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How do the US and UK on-trades compare? - Focus

Data company Nielsen CGA has released its first market report to compare the US on-trade with the UK's. Here are some of the key takeaways:...

What will a UK sugar tax mean for CSD producers?

This month, Richard Corbett considers the impact of a sugar tax on the UK CSD market....

Who will be hit hardest by UK sugar tax? Analysis

A spoonful of sugar was long thought to help the medicine go down. These days, the medicine is more of a tough pill to swallow - especially...

Analysis - How Austrian wine survived scandal

It has been 30 years since what Willi Klinger refers to as Austria's darkest hour for wine....

Latest Interviews

Interview - Harviestoun Brewery MD Toby Knowles 26 Apr 2016

Andy Morton

Scotland, already well-known for the quality of its whisky, is carving out a reputation as a centre of craft beer excellence. According to Nielsen data, craft beer consumers in Scotland drink more per head than almost anywhere else in the UK, and every year an increasing number of new breweries open to accommodate this thirst. Last year, there were 93 breweries in Scotland, the Campaign for Real Ale, says, with 20 of them opening over the past 12 months.

Renegade Spirits' Mark Reynier - Interview 23 Feb 2016

Andy Morton

It is late afternoon on what has been a long day. But, Mark Reynier, formerly the head of Bruichladdich and now founder of Renegade Spirits, still has the energy to vent his grievances over the Irish whiskey industry he has inhabited for just over a year.

Latest News

Interview - Conviviality CEO Diana Hunter 4 May 2016

Lucy Britner

Earlier this week, UK drinks company Conviviality agreed to purchase Bibendum PLB for GBP60m (US$88.5m), in what the country's Wine and Spirit Trade Association CEO Miles Beale called a "potentially seismic deal" for the industry. 

English wine needs "realistic" plan - Chapel Down 3 May 2016

Andy Morton

The managing director of English wine maker Chapel Down has warned fellow producers they must be "realistic" over how big the fast-growing sector could become.

Conviviality to buy Bibendum PLB for GBP60m 3 May 2016

Lucy Britner

UK drinks company Conviviality has agreed to acquire wine firm Bibendum PLB as it continues to grow its presence in the market.

C&C Group overhauls Magners, adds rip-top bottle 3 May 2016

Andy Morton

C&C Group has unveiled a packaging overhaul for its Magners cider brand that includes a rip-top closure on 528ml bottles.

Halewood International buys Liverpool Gin 3 May 2016

Andy Morton

UK producer Halewood International has bought the Liverpool Gin brand as it continues to add to its portfolio.

Mr Gladstone's Curious Emporium wine RTD - NPD 3 May 2016

Lucy Britner

UK drinks supplier Kingsland has created a new wine-based ready-to-drink brand. Mr Gladstone's Curious Emporium comes in two flavours - Pear Drop and Rhubarb & Custard.

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