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BrewDog launches in Oxford

Published:  28 September, 2017

BrewDog is continuing its craft beer crusade with the launch of its latest bar in Oxford.

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Strong spirits performance boosts Adnams sales

Published:  23 March, 2017

Adnams has reported a 7% jump in annual sales boosted by a particular strong distillery performance in addition to healthy brewery growth.

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UK tops list for craft breweries per capita

Published:  17 March, 2017

The craft revolution has swept across the globe, with 94% of world's 19,000 breweries now producing beer craft.

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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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Heineken expands craft beer range

Published:  01 March, 2017

Heineken has expended its craft beer portfolio with two new brews.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  17 February, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Profits fall 15% at Heineken as Punch Taverns deal given go-ahead

Published:  15 February, 2017

Heineken has found itself on the sharp end of currency depreciation and global financial headwinds.

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Brewpub group reports strong sales and 'Academy' up-take

Published:  09 February, 2017

On-site brewery and restaurant business Brewhouse & Kitchen is an example of a business at the forefront of the craft beer boom.

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Carlsberg UK launches low to mid-volume beer dispense solution

Published:  02 December, 2016

Carlsberg UK is aiming to change the way beer is stocked and poured in venues serving low to medium volumes of the drink.

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Deliveroo expands direct-to-consumer alcohol service with Heineken partnership

Published:  16 November, 2016

On-demand delivery service Deliveroo has joined up with Heineken to launch a new brand through which consumers will be able to get beer and cider delivered direct to their door.

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CAMRA calls for beer duty freeze at next budget to ease effect of economic uncertainty

Published:  16 November, 2016

The consumer organisation which campaigns for the health of the beer and pub sector is calling on the government to maintain a freeze in beer duty in the upcoming Autumn Statement and consider an additional cut in next year's budget.

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Low alcohol brewing company announces initial release

Published:  14 November, 2016

Big Drop Brewing Co., the UK's "first" brewing company dedicated to making <0.5% ABV beer, is about to launch its first beer.

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Robinsons expands Australian range with two sole distribution partnerships

Published:  02 November, 2016

Robinsons Brewery has teamed up with two wine producers from Western Australian, expanding its portfolio of "quality" antipodean wines.

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Bath craft brewery pushes into the mainstream with national listing

Published:  24 October, 2016

Electric Bear Brewery has secured a listing with a nationwide hamburger joint, marking further penetration of craft beer into the on-trade.

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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.

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Majestic asks customers to choose new international craft beer

Published:  11 October, 2016

Majestic Wine is opening up its beer offering by asking customers vote for what they like and what they enjoy drinking.

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Shareholders approve "biggest takeover in UK history"

Published:  29 September, 2016

The pending deal to merge mega brewers AB InBev and AB Miller has been given the green light by each company's shareholders.

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CAMRA says new safe drinking limits are a slippery slope to prohibition

Published:  15 September, 2016

The editor of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide (GBG) 2017 says the move to restrict drinking to no more than 14 units a week for men and women is "bad science" - and is urging punters not to listen to "killjoys".

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  02 September, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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The impact of televised sport in pubs in 2015 through 2016

Published:  01 September, 2016

According to a new infographic, the Premier League dominates the sports sales market, accounting for 43% of all drinks sports sales.

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Wiltshire brewery wages war on Doom Bar

Published:  26 August, 2016

A Wiltshire brewer has taken aim at the success and dominance of Doom Bar "taking over pumps" in pubs across the county.

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H1 net profit up 25% at Carlsberg

Published:  18 August, 2016

Danish brewer Carlsberg posted its half-year 2016 results to June 30, reporting net revenue of 31.2bn Danish krones (DKK) and a 4% rise in organic growth.

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Diageo dropping the "Guinness" from name of its US beer business

Published:  09 August, 2016

Diageo is changing the name of its beer business in the US from Diageo-Guinness USA to Diageo Beer Co. USA to broaden its appeal.

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CAMRA calls on government to rethink drinking advice

Published:  09 August, 2016

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is calling for the Department of Health to launch a new public consultation into whether alcohol guidelines are fit for purpose and evidenced based.

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Thirst for craft beer on the rise at Matthew Clark's boutique beer fest

Published:  08 August, 2016

Matthew Clark reported a bumper number of visitors to its Boutique Beers Festival held at British Summertime Hyde Park this summer - up 20% on last year.

