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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."

How to stay ahead in wine e-commerce -Virgin Wines 7 Jun 2016

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.

Latest News

Beam Suntory turns Asda Japanese with Midori push 25 Jul 2016

Beam Suntory is to place a Japanese-style telephone booth outside Asda supermarkets as it extends an experiential marketing campaign for Midori melon liqueur to the UK.

Nichols predicts strong full-year after H1 boost 22 Jul 2016

UK soft drinks producer Nichols has forecast another solid six months after first-half results saw sales and profits climb.

Britvic's YTD sales fall on stills drag - results 21 Jul 2016

Britvic has posted a drop in nine-month underlying sales as still soft drinks in the UK continued to underperform.

New Hendrick's Gin would have to be "unusual" 20 Jul 2016

William Grant & Sons has refused to rule out a first extension for its Hendrick's Gin brand.

Diageo starts formal talks over UK pension cuts 19 Jul 2016

Diageo has started formal consultations with staff over pension plan changes that will affect one-third of its UK workforce.

Halewood Wines & Spirits' Surprisingly Good wine 19 Jul 2016

UK drinks company Halewood Wines & Spirits has launched a range of "fresh and simple" wines called Surprisingly Good. 

Deliveroo launches alcohol delivery service in UK 19 Jul 2016

UK food courier service Deliveroo is promising to deliver alcohol to UK homes within 20 minutes in a link up with Brewdog and off-premise companies including Majestic Wines.

Conviviality toasts Matthew Clark as FY sales leap 19 Jul 2016

UK drinks group Conviviality has reported a triple-digit sales boost for its full year, following the integration of wholesale firm Matthew Clark.

Cotswolds CEO co-creates craft spirits trade body 19 Jul 2016

A new trade body for craft spirits producers has been established in the UK in a bid to promote the interests of artisanal distillers. 

New Zealand opens UK off-premise Pinot Noir comp 18 Jul 2016

The trade association for New Zealand’s wine industry has launched a competition for independent off-trade outlets in the UK to promote Pinot Noir wines from the country.

Latest blogs

People want to drink beer in cafes 6 May 2016

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

The argument against sugar tax made simple 30 Mar 2016

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.

Where have all the good men gone? - Heineken's latest ad 15 Jan 2016

Women don't get drunk - and certainly not on Heineken.