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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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"Unsafe" Carlsberg UK ad banned 29 Sep 2016

A Carlsberg ad featuring former England footballer Stuart Pearce delivering beer to building site workers has been banned in the UK because it showed "unsafe" behaviour.


Heineken rolls out Birra Moretti in can multipack 29 Sep 2016

Heineken UK has joined a growing number of brewers in the country to release premium brands in cans.


Emperador's Tamnavulin Scotch whisky - NPD 29 Sep 2016

Whyte & Mackay, the Scotch whisky arm of Emperador, has launched a new single malt to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Tamnavulin distillery.


Diageo reveals revival plan for former factory 28 Sep 2016

Diageo has unveiled plans for a regeneration project on the former site of its Johnnie Walker plant in the west of Scotland.


AG Barr to cut staff as H1 sales, profits dip 27 Sep 2016

AG Barr is to cut 10% of its workforce before the end of the year amid a declining UK market that hampered H1 sales and profits.


East London Liquor Co creates wheat whisky 26 Sep 2016

East London Liquor Co has announced a collaborative distillation project with Sonoma County Distilling Co to produce a wheat whisky. 


Reh Kendermann’s Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling - NPD 23 Sep 2016

Reh Kendermann has launched two German wines, including a Sauvignon Blanc, in the UK on-premise, targeting shoppers in two of the country's larger supermarket chains.


City of London Distillery eyes exports 21 Sep 2016

The City of London Distillery is to ramp up exports after more than doubling capacity with a new still.


Higher drinks prices do not deter UK consumers 20 Sep 2016

A new report has found that drinkers in the UK do not feel that price has much impact on the amount of alcohol they buy.


Halewood's Whitley Neill Blood Orange Vodka - NPD 19 Sep 2016

Halewood Wines & Spirits has expanded its Whitley Neill brand into vodka. The company said Whitley Neill Blood Orange Vodka is expected to capitalise on the success of its gin brand, which was launched in 2009. 

Latest blogs

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?