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Gin and still wine lose momentum in post pandemic new normal

Published:  04 April, 2022

After enjoying a period of meteoric growth, the UK's favourite white spirit has hit a stumbling block, with a drop in hospitality market share in 2021.


Acquisitions and partnerships: Alhambra, Calabria Wines and AdVini

Published:  20 October, 2016

A leading Spanish brewery, a French wine company and New South Wales winemakers have announced new partnerships and takeovers this week in the hope of extending their reach to key international markets.


Matthew Clark takes gains in premium beer and cider to summer festival

Published:  05 July, 2016

Matthew Clark is taking its premium beers and ciders to the Hyde Park British Summertime Festival tomorrow, following a surge in demand for global craft beers and ciders.


No World Cup sales boost for wine

Published:  07 July, 2014

Britain continues to drink through the World Cup despite England's exit

Published:  27 June, 2014

England may have crashed out of the World Cup but the nation is continuing to drink through it, according to the latest figures released by the Wilson Drinks Report.


Premium bottled ale is set to be a £1bn category by 2020 as demand rises

Published:  25 June, 2014

 The premium bottled ale category is on course to be worth £1 billion by 2020 if current trends and interest in craft beers and premium ales continues, according to leading brewer Marston's.


World Cup boosts sparkling wine sales by 25% in week one

Published:  23 June, 2014

The World Cup's first week saw off-trade sparkling wine sales up 25%, but beer and cider were the real winners with sales boosted by well over 40% thanks to the football.


Drinks trade backs England to drive sales during World Cup

Published:  19 June, 2014

The drinks trade is eagerly anticipating tonight's England match to drive beer consumption across the on and off-trade - although one in 10 pub goers will choose wine as their match tipple.


World Cup estimated to generate £400 million per match in the UK economy

Published:  12 June, 2014

As 28 million UK adults prepare to watch the World Cup, the drinks trade gets ready to cash in on the opportunity with promotions on beers, wine and spirits.


Mark Fiddes on why he is struggling with the beer brand smarm offensive

Published:  25 April, 2014

You may recognise the symptoms. It's more debilitating than hay fever; the snarling of the lip, the nausea, an ennui so enervating that zapping from Dave TV to a living human channel is almost impossible.


Countdown to Budget: pubs more reliant on wine and spirits sales says CGA study

Published:  17 March, 2014

Pubs are becoming increasingly reliant on wine and spirit sales, according to new figures released today by on-trade specialists, CGA Strategy.


Independent's profile: South Down Cellars

Published:  17 February, 2014

Many customers still request cigarettes and canned lager on a daily basis at the South Downs Cellars wine shop in Lindfield, West Sussex, despite the fact it stopped selling them after it switched from being a Thresher off licence nearly three years ago.


Aurelio craft beer launches to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK

Published:  21 January, 2014

Q&A with Conviviality boss Diana Hunter and her plans for Wine Rack and Bargain Booze

Published:  20 January, 2014

Diana Hunter, chief executive of Conviviality Retail, which owns Bargain Booze and Wine Rack, talks acquisitions, Wine Rack's expansion and why wine is a major priority for the group. 


?All hail the craftsmen of British cider

Published:  10 January, 2014

At last year's Glastonbury festival, the Cider Bus turned out to be as big an attraction as some of the bands on stage. Music fans queued up throughout the three days of the festival to buy bottles of sparkling Cider Bus, hot and spicy Somerset cider or draught cider served straight from oak barrels.


?All hail the craftsmen of British cider

Published:  17 December, 2013

Stand aside, imitations, and make way for the craftsmen of real cider. Bernadette Costello reports on the premium artisan cider category


Susanna Forbes enjoys Michelin star beer matching

Published:  13 December, 2013

"Starting with a stout is adventurous," said Andreas Fält, US craft beer ambassador, to the assembled throng, before adding: "Particularly with oak barrel influence. I'd have put it with a pudding, but..."


Byron puts its faith in canned craft beers for its premium burgers

Published:  03 December, 2013

Byron, the premium burger chain, is the latest to take craft beers seriously and is this week rolling out a new beer list, expanding its range to 11 and introducing a number of canned beer it sees as the ideal match for a burger.


What makes British drinkers decide to go out to drink?

Published:  15 November, 2013

Businesses operating in the UK on-trade are facing many challenges in 2013, not least among which is the pressure on household income and the "cost of living" squeeze. Market data suggests downward pressure on volumes of three of the top-five core drinking categories, including standard lager and white wine.


Kestrel Pilsner returns to UK after 10-year hiatus

Published:  02 October, 2013

Kestrel Pilsner, which was discontinued in the UK a decade ago, is set to launch a return today in the independent and convenience trade.