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The battle for the retail shelves

Published:  23 March, 2017

The latest Nielsen retail reports make for interesting reading. Supermarket own-brand wines showed growth of 12.6% in the 12 weeks leading up to January 28, 2017, an escalation from 5.5% year-on-year growth, while brands lost 3% share.


Sales of fizz breaks Christmas barrier of 45 million bottles for first time

Published:  06 March, 2017

Sales of sparkling set yet another benchmark in the run up to Christmas, with sparkler-hungry Brits quaffing 10% more than usual in the off-trade and 37% in the on-trade. 


Number of countries drinking English wine increased by a third in 2016

Published:  03 January, 2017

Sales of English Wine reached new heights in 2016, according to DEFRA.


The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on

Published:  17 November, 2016

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


High street rules at wine and spirits competition

Published:  17 November, 2016

High street retailers such as Aldi and Marks and Spencer were the big winners at an industry awards ceremony to celebrate the biggest names in wines and spirits.


M&S to close 60 clothing and home stores but grow its Simply Food chain

Published:  08 November, 2016

Marks & Spencer is planning a major re-structure to focus on its food and drinks offering, after profits plunged 88%.


M&S and Aldi driving growth in latest Kantar Worldpanel report

Published:  31 October, 2016

M&S and Aldi showed the strongest performances in Kantar's latest Worldpanel report for wine, measuring 24 week year on year share to 13 September 2016.


The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on

Published:  19 August, 2016

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


English wine going global

Published:  17 August, 2016

English wine has come fourth in a consumer poll for producing the best quality wine in the eyes of the public.


"World's oldest Port house" teams up with M&S for first major UK listing

Published:  16 August, 2016

Premium Port brand, Kopke, has launched its 1996 Colheita Port at Marks & Spencer online.


LFL sales down in food and clothing at M&S

Published:  07 July, 2016

Beleaguered high street retailer Marks & Spencer has posted a 4.3% drop in total sales in the 13 weeks to July 2.


Wine range strategy for M&S focuses on sub £10 range

Published:  27 May, 2016

Garry Brooking, trading manager for Marks & Spencer, and his team of buyers and wine selectors were on celebratory form at the M&S Spring Press Tasting last week, having just knocked Tesco off the top spot for the most own brand medal wins in this year's International Wine Challenge.


Digby aims to drive link between wine, sport and entertainment

Published:  24 May, 2016

Digby Fine English is focusing on creating "experiential links" between their customers and their wines as they release their Digby Leander Pink NV into the off-trade for the first time.


M&S doubles its range of English wines ahead of English Wine Week

Published:  18 April, 2016

High street stalwart Marks & Spencer will have 20 new English wines on its shelves in time for English Wine Week, boosting its range to a total of 37 wines from 14 counties.


M&S profits rise for the first time in four years, up 6.1%

Published:  20 May, 2015

Marks & Spencer appears to be on the road to recovery after reporting underlying profits before tax up 6.1% to £661.2m for the full year.


Consumers win as supermarket wines awarded nearly 500 medals at IWC 2015

Published:  13 May, 2015

Consumers are the real winners this year, with almost 500 medals from the 2015 International Wine Challenge being awarded to supermarkets' own-brand and exclusive wines.


M&S fourth quarter figures buck retail trends

Published:  02 April, 2015

Marks and Spencer Group fourth quarter financial results were released today showing total UK sales increased 2.7% and food sales increased 3.7%.


Shifting retail landscape likely to benefit independents, Wilson says

Published:  05 March, 2015

Shifts expected in the off-trade over the next 12 months are likely to create a "huge opportunity" for independent merchants, according to Tim Wilson of the Wilson Drinks Report.


Brazil wine sales quadruple on back of strong multiple support

Published:  26 February, 2015

Brazilian wine sales in the UK have more than quadrupled over the last year following strong support from multiple retailers.


M&S signs deal to bottle New World wines at Kingsland

Published:  12 February, 2015

Marks & Spencer will use a UK firm for the first time for its New World bulk wine bottling, after striking a deal with Manchester's Kingsland.