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Chiswick Auctions spices up drinks arm with new team

Published:  29 March, 2019

London-based auctioneer Chiswick Auctions is in the process of a complete overhaul of its wine and spirits arm, aiming to attract high-end consumers alongside the more traditional wine collectors.


Gin sales almost double in two years

Published:  29 March, 2019

The UK bought a record breaking 73 million bottles of gin last year across the on and off-trade (Nielsen/CGA), with off-trade sales peaking in the run up to Mother's Day.


LWC creates marketing team for Signature Brands

Published:  28 March, 2019

Drinks wholesaler LWC has created a marketing team for its Signature Brands arm to bolster market presence of that side of the business.


Food and drink exports growth slows to crawl but gin and whisky fly the flag

Published:  25 March, 2019

Overall UK food and drinks exports slowed to a crawl in 2018, but gin and whisky continued to fly the flag – each growing in both value and volume.


Latest round of Vindependents share options support growth

Published:  07 March, 2019

Members of the independent merchant-owned Vindependents have voted to issue a new round of share options in the company, allowing new members that take up the offer to have a say in how the buying group is run.


Matthew Clark comes out fighting fit after major restructure

Published:  06 March, 2019

National wholesaler Matthew Clark says it is firmly back on track, with a far-reaching restructure of the business completed and having “delivered one of the best Christmas in terms of service and performance”, according to managing director David Phillips (pictured above).


Halewood opens Australian business

Published:  04 March, 2019

Halewood has expanded its global reach with the opening of a business based in Australia.


Bunnahabhain Distillery in £10.5m upgrade

Published:  26 February, 2019

Bunnahabhain Distillery has begun a three year overhaul after owner Distell International invested £10.5 million to undergo an “extensive upgrade and refresh” of the distillery.


The Amazon inspires bartenders to reimagine liqueur category

Published:  20 February, 2019

There are few in the international drinks trade that wouldn’t know the names of bartenders Alex Kratena, Monica Berg and Simone Caporale, so anticipation has been high for their new range of liqueurs, Muyu.


The week that was

Published:  15 February, 2019

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, here’s a review of the top online news, analysis, opinions and features.


FMV to distribute Tempus Fugit Spirits in UK

Published:  08 February, 2019

Fields, Morris & Verdin (FMV) has added Tempus Fugit Spirits to its portfolio.


Nelson’s Gin Distillery strikes deal with Sovereign Beverage Company

Published:  07 February, 2019

Nelson’s Gin Distillery has announced a partnership with Sovereign Beverage Company to drive the global distribution of its spirits.


Manly Spirits arrives in the UK

Published:  06 February, 2019

Manly Spirits has launched a range of spirits in the UK, following “huge success” in Australia since it launched in April 2017.


Eden Mill snaps up Eden River to expand production

Published:  04 February, 2019

Eden Mill, Scotland’s first single site brewery and distillery, has targeted further expansion after acquiring Eden River Brewery in Penrith, Cumbria, for an undisclosed amount.


London Distillery Company continues Asia expansion

Published:  28 January, 2019

Increasing demand for British spirits in Asia has seen The London Distillery Company sign several new deals to increase availability of its brands in the region.


‘Perfect storm’ causes glass shortage and price hikes for UK wine industry

Published:  24 January, 2019

The UK wine industry is running out of glass, creating unprecedented price hikes for bottlers - and the situation is unlikely to be resolved before 2020.


WSET awards record number of Diploma graduates

Published:  22 January, 2019

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s annual Awards and Graduation Ceremony celebrated a record number of Diploma graduates at a packed Guildhall in London last night (21 January).


Words to the wise

Published:  21 January, 2019

Fun fact: the Oxford Word of the Year 2018 was “toxic”. Why toxic, you ask? Every year, the eminent Oxford University institution chooses a word or expression that is judged to “reflect the ethos, mood or preoccupations of the passing year” and have “lasting potential as a term of cultural significance”.


Quintessential Brands invests in miniature bottles production line

Published:  10 January, 2019

Quintessential Brands has installed a miniature bottles production line to tap the growing mini market for spirits


BWS enjoys strong festive build up as general grocery sales slump

Published:  08 January, 2019

Shoppers visited supermarkets more often in the run up to Christmas, but sales slumped to half the level of growth returned last year, according to Nielsen.