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Brexit - What's certain is that nothing is certain 14 Sep 2016

Attending the UK Wine & Spirits Trade Association’s annual conference in London yesterday, I was particularly struck by one thought: Stripping out every use of the words "if", "could", "might", probably" and "likely" would have made the whole event a darn sight shorter. The main topic of the day? Of course: Brexit.

A snapshot of the UK spirits market - Focus 20 Jul 2016

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.

Interview - Seedlip founder, Ben Branson 28 Jun 2016

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 post-Brexit winners and losers - Analysis 27 Jun 2016

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.

Can fruit cider survive UK slowdown? - Focus 22 Jun 2016

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."

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Destileria Serralles rolls out Don Q rums to UK 24 Oct 2016

Puerto Rican rum company Destileria Serralles has launched two aged rums in the UK.

Seedlip eyes global growth with export deal 24 Oct 2016

Seedlip, the non-alcoholic spirit recently partnered with Diageo, has secured a distribution deal for Australasia and Asia.

Australian Vintage's McGuigan Black Label Malbec 24 Oct 2016

Australian Vintage has launched a Malbec in the UK under its Black Label brand. 

SWA considers appeal after minimum-pricing setback 21 Oct 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has said it may appeal to the UK's highest court after Scotland’s justice system delivered a major blow to its efforts against minimum pricing.

Westons MD to chair UK cider trade ass'n 21 Oct 2016

The managing director of Westons has been appointed the new chairperson of the UK's National Association of Cider Makers (NACM).

Carlsberg brings gluten-free lager Celia to UK 20 Oct 2016

Carlsberg is to add a gluten-free Czech lager brand to its UK portfolio.

Brothers snaps up C&C Group's English cidery 20 Oct 2016

C&C Group has followed the sale of its English cider bottling facility with the divestment of its cider production operations in the country to Brothers Drinks Co.

Stumbling UK Pound prompts Conviviality price hike 20 Oct 2016

Conviviality Group has lined up price increases in the UK across its Bibendum PLB and Matthew Clark businesses, as the falling Pound starts to squeeze margins.

Chase Distillery's Eureka Lemon Marmalade Vodka 19 Oct 2016

The UK's Chase Distillery has added to its marmalade-flavoured vodka range.

Brexit could push up wine prices in UK 19 Oct 2016

The cost of a bottle of wine in the UK could rise by GBP0.29 (US$0.35) as the Pound continues to struggle in the wake of the country's decision to leave the European Union. 

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Ardbeg's US$16,000 camping trip 6 Sep 2016

News reaches us today of what has been heralded as the "world's most daring whisky challenge". The Ultimate Ardbeg ARDventurer has been launched this week with an inaugural three-day camping trip.

Heineken gets Foster's profile boost with a catch 6 Sep 2016

Here in the UK, we're coming to the end of a fine summer of cricket, with England having played against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in a number of matches around the country.

People want to drink beer in cafes 6 May 2016

The rules have changed. The goal posts have... gone?