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Former Matthew Clark director and Hammonds launch drinks agency

Published:  08 November, 2017

Chris Jones, former commercial director of Matthew Clark’s brands distribution business, has joined forces with wholesaler Hammonds of Knutsford to launch a UK drinks agency with the aim of uniting bars and brands that “dare to be different”.

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Heineken targets food outlets with artisanal cider duo

Published:  06 March, 2017

Heineken has added an artisanal duo to its Bulmers cider portfolio created with premium and food outlets in mind.

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New multi-million pound brewery for Chapel Down's Curious Drinks

Published:  02 August, 2016

Chapel Down has completed the exchange of contracts on a 1.6-acre site to further develop its beer and cider business.

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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.

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Category innovation unbalanced between fruit and apple cider, says Westons

Published:  30 June, 2016

Work needs to be done to get fruit cider drinkers to explore the rest of the category.

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Curious Drinks gains hundreds of stakeholders and £1.7m investment

Published:  05 April, 2016

A growing beer and cider business has welcomed nearly 900 new stakeholders after raising over £1.7m in a crowd funding initiative

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Retail volumes ahead by 4% over the year but price deflation holds revenue growth back says ONS

Published:  24 July, 2015

Retail sales volume grew in June on an annual basis for the 27th consecutive month according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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Wine producers must be alert to the growing threat of cider - Rabobank

Published:  20 July, 2015
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Green & Pleasant lands cider and golden ale to expand craft range

Published:  15 July, 2015

A craft beer brand sold at the Ritz in London is branching out into cider.

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The Benevolent seeks ambassadors to raise awareness in Buddies revamp

Published:  29 June, 2015

The Benevolent is calling for volunteers to become ambassadors to spread the word about the drinks industry charity and how it can help colleagues in need.

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Off-trade brings growth for BWS, but wine and on-trade both decline as market stays 'fragile' - WSTA

Published:  25 June, 2015

A strong off-trade performance has dragged the UK alcohol market back into volume growth for the first time in five years, according to a report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Euromonitor predicts global drinks industry volume will grow nearly 10% by 2019

Published:  05 May, 2015

New data on the alcoholic drinks industry from Euromonitor International found that despite total volume growth for 2014 remaining relatively unchanged (0.8%) for the second year in a row, the industry is expected to grow by more than 20b litres in the next four years.

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British Bottle Company offers expert export service for UK drinks

Published:  25 September, 2014

The British Bottle Company is a new specialist export business dedicated to helping British drinks, including English wine, craft beers and artisanal spirits, gain distribution in key export markets around the world.

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Planetbee wine brand launches cider

Published:  08 September, 2014

Bee-friendly wine brand Planetbee has extended its reach into another drinks category, with the launch of its own cider.

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Distell launches 56 Hundred Nederburg wine as profits surge

Published:  27 August, 2014

South Afica's Distell has launched a new Nederburg range 56 Hundred, which includes a Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio.

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Stowfords Press introduces new look to push premium cider image

Published:  14 August, 2014

Leading cider brand, Stowford Press, has gone through a re-design to push more its premium credentials and focus in on the the traditional cider press image on the label which it hopes will reinforce its heritage and provenance.

 

 

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Craft cider boom sees Brits spend extra £10m on pricy ciders

Published:  31 July, 2014

Sales of the priciest ciders on the market have grown by £10 million in the past year, as British drinkers seek out more expensive artisanal versions of the drink.

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Total World Cup drinks sales reach £1.1billion despite fading interest in final weeks

Published:  18 July, 2014

Final drinks sales for the World Cup reveal that overall beers, wines and spirits were up by £15.1 million for the five weeks of the tournament to top £1.1 billion.

 

 

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England's failure results in poor World Cup for beer and cider brands

Published:  15 July, 2014

Later kick off times and England's poor performance combined to have a knock-on effect on what were disappointing sales of beers and lagers during the first half of the World Cup, according to the latest Nielsen data.

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Wine merchants launch Orpens cider with help of winemaker Bruce Jack

Published:  20 May, 2014

Two Irish wine merchants are launching craft cider Orpens into the UK market, with the help of renowned South African winemaker Bruce Jack.

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UK wine industry is not on same footing as beer, cider and whisky, says Wilson Drinks Report

Published:  21 March, 2014

The UK wine industry is unlikely to receive the same kind of duty cuts awarded to the beer, cider and Scotch whisky industries in this week's Budget as most of the wine drunk in this country is imported.

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Manchester project puts the Cider into Moss Side

Published:  17 January, 2014
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?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.

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?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

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Garden Cider Co launches Vintage Cider for the on-trade

Published:  17 October, 2013

The Surrey-based Garden Cider Company, which produces ciders made from spare garden apples donated by members of the public, has launched its first cider for the on-trade.

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Chase Distillery launches its first cider

Published:  19 September, 2013

Willy's Cider, produced by Herefordshire's Chase Distillery, will make its market debut in October.

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Liberty Wines introduces new cider, beer and spirits range

Published:  09 September, 2013
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French 'varietal' craft cider launched

Published:  20 June, 2013

Normandy cider Duché de Longueville, which claims to contain no added yeasts, sugars or preservatives, has been launched ahead of the Sainsbury's Vintage Cider Festival.

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Westons launches Rosie's Pig cider into UK on-trade

Published:  20 May, 2013

Westons has announced it will release Rosie's Pig Cloudy Cider into the UK on-trade next month.

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Hush Hush Estate produces range of ciders

Published:  19 April, 2013

Kent's Hush Hush Estate has branched out into the world of cider making, with the imminent release of a range of still and sparkling ciders under the Jake's Orchard label.

