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Heineken launches “plug and pour” dispenser for casual diners

Published:  11 October, 2017

Heineken is releasing a new countertop draught beer dispenser, which it says could help to capture growth of on-tap in the unrepresented casual dining sector.

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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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ProWein 2018 to focus on ‘craft’

Published:  27 September, 2017

ProWein, the must-attend premier wine and spirits business show in Europe, has revealed it’s turning the spotlight on craft spirits, beer and cider in 2018.

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Waitrose brings back ‘Drinks Festival’ for the second year running

Published:  26 September, 2017

Waitrose has announced it is bringing back its ‘Drinks Festival’, which the retailer ran for the first time last year.

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Alcohol dominates list of top seven UK food and drink exports

Published:  18 August, 2017

Four out of the top seven performing export categories in the UK’s food and drink market are alcoholic, new figures have revealed.

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New campaign to highlight craft breweries from global beer companies

Published:  12 July, 2017

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is calling for greater clarity for beer drinkers following a number of buyouts of previously independent craft breweries in the UK by global beer companies.

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Brewdog upgrades supply chain with new agreement

Published:  10 July, 2017

The ever-expanding Brewdog is looking to make its current storage and distribution arrangement more sophisticated with a new logistics agreement with XPO.

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Spirit revenues top beer for the first time

Published:  05 June, 2017

Sales of spirits brought more money to the Treasury than beer for the first time ever, according to the latest HMRC figures released this morning.

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Crown Cellars reveals new wine portfolio

Published:  02 June, 2017

Crown Cellars, the wine division of Carlsberg UK, has unveiled its 2017/18 wine portfolio, with a focus on Spain and Italy.

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Vindependents poised to add spirits and beers to its portfolio

Published:  02 June, 2017

Vindependents, the drinks agency for independents run by independents, is going from strength to strength but the buying group is far from resting on its laurels.

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BrewDog UK sales jump 97%

Published:  31 May, 2017

Craft beer darling BrewDog has revealed turnover of £72 million in 2016.

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Aldi extends craft Festival Beer range

Published:  30 May, 2017

Discount supremo Aldi is bringing back its festival beer range for a second year with some notable additions.

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LWF: Craft beer showers forecasted at Morgenrot

Published:  25 May, 2017

The difference in approach between winemakers and craft beer brewers to creating new drinking experiences can be clearer nowhere than at Morgenrot’s stand at this year’s London Wine Fair.

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Innis & Gunn reveal rapid expansion plans

Published:  15 May, 2017

Independent Scottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn has announced a roster of new appointments as it plans to expand its reach into the rest of the UK and to new international markets.

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BrewDog prowls into spirits market with LoneWolf

Published:  27 April, 2017

Leading craft brewers BrewDog are aiming to take craft distillation to “new levels” with the launch of their first spirits range.

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Craft beer and gin exports follow in footsteps of Scotch

Published:  26 January, 2017

Scotch may be one of the UK's greatest export success stories, but craft beer and gin are fast catching up, according to figures released by Defra yesterday to coincide with Burns' Night.

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Innis & Gunn crowdfunding round raises double its target

Published:  30 November, 2016

Edinburgh-based Craft brewery Innis & Gunn has raised £2.5 million through a four-week crowdfunding campaign - more than double its original target.

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Hofmeister returns to on-trade as premium Bavarian brand

Published:  14 October, 2016

The iconic Hofmeister lager brand is set to return to the UK on-trade after a 13-year hiatus.

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Asahi completes Miller Brands UK acquisition

Published:  12 October, 2016

Japanese brewing giant Asahi has completed its acquistion of Miller Brands UK and the creation of Asahi UK, the company announced today.

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Insights: The Age of Craft Beer

Published:  26 September, 2016

'Craft beer' is enjoying a golden age, with new breweries springing up across the UK - and there's still plenty of territory left to explore.

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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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Nielsen: Alcohol sales boom off the back of hot weather

Published:  23 August, 2016

Brits are celebrating the summer weather and alcohol sales have soared over the last four weeks according Nielsen most recent data out today.

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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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New cabinet members historically voted in favour of alcohol duty hikes

Published:  15 July, 2016

While trying to establish beneficial trading terms with the EU should Article 50 be enacted will be a top priority for the new government, how the new cabinet members voted on alcohol duty may be a bit worrying for the drinks trade.

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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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Spirits business and retail outlets drive strong profit growth at Adnams

Published:  24 March, 2016

Adnams, the Suffolk-based brewer, distiller and retailer, saw profits rise 7.3% in 2015, despite flat sales growth.

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Grain versus grape: the rise of craft beer

Published:  07 March, 2016

"Stick a cork in it. Wine is done," declared the New York Daily News back in 2013. "Fancy beers in oversize bottles are the hottest items on drink lists at swank restaurants and bars across the city." 

