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The Week That Was: Top news, Q&As and analysis on

Published:  20 May, 2016

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

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have done a review of the top online news and analysis stories for the drinks trade.

Retail News: It has been another busy week in the retail sector with the trade tasting season in full swing. See what changes are being made to different retailers' wine ranges ahead of summer.

Sainsbury's to simplify pricing as it prepares to axe multibuy deals

Data is driving Co-op wine range changes to help continue growth

Majestic Wine rolls out several news wines ahead of summer

Alliance pushes the Prosecco ceiling with DOCG addition

Shake-up of Waitrose's Australian range

Gin News: Just in time for summer the gin boom continues and shows no sign of slowing.  The debate over the difference between "small batch" and "craft" rages on as more brands hit the market.  Is there a difference?  And Ginposium, the third annual one-day technical conference hosted by the Gin Guild, sells out.

Is "small-batch" and "craft" gin the same thing?

Spike in gin and rosé sales at Waitrose as bbq season kicks off

New Scottish gin brand smells its way to success

Third annual Ginposium 2016 sells out


Analysis: Brand equity is critical in an increasingly saturated gin market

In other news: Britain lost its title as the top country for buying fine wine as China and the US see a surge in wine investments. Brexit is top of mind and retailers like Majestic are prepared as more consumers are buying New World wines, the impact may be less than expected. Last week the stars of the wine trade wowed attendees of the annual Skin Côntact LIVE benenfit concert, check out the video in case you missed it. 

Britain overtaken in fine wine at auction by China and the US

Voters could follow wine-drinkers' lead in EU referendum, says Majestic

VIDEO: Skin Côntact LIVE storms Islington's O2 Academy


Analysis & Insights:

Angela Mount takes a look at how premium casual dining outlets are getting more out of their wine offer.

Simon Jack takes a look at the important role logisitcs plays in going online.

What is next for Rioja? Sarah Jane Evans investigates.

Opinion & Q&As:

Peter Darbyshire, from the Healthy Drinking Alliance, calls on the trade to do more to encourage responsible drinking or else the goverment may step in.

Q&A: Michael Taylor, Santa Rita Estates