17th October, 2019 by Edith Hancock The Lo & No Beverage Summit took place in London this week, which showed that drinks brands are keen to experiment with new ideas and products to attract sober-curious consumers.Low ABV specialists Big Drop launched their own sour beer in 2018.
The wine course aims to help its customers discover the best ways to taste wine as well as helping them get to grips with their red and white grape varieties, and learning to pick their favourites by region.Rewind twenty years and I was just a wine lover with none of the technical knowledge I have now.
Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger is stepping down from the role of president of Taittinger Champagne and he has announced he is entrusting the future of the family business to his daughter.She will now undertake her new responsibilities with the support of Damien le Sueur (general manager) and her brother Clovis Taittinger, who will be promoted to general manager.
Diageo is introducing a new festive flavour for its Captain Morgan rum brand.The producer hopes to tap into the on-trend flavour of gingerbread, which has filtered into the drinks world via drinks such as gingerbread lattes and eggnog cocktails.
Tine Van Nevel, brand director – Europe, for Bacardi Rum, said: “We’ve observed a big shift in the rum category towards premiumisation so the decision to grow our premium offering was an obvious one.We’re seeing that people are increasingly opting to trade up to more sophisticated drinks and are not willing to sacrifice quality for price.
Marketing messages related to the CBD and Hemp-infused rum Dead Man’s Fingers Hemp, owned by Halewood International, have been found to be in breach of the UK Advertising Code.The Scottish Government’s Alcohol Harm Prevention Team challenged an Instagram post from the brand in July, which stated: “Hemp Rum, coming to a joint near you” supported with an image of the product’s bottle, which stated Hemp Rum on the label.
Nisa has announced it is helping retailers transition into colder weather with a Hail the Ale event to help drive footfall and sales.The event, which will run until October 29, offers competitive pricing and offers on a wide range of popular ales.
An increasing number of vineyards in Bordeaux are exploring sustainable and environmentally-friendly production methods with a record 60% now certified as either organic, biodynamic or the French HVE (High Environmental Value) certification, according to The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB).Allan Sichel, vice president of the CIVB, told DRN: “In 2014 it was 35% of vineyards that had some form of environmental certification and this rose to 55% in 2016, and now it’s 60%.
Clive Donaldson, senior wine sourcing manager, Morrisons, said: “Our The Best wine collection is something we are enormously proud of.Our passionate and expert team source wines of exceptional quality from the world’s best producers, including Lyme Bay.
The brewer has unveiled two new research prototypes of its Green Fibre Bottle, which are the first ‘paper bottles’ to contain beer.The company said it has been joined by other leading global companies who are united in their vision of developing sustainable packaging through the advancement of paper bottle technology.
The drinks industry veteran will help shape the strategy for the next phase of the Brockman’s development, the company said.A major part of this strategy is focused on extending its international footprint, particularly in the US.
It was a Spar shop in the village of Meriden which we ran for 24 years, then two months ago we moved the whole store into a completely new unit just down the road.The new store now has more food- to-go and hot food.
In 2014 Jana Post and her partner decided to open a wine shop near their home despite having no experience in wine retailing.We really like natural wines which are quite funky and mostly from smaller producers, so these are the kinds of wines we stock.
The producer, which is based in the Cardrona Valley in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, has four spirits to offer the UK market as part of its aim of putting the country on the world premium spirits map.The range of hand-crafted drinks include The Reid Single Malt Vodka; Rose Rabbit Liqueur (available in two flavours); The Cardona Single Malt Whisky ‘Just Hatched’; and The Source Gin.
The Beaujolais region has reported that exports to the UK are up 35.Dominique Piron, president of Inter Beaujolais, said: “For several years now, Beaujolais wines have been following a positive trend.
While Scotch whisky is not necessarily featuring at the top of many conversations in the off-trade, this summer it has experienced a comeback.Not only has this proved attractive to current Scotch shoppers, who have been adding more whisky to their alcohol cupboards, but it has encouraged occasional Scotch shoppers to purchase.
Freixenet Copestick is extending its successful I Heart brand into spirits, starting with the launch of two gins.The I Heart Spirits sister brand follows the producer’s vision to make wine, and now spirits, accessible and enjoyable for everyone.
We are starting to see a bit of gin fatigue and we are starting to see growth in rum now.It’s small compared to gin in sales, but we can see it growing.
The number of trade tastings is greater than ever.Others were coherent portfolios of wines - from the defiantly natural to the decidedly old-school - that had a sense of personality.
A number of the UK’s leading wine companies have banded together to campaign for wine to be treated fairly in future Budget announcements.“As a wine industry we have probably been a little bit too subdued on this matter,” says Doyle.