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Drinkaware and Heineken UK have partnered with the Huddersfield Town Foundation to set up a walking football programme with the aim of promoting “healthier lifestyles” and raising awareness about alcohol consumption. 

A pre-Christmas football World Cup offers an unprecedented sales opportunity, says David Louis, sales & marketing director of Field Sales Solutions

More than three-quarters of those who plan to watch the men’s World Cup will do so at home, according to new research from consumer intelligence company Vypr.

It’s clear that next year will be another year of uncertainty for the off-trade. The recession seems likely to continue for the foreseeable future, putting financial pressure on manufacturers, retailers and consumers. But 2023 will also bring legislative changes that have an impact on businesses. 

The latest issue of Drinks Retailing is here, and we’re marking the end of the year by taking a look at trends present and future, from the biggest hits in the world of Christmas gifting (pages 20 - 24) to YesMore’s review of what to expect from 2023 (12 - 13).

The trade has met the autumn statement with mixed reactions as chancellor Jeremy Hunt made no comment on plans to either reintroduce duty freeze or press ahead with increases.

116 drinks industry leaders have signed an open letter calling on the government to reintroduce a freeze on alcohol duty after previous plans were scrapped by chancellor Jeremy Hunt. 

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has raised concerns over store closures if local shops do not receive long-term financial support amid rising energy costs.

As the energy crisis persists, food and drink supply chain representatives have called on MPs to support the sector following news of potential blackouts to preserve gas supplies in winter. 

Christmas is when most retailers make more money, so it’s a high stakes game that deserves some proper time to plan a marketing campaign. Here are some pointers to get you started.

Following a 20-year stint at Treasury Wine Estates, Michelle Brampton stepped into the chief executive role at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust earlier this year. She tells Lucy Britner what the trade can expect from her tenure

Five drinks brands have come under fire for breaching the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) CAP code.

The convenience sector is forecast to see a rise in sales despite economic uncertainty, according to the Local Shop Report 2022. 

2022 harvest update

13 September, 2022

As the 2022 grape harvest gets into full swing, producers have signalled earlier picking, following the summer heatwave. Here, Drinks Retailing rounds up the latest harvest news: 

The drinks trade has urged Liz Truss to support small businesses and invest in the industry following her appointment as prime minister.

Producer fees for Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) have been announced, with the programme due to begin in August 2023

The Drinks Retailing Awards are now open for entries for the 2023 event. The awards, which have been given a makeover for 2023, celebrate the best in the UK off-trade.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has rejected suggestions that there should be different alcohol duty rates between the on-trade and off-trade.

The drinks industry should be closely involved in shaping the post-Covid, post-Brexit landscape in which it does business, Wine & Spirit Trade Association chief executive Miles Beale told the organisation’s virtual annual Industry Summit this morning.

Innis & Gunn

01 June, 2021

Hospitality industry leaders have stepped up campaigning to ensure that the June 21 relaxation of Covid restrictions in England is implemented, amid rising concerns that an increase in cases could cause a delay.

UK Hospitality said a potential delay could “push many businesses closer to the cliff edge of failure”.

The British Beer & Pub Association has launched a Countdown to Freedom campaign, urging the government to go ahead with the removal of all remaining restrictions on June 21.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality, said: “Any delay in the roadmap would have a devastating effect on an already fragile hospitality sector.

Craft kombucha brand LA Brewery is looking to raise £500,000 through a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube.

Enotria & Coe chief executive Troy Christensen has become chair of the board of trustees of trade charity The Drinks Trust.

There was a slight slowing of growth in off-trade drinks sales in the week ending October 17 according to latest data from Nielsen.

The Drinks Trust has launched its first ever industry survey to gauge the likely long-term effects of the pandemic on people working in it.

Czech brewer Budweiser Budvar is joining the movement by leading beer and cider producers to cut down on plastic packaging.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has reported an 11% decrease in candidates taking a qualification in the 2019/20 academic year, a fall that it said was “completely attributable” to the impact of Covid-19.

An online resource has been launched to highlight wine professionals in the UK who are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic.

Halewood Wines & Spirits is planning to close the site of its headquarters in Huyton, Merseyside.

Another new brand is seeking to make its mark in the emerging hard seltzer market.