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Ten tips on how to hit the right note with craft beer

Published:  05 August, 2016

The mighty craft pound has definitely paid off when it comes to specialty beer.

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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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Biggest beer merger in history given go-ahead

Published:  21 July, 2016

The US Justice Department has given antitrust approval for Anheuser-Busch InBev - the world's largest beer company - to acquire SABMiller - the world's second largest beer company.

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Whisky barrel-aged beers spark international interest

Published:  19 July, 2016

A Scottish beer producerd has attracted the interest of key international markets by combining two of Scotland's best-loved drinks.

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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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Multi-mullion pound campaign promotes Kopparberg's craft roots

Published:  24 June, 2016

The team behind leading Swedish fruit cider Kopparberg has launched a multi-million pound marketing campaign to draw attention to its hometown brewery.

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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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Fuller's to hand pub staff national living wage ahead of schedule

Published:  09 October, 2015

Fuller's is to bring in the national living wage rate of £7.20 an hour in for key pub staff six months ahead of it being made a national requirement.

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Improved AB-Inbev bid not enough to tempt SAB Miller board

Published:  07 October, 2015

SAB Miller seems certain to reject an improved offer for the company from AB-Inbev.

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Diageo strategy to release non-core assets brings sale of Red Stripe lager stake to Heineken

Published:  07 October, 2015

Diageo has handed over control of Red Stripe lager to Heineken by selling its stake in the Jamaican brand owner Desnoes & Geddes.

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Cask ale drinkers more valuable than wine buffs to pubs says report

Published:  24 September, 2015

Cask ale drinkers spend 63% more than wine fans in the nation's pubs according to the 2015 Cask Report.

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Brewer points way to Christmas success for the on-trade with series of roadshows

Published:  23 September, 2015

On-trade customers are being offered free staff training and the chance to sample new products at a series of pre-Christmas trade shows being hosted by Carlsberg UK.

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AB-Inbev confirms approach made to Peroni brewer SAB Miller about possible bid

Published:  16 September, 2015

Stella Artois and Budweiser brewer AB-Inbev has confirmed that it has made an approach to UK-based rival SAB Miller about a possible takeover of the company.

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Rhubarb-growing astrophysicist sends beer into ... Waitrose

Published:  09 September, 2015

A home-brewing Cambridge astrophysicist is to have a beer go on sale in Waitrose after winning a competition run by Derbyshire craft brewer Thornbridge.

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Beavertown scoops top brewer award at International Beer Challenge

Published:  08 September, 2015

London's Beavertown Brewery has been named Supreme Champion Brewer in the 2015 International Beer Challenge run by Harpers' sister magazine Off Licence News.

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Craft brewer hopes canning investment will persuade people to drink Moor Beer

Published:  28 August, 2015

Bristol-based Moor Beer is the latest leading light in the UK craft beer scene to invest in canning capacity for future growth.

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Interview: Robinsons Brewery doubles turnover with five-year plan

Published:  17 July, 2015

How does a traditional drinks business double turnover, margin and cash profit in the space of five years? Angela Mount meets Paul Robinson and Noel Reid of Robinsons Brewery to find out

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American beer, whiskey and Space Invaders unleashed by Brewdog in latest bar concept

Published:  08 July, 2015

The innovation pipeline at Brewdog shows no sign of slowing down with the arrival of yet another on-trade concept.

 

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Electric Bear plans to turn on the craft beer taps in Bath

Published:  03 July, 2015

A former transport IT entrepreneur is investing £300,000 to set-up a brewery and taproom in Bath.

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Beer and tenanted pubs growth lift revenues for Greene King

Published:  01 July, 2015

Brewing and pubs group Greene King saw revenue growth of 3% in the 52 weeks to May 3, driven by beer sales in beer (+4.2%) and its Pub Partners lease, tenancy and franchise division (+3.5%).

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Brewdog to build brewery and open first bars in US

Published:  11 June, 2015

Brewdog is to build its first brewery outside the UK to supply beer to five bars it intends to open in the US.

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Analysis: Do you remember your wine epiphany?