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Bulleit partners with Hop House 13 for London Beer Week

Published:  22 February, 2016

Kentucky bourbon brand Bulleit is partnering with Hop House 13 Lager, as an official boilermaker sponsor for London Beer Week.

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Hall & Woodhouse to raise £250,000 for children's hospice charity

Published:  04 February, 2016

Family-owned Dorset brewer, Hall & Woodhouse, has partnered with the Together for Short Lives charity to raise £250,000 over the next two years.

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Carlsberg unveils world's best shopping trolley. Probably

Published:  29 January, 2016

Carlsberg has partnered with car customisation specialists Yiannimize to launch what it says is probably the best shopping trolley in the world.

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On-trade attitude to women and beer must change

Published:  20 November, 2015

The on-trade needs to recognise that beer is no longer a drink just for men, according to new research conducted by AB InBev.

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Pilsner Urquell's tank beer concept hits the north

Published:  09 October, 2015

Pilsner Urquell Czech lager has rolled out its tank beer concept to northern England.

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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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Majestic invites customers on to tasting team in craft beer push

Published:  06 October, 2015

Majestic customers are being given the chance to help choose a British beer to be stocked in all 211 of its stores as part of an Oktoberfest promotion.

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Beer steward qualification hits the 50 mark after just three months

Published:  29 September, 2015

Training body the Beer Academy has accredited more than 50 beer stewards in the first three months since the launch of the e-learning qualification.

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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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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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Analysis: What is driving the craft beer craze in the on-trade?

Published:  14 September, 2015

There's no doubt the craft beer movement that started in the US has migrated across the pond to UK shores and is here to stay. And with the craft beer boom showing no signs of slowing, the on-trade is poised to capitalise on this unquenchable thirst.

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Micropubs on the rise as proportion of outlets serving real ale hits 70% says Camra

Published:  10 September, 2015

The Campaign for Real Ale says seven out of 10 British pubs now serve cask ale.

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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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European spirits body welcomes court statement on minimum pricing for alcohol

Published:  04 September, 2015

The body which represents spirits producers across the EU has welcomed yesterday's European Court of Justice statement that casts doubt on the legality of minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

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European Court says minimum unit pricing may be illegal

Published:  03 September, 2015
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Alcohol generates more in tax than it costs the government says think tank report

Published:  03 September, 2015

Free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs has produced a report which claims that alcohol revenue generates over twice as much tax revenue as it costs the country in health, policing, crime and welfare expenditure.

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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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Greene King report shows 11% rise in eating out during July but on-trade drinking declines

Published:  27 August, 2015

The average family spend on eating out was 11% up on a year ago in July, according to the latest Leisure Spend Tracker Report from pub and brewing group Greene King.

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Tom Kitchin collaborates on beer with Isle of Skye Brewing

Published:  21 August, 2015
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Morgenrot imports two new brews from Spain's Alhambra

Published:  18 August, 2015

Spanish beer brand Alhambra has launched two new draught products in the UK.

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Thornbridge links with Finnish drinks company to open craft beer bar in Helsinki

Published:  18 August, 2015

Derbyshire-based craft brewer Thornbridge is planning to open a bar in the Finnish capital Helsinki.

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Bargain Booze waives franchise fees and offers free 24-hour refit for first 100 new recruits

Published:  13 August, 2015

Conviviality Retail is wooing potential new Bargain Booze franchisees with the promise of a free overnight refit.

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'Halves more popular than pints for beer' - Camra survey

Published:  12 August, 2015

The half has usurped the pint as the favourite measure for draught beer drinkers according to a survey commissioned by the Campaign for Real Ale.

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Euroboozer ships 'biggest range' of US craft beers to hit UK in one go

Published:  24 July, 2015

World beer importer Euroboozer has launched what it claims is the biggest range of American craft beers and ciders to ever land in the UK at one time.

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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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Beer Academy launches first online course to equip on-trade staff with the basics

Published:  17 July, 2015

Training organisation the Beer Academy has launched an online Beer Steward qualification, which enables on-trade staff to gain a sound understanding of the basics of beer, from brewing to serving customers.

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Analysis: HMRC's crackdown on alcohol's black market

Published:  17 July, 2015

Tackling duty evasion and illicit activity within the drinks trade was a key message in last week's Budget, but what does it mean for the trade?

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Budvar looks to drive tank beer in bar trade with aim of giving outlets a point of difference

Published:  16 July, 2015

Czech brewer Budweiser Budvar is calling on progressive bar owners to create a point of difference in their outlets by adding fresh tank beer to their repertoire.

