United Kingdom: Latest beverage news & analysis
This month, William Grant & Sons launched its annual UK market report. Here, just-drinks looks at the report's findings on the UK's main spirits categories.
Last month, UK producer Seedlip launched the second expression in its range of self-described "non-alcoholic spirits". Seedlip Garden follows the launch in November of the original Seedlip, which sold out three times in high-end London retailer Selfridges and has caught the attention of bartenders with its positioning as an adult-aimed, non-alcoholic base for cocktails. Seedlip founder Ben Branson says the spirit - a distillation of botanicals including herbs, fruit and bark - is a riposte to non-alcoholic drinks that depend too heavily on sugary fruit blends, and offers a solution to the problem of "what to drink when you're not drinking". just-drinks spoke to Branson ahead of the launch of Seedlip Garden about his early successes, interest from Bahraini royalty and why the industry needs to get on-board the non-alcoholic category.
The markets have had the weekend to digest the possible implications of the UK's decision to leave the EU. Here is a summation of what the analysts are saying about UK-listed beverage companies, and those that have an interest in the UK consumer.
It was 1997 and Anders Nanne knew Rekorderlig had hit the big time. The co-creator of the Swedish cider was driving out of Gothenburg airport and saw an empty Rekordelig can in a small wood. "When you see it as garbage, that's when you know it's a big brand."
The concept of selling wine online may not be a new one but, as more companies look towards 'home-trade' and the likes of Amazon and eBay enter the market, established players need to stay ahead of the game. Virgin Wines CEO Jay Wright tells just-drinks how his firm looks to grow it relevance in an increasingly-crowded market place.
Alcohol trade bodies in the UK have said the government's safe-drinking guidelines fail to provide consumers with a complete picture.
A weakening post-Brexit pound is expected to continue driving UK soft drinks exports this year after first-half sales soared by 13%, according to new figures.
Diageo has redesigned its Gordon's gin bottle in the UK in an effort to give the brand a more contemporary, premium look.
UK cider company Brothers is to roll out resealable, recyclable cartons for its cider as it looks to target festival goers.
Beam Suntory is to roll out its Maker's 46 Bourbon in the UK market through Maxxium UK.
Languedoc wine cooperative Les Vignobles Foncalieu has readied the launch of three new wines in the UK under the L’Instant Sud brand.
UK drinks company Conviviality has launched a tool to capture on-premise wine trends, through wine arm Bibendum.
New figures from UK brewer Greene King have shown a big jump in out-of-home drinks spend by families with children.
Scottish brewer Harviestoun has joined the craft beer trend for cans as it rolls out some key lines in the format.
UK-based Purity Brewing Co has appointed two directors as it hails the growth of its craft beers.
The rules have changed. The goal posts have... gone?
Coca-Cola Enterprises CEO John Brock came out fighting against the UK government's proposed sugar tax, saying he doesn't think it will pass unchanged.
Women don't get drunk - and certainly not on Heineken.
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