Published:  05 June, 2015

Trade personalities tell Rosie Davenport and Nigel Huddleston about the life-changing moment when they realised a career in wine was their destiny

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Greene King set to dispose of 16 pubs to push through acquisition of rival

Published:  27 May, 2015

Greene King is set to dispose of 16 pubs in order to push through its purchase of the Spirit Pub Company.

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International demand for Japanese craft beer prompts Kiuchi Brewery expansion

Published:  26 May, 2015

Japanese family-owned brewery Kiuchi Brewery is expanding its facilities to meet increased demand from the overseas and domestic market for their range of Hatachino Nest beers.

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SAB Miller snaps up London craft brewery

Published:  15 May, 2015

Brewery giant SAB Miller has bought craft brewery the Meantime Brewing Company for an undisclosed sum.

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Greene King's takeover of Spirit Pub Co investigated by competition commission

Published:  12 May, 2015

The Competition commission is looking into Greene King's proposed takeover of The Spirit Pub Company.

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BrewDog launches £25m crowdfunding bid

Published:  23 April, 2015

BrewDog, Scotland's largest independent brewery, yesterday launched its biggest crowdfunding scheme to date.

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Q&A: Chris Tomlinson, Tirril Brewery

Published:  14 April, 2015

Former pub owner turned brewer and distiller Chris Tomlinson of Tirril Brewery talks to Helen Arnold about the launch of Cumbria's first single malt whisky - the only malt in Britain made using a beer recipe

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BrewDog profits soar 69%

Published:  02 April, 2015

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog saw profits soar 69% during 2014, on the back of strong demand for craft beer.

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Diageo acquires control of South African beer business, United National Breweries.

Published:  02 April, 2015

Diageo has acquired control of South African beer business United National Breweries, after snapping up the remaining 50% of the business.

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Health body urges Premier League to look beyond booze brands for sponsors

Published:  30 March, 2015

The Alcohol Health Alliance is today calling on the Premier League to follow the lead of sporting organisations in France and look outside the alcohol industry for future high profile sponsorship deals.

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Adnams aims to double turnover on spirits as it ramps up production

Published:  26 March, 2015

Suffolk brewer and distiller Adnams is aiming to grow its spirits business to around £7m in the next three years as it more than doubles production.

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Adnams announced £7m expansion as it celebrates strong year

Published:  25 March, 2015

Adnams has announced a major expansion of its Suffolk brewery and distillery as it celebrates strong sales in 2014.

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Craft beer now used to calculate CPI as sales increase

Published:  18 March, 2015

Craft beer enters the mainstream as it goes in the basket used to calculate inflation for the first time.

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St Austell's Brewery appoints first exclusive wine buyer to drive more sales

Published:  13 March, 2015

St Austell's Brewery has promoted Louisa Fizpatrick to the newly created role of wine buyer, in recognition of her hard work and expertise and extensive knowledge of the wine world.

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Newly formed New Zealand Craft Beer Collective comes to the UK

Published:  05 February, 2015

The New Zealand Craft Beer Collective, a group of craft brewers that formed in mid-2014, will soon be imported and distributed in the UK.

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Beer sales on the rise after 10 years of falling sales following back to back duty cuts

Published:  30 January, 2015

 

Evidence that duty cuts on alcohol can help turnaround sales of declining drinks categories are seen today with news that after 10 years of decline beer sales are now on the rise.

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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.

 

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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.

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Starbucks moves into on-trade in US with beer and wine offering

Published:  08 December, 2014

Last week Starbucks announced at its annual investor conference that it would begin serving beer, wine and 'evening' food in 3,000 of its 11,900 cafes in the US.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tesco's Dan Jago suspended as investigation into £250m profit overstatement continues

Published:  14 October, 2014

Dan Jago, Tesco's global head of wine, beer and spirits, has been suspended along with two other directors as the investigation into the £250 million accounting blackhole at the retailer continues.

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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.

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Tesco expands Dan Jago's global wine role to include beer and spirits

Published:  11 September, 2014

Tesco's UK and group wine director Dan Jago is to increase his responsibilities with the addition of the beer and spirits portfolio.

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Craft beers direct to your office thanks to Deskbeers service

Published:  22 August, 2014

The saying going there is no such thing as a new original business idea, which is probably why there is an equally popular phrase - the greatest form of flattery is imitation. Well here's a business idea that could very easily be adapted to the wine and spirits world. Deskbeers.

