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Supermarkets record drop in BWS sales

Published:  20 July, 2021

Take-home sales of alcohol over the four weeks to 11 July were down by 3% compared with the previous month, according to the latest figures from Kantar.


On-trade group sales nearly level with 2019

Published:  19 July, 2021

Britain's managed pub, restaurant and bar groups saw sales in June nearly level with the same month in 2019 on both a total and like-for-like basis, according to the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker.


C&C and Mark Anthony Brands join The Portman Group

Published:  15 July, 2021

The Portman Group, which celebrates its 25 anniversary this year, has welcomed two new members  C&C Group and Mark Anthony Brands International  marking the first new members to join this year.


Online sales still booming

Published:  15 June, 2021

Sales of alcohol online have remained strong despite the fuller opening of the on-trade, signalling how buying BWS online has become a way of life during the pandemic, as Jo Gilbert reports.


Global alcohol consumption to return to pre-Covid levels by 2023

Published:  03 June, 2021

The global beverage alcohol market is showing positive signs of recovery and is projected to grow 2.9% in volume by the end of 2021, according IWSR research.


SLTA: ‘Opening on 26 April unviable for most’

Published:  14 April, 2021

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA has reiterated its disappointment that Scotland’s bars, restaurants and cafés will still not be able to serve alcohol indoors until the licensed hospitality industry begins to reopens more freely next month.


Low and no: How far will it go?

Published:  01 April, 2021

Consumer demand for no and low alcohol products and ready-to-drink is on the rise both globally and in the UK. But how long will this growth continue? Jo Gilbert looks ahead.


Scottish drinks industry calls for balanced approach to alcohol policy

Published:  29 March, 2021

The Scottish Alcohol Industry Partnership (SAIP), an alliance of Scotland’s distillers, brewers, hospitality and retail businesses, has called for Scottish Parliamentary candidates to commit to a balanced approach to alcohol policy.


Pernod Ricard adds age-restriction labelling three years ahead of time

Published:  17 March, 2021

Pernod Ricard has announced that age-restriction labelling will be added to all its bottles three years ahead of schedule.  


Portman Group: ‘Seltzers aren’t understood by consumers’

Published:  25 February, 2021

The Portman Group has launched guidance on the growing hard seltzers category following research which showed that just 7% of consumers had heard of the drinks. 


Independent alcohol sales enjoy January boom

Published:  15 February, 2021

Newly released data shows that January 2021 saw an increase in demand for alcohol from independent businesses, along with an increase in the price tag compared to 2020.


Portman celebrates high compliance on 25th anniversary

Published:  26 January, 2021

A new report out today from The Portman Group reveals an all time high in compliance with its Code of Practice for the UK drinks industry.


WSTA launches low & no alcohol labelling guide

Published:  13 January, 2021

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has produced new guidance around the labelling of low & no alcohol drinks as a record number of Brits explore the category. 


Drinking in the new sustainability

Published:  11 January, 2021

A critical mass of smaller, sustainability-focused players is helping the wine and spirits industries reach new levels of innovation and accountability, writes Jo Gilbert 


Takeaway alcohol banned in latest lockdown

Published:  05 January, 2021

Bars, pubs and restaurants have been banned from selling takeaway alcohol under England’s latest lockdown rules announced by Boris Johnson last night. 


Diageo introduces health warnings on labels

Published:  16 December, 2020

Diageo has announced that it will introduce a health warning on Smirnoff, Gordon’s Pink, Baileys and Captain Morgan labels in the UK from early 2021.


New CEO for Portman Group

Published:  02 December, 2020

The Portman Group has appointed Matt Lambert as its new CEO.


Trade bodies call for revamp of alcohol duty system

Published:  01 December, 2020

UK Hospitality (UKH) and the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) have called on the government to “revamp and simplify” the system of alcohol duty in order to boost businesses and deliver on the government’s public health initiatives.


Trade reels from Welsh trading restrictions

Published:  01 December, 2020

The drinks trade has reacted angrily to the Welsh government’s new restrictions on pubs and restaurants, announced yesterday.


Ecommerce alcohol sales soar

Published:  30 November, 2020

Sales of alcohol through ecommerce are set to increase by 42% this year to reach US$24bn across 10 core markets, according to new research from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.