Our December 2019 Alcoholic Drinks Market Report has shown a mixed bag of performance for many of the biggest alcohol retailers.
Berry Bros & Rudd is globally renowned for being Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchants, trading from the same premises since 1698. Yet it also prides itself on being at the forefront of technical innovation.
Twenty-five years ago I ran a restaurant in Glasgow, where I'd pour the odd glass of wine for a young politics lecturer called John Curtis. Today he's Professor Sir John Curtis, the UK's leading opinion pollster. If I ran that restaurant again, I'd ask him his view on wine. Not as a drinker. But as a pollster.
Brexit means Brexit. That much is now clear. If only we knew what Brexit meant.
The numbers are in and the headlines have been written, with some branding it the worst December on record for retail. Total FMCG sales were up 0.8% with shoppers doing more top-ups that meant they were spending less per supermarket trip.
A page has turned in Beaujolais, Georges Duboeuf has passed.
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