Discount supermarket Lidl continues to move into upmarket wine retailing in the UK, as it takes on 60 new lines and plans six “Wine Cellar” promotions for next year.
After Scotch whisky helped Lidl to achieve record UK sales of more than £4 billion in 2014, the discount retailer has signalled plans for further growth in this market.
Australian Vintage has become the latest producer to spot an opportunity for fruit-flavoured sparkling wine as it launches a new range called Summertime.
Conviviality Retail has posted full year pre-tax profits of £9.7 million, a 4.4% rise “slightly ahead of expectations”, as the group negotiates a major deal to buy Matthew Clark.
Waitrose has seized on the UK’s current gin boom, almost doubling its range in the last 12 months and reporting a 7% year-on-year sales increase.
A UK wine producer and importer believes it can “comfortably” grow fivefold in the next decade thanks to an efficient business model and new products that meet demand for private label offerings.
Asda has announced a “complete review” of its wine range, including the introduction of a new exclusive label, as the UK retailer seeks to offer its customers “more choice and inspiration”.
UK retailer The Co-operative Food is set to sell a million cases of Fairtrade wine this year after overhauling its own label range and partnering with some major brands.
UK drinks retailer Oddbins has tapped into the country’s craft ale craze with the launch of an outlet dedicated entirely to beer.
The UK thirst for Champagne and Prosecco helped online retailer Virgin Wines to achieve its best Christmas ever, with like-for-like December sales up 20%.
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