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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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Forecast for the next six months at London's Borough Market: cloudy with a chance of Buckfast

Published:  15 July, 2015

Self-styled culinary researcher and contemporary food designer Bompas & Parr has created a walk-in cloud of breathable cocktail which will go on display to the public in London at the end of this month.

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Rosé up 43% and Champagne 'strong' as summer sun brings cheer to Waitrose drinks sales

Published:  13 July, 2015

Recent warm weather in parts of the UK has seen sales of some wines and spirits soar at Waitrose.

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Bottle Apostle blossoms with opening of Primrose Hill store

Published:  10 July, 2015

Independent London wine merchant Bottle Apostle opens its fifth store in the Primrose Hill area on July 18.

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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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Craft beer trend brings sharp rise in demand for staff training says Beer Academy

Published:  07 July, 2015

The Beer Academy training group has seen a sharp uplift in interest from pub and bar operators on the back of the craft beer boom.

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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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Oddbins 'legend' Daniel makes latest craft beer for retailer's range

Published:  02 July, 2015

Oddbins' adventures into craft beer are continuing with the launch of No 5 Saison.

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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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Borough Market showcases craft beer and food in new festival

Published:  29 June, 2015

London's Borough Market is to host a three-day festival of craft beer and food matching next month.

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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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Craft keg available through small brewers' scheme for the first time

Published:  26 June, 2015

The Society of Independent Brewers has begun to sell craft keg beer through a revamped version of its Direct Delivery Scheme for the first time.

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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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Brewdog takes beer shops to Scotland and plans new bar concepts

Published:  22 June, 2015

Scottish craft beer producer Brewdog is working on a number of new concepts to expand its on- and off-trade retailing footprint.

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Drinks groups reject Scotland's plans for deposit return scheme on drinks bottles

Published:  19 June, 2015

An organisation supported by leading drinks trade associations has rejected plans to introduce a deposit return scheme for packaging in Scotland.

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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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As many as 3.4m UK middle aged drinkers are at risk of health problems despite industry warnings

Published:  01 June, 2015

Drinkaware, the alcohol education charity, found that 3.4m middle aged drinkers are "regularly drinking about the lower risk limits despite many recognising the potential health arms" according to a new report.

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Diageo puts innovation 'at the heart' of its UK commercial strategy

Published:  23 March, 2015

Diageo is stepping up its commitment to innovation as part of a commercial strategy that will see levels of npd boosted across its drinks portfolio. 

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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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Oddbins opens first standalone beer shop

Published:  09 March, 2015
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CAMRA claims cut in beer duty has saved over 1,000 pubs and created 26,000 jobs

Published:  23 February, 2015

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is calling on the government to cut the beer duty for the third year in a row as a report out today highlights the boost scrapping the duty escalator in last year's Budget has given the industry.

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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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Portman Group hits back against 'misleading' calls for alcohol advertising ban

Published:  05 February, 2015

The Portman Group has branded research from Alcohol Concern which calls for restrictions on alcohol advertising and sponsorship "weak and misleading".

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Middle and upper classes flock to Aldi and Lidl for drinks bargains

Published:  03 February, 2015

The British notion of class is no longer holding back shoppers from snapping up drinks bargains at discounters Aldi and Lidl.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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, Harpers.co.uk can reveal.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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'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.

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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.

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Drinks firms face increased costs and red tape over new HMRC fraud rules

Published:  25 September, 2014

Drinks firms face increased red tape and administrative costs for carrying out due diligence as part of a HMRC crackdown on alcohol fraud.

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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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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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Drinkaware launches mobile app to help people cut down on drinking

Published:  12 August, 2014

Drinkaware has launched a mobile app which tracks alcohol consumption, calculates units and calories and helps users set goals to cut down their drinking.

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Parliamentary group calls for tobacco-style health warnings on alcohol

Published:  11 August, 2014

A group of MPs has called for cigarette-like health warnings on all alcoholic drinks, as well as a lower drink driving limit.

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Would you want to share a pint with Tom Jones?

Published:  11 August, 2014

 

Members of Iron Maiden and Elbow look away now...you may know a thing or two about brewing your own branded beers, but you are nowhere when it comes to the average British punter wanting to sit down and share a beer with you.

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Diana Hunter, Conviviality CEO, on the new BB's Warehouse concept

Published:  06 August, 2014

Diana Hunter is chief executive of Conviviality Retail, owner of the Bargain Booze network. Last week the firm announced the launch of a new concept - BB's Warehouse - a destination discount off-licence warehouse. Gemma McKenna finds out more.

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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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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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Summer boosts sales of sparkling wine, says Nielsen

Published:  16 July, 2014

Fizz has fared well thanks to summer weather, with sales of sparkling wine up 18.9% on last year, according to the latest Nielsen data for the off-trade.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Aurelio craft beer launches to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK

Published:  21 January, 2014
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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