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Earlier this month, Lidl hosted its Christmas Wine Tour press tasting, and the chain’s wine consultant Richard Bampfield MW (pictured) was on hand to tell Lucy Britner more about it

Online retailer Virgin Wines has signalled an increase in active customers and a stronger customer acquisition rate than expected, despite an overall decrease in group revenue. 

The CEO of Naked Wines has admitted the company has made mistakes in pursuit of rapid growth, as the firm shakes up the board and makes redundancies.

After joining the buying team in 2003, Pierre Mansour is now the director of wine for The Wine Society. And as both ethical consumerism and the cost-of-living crisis remain at the fore, he tells Drinks Retailing how the company plans to expand its low/no range, offer value, and go carbon neutral by 2024. 

A beer store claiming to be “the UK’s smallest bottle shop” has opened in a disused phone box in Norwich city centre.

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New prime minister Liz Truss has announced a support plan to help households and businesses cope with spiralling energy costs.

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About a year ago, wine tech company Pix started making noise in the UK about its revolutionary wine discovery platform. The AI-enhanced search function, coupled with a team of top industry names – and millions of dollars in backing – pointed to the future of wine online.

Majestic has opened a new shop in Haywards Heath, bringing its total number of physical stores to 203.

Alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware has updated its online shop to provide access to training, downloadable assets and information. 

Whatever your preconception about celebrity owned, backed or fronted drinks brands, one thing is clear: they’re big business. But why? Tom Harvey, co-founder of YesMore drinks marketing agency, shares advice for retailers and celebrity-backed drinks brands

Nigel Huddleston talks to Gerry’s manager Allen Daly about what makes this year’s Drinks Retailing Awards indie spirits winner so special 

Bestway Retail is to roll out age estimation technology to more Bargain Booze stores, following a successful trial.

The Federation of Independent Retailers has hailed a cash boost for Circularity Scotland, the body responsible for running the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).

The Spanish food and wine specialist Ultracomida is to open its second Spanish Wines Direct retail warehouse in July.

Ahead of World Earth Day (22 April), FMCG data analysts Levercliff found the majority of consumers (71%) are prioritising value for money over sustainability when shopping for food and drink. As energy prices rise and interest rates increase, 36% of consumers said their shopping choices were driven by the need to budget. 

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Waitrose has become the latest multiple retailer to trial Deliveroo Hop, as it looks to deliver food and wine in a matter of minutes.

Product Guru, which describes itself as an online platform to connect products and buyers, has announced plans for an in-person sampling event.

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Drinks company Moët Hennessy has opened a shop and bar, Rosé Lumière, at Selfridges London.

Aldi has announced a nationwide search for three consumers to test wines alongside its buying team.

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The Association of the Convenience Stores (ACS) has highlighted positive points for retailers in the government’s levelling up white paper, including commitments to tackle crime in communities and boost internet connectivity in rural areas.

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Online wine merchant Laithwaites is set to release a wine packaged in 100% recycled ‘wild’ glass, which it claims is a first for the UK wine industry. W/O Frappato 2020, an organic Sicilian red, will be available from January 27. The roll out is part of the retailer's commitment to halve its carbon footprint by 2030 and ultimately reach its net zero goal. 

Waitrose has appointed a fourth Master of Wine, as Barry Dick joins the team as beer, wine and spirit bulk sourcing manager.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has rolled out a fresh campaign for Challenge 25, as it looks to support retailers and boost awareness among consumers.

Convenience symbol group Spar has revealed new UK-wide brand positioning, as it looks to champion the ‘local’ message.

Aldi has reported its “best ever” Christmas, as demand for its own-label premium drinks range boosted sales.

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Data from NielsenIQ suggests consumers are set to spend £6.8bn at UK supermarkets in the two weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, up from £6.7bn in 2020.  

Aldi has opened a pop-up Champagne bar in London, selling its Veuve Monsigny Champagne for £2.33 a glass. The venue, in St Christopher’s Place, is called Veuve and Aldi said it is the “UK’s cheapest Champagne bar”. It opened on Wednesday and will stay open until 11pm on Sunday 12 December.

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The team behind East London bars The Sun Tavern and Discount Suit Company will open their first bricks and mortar shop in early 2022.

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Ecommerce is expected to account for 38% of all UK chain retail sales by 2026, according to a new report.

Club Soda has released more details of its alcohol-free off licence, which is scheduled to open next week.