Latest Insights

just the Facts - Top Ten Wine Brands in UK 24 Oct 2014

Here, courtesy of Nielsen, is a list of the top ten wine brands in the UK off-trade for the year to 11 October.

Wine in the UK: Tell Us Something We Don't Know 18 Sep 2014

Yesterday afternoon, here in London, the UK's Wine and Spirit Trade Association hosted its annual conference. Headlining the show was Sir John Hegarty, co-founder of the Bartle Bogle Hegarty advertising agency and best known for creating the Levi 501 ads and the 'Vorsprung Durch Technik' tagline for Audi.

Wines of the Beautiful South Ups its Game 11 Sep 2014

Triple-region wine show The Beautiful South kicked off in London yesterday, with a different feel and look to last year's inaugural event.

Interview - Bacardi global marketing boss, whisky 19 Aug 2014

Bacardi is embarking on an ambitious mission to launch an array of new single malt Scotch whiskies from its five Speyside distilleries. Here, just-drinks' deputy editor, James Wilmore, talks to Stephen Marshall, the man behind the project.

MPs' alcohol report: Should the trade be worried? 12 Aug 2014

Every six months or so, a report or a piece of research is released about the UK's so-called alcohol “epidemic”. The national media jump on it, which sets in train much teeth-gnashing over what should be done.

Latest News

United Spirits seals Whyte & Mackay sale 31 Oct 2014

United Spirits, the Diageo-controlled Indian drinks firm, has today completed the sale of Whyte & Mackay to Emperador Inc for GBP430m (US$729m) after clearing regulatory hurdles.

UK brewers 'open-minded' to calorie info on labels 31 Oct 2014

UK brewers are “open-minded” about including calorie information on brands, according to a trade group, after a fresh call from health lobbyists.

Brewers relaunch UK beer campaign - video 30 Oct 2014

Brewers in the UK are relaunching the 'Let There Be Beer' campaign under a fresh banner, including a new TV ad as part of a GBP10m (US$16m) spend.

Pimm's No. 6 Vodka Cup to return 30 Oct 2014

Diageo has announced plans to reinstate its Pimm's variant 'No. 6 Vodka Cup' in the UK after public complaints over its delisting.

Greene King gets more time for Spirit Pub Co offer 30 Oct 2014

Spirit Pub Co's board has agreed to give Greene King an extension until next Tuesday to make a firm offer for the company.

Bibendum, PLB Group announce merger 29 Oct 2014

UK distributor Bibendum Wine has merged with drinks importer PLB Group.

just a Look Around - Sipsmith Distillery 28 Oct 2014

Earlier this year, UK gin producer Sipsmith moved into larger premises as demand for its namesake gin portfolio grew. Last night saw the official opening of the new distillery, in west London.

Campari's 50 Year Old Glen Grant lands in UK 28 Oct 2014

Gruppo Campari has launched the 50 Year Old expression of its Glen Grant Scotch whisky brand into the UK on a limited basis.

EXCLUSIVE - Mast-Jaegermeister, TWE join watchdog 27 Oct 2014

Mast-Jägermeister and Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) have joined UK drinks industry watchdog, The Portman Group, just-drinks can reveal.

Scotland to cut drink-drive limit 27 Oct 2014

Scotland is set to lower its drink-drive limit by the end of the year, bringing it into line with most other European countries.

Latest blogs

Bacardi Triangle, try to see it from my angle 30 Oct 2014

This weekend, Bacardi is hosting a three-day music event on the private island of Palomino just off the coast of Puerto Rico.

Jaegermeister shot culture in Portman Group firing line? 27 Oct 2014

Today's news that German spirits firm Mast-Jägermeister has joined UK responsible drinking organisation The Portman Group may raise eyebrows in some quarters.

Beer cocktails abound as SABMiller gives Peroni a push 16 Oct 2014

SABMiller's bid to widen the appeal of beer is very much in evidence at its latest 'House of Peroni' - with beer cocktails and a bigger bottle for the Italian lager brand on offer.