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Nielsen confirms sparkling wine and major spirits categories as big Christmas winners

Published:  16 January, 2015

Nielsen has confirmed that sparkling wine and the main spirits categories were the big winners during Christmas 2014.


Carlsberg UK signs pledges not to sell more than four units in one can

Published:  24 December, 2014

Carlsberg UK has committed to the government's Public Health Responsibility Deal pledge on packaging - stating it will not sell any carbonated product with more than four units of alcohol in a single-serve can.


Drinks industry 'vastly exceeds' target to remove 1bn units

Published:  19 December, 2014

The drinks industry has "vastly exceeded" its target to remove 1 billion units of alcohol from the UK market two years ahead of schedule, a report from the Department of Health has confirmed.


Matthew Gaughan on what the UK can learn from the rise of craft beers in the US

Published:  16 December, 2014

As in the UK, the beer scene in the US has been transformed over the last 20 years. As mainstream lagers have got blander and colder, craft breweries have sprung up around the country to be greeted by an enthusiastic and increasingly knowledgeable set of drinkers.


Instil Drinks appoints new MD and brings PLB beer portfolio under its wing

Published:  16 December, 2014

Bibendum PLB's beer and niche spirits trading arm Instil Drinks Company has incorporated PLB's extensive beer range into its portfolio, including its flagship Estrella Galicia.


Mitchells & Butlers profit down as revenues grow

Published:  25 November, 2014

Pub and bar operator Mitchells & Butlers, owner of the All Bar One and Browns venues, has seen revenues grow by 4% to £1.9 billion, while profits before tax fell by 13% to £123 million.


Wine suppliers say scrapping beer tie will have limited effect on wine

Published:  24 November, 2014

Wine suppliers say the vote to break the beer tie will have a limited effect on wine sales - while it may open up the market, most leaseholders are already free to buy wine from a supplier of their choice.


Tesco bolsters wine team as it looks to improve quality and customer focus

Published:  12 November, 2014

Tesco has boosted its wine team with the addition of an assistant buyer and quality manager.


Public health experts call for calorie labelling for beers, wines and spirits

Published:  31 October, 2014

The drinks industry faces renewed calls for calorie labelling on drinks, following research which shows strong public backing for the measure and a lack of consumer awareness on how calorific drinks can be.


Trade reacts to the Bibendum PLB merger

Published:  30 October, 2014

Rival suppliers and potential customers of the new Bibendum PLB group have been unsurprised by the news of the merger, given tough market conditions, with most saying further consolidation in the supply chain is on the cards.


Bibendum acquires PLB to create 'UK's most powerful independent' drinks supplier

Published:  29 October, 2014

Bibendum, one of the UK's largest wine and spirits distributors has acquired major rival, PLB, for an undisclosed sum and is merging both businesses, as of today, October 29, into the Bibendum PLB Group, can reveal.


Analysis: The new Bibendum PLB supergroup

Published:  29 October, 2014

Bibendum's acquisition of UK drinks rival PLB and the merger of both businesses has created a supergroup, complete with five divisions, catering to the on and off-trades, independents, specialist beer and spirits and events sectors.


Tesco lists beer created by army veterans to support Help for Heroes

Published:  28 October, 2014

Tesco has listed a Help for Heroes beer, created by injured veterans with the help of brewer and pub operator Marstons, to help raise funds for wounded servicemen.


Matthew Clark sees British drinks soar in popularity

Published:  21 October, 2014

On-trade drinks supplier Matthew Clark has seen sales of English wines soar by 53% in the past year, with home-grown beers and spirits following suit.


Carlsberg ramps ups executive team with on and off-trade sales directors

Published:  17 October, 2014

Carlsberg UK has ramped up its executive team with the appointment of two new sales director roles to manage the brewery's on-trade and off-trade operations, freeing up James Lousada to concentrate fully on his role as chief executive.


Laine Pub Company takes on original Battersea Jongleurs site

Published:  13 October, 2014

The site of the original Jongleurs comedy club in Battersea, south London, where the likes of Graham Norton, Bill Bailey and Phil Jupitus first made their name, has been transformed in to a major pub operation.


Waitrose to make beers, wines and spirits 'destination' departments

Published:  08 October, 2014

Waitrose is making its drinks department more of a destination by upping the ante on its in-store dining plans - with plans to ramp up grazing options by adding steak bars and by serving fresh beer.


Adnams adds Karen Hester as executive director

Published:  07 October, 2014

Suffolk brewer and distiller Adnams has added Karen Hester to its main board as an executive director.


'Mild alcoholics' to be prescribed new drug nalmefene to help them cut back

Published:  03 October, 2014

People who drink more than two large glasses of wine per night or three pints are to be prescribed the drug nalmefene to help them cut back, according to new guidance for doctors.


Campaign for Real Ale appoints Tim Page as new chief executive

Published:  29 September, 2014

The Campaign for Real Ale has appointed charity veteran Tim Page as its new chief executive.