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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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Timothy Taylor wins Best Beer in Britain award at Great British Beer Festival

Published:  13 August, 2014

 

Timothy Taylor's Botlmaker beer has been named the 'Best Beer' in Britain at the Great British Beer Festival, Olympia, London.

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For future growth Carlsberg must succeed in wine as well as beer, says James Lousada

Published:  08 August, 2014

As Carlsberg's specialist wine and spirits division, now called Crown Cellars, celebrates over 20 years, the brewer's UK chief executive, James Lousada, explains to Richard Siddle why wines and spirits are now so important to the group

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Matthew Clark launches 80-strong Boutique Beer range

Published:  22 July, 2014

Matthew Clark will today introduce a new range of 80 different beers to cater to on-trade's fastest growing category.

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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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Draft House to launch new beer and cocktail bar concept

Published:  09 July, 2014

London craft beer bar chain Draft House is launching a beer and cocktail bar concept with a DIY micro-distillery below its flagship site on the south side of Tower Bridge.

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BrewDog opens 20th bar at its headquaters

Published:  09 July, 2014

BrewDog continues to dominate the UK craft beer scene is opening its seventh bar this year and its 15th bar in the UK called DogTap at its headquarters in Aberdeenshire.

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No World Cup sales boost for wine

Published:  07 July, 2014
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Beermoth looks to bring US style beer retailing to Manchester

Published:  03 July, 2014

Specialist beer shops have joined the 21st century, among them Beermoth, in central Manchester's hip northern quarter, and set up by Scot Davies, a former manager at the city's The Knott bar, and American Jeremy Stull, who worked at the esteemed Port Street Beer house.

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Wine Vision to focus on how industry must adapt to millennials' needs

Published:  03 July, 2014

Wine Vision's return to London in November will examine key issues affecting growth in the industry as relationships between wine brands and consumers change and competition from spirits and beer intensifies.

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Beer drives Constellation Brands to increase financial expectations for 2015

Published:  03 July, 2014

Constellation Brands first quarter results for fiscal year 2015 beat expectations primarily due to its Crown Import beer distribution acquisitions last year and based on the results increased its fiscal year outlook.

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Costco set to launch new craft beer offer

Published:  01 July, 2014

Costco Wholesale UK is poised to break into the craft beer market, the £1.7bn turnover warehouse club chain has revealed.

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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.

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BrewDog launches World Cup publicity stunt with Vote Sepp beer

Published:  26 June, 2014

Another day, another BrewDog publicity stunt, but its idea to launch a Vote Sepp beer in honour of FIFA's president, Sepp Blatter, in a typically cheeky move to get the 2022 World Cup switched from controversial Qatar to a safe bet Scotland, is bound to result in even more headlines - including this one - for the maverick Scottish brewer.

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BrewDog opens Florence bar

Published:  25 June, 2014

Scotland's most infamous brewers' BrewDog are set to open their latest craft beer bar - this time in Florence - later this month.

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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.

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Beer/Ale/Cider

Published:  24 June, 2014

Gold: Ola Dubh 1991, Brand owner: Harviestoun Brewery, Design agency: threebrand

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Beer/Cider range

Published:  24 June, 2014

Bronze: Ballistic Brewing, Brand owner: Copestick Murray, Design agency: Stranger & Stranger

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Brewd.com hopes to attract craft beer fans to new social network and beers' sales site

Published:  20 June, 2014

Brewd.com is a new specialist website which hopes to not only promote and sell beers from the best British microbreweries, but also act as a social network for those interested in the new trend for craft beers.

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BrewDog opens 18th bar in Dundee, Scotland

Published:  12 June, 2014

BrewDog a pioneer for the craft beer scene in the UK is set to open its 18th global bar this Saturday in Dundee, Scotland.

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US craft brewers unite for travelling beer festival

Published:  12 June, 2014

US craft brewer Sierra Nevada is teaming up with 700 brewers to host a series of beer festivals and collaborate on limited edition beers at a roadshow travelling from its California base to its new facility in North Carolina throughout July and August.

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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.

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BrewDog sees profits skyrocket to £2.3 million

Published:  09 June, 2014

Maverick Scottish brewer and pub operator BrewDog has seen its profits skyrocket by 383% to £2.3 million for 2013, with turnover up 70% to £18 million.

