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Industry calls for alcohol duty suspension for at least six months

Published:  18 March, 2020

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is calling on officials to urgently suspend all alcohol duty to ease the tax burden on beleaguered businesses ahead of next week’s deadline. 

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Budget: Coronavirus relief for SMEs and employees

Published:  11 March, 2020

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered a bold response to the coronavirus crisis in his 11 March budget, with a raft of measures to support SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and their employees.

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Hard seltzers: High hopes for a new low

Published:  25 February, 2020

In the US, sales of hard seltzers are rocketing like gin, while hitting a low-alcohol, health-conscious sweet spot that might be perfect for the UK market too. Jo Gilbert charts a category on the rise

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Dry January a hit with one-in-four UK drinkers

Published:  03 February, 2020

More than a quarter of UK drinkers (27%) cut their alcohol consumption entirely or in part during January, new research has revealed.

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Looking back on a decade - Part two

Published:  24 January, 2020

2010-2020 delivered incredible change on both a domestic and an international level. The Harpers team peers back at some of the key stories that continue to shape today’s trade

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Avoiding the low/no Frankenwine monster

Published:  09 December, 2019

In the battle for low/no customers, Frankenstein wine may not be the answer, writes Chris Losh

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Low and no on-trade sales soar by nearly 50%

Published:  02 December, 2019

Sales of no- and low-alcohol drinks in the on-trade have risen nearly 50% in the last year, according to a new report from food-and-drink sector analysts CGA.

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SWAF pledges its support to six new projects

Published:  13 November, 2019

The Scotch Whisky Action Fund (SWAF) has announced a list of six projects that it will be supporting over the coming year as part of its ongoing commitment to tackling alcohol misuse.

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DMD aims to take the next step with £500K crowdfunding bid

Published:  04 November, 2019

DMD Ventures, the parent company behind online alcohol retailer 31Dover and on-trade supplier Vanquish, is about to embark on a financial bid to the tune of half a million pounds.

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UK is the world’s third largest ecommerce market for alcohol – but can you name one and two?

Published:  17 October, 2019

The UK has been identified as one of the top countries in the world for sales of alcohol online, with a surprising outcome for the first and second spot.

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CBD rum ad ruling points to new marketing restrictions

Published:  16 October, 2019

The ASA has banned adverts for a cannabis-oil infused rum, in a ruling that could have implications for the marketing of the fast-growing CBD-drinks sector.

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Scottish MUP policy curbs drinking, study shows

Published:  26 September, 2019

Minimum unit pricing (MUP) in Scotland has reduced alcohol consumption in some households, a study published in the British Medical Journal has found.

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Cider is Wine alliance gains momentum with new member

Published:  17 September, 2019

Cider is Wine, the new trade alliance that aims to create a “global cider category” made from 100% apples (or pears for perry) has gained a new member.

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Cider aligns with wine

Published:  16 September, 2019

A new association aiming to promote cider’s quality credentials is putting it side-by-side with wine. Jo Gilbert looks at how it holds up

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Saying yes to no and low

Published:  30 August, 2019

Looking back to December, there was one major trend analysts were backing to have the most influence on the mix of sales and consumer behaviour in 2019.

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Great design can transform wines’ fortunes – so why do so many ignore its potential?

Published:  19 August, 2019

Advertising spend in the wine sector is a fraction of that for beer, so brand and packaging identity have to work especially hard to influence consumer decision-making, says Rowena Curlewis, CEO of drinks design specialist Denomination

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The return of the wets

Published:  19 August, 2019

Investor interest is returning to the high street, particularly when it comes to wet-led venues, where optimism is on the rise.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Is this wine’s fake news?

Published:  16 August, 2019

August is traditionally silly season in the media. Nothing serious happens, so they entertain us with the frivolities of life. This year is a little different.

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Gosnells launches meads in cans

Published:  30 July, 2019

Gosnells of Peckham, London’s only Meadery, has claimed a European first with the launch of mead in cans.

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Falling UK alcohol consumption driving premiumisation, Mintel finds

Published:  11 July, 2019

As many as 20% of UK adults now do not drink alcohol, according to the latest British Lifestyles report from Mintel. At the same time, 47% of those who do drink alcohol have cut back their consumption.

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