profits going to humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine. 

Sales of beer, wine and spirits fell almost 16% (15.9%) in the four weeks to April 23, according to the latest data from NielsenIQ.

sustainable whisky bottles

As part of its 10-year action plan to operate more sustainably, Diageo has outlined plans to discontinue the use of cardboard gift boxes within its Scotch whisky portfolio. The phased removal of 183 million gift boxes will cover brands such as Johnnie Walker, Buchanan’s and Bell’s. If successful, the programme will extend to more Diageo-owned brands in 2023.

London Wine Fair 2019 stand

Wines of Ukraine has been invited to exhibit at the London Wine Fair (LWF) in June, marking the first time the country will be at the show. In light of the conflict in Ukraine, organisers are currently liaising with the generic body to create a special destination stand for the winery on the trade floor, free of charge. 

We caught up with Mark Jarman (right) and Charles Cutteridge at the Morrisons Spring, Summer 2022 press tasting to talk about what’s new, the challenging consumer landscape and why Provence pink still has it

New research has suggested that nearly half of shoppers with children at home claim they are already aiming to save money day-to-day so they can spend as much as they normally would this Christmas.

Waitrose wine tasting event

Waitrose has announced the re-launch of its Wine Tasting at Home experience after offering a virtual service for two years in line with social distancing regulations. 

Ahead of World Earth Day (22 April), FMCG data analysts Levercliff found the majority of consumers (71%) are prioritising value for money over sustainability when shopping for food and drink. As energy prices rise and interest rates increase, 36% of consumers said their shopping choices were driven by the need to budget.