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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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Meet the buyers: Asda

Published:  29 June, 2012


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.


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.


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.


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%.


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.


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.


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.


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.