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Top beer sommelier says craft beer revolution becoming more mainstream

Published:  04 June, 2014

Craft beer is being taken more seriously in the UK - evidenced by its growing prominence in circles formerly restricted solely to wine, says one of the country's top beer sommeliers.

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MPs get through £750k of wines, beers and spirits a year in House of Commons

Published:  29 May, 2014

MPs manage to get through £750,000 worth of alcohol a year whilst working at the House of Commons, according to media reports this week.

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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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Oddbins launches own range of craft beers

Published:  08 May, 2014

Oddbins is to launch its own range of craft beers as it looks to build its brand and capitalise on the growing craft beer movement.

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BrewDog's co-founder James Watt attacks Portman Group and dismisses its rulings

Published:  28 April, 2014

 

Brewdog, the maverick Scottish brewery, has issued a stinging response to the Portman Group's ruling against the advertising for its Dead Pony Club pale ale. The company's co-founder, James Watt, has issued a strong statement where he sarcastically "apologises" for not "giving a shit" about what the Portman Group has said.

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BrewDog guilty of breaking Portman Group marketing rules for Dead Pony pale ale

Published:  28 April, 2014

BrewDog, the maverick has fallen foul of the Portman Group's alcohol marketing rules for its Dead Pony Club pale ale brand which was found to encourage "both anti-social behaviour and rapid drinking".

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BrewDog guilty of breaking Portman Group marketing rules for Dead Pony pale ale

Published:  28 April, 2014

Scottish brewer BrewDog has been rapped on the knuckles over its Dead Pony Club ale advertising, which encourages anti-social behaviour and rapid drinking.

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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.

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BrewDog to open craft beer shop

Published:  24 April, 2014

BrewDog, the maverick Scottish independent brewer, is looking to bring its definitive edgy style to the high street with the opening of its a retail store, BottleDog, which will specialise in craft beers at its first site in London.  

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Constellation Brands bet on beer pays off

Published:  09 April, 2014

Constellation Brands released its 2014 fiscal results today reporting fourth quarter profits increasing 92% to $157 million, driven largely by market gains related to the acquisition of Grupo Modelo's US commercial beer business.

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Dedicated craft beer section at London Wine Fair

Published:  01 April, 2014

For the first time in its 34 year history, the London Wine Fair will have a dedicated beer section called the Brewhouse, which will focus on small batch, specialist and craft beers.

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'Sinful' wine and beer RTD launches

Published:  26 March, 2014

Mosel-based German wine producer ZGM has come up with the unthinkable: an RTD mixing beer and wine, being sold as an 'aromatised wine-cocktail' in a small, crown-capped beer bottle.

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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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Key beer sponsors pull out of US St Patrick's Day celebrations over gay ban

Published:  17 March, 2014

Guinness, Sam Adam's Boston Beer Company and Heineken have all pulled their sponsorships of the New York City and Boston St. Patrick's Day parade because organisers excluded gay and lesbians groups from participating in the events.

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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.

 

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AB InBev launches rum-flavoured beer Cubanisto

Published:  06 March, 2014

The world's largest brewer AB InBev is launching a rum-flavoured premium beer - Cubanisto - in the UK.

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?London start-up delivers craft beers straight to desks

Published:  26 February, 2014

The aptly named DeskBeers delivers craft beer to thirsty office workers in London on Friday afternoons.

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Marston's to launch new range of craft beers from its regional breweries

Published:  18 February, 2014

Traditional brewer, Marston's  is looking to capitalise on the growing demand for craft beers by launching a new "Revionist" range of six artisan beers which will be unveiled to the trade and public at a special event, Craft Beer Rising, at the Old Truman brewery in London between February 21-23.  

 

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Ex-Accolade Wines marketer to lead beer campaign

Published:  18 February, 2014
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BrewDog protests against Russia's anti-gay laws with new beer

Published:  04 February, 2014
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?Call Time on Duty: BBPA says beer duty freeze would secure 2,400 jobs

Published:  30 January, 2014
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Call Time on Duty: Beer sales up due to impact of duty cuts

Published:  28 January, 2014

Beer sales in the off trade rose 3.9% by volume in the fourth quarter of 2013, marking increases for two consecutive quarters for the first time in 10 years, following the cut in beer duty last year.

