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.
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.
Diageo has rolled out a new beer under the Guinness brand, developed at its experimental brewery in Dublin.
Several alcoholic drinks producers in the UK have voiced concern about the possible loss of Geographical Indication status for their products, once the country leaves the European Union.
The UK government has opened the consultation period for its proposed soft drinks industry levy.
A former Morrison Bowmore Distillers director has started work on a GBP10m (US$13m) Scotch whisky distillery in Glasgow's city centre.
SHS drinks has redesigned its WKD brand in the UK as it looks to connect with 18- to 24-year-old consumers.
A new UK obesity strategy has shied away from mandatory sugar reduction targets for the food and drink industry, opting instead for a voluntary 20% cut by 2020.
Halewood Wines & Spirits has secured a three-year partnership for its Eisberg alcohol-free wine brand with the Tour of Britain cycle race.
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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