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With just one month to go, online registration for SITT Spring is open. The event, in association with Drinks Retailing and Harpers Wine & Spirit, is focused on the independent sector. SITT brings together the UK’s "best specialist wine importers" who are dedicated to supplying the independent on and off trades, organisers said.

It’s safe to say the head of buying at Hallgarten & Novum Wines is excited about wines from Greece – as well as a return to Old World countries.

Nyetimber CEO steps down

30 January, 2023

The CEO of Nyetimber has left the business. Richard Carter, former director of global communications for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, took up the position in July 2022. He replaced Nyetimber’s owner and sole shareholder Eric Heerema (left), who assumed the role of chairman of the board.

“We're seeing a lot of interest in lighter style reds, which isn't just for Australia,” explains Laura Jewell MW, regional general manager at trade organisation Wine Australia. “I think that goes across a lot of countries, but we're seeing it more coming from Australia in terms of Grenache, Grenache-based blends and also Pinot Noir.”

Days Brewing's alcohol free beers are the subject of a new out-of-home campaign, called Beer for Anyone.

Molson Coors Beverage Co has bolstered the Carling brand’s association with English football by making it the official beer partner of the Emirates FA Cup and Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

Several more breweries have shuttered, as external headwinds continue to hit the industry.

English wine producer Chapel Down has reported an increase in sales for 2022.

Both the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the Federation of Independent Retailers (Fed) have hailed the latest proposals for a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The organisers of Prowein have said they aim to attract 50,000 visitors to the Düsseldorf show this March.

Beer wholesale distribution business Jolly Good Beer (JGB) is set to be bought out by chilled logistics operators Fardel Shipping and Hedges Chilled Distribution.

Diageo has agreed to buy Philippines-based rum brand Don Papa.

Magners and Tennent’s owner C&C Group has flagged several headwinds in its latest trading statement.

Virgin Wines has reported a drop in revenue for the six months ending December 31, 2022.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called the government’s new energy support package for businesses "inadequate, poorly targeted and ultimately pointless”.

The organisers behind Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris will place greater emphasis on spirits, craft products and no and low alcohol at this year’s show.

Wine tech company Wine Owners, Lay & Wheeler, IG Wines and the Gérard Basset Foundation have created a Golden Vines scholarship for a BAME and/or BIPOC entrepreneur that wants to break into the wine trade.

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A new branch of Parfetts’ off-licence fascia The Local has opened in Chesterfield, after retailer Sharma Kumaresan joined the group.

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Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes has been appointed Knight Bachelor in this year’s New Year Honours list. The appointment, which allows Menezes to use the title ‘sir’, recognises that Diageo accounts for 10% (£2 billion) of the UK’s total food and drinks exports.

The government has announced plans to freeze alcohol duty for a further six months. The Treasury said late yesterday (December 19) that while new duty rates were scheduled to come in on February 1, the revised date of August 1 will now align with duty reform plans.

The International Beer Challenge 2023 is now open for entries. The competition, which is in its 27th year, welcomes beers from across the world.

Cult Wines has announced the launch of its new Global Index to provide worldwide insights into the fine wine investment market.

The latest data from NielsenIQ has shown a fall in both volume and value for the BWS category, as consumers continue to exercise caution. The data, for the four weeks ending December 3, found that BWS saw both value (-1.5%) and volume (-3.6%) declines across multiple retailers.

Whyte and Mackay has rolled out a new pack design for its Scottish liqueur brand, Glayva. The new livery, which is said to feature “golden tones of tangerine across the bottle” also includes a textured label and a colour-matched closure.

A new report produced for the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has said pubs and breweries will face major losses and closures if the government’s energy bill relief scheme is not extended beyond March 31.

Trade charity The Drinks Trust has lined up a free book club, as it looks to offer its Drinks Community members access to free education.

Chablis exports to the UK dropped by around one million bottles this year, owing to a smaller harvest, Covid and Brexit-related complications. Now, with a larger 2022 vintage, Paul Espitalié, president of the Chablis Commission, is on a mission to build back volumes to the French region’s largest export market.

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Initial insights into off-trade spending point to more consumers watching the men’s World Cup at home with a beer.

Mindful drinking organisation Club Soda has opened a permanent low and no alcohol shop and tasting room, following a successful Crowdfunder campaign.