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BrewDog kicks off 2014 openings with São Paulo bar

Published:  22 January, 2014
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Glynn Davis: when it comes to craft beer we need to take our lessons from New York

Published:  21 January, 2014

Rather like London New York City throws up many new places to visit each time you make the trip across the pond. And just like in the UK there are also invariably many beers to sample from newly-formed brewers.

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Aurelio craft beer launches to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK

Published:  21 January, 2014
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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. 

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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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WSTA calls on government to freeze duty on all alcohol

Published:  07 January, 2014
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Motorway service station in beer first

Published:  06 January, 2014
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Beer lobby steps up campaign to see beer duty rates frozen in 2014 Budget

Published:  20 December, 2013

The UK pub and brewing sector has stepped up its efforts to see another freeze in beer duty rates in the 2014 Budget just days after the wine and spirits sector has called for the same treatment by the Chancellor.

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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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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..."

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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.

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BrewDog opens craft beer bar in Shepherd's Bush

Published:  02 December, 2013

The BrewDog Brewery, Scotland's largest independent brewery and operator of the lucrative 'Equity for Punks' crowdfunding scheme, has opened its 13 bar in London's Shepherds Bush which will offer its largest beer range with up to 40 craft beers on tap.

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Biercraft brings craft beers to independent on- and off-trade

Published:  15 November, 2013

Biercraft is a new drinks distributor that hopes to offer independent wine merchants and premium restaurants the same level of service they are used to receiving from specialist wine suppliers - but for the emerging craft-beer sector.

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Biercraft to offer specialist craft beers to independent on and off-trades

Published:  15 November, 2013

Biercraft is a new drinks distributor that hopes to offer independent wine merchants and premium restaurants the same level of service they are used to receiving from specialist wine suppliers, but for the emerging craft beer sector.

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BrewDog to max out 'Equity for Punks' scheme

Published:  08 November, 2013

BrewDog, the largest independent Scottish brewery, announced on 7th November it would be offering an additional 2,600shares valued at £250,000 due to demand from 'fanvestors'; maximizing the number of shares it is able to sell in its 'Equity for Punks' crowdfunding scheme

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BrewDog announces record growth and expansion plans

Published:  25 October, 2013

Craft beer brewer BrewDog is to expand its management team, brewery and bars after announcing record growth for fifth consecutive year.

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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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BrewDog unveils brewing collaborations at nationwide craft beer festival

Published:  17 October, 2013

This weekend sees Scottish independent brewery BrewDog host a craft beer festival in its UK bars, where it will unveil 12 new beers made in collaboration with craft breweries around the country.

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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.

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BrewDog launches beer school in Newcastle

Published:  26 September, 2013

BrewDog, Scotland's largest independent brewery, is launching a beer school today at 3pm at its Newcastle bar.

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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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WAITROSE - Buyer, Multi-channel, Beers, Wines & Spirits

Published:  22 August, 2013

Waitrose customers expect quality. From Fresh Food to Fish, they're used to excellence in every department - and our Beers, Wines & Spirits (BWS) section is no exception

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PLB Group: Junior Account Buying Exec - Beer Team

Published:  07 August, 2013

PLB, an independent and successful family run business supplying a wide range of wines to all sectors of the market has a fantastic newly created opportunity for a charismatic, energetic and self-motivated individual to join the team as a Junior Account/Buying Executive to work with the Beer Team.

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BrewDog founders to front craft beer TV show in US

Published:  01 August, 2013

Maverick Scottish brewer BrewDog is set to take the US by storm, as co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie front a new craft beer show on NBCUniversal's new Esquire Network.

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Heatwave is more of a boost to supermarkets than London 2012

Published:  01 August, 2013

The heatwave throughout most of July proved nearly twice as successful for the UK's major grocery multiples than last year's London 2012 Olympic Games, according to the latest sales figures released by Nielsen.

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July heatwave is more successful for supermarkets than Olympics

Published:  31 July, 2013

The heatwave throughout most of July proved to nearly twice as successful for the UK's major grocery multiples than last year's London 2012 Olympic Games, according to the latest sales figures released by Nielsen.

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Beer sales continue to struggle

Published:  26 July, 2013

Total UK beer sales were down 4.8% in the last quarter, according to the British Beer & Pub Association's quarterly Beer Barometer, published today.

