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BWS sales through grocers continue to boom

Published:  23 June, 2020

Alcohol sales through grocery stores continued to boom in the past four weeks, up 43% year-on-year, as the on-trade stayed shuttered.


‘Distancing’ most important to on-trade guests post-lockdown

Published:  19 June, 2020

Having social distancing measures in place has been revealed to be the key concern for consumers when they return to the on-trade post-lockdown, according to new research released by Hallgarten & Novum Wines today. 


WSET branches out into beer qualifications

Published:  17 June, 2020

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is gearing up to launch a suite of beer qualifications.


Friday Read: George Sandbach of the Oxford wine dynasty talks shop during shutdown

Published:  11 June, 2020

George Sandbach of Sandy’s Piano Bar talks to Andrew Catchpole about adapting to lockdown, selling quality booze out the back door, the thorny problem of rent and launching an accessible podcast series.


Alcohol sales knocked by lockdown

Published:  08 June, 2020

Despite the marked shift from on-trade to home drinking, lockdown could still leave a sobering £7bn hole in total UK alcohol sales, as Andrew Catchpole reports.


Morgenrot celebrates 50th with Alzheimer's charities fundraisers

Published:  04 June, 2020

Morgenrot has launched a series of fundraising activities to raise money for Alzheimer’s charities and causes throughout 2020.


Alcohol to not rebound globally until 2024

Published:  26 May, 2020

It will take five years for the global alcohol category to get back to pre-Covid health, the IWSR has predicted, with double digit declines expected to the hit the category this year.


Pandemic is officially “Bad for beer, better for spirits and wine”

Published:  15 May, 2020

Beer and cider were hard-hit in the 2008/9 economic crisis, suffering from a combination of duty rises, an on-trade slump and increased at-home consumption, all of which tend to favour spirits and wine.


Online BWS sales soar 78%

Published:  29 April, 2020

Online sales of beers, wines and spirits (BWS) surged 78% in the last four weeks making it the fastest growing grocery category in terms of sales.


Ecommerce sales surge but fail to make up for on-trade losses

Published:  22 April, 2020

Ecommerce sales of beer, wine and spirits (BWS) in the UK surged 50% (volume) in the first week of lockdown compared to the same period last year, while sales through the off-trade were up 20%, according to new IWSR snapshot research. 


Off-trade alcohol sales surge 29% over the Easter weekend

Published:  20 April, 2020

Off-trade sales of alcohol surged 29% over the bank holiday weekend although overall Brits spent £160m less on Easter than in 2019.


Stockpiling and on-trade closure send off-trade BWS sales through the roof

Published:  31 March, 2020

Off-trade sales of beer, wine and spirits (BWS) surged 67% in the week to 21 March - the week the government announced the closure of the on-trade. 


Floods and coronavirus take their toll on on-trade

Published:  12 March, 2020

Trading in Britain's pub, restaurant and bar sector fell 3.3% in February as the developing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis and the severe floods took their toll on eating and drinking out.


Budget: Chancellor announces freeze on all alcohol duty

Published:  11 March, 2020

Duty on wines, spirits and beers is to be frozen, new Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in today’s budget, allaying trade fears of another rise in line with inflation.


Wine Drinkers UK urges Chancellor not to discriminate against working class and women

Published:  02 March, 2020

Wine Drinkers UK has called on the new Chancellor not to discriminate against the working class and women ahead of the next Budget on 11 March.


AB InBev acquires Argentinian vineyard

Published:  18 February, 2020

Global beer giant AB InBev has acquired the Dante Robino vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina, according to numerous news reports in Argentina.


On-trade kickstarts 2020 on a positive note

Published:  12 February, 2020

The on-trade sector has started 2020 on a positive note with like-for-like sales up 1.9% in January compared to the same month last year, according to the latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.


Majestic reports surge in no/low sales

Published:  05 February, 2020

Majestic has reported booming sales of no/low beer and wine during last month boosted by ‘biggest ever’ dry January.


Hillebrand acquires US warehouse and transportation business

Published:  19 December, 2019

Hillebrand has acquired US warehouse and transportation business Royal Logistics and Royal Service Transport (Royal) for an undisclosed sum.


The winners: Harpers Design Awards 2019

Published:  13 December, 2019

The big reveal from this year’s Harpers Design Awards is that for the first time ever wine edged ahead of spirits, both in terms of the overall winners and collectively across the competition.