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May 2015

This morning saw news that US brewing giant SABMiller had purchased UK craft brewer Meantime for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will see Meantime operate as an independent brewery with SABMiller looking to drive expansion and exports of Meantime’s award-winning brews. With the craft beer market booming, is this a one-off purchase or is it the start of a wave of purchases of nimble, profitable craft brewers by ‘big brewing’? Craft brewers are an attractive target for acquisition Craft...

Premium and craft gin is on the rise. In the last two years sales have jumped 18% and astonishingly British gin makes up 20% of the worlds supply. But what’s driving this growth? One word. Craft. Craft gin distilleries are popping up faster than you can say G&T. According to figures released by HMRC at the end of 2014 applications for distillery licenses have jumped a massive 1500% and show no signs of slowing. But what exactly is...

The English wine sector is in rude health. 2014’s harvest has seen production explode with exports set-up to grow. The wines continue to wow critics and awareness of English wines is growing among UK consumers. Consumers sales have grown too as UK drinkers discover the wines with Waitrose reporting a 95% uplift in sales. So how well are English wines using social media to reach consumers? We decided to take a look. Producers only have to look...