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Alcohol delivery service scolded by ASA over ‘unwise’ memes

A drinks company that delivers alcohol to people’s homes struck the wrong chord with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after using memes promoting “unwise” alcohol consumption.

Banned: Drink Doctor is not allowed to use this meme again

Marston’s buys Charles Wells’ beer business for £55m

18-May-2017 - Brewer and pub operator Marston’s has acquired Charles Wells’ brewing business and beer distribution rights for £55m, after announcing half-year beer sales up 2%.

Strong April sales help managed pubs outperform restaurants

11-May-2017 - Managed pub operators saw a 6.1% jump in like-for-like sales last month, according to the latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Bottomless Prosecco making binge drinking 'acceptable'

09-May-2017 - Campaigners concerned that bottomless Prosecco brunches are making binge drinking acceptable among middle-class women should turn their attention to the off-trade, the ALMR has declared.

Is social media ruining the UK's pub culture?

08-May-2017 - Millennials are drinking less than any other age group and licensees have put the blame on social media, but is this really the case?

Top Shelf: Brooklyn Brewery’s new IPA, Martell’s refresh and more

04-May-2017 - Brooklyn Brewery’s Scorcher IPA has launched in 30-litre kegs and Martell has “refreshed” the cognac category with a new liquid and packaging, but what have other brands been up to...

Fuller’s replaces wine team in refocus

27-Apr-2017 - Fuller’s has replaced its entire wine team as it looks to set itself apart from its rivals as an expert in wine, The Morning Advertiser has learned.

M&B targets younger 'drinkers' with new alcoholic popsicles

25-Apr-2017 - Mitchells & Butlers is hoping to attract younger consumers with a selection of ‘Instagrammable’ premium alcoholic popsicles.

Plea for Brits home and abroad to 'raise a glass' this St George’s Day

21-Apr-2017 - As St George’s Day celebrations commence up and down the country this weekend, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has called on Brits and UK ambassadors across the world to...

Pubs warned ‘watch out for duty cheats’ after rules tightened

19-Apr-2017 - The Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) has urged pubs to be vigilant when purchasing alcohol following the introduction of tougher wholesale registration rules.

Rock ’n’ Roll star Sting speaks about his vineyard, love of wine, and singing in cellars

11-Apr-2017 - Sitting poised in an elegant and dark underground restaurant, a stone’s throw from The Ritz, journalists and wine enthusiasts sit not so close to each other sipping – some spitting – wines...

Pricey booze steadies wet sales in pubs

10-Apr-2017 - Expensive alcohol is helping pubs, bars and restaurants to increase or maintain profits from wet sales as consumers look for more premium experiences.

St Austell rebrands wine division

03-Apr-2017 - Cornish brewer and pubco St Austell has rebranded and relaunched its dedicated wine division.

WSTA urges close relationship with EU as Article 50 trigger looms

29-Mar-2017 - The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has urged the Government to protect the British wine and spirits industry by maintaining a “special relationship” with Europe as Theresa May kicks...

CAMRA backs report on health benefits of alcohol

28-Mar-2017 - The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has responded to a study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that found moderate drinkers have a lower risk of heart attack, angina and heart failure when...

WSTA warns Government over post-Brexit bootlegging

27-Mar-2017 - The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned Government that if Brexit talks do not achieve frictionless borders, delays and gridlocks at ports will “encourage the resurgence of alcohol...

World’s first ‘drip-free’ wine bottle unveiled by US scientist

24-Mar-2017 - The days of near-unavoidable tablecloth stains may be nearing their end, with a US scientist unveiling the world’s first drip-free wine bottle. 

Low-calorie Skinny wine to roll out across M&B pubs

23-Mar-2017 - Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) will introduce new wine brand The Skinny Fizz across a large segment of its pub estate next month.  

Winners of first independent English wine competition announced

21-Mar-2017 - The inaugural winners of the Independent English Wine Awards (IEWA) have been unveiled after judging took place last week.

BBPA: beer should have been included in low-strength consultation

21-Mar-2017 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has hit out at the Government’s low-strength consultation, which focused on wine and cider, because beer was not included.

Grape expectations: how wine is evolving in the pub sector

16-Mar-2017 - Ordering a glass of house wine in the local used to result in receiving a drink that tasted more like sulphuric acid than Syrah. Thankfully for customers’ stomach linings, those...

Spring Budget: duty rises for beer, cider, wine and spirits

08-Mar-2017 - Alcohol duty will rise for beer, cider, wine and spirits, the chancellor has announced in the budget.

Pubs lose out to supermarkets in Christmas fizz sales

08-Mar-2017 - More than 45m bottles of sparkling wine were sold in the UK at Christmas, but just 5m of those were bought in the on-trade, the rest being purchased in supermarkets.

Mounting costs pose real threat to on-trade growth

23-Feb-2017 - Increasing food and drink prices, as well as business rates revaluations, pose immediate threats to on-trade growth this year, new research shows.

JDW will be first pub chain to show drinks calories

19-Feb-2017 - Calorie information for all pub giant JD Wetherspoon’s (JDW) drinks will be shown on its menu and website for the first time from next month.