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Monopoly forces ice cider producers into Europe

Published:  29 March, 2013

Canadian ice cider producers, restricted by the state monopoly in Quebec, were out in force at last week's ProWein looking to build their presence in European markets.

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Wine and cider go head to head at Thatchers Arms

Published:  25 January, 2013

Wine and cider are to go head-to-head in a food and drink matching competition to be held at foodie pub, The Thatchers Arms, near Colchester in association with DrinkBritain.com.

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Westons Cider to invest "heavily" in 2012

Published:  09 March, 2012

Westons Cider has announced it will invest "heavily" throughout 2012 in its leading brands: Stowford Press, Henry Westons, Wyld Wood, The Governor and Old Rosie.

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Savanna Cider announces summer campaign

Published:  05 March, 2012

South African brand, Savanna Cider has announced its most significant investment in the UK to date, on the back of its claimed annual off-trade growth of 72%.

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Somerset Cider Brandy's future secure

Published:  15 September, 2011

Niche product Somerset Cider Brandy, which was teetering on the brink of prohibition, has secured the highest level of EU protection after a long campaign by the trade backed by the UK government.

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Britain's cider harvest begins a month early

Published:  05 September, 2011

Britain's cider harvest has got underway a month early with growers expecting a bumper crop due to the warm spring weather.

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Heineken: learning from beer and cider category

Published:  12 August, 2011

Wine and spirits firms should be keeping an eye on Heineken - the beer and cider giant has pledged to remove 100 million units per year from a mainstream brand. It is currently investigating how best to approach this and which brand it should cut alcohol content from.

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Spar launches Cider Festival

Published:  02 August, 2011

Spar is to roll out its first Cider Festival, following its Wine Festival campaign which saw its core range of wine sales grow by 11%.

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Asda forced to change Strong Cider packaging

Published:  04 March, 2011

Asda's Premium Strong Cider has breached the Portman's Group code by making alcoholic strength the dominant theme of its packaging.

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Over 30,000 sign up to cider Facebook protest page

Published:  26 March, 2010


Over 30,000 angry cider drinkers have joined a Facebook petition in response to the Chancellor's decision to introduce a 10% above inflation increase on cider duties.

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Cider bears the brunt of duty increases

Published:  24 March, 2010

Cider has taken the biggest hit following Chancellor Alistair Darling's 2010 Budget announcement.

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Constellation to sell its cider brands

Published:  30 November, 2009

Constellation Brands is selling its cider brands to the C&C Group in a surprise move.

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Cider and wine bodies pool resources

Published:  27 October, 2009

The two main trade organisations for the UK wine and cider industries are forging closer links.

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Aspall Premier Cru nominated world's best cider

Published:  25 November, 2008

Super-premium Suffolk cyder maker Aspall has won first prize at the first ever World Cider Awards 2008 with its Aspall Premier Cru bottled cider, which was also awarded World's Best Dry Cider.

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Aspall to warm winter with mulled cider

Published:  30 October, 2008

Following a successful on-trade trial of the UK's first mulled cider last winter, Aspall is now launching the cider in selected top-end on-trade outlets.
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"Faddy flavours" could de-valuate cider market, warns Gaymer

Published:  25 September, 2008

"Faddy fruit flavours" are in danger of de-valuing the cider market, the managing director of Gaymer Cider Company, John Mills has warned.

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Portman Group slams "mega strength" ciders

Published:  25 July, 2008

The Portman Group drinks industry watchdog has slammed two ciders, Blackout and Mega White, for breaching its code of practice on the naming, packaging and promotion of alcoholic drinks.

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Savanna Cider launches humorous ad campaign

Published:  23 July, 2008

Savanna Cider, South Africa's leading cider brand and part of Distell, is launching a national integrated advertising campaign.

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New summer ad campaign for Bulmers cider

Published:  23 July, 2008

Bulmers Original, the 'served over ice' bottled cider, is launching new national TV advertising introducing the concept of "squeezing the most out of the great British summer".

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S&N details new ale and cider joint ventures

Published:  23 July, 2008

Scottish & Newcastle has finalised the details of its new heritage joint venture.

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Cider firm guilty of safety breach

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: HP Bulmer has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

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Poor summer hits beer/cider sales

Published:  23 July, 2008

The rotten summer of 2007 has hit sales for brewers such as Scottish & Newcastle (S&N), with the category as a whole seeing a double-digit drop in the volume of beer sold.

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Cider maker to slash jobs

Published:  23 July, 2008

Irish drinks group C&C - the makers of Magners - will cut 70 jobs temporarily at its cider making plant due to a recent downturn in trading triggered by poor weather in Britain and Ireland, a company spokesman has said.

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Magners launches new PET format cider this summer

Published:  30 November, 1999

Magners Irish Cider is launching a new 330ml PET bottle.

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Gaymer launches regional cider range

Published:  30 November, 1999

Gaymer Cider Company is investing in and expanding its premium portfolio of ciders with the launch of new Gaymer's County Series.

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Tesco launches first mulled cider

Published:  30 November, 1999

UK: Retailer at forefront of innovation with its new ready-made mulled cider



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ICB to launch Raspberry and Lime Pear cider

Published:  30 November, 1999

ICB is consolidating the success of its St Helier's Pear cider with two new fruit cider launches

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S&N chills cider

Published:  30 November, 1999

UK: Scottish & Newcastle(S&N) is to launch the first draught cider "over ice" product.

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Cider sales top one billion pints

Published:  30 November, 1999

Cider sales continue to surge in ontrade.

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