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Multiples: Summer standouts

Published:  13 June, 2024

Own-label and discovery ranges are in the spotlight as supermarkets refresh their wines for the season. By James Bayley.

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Lanchester’s ‘super lightweight’ 300g bottle launches in Aldi

Published:  17 May, 2024

Lanchester Wines has become the first UK wine importer to launch a wine in a super lightweight 300g wine bottle, in partnership with a major discounter.

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Multiples: A shifting landscape of beverage consumption

Published:  15 May, 2024

James Bayley looks at the growing trend towards functional drinks, such as CBD-infused variants, and how the multiples are responding.

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Private label growth for wine & Champagne continues

Published:  02 May, 2024

Private label is stealing a march across Europe, with retailer’s own offerings outperforming national brands across all the major alcohol categories in terms of value.

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Co-op launches online tastings for customers

Published:  04 April, 2024

The Co-op has launched online wine tastings for its members, offering customers exclusive access to the producers behind its own-label ranges.

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Aldi launches own-label flat PET wine bottle range

Published:  19 March, 2024

Fresh off the coattails of its own-label paper wine bottle launch, Aldi has announced a range of own-brand flat recycled PET wine bottles will soon hit stores.

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Aldi loses gin court battle to M&S

Published:  29 February, 2024

Discounter Aldi has lost its appeal against a High Court ruling which found it had copied the design of Marks & Spencer’s light-up Christmas gin bottles.

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Multiples: Mixed Xmas 2023 for BWS

Published:  12 February, 2024

Some supermarkets reported buoyant sales over the festive period. James Bayley crunches the numbers.

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Lidl trials return scheme after DRS delay

Published:  08 February, 2024

Discounter Lidl has launched its own return scheme for PET plastic and aluminium drinks containers, eight months after the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) was delayed by the Scottish government.

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Kingsland expands bottled at source range with Boland Cellar

Published:  02 February, 2024

Major bottler Kingsland Drinks has signed an exclusive deal with Boland Cellar in a move which will expand the company’s bottled at source premium portfolio to include South Africa.

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Multiples: Healthy year-round growth for low & no

Published:  22 January, 2024

Supermarkets are reporting a consistent uptick in sales of this much-talked about category– and not just during the traditional post-festive period. James Bayley reports.

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BWS Christmas sales down for UK multiples

Published:  11 January, 2024

Despite record spend on groceries during Christmas in UK supermarkets, sales of beer, wine and spirits were all in decline over the same period.

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Asda predicts to sell 420,000 low & no units in January

Published:  05 January, 2024

Major multiple retailer Asda has revealed to Harpers that it plans to sell 420,000 units of low & no beers, wines and spirits this ‘dry’ January, an increase of 7.7% on last year.

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Lidl boasts best-selling wine in three categories

Published:  18 December, 2023

Lidl GB has revealed that it has the bestselling wines across three categories – Montepulciano, Saint Emilion and Nero D’Avola, with prices starting from £5.

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Waitrose battles carbon

Published:  18 December, 2023

Waitrose has put emphasis on bulk wine shipping as an important factor in reducing its carbon footprint. James Bayley reports.

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Aldi wines announce biggest-ever price drop

Published:  07 December, 2023

Discounter Aldi has laid down an early Christmas pricing benchmark after it revealed all ‘Specially Selected’ wine will be 25% off until 24 December.

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Asda adapts wine range

Published:  15 November, 2023

James Bayley reports on how the supermarket has evolved its wine offer in a way more commonly associated with independents.

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Exclusive: Closing doors for Oddbins

Published:  10 November, 2023

Following reported mass store closures across much of its portfolio this week, Oddbins appears to have folded the bricks and mortar part of its business.

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Majestic expands on-trade ambitions with Craggy Range partnership

Published:  01 November, 2023

Majestic’s B2B division, Majestic Commercial, is continuing to build momentum in the UK on-trade by welcoming Craggy Range back to the company’s arsenal after a seven-year absence, by becoming its exclusive on-trade agent.

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Insolvencies peak driven by hospitality and retail

Published:  01 November, 2023

Newly released figures from the Insolvency Service show that a higher rate of UK insolvencies over the 12 months have been driven by pressures in consumer facing industries such as leisure, hospitality and retail. However, research suggests the worst might now be in the rear-view mirror, with an easing now expected to follow as the industry works through some of its core challenges.

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