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What does C&C’s acquisition of Matthew Clark mean for pubs?

By Nicholas Robinson

Following its acquisition of Matthew Clark and Bibendum, C&C Group is set to revive the parts of the businesses that stalled during former owner Conviviality’s near month-long financial calamity. The big challenge, however, will be restoring faith...

Deal rubber stamped: C&C takes ownership of Matthew Clark and Bibendum

Matthew Clark and Bibendum acquired by C&C

By Nicholas Robinson

Less than 12 hours after officially announcing its interest to buy out Conviviality brands Matthew Clark and Bibendum, C&C Group has confirmed the transaction is now complete.

Buyout: C&C Group in talks to buy Matthew Clark and Bibendum

C&C primed to buy Matthew Clark and Bibendum

By Nicholas Robinson

Bulmers cider owner C&C Group is in “advanced” discussions with beleaguered drinks distributor Conviviality to buy Matthew Clark and Bibendum with support from AB InBev.

'Entry level': Brits are guzzling cheap Prosecco when there's so much more

There’s more to life than ‘party' Prosecco

By Nicholas Robinson

Consumers are chugging back 'entry-level' bottles of Prosecco in high volumes when they could instead be spending a little more on quality, according to Bibendum on-trade channel director John Graves.

Rising up: non-Champagne sparkling wine volume was up by a third and value sales by 27% in the first half of last year (CGA)

Shifting world wine trends

By Nigel Huddleston

The winds of change are blowing through the world of wines as factors ranging from currency fluctuations to weather-impacted harvest levels cause both suppliers and consumers to look beyond stereotypical options to new markets and styles.

On the up: sparkling wine sales do not just boom on Valentine's Day

Sparkling wine sales set to soar

By Nikkie Sutton

Sales of fizz are expected to continue to rise after a record-breaking year, according to figures from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

In demand: more than 26m bottles of sparkling wine and Champagne were sold in the on-trade in 2017

Brexit threat to sparkling wine sales boom

By James Beeson

The UK’s sparkling wine sector has seen sales almost double in the last five years, according to the latest statistics from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Top of the wines: 10 of the biggest sellers

The Drinks List: Top Brands To Stock 2018

The Drinks List: Top Wines

By Nicholas Robinson

In broad terms, the wine category is in decline but the category is too complex to be explained in a sweeping statement.

The top brands to stock in your pub

The Drinks List: Top Brands To Stock 2018

By Nicholas Robinson

With the on-trade drinks market moving at an ever-faster pace as operators try to keep pace with increasingly volatile drinkers, knowledge truly is power. Here, The Morning Advertiser brings you the facts behind the stats

Shopping shift: wine prices could affect supermarket sales

Wine price hike could hit supermarket sales

By Nicholas Robinson

Still wine sold in supermarkets accounts for a third of in-home alcohol consumption, but a potential wine shortage caused by bad weather could cause consumers to change their drinking habits.

The right message: Drinkaware boss Elaine Hindal explains the real problem

Drinkaware: ‘We are not the booze police’

By Nicholas Robinson

It is a busy Friday night in the pub and the punters are out in force enjoying themselves as the drinks flow from behind the bar. Just as things start to get into the swing, a distressed customer storms into the bar and frantically screams: “Everybody...

Top to stock: The Drinks List goes live

The Drinks List: Top Brands To Stock webinar launches

By Nicholas Robinson

Be the first to discover which drinks and trends are driving sales in the on-trade by tuning into The Morning Advertiser’s (MA) Drinks List: Top Brands To Stock free webinar this Thursday (16 November).

Quick plonk: efficiency and cost savings (pictured: co-founder George Workman)

Save on wine costs by going draught

By Nicholas Robinson

Draught wine could be as big in the UK as it is in the States, according to the co-founders of Love Wine on Tap, but the current stigma surrounding it needs to be broken down.

Too high: tax on the UK wine sector is worrying producers

English wine threatened by increased duty

By Nicholas Robinson

English sparkling wine producers may be put under unnecessary pressure if Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond implements proposals to raise tax on the sector.

Diverse: the bolstered range includes Champagnes and other sparkling wines, as well as reds and whites from across the world

Matthew Clark expands wine range

By James Beeson

Drinks distributor Matthew Clark has added 83 new wines to its portfolio, following extended research on emerging trends.

Appetite for fizz: on-trade bubbly sales have risen

Prosecco sales up 9% on last year

By Helen Gilbert

The UK’s appetite for sparkling wine shows no sign of abating with sales up 9% in a year and some bars and pubs now stocking Prosecco on tap, research has revealed.

Classy: Port must always be passed to the left at dinner parties

A bluffer’s guide to Port

By James Beeson

When it comes to a classic after-dinner drink, Port is a popular choice with connoisseurs.

Rolling hills: Château Carbonneau is 150 years old

Why buy wine direct from the vineyard?

By Nicholas Robinson

Château Carbonneau stands elegantly at the centre of its 57-hectare estate in Pessac-sur-Dordogne, south-western France, where it has been under the control of the same family for more than half of its 150 year history.

Sales slow down: managed pubs have suffered recently

Managed pub, bar and restaurant sales slow down

By James Beeson

Like-for-like sales in Britain’s pub, bar and restaurant groups were ahead just 0.2% nationally compared to last August, according to the latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Spending more: consumers continue to buy less, but more premium alcoholic drinks

Posh plonk sales up in branded pubs

By Nicholas Robinson

Brits are spending more to guzzle premium alcoholic drinks in branded pubs and fancy upmarket bars, CGA Alcohol Sales Tracker report data shows.

Help and guidance: the new brochure aims to help pubs optimise their wine offer

Wine brochure launched by Molson Coors

By Nikkie Sutton

Drinks giant Molson Coors has launched its 2017 wine brochure, which aims to help licensees boost wine sales by building the right range for their customers.

Fake: Europol seized wine purporting to be a famous and protected red wine from Italy

APPG set up to probe illicit trade

By Fred A'Court

MPs will investigate illicit trade across a range of sectors, including alcohol, as part of a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) formed to push the problem up the political agenda.

Great British Pub Awards 2017: The winners will be revealed at the Hilton on Park lane on 7 September

Meet the GBPA nominees: Best Wine Bar/Pub

By Ed Bedington

Our penultimate set of previews for the finalists in this year’s John Smith’s Great British Pub Awards are the nominees in the Best Wine Bar/Pub category.

Concerning: The DfT said the rise was

Drink drive casualties on the rise

By James Beeson

The number of people seriously injured in drink drive accidents has risen by 9% over the space of a year, according to the latest statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT). 

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