Justin Knock MW has hailed the independent retail sector as “one of the biggest success areas” for the UK wine trade in recent years.
UK sparkling wine sales shot up by £70 million last year, making it the country’s fastest growing alcoholic drink category.
A Kent merchant is dipping its toe into the London retail scene with the launch of a 12 week pop up wine bar and shop on the South Bank this month.
Prosecco’s explosive UK growth has not come at the expense of Champagne, which held its volume and saw value sales increase by 2.2%, according to the Lanson Champagne Category Report 2014.
The UK independent retail scene is too crowded, with new arrivals simply stealing each others’ sales rather then supermarket share, warns one merchant.
Molson Coors has added Red Berries to its Carling Zest range, with the brewer putting £3.5 million of marketing support behind the flavoured beer category in 2014 alone.
A slide in supermarket own label sales is holding back Champagne’s UK performance but provides a major driving force for Prosecco, according to Champagne Lanson’s third Annual Category Report.
Westons Cider has set out ambitious plans to double its sales following predictions that the UK cider market will continue to outperform other drinks categories for the “forseeable future”.
Wines of Portugal has highlighted a discrepancy between its export statistics and sales figures from FMCG data agencies, claiming that the country’s UK sales are “misrepresented”.
William Grant & Sons has announced a new spirits educational scholarship in memory of employee Ian Murray.
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