2019 December

Craft gin producer Brockmans has pulled off a significant coup in hiring former Mast-Jägermeister UK chief executive Guy Lawrence as its new managing director.

Certain groups of consumers are drinking less wine and fewer alcoholic drinks, and when they do drink, they are becoming more mindful in their choices, which has had an effect on penetration in the wine category.

Nisa has launched a range of in-store alcohol deals to help its retailers drive footfall and sales over the Christmas and New Year period.

Dawn Davies MW of The Whisky Exchange and Jen Baernreuther of Speciality Drinks predict the leading trends of 2020:

St Peter’s Brewery has introduced an “improved recipe” for its Without brand of zero alcohol beer, in order to appeal to a wider range of no and low-alcohol drinkers.

The advertising watchdog has rapped Brewdog on the knuckles over an outdoor poster ad featuring the slogan “SOBER AS A MOTHERFU” next to a picture of Punk AF.

Gosnells, London’s only meadery, is launching Gosnells Low Alc, which it describes as an “exotic 0.5% abv gluten-free sparkling mead”.

Online sales of beer, wine and spirits increased 37.3% year-on-year in November as Brits stocked up early ahead of Christmas.

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has announced that its new brewery will be located at Heriot-Watt University’s research park in the west of Edinburgh.

Halewood International has been ordered to pay Dame Vera Lynn £1,800 after losing a case to trademark the singer’s name for its gin.

Drynks Unlimited is expanding its alcohol-free portfolio with the addition of Smashed Lager, which will launch in time for Dry January.

Features List

16 December, 2019

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Drinkly is looking to raise £250,000 to accelerate its growth to become “the UK’s number one on-demand drinks delivery provider”.

Borough Wines owner Muriel Chatel was busy wholesaling French wine to the on-trade when Britain was plunged into an economic crisis in 2008. She had been running a stall in London’s Borough Market for six years by that point, but the wholesale arm of the business provided a crucial revenue stream. Suddenly lots of restaurants stopped paying their bills and she needed to change tack, so Chatel decided to embark on an expansion drive. 

Wines of Hungary UK will be bringing Furmint February back to the UK in 2020.

Global organic wine consumption is on track to hit almost one billion bottles a year by 2023, more than doubling over a decade, according to new research from organic wine trade fair Millesime Bio.

Bimber Distillery has announced the release of the first bottling of its four-year long Founder’s series.

Former Tesco wine buying manager Rob Dixon has joined Provence rosé specialist Mirabeau as its new head of retail for the UK and Ireland.

Majestic Wine has confirmed it will be keeping all of its 190 stores open following the company’s acquisition by US firm Fortress Investment Group.

The UK’s canned wine market is now worth more than £3.6 million, having increased 125% in the year to August 2019, according to the latest data.

DRN caught up with Mike Robinson, founder and managing director of tonic brand Jeffrey’s, to find out more about the opportunities in the tonic category.

Love Drinks has added two limited-edition Swedish gins from craft distiller Herno.

Former Tesco BWS boss and Berry Bros chief executive Dan Jago has landed a new job heading up gun maker James Purdey & Sons.

Black Cow has launched its first advertising campaign, in time for the festive season.

When We Are Giants has become the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for New Zealand’s Jumping Goat coffee liqueur.

J&B Rare is tapping into the hard seltzer trend by championing the versatility and “blendability” of the Scotch whisky brand.

Accolade Wines has appointed Caroline Thompson-Hill to the role of European Marketing Director.

Lowlander Beer has brought out a new Winter IPA brewed with recycled Christmas tree spruce needles as part of its zero-waste ‘From Tree to Tipple’ campaign.  

Heaven Hill Distillery has appointed Proof Drinks as its UK distributor for brands such as Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Rittenhouse and Mellow Corn.

The Brits and the Americans can’t even agree on the differences between the words chips, French fries and potato crisps, so it’s not surprising that food and drink producers tend to proceed with extra caution when introducing a consumer trend from one nation to the other.