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Ahead of his new book, Henry Jeffreys heralds the energy that’s reinventing English sparkling wine

As Drinks Retailing unveils the Top 100 influential people in the industry in its latest issue, we ask four experts from the worlds of brands, marketing and consumer insight what elements most easily persuade consumers to part with their hard-earned cash

The then Black Sheep Brewery chairman Andy Slee wrote last August, in an introduction to the company’s 2021/22 accounts: “When future generations look back at this period in British history, the resilience and versatility of Britain’s pubs and brewers will shine through”.

From August 1, the alcohol duty regime is scheduled to change to a simplified system, with products from different categories taxed at the same rate if the alcohol content is the same, rather than the current system of different rates for different categories.

As North South Wines secures its B Corp status, founder and managing director Kim Wilson and sustainability manager Rebecca Murphy talk exclusively to Lucy Britner about their ongoing journey

As the Coronation weekend approaches, BWS sales are on the rise in UK supermarkets according to the latest data from NIQ (formerly NielsenIQ). 

Coca-Cola is arguably the most recognisable soft drink in the world. And now, in a first, its brand owners are tapping into the rapidly expanding RTD category with the release of Jack Daniel's & Coca-Cola in pre-mixed cans.

It’s an issue that has become a major focus for consumers and producers alike. Clinton Cawood looks at how the sector is getting its message across

Big brewers and brands are taking cues from their smaller counterparts to add appealing riffs on lager styles. Nigel Huddleston reports

With recent brand acquisitions from major industry players, is rum finally fulfilling its potential? Rachel Badham reports

What's next for RTDs?

13 April, 2023

Did the pandemic put paid to hard seltzers’ potential? Are people really sharing large bottles of premixed cocktails at home? Or are we all just happy with gin in a tin? Lucy Britner investigates the ever-evolving world of the RTD

Rosé conjures images of warm summer days and cool ocean breezes. Sounds magical, right? And it is, but the idea that rosé is just for the summer is an attitude that is changing – and so are the styles on offer, finds wine influencer and consultant Emmanuel Mireku (aka @mannydoeswine)

Which brands are the biggest sellers in the major supermarkets and how have they performed over the past two years? Here’s NielsenIQ with the numbers

As emerging technology offers new ways to help retailers drive sales, Rachel Badham takes a look at how AI can be used in bricks-and-mortar stores

As part of our annual Trends Report, Drinks Retailing polled independent retailers from across the UK. We had around 30 responses, covering more than 50 outlets and online retailers across beer, wine and spirits.

How is the current macroeconomic climate affecting drinking habits? What do consumers think of supermarket drinks selections and why do they choose some shops over others? Drinks Retailing has partnered with research and insights specialist Ipsos to create a comprehensive picture of shopper habits and their perceptions of drinks categories in supermarkets

With media hype that digital tools like ChatGPT could take artificial intelligence mainstream, we wanted to find out what it could mean for drinks producers and retailers. 

Seasonal events have always been very important, offering retailers an opportunity to promote their point of difference. Consumers are more willing to shop around during these times to treat their loved ones, so offering the right in-store environment or online activation is key to driving extra sales. 

Shipping wine to pack in the UK offers social, green and financial solutions to the issues of the day, argues Anne Krebiehl MW

Despite its seemingly exponential growth, the low/no sector remains largely unregulated. Rachel Badham takes a look at labelling guidance and what brands can do to maintain transparency for drinkers 

From sparkling tea to shrubs and moodboosting beverages, there is a burgeoning world of drinks with adult appeal that are not just alcohol alternatives, finds Lucy Britner 

Who is drinking low and no-alcohol drinks and when are they drinking them, asks Felicity Carter

As consumers demand immediacy and rapid delivery becomes all the rage, many retailers are adopting a quick commerce strategy via platforms such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Rachel Badham explores the pros and cons of this phenomenon

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Rachel Badham discovers that this year could see more consumers than ever turn the day of love into a home-drinking occasion

As the low/no drinks trend gathers pace, retailers are faced with new questions about how best to merchandise such products – and many are blurring the lines with full-strength products, finds Nigel Huddleston

As more Brits look to cut down on their alcohol intake, Dry January is thought to be one of the most lucrative times of year for the low/no sector. But in a world where low/no products are increasingly integrated into retailers’ year-round ranges, does Dry January really translate to an increase in sales? 

Belle Lawrence, associate director at social media agency Immediate Future, uses Brandwatch analytics to deliver insights and uncover opportunities in low and no alcohol 

What are the biggest challenges facing the trade in 2023 and how are we going to address them? Lucy Britner talks to key industry players

What are the biggest challenges facing the trade in 2023 and how are we going to address them? Lucy Britner talks to key industry players

The key trends in low and no

25 January, 2023

Cutting down and cutting out is increasingly big business in the drinks industry. Lucy Britner looks at the key stats and trends for low and no in 2023