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Bibendum's Instil Drinks Co takes on specialist spirits staff

Published:  22 July, 2013

Instil Drinks Co, the new beers and spirits business set up by Bibendum, continues to recruit senior specialilst staff to help...

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Qubit: Beers Wines and Spirits Online Benchmark Report

Published:  19 July, 2013

This Qubit benchmark looks at the onsite effectiveness of some of the UK's most popular alcohol retailers' websites. It uses industry best practice criteria to analyse the performance of each site against set customer user journeys.

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Government scraps plans for minimum pricing for alcohol

Published:  18 July, 2013

The government has formally announced it is to axe proposals to introduce a minimum price for a unit of alcohol in England and Wales.

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Wimbledon beer sells out on day of final

Published:  10 July, 2013

Eden Brewery, in St Andrews, Scotland, sold out off its limited edition Wimbledon beer, Grand Slam, on the day that fellow Scot, Andy Murray, won the tournament.

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Brewers unite to back national beer campaign

Published:  28 June, 2013

For the first time members of the brewing industry have united together to celebrate the very best of brewing through a campaign called Let There Be Beer.

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BrewDog's crowdfunding initiative raises over £1m in 24 hours

Published:  26 June, 2013

"Equity for Punks", an innovative crowdfunding scheme launched by BrewDog, Scotland's largest independent brewery and Britain's fastest growing food and drinks brand, raised over a million pounds in its first 24 hours on June 20.

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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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BrewDog moves into spirits market with WattDickie

Published:  14 June, 2013

Maverick Scottish brewer BrewDog has unveiled its latest creation - a unique style of spirit produced through ice distillation using an IPA-style beer - which it claims to be the "first original spirit style in decades".

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London pub removes draught beer and ups wine offer

Published:  24 May, 2013

A London pub is to up its wine offer after removing draught beer due to what it claims are rising costs.

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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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Japanese whisky company brings beer to UK

Published:  10 May, 2013

Japanese whisky specialist Number One Drinks Company has started importing Japanese beers.

 

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Long winter hits pub beer sales in Q1

Published:  29 April, 2013

Poor weather has been blamed for a drop in on-trade beer sales in the first quarter of 2013, as the sector hopes for a boost from the recent duty cut.

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Women hit hardest by alcohol price rises

Published:  22 April, 2013

Wine and spirits tax rises will hit women drinkers the hardest, wiping out any benefit pubs might have felt from the cut in beer tax in the process, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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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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News blog: Reaction to reported minimum pricing U-turn

Published:  14 March, 2013

Trade reaction continues to come in following reports that the government is on the verge of throwing out recommendations for a minimum price for alcohol. Here's our news blog on the issue:

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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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Bibendum takes on three new agencies

Published:  16 January, 2013

Bibendum's spirits and beer division has strengthened its brand offering with three new partnerships for 2013.

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Australian wine most popular in off-trade but France leads on-trade

Published:  07 December, 2012

Australia is the most popular wine in the UK off-trade, while France tops on-trade sales, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association Market Report.

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Low-abv wine 'important' category, says Asda

Published:  30 October, 2012

A surge in demand for lower-alcohol products has led Asda to hold its first ever low and no alcohol tastings in stores nationwide.

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Wines in the press, August 17-19

Published:  20 August, 2012

The Observer


In her book; How to Be a Woman, journalist Caitlin Moran advocates a zero tolerance policy on what she deems to be "patriarchal bullshit", says David Williams.

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MPs to warn drinks trade over lack of action on binge drinking

Published:  16 July, 2012

A report by MPs is set to reveal that the Responsibility Deal has failed to curb the drinks industry's excesses and should face heavier regulation, claims the Sunday Telegraph.

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Meet the buyers: Asda

Published:  29 June, 2012
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Scottish health secretary predicts hike in UK minimum price

Published:  14 May, 2012

Scotland's health secretary Nicola Sturgeon says she "wouldn't be surprised" if the UK government hikes its minimum price to the newly-announced Scottish level of 50p.

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Wines in the press, April 26-28

Published:  30 April, 2012

The Guardian

Fiona Beckett says from the lists of supermarket promotions she receives every month, you'd think the British drank only Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and occasionally Chardonnay, or Shiraz and a Rioja for reds.

