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Booths has revealed that gin’s sharp upward sales curve has finally started to peter out and rum is now leading the growth in the spirits category.

Virgin Wines has laid out ambitious plans to become the nation’s ultimate one-stop online shop for all drinks categories. 

The Co-op is ramping up efforts to ensure its BWS products appeal to younger adult consumers, particularly in its urban stores. 

Waitrose launches No.1 range

10 October, 2019

Waitrose has launched a top tier range of own-label wine, cider and spirits called No. 1.

The Tesco chief executive, Dave Lewis, has announced he is leaving after five years in the role. 

Colchester-based wine merchant Mr Wheeler has rescued online retailer FromVineyardsDirect.com from administration by purchasing the business and its assets in a pre-pack deal.

Majestic has reported a 77% rise in year-on-year sales of low-alcohol beer amid vast improvements in the overall level of quality within the category.

The Whisky Exchange is celebrating its 11th annual Whisky Show with a series of special bottlings highlighting “the mystery of a cask’s influence”.

Administrators have closed almost half the EFB Retail estate and raised £11.4 million through asset sales since they were appointed in February.

31Dover has launched a new premium spirits subscription service designed to “lead its members on a voyage of discovery and flavour”.

Irish wine merchant James Nicholson has purchased London independent retailer Highbury Vintners for an undisclosed sum.

Upmarket retailer Harvey Nichols has launched its first ever range of premixed cocktails in order to capitalize on strong growth in the cartegory.

The Portman Group has upheld a complaint about Marks & Spencer’s premixed Porn Star Martini cans after deeming they link alcohol to sexual success.

The former boss of Majestic Wine is to return to the retailer after a two-year absence, as the business takes shape under new ownership.

Aldi is launching its first national in-store spirits festival on Thursday and Didsbury Gin’s Tutti Frutti gin liqueur has secured a berth on shelves.

Borough Wines has been bought out of administration in a pre-pack sale worth £58,760 after widening losses caused it to collapse on May 31.

Adnams has reported half year losses to June 30 rose to £783,000 from £557,000 in the previous year, but beer volumes grew for the first six months of 2019. 

The drinks retailing trade has suffered a sluggish start to the summer as BWS value sales decreased 4.2% year-on-year (Nielsen, 12 weeks to July 13, 2019).

Lea & Sandeman is opening its first new store in 10 years, bringing its total number of retail outlets to five. 

The Good Wine Shop is opening its third store this autumn after taking over a former Oddbins in Richmond Hill, south west London.

The deadline for independent retailers to enter the 2020 Drinks Retailing Awards is now only 11 days away.

The awards celebrate excellence in all areas of the off-trade with the following categories all up for grabs:

American investment firm Fortress has wrapped up a £95 million deal to buy the Majestic retail chain, its Calais stores and its commercial arm.

The closing date for the independent categories of the 2020 Drinks Retailing Awards is fast approaching.

The Majestic Wine store in Wakefield that rebranded as Naked Wines has now returned to its original trappings and it will operate as Majestic once more.

The advertising watchdog has rapped Aldi on the knuckles over an ad that compared its Veuve Monsigny Champagne to the Moët & Chandon on sale at Tesco.

London wine shop chain Jeroboams says its two years as a finalist in the Drinks Retailing Awards have helped it highlight all the elements of its business that enhance its consumer and trade reputation.

Vagabond is gearing up to add four stores to its estate over the next eight months.

Online retailer Beer Hawk and subscription service Beer Bods have joined forces in a bid to “get more people drinking better beer”.