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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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Frederic Robinson announces 2012 beer price freeze for tenants

Published:  15 February, 2012

Cheshire-based family brewers, Frederic Robinson has announced a 2012 price-freeze on beers supplied to its 360-strong tenanted estate.

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Consumers urged to count units

Published:  09 February, 2012

A national campaign to raise consumer understanding about the number of units in certain drinks is rolling out in stores across the UK.

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Craft beer centre stage at Bristol venue

Published:  13 January, 2012

A bar has opened in Bristol specialising in craft beer from around the world.

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90% of adults fail alcohol unit test, says Wilson Drinks Report

Published:  09 January, 2012

Almost 90% of British adults that took part in a survey, had no idea how strong their drinks were, according to latest research from the Wilson Drinks Report.

Bitter drinkers ignore special offers and opt for brand or taste

Published:  19 December, 2011

Over a third of consumers buying lager choose what's on offer first, whereas bitter drinkers ignore special offers and opt for brand or taste, according to the latest Wilson Drinks Report.

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BrewDog opens Camden craft beer bar

Published:  14 December, 2011

Independent Scottish brewery, BrewDog has opened its first craft beer bar in England, BrewDog Camden.

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BrewDog to open "fan-funded" brewery and bars

Published:  18 October, 2011

Scottish independent brewery, BrewDog is to open a new "fan-funded" brewery and five new bars in 2012.

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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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Trade body condemns 15p duty increase on wine

Published:  23 March, 2011

Wine is set to rise by 15p a bottle after the Chancellor went ahead as planned with the alcohol duty escalator in today's Budget.

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BrewDog opens second craft beer bar

Published:  21 March, 2011

BrewDog, has officially open the doors to a craft beer bar in Edinburgh's Cowgate which is the second of five bars, in five cities, it plans to open by the end of 2011.

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Minimum pricing "still elephant in room" for drinks trade

Published:  16 March, 2011

Setting a minimum price for alcohol is still "the elephant in the room" a leading drinks producer admitted yesterday as the government and off-trade were lambasted over cheap drinks deals.

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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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Red wine drinkers could help save ailing pubs and restaurants, says WDR

Published:  17 February, 2011

Red wine drinkers spend £17.68 each time they go out, more than any other type of drinker, according to new research by the Wilson Drinks Report WDR.

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Oddbins to offer local craft beers

Published:  24 November, 2010
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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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BrewDog slammed for 18.2% ABV beer

Published:  27 July, 2009

Scottish independent brewery BrewDog has been condemned by health lobbiests following its launch of the UK's strongest beer weighing in at 18.2% ABV.

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BrewDog launches UK's strongest beer

Published:  27 July, 2009

Independent brewery BrewDog has launched the UK's strongest beer weighing in at 18.2% ABV.

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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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Brewdog calls for Portman Group to be scrapped

Published:  17 November, 2008

The managing director of a Scottish beer company has called for the Portman Group to be scrapped.

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BrewDog boss wins BBC series

Published:  13 November, 2008

James Watt, managing director of beer company BrewDog, has emerged as one of two winners of the BBC3 show 'The Last Millionaire' by being first to come off the show.

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BrewDog boss to star in BBC series

Published:  11 November, 2008

James Watt, managing director of beer company BrewDog, is to star in a new BBC3 series which pitches the money making skills of successful entrepreneurs against each other.

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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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ALMR slams Sainsbury's over loss-leading lager

Published:  26 August, 2008

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has criticised Sainsbury's for selling alcohol at below cost price over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

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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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Strong lager cans pass Portman Group investigation

Published:  23 July, 2008

Cans of lager with alcohol content exceeding the Government's recommended drinking levels are not encouraging irresponsible drinking, The Portman Group has found.

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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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Ros wine sales knock the fizz out of lager

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Young working women fuel surge in ros wine sales, according to a market research firm.

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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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Stella Artois 4% targets "everyday lager" sector

Published:  30 November, 1999

InBev is looking to create a new premium position within the 'everyday' 4% ABV lager market with the August launch of Stella Artois 4%.

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PLB adds Brazilian lager to portfolio

Published:  30 November, 1999

PLB, one of the largest independent importers and distributors of beer and wine, has further strengthened its branded beer portfolio with the addition of Palma Louca - the UK's number one imported Brazilian lager.

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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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