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The Grocer has published its annual list of the top 100 alcohol brands. With plenty of innovation from craft brewers and distillers, how have the big drinks brands fared over the last 12 months? We’ve had a delve around the data to gauge the performance of Britain’s top 100 alcohol brands and to see which brands have moved up and down the league table since last year.   In category terms beer remains the biggest category with the...

The voting is over and the counting down. After 10 weeks and over 20,000 votes for #HotCraftSpirits we have a winner. Jelley's Vodka from Northampton topped the poll with 5,012 votes beating off stiff competition to take the crown. In second place was Masons Yorkshire Gin with 3,200 votes followed by Hicks and Healey Whiskey with 3,176 votes. All of the brands in the top 10 will gain stocking with campaign sponsor 31DOVER.com  The top 10 are shown...

The craft spirits market continues to grow with the sector showing no signs of slowing down in 2016. Whilst gin dominated much of the conversation much of the conversation in 2015, this year has seen predictions on the growth of vodka, mixers and rums. In December several industry professionals kindly shared their thoughts on the hot craft spirits trends for 2016. As part of an exciting campaign we're working on we recently spoke to leading bartender Rob Wood....

January tends to be a month when people abstain or cut-back on their alcohol consumption following the Christmas holidays. This January also saw the government released new alcohol unit guidelines which met with considerable negativity from the trade. Here’s our low down on the new alcohol unit guidelines and their impact. What are the revised guidelines? Drink no more than 14 units per week and if you do drink 14 units, best to spread evenly across the week Have...

Our latest craft beer market overview looks at activity in the sector over the last three months. It’s been a busy year for craft brewers and this quarter has been no exception. This quarter’s roundup is also a review of the 2015 key trends and developments. Craft brewers love the crowd… London’s Redchurch Brewery became the latest brewer to seek finance through alternative methods as it looked to raise £200,000 via Crowdcube. The use of crowdfunding didn’t start this...

What drinks sector trends can we expect to see emerge in 2016? This year was all about Negronis, craft beer and small batch gin. We’ve asked a drink’s and beverage sector experts what they believe we’ll all be supping on next year. From Marston’s head of brand to a Birmingham gin expert, we’ve got all the 2016’s drinks sector trends covered. Chris Keating Head of Brand Marston’s Beer Company is responsible for creating one of the biggest selling...

The craft gin market is hot. Last year saw a record number of applications to HMRC for distilling licenses. The breadth of choice is good news for consumers, helped by media interest and articles recommending the top picks. Craft gin’s visibility was evident at this year’s Imbibe Live with plenty of new arrivals on hand to showcase their products to buyers and bartenders. It’s not all plain sailing though. As a recent Imbibe Magazine’s editorial noted, not...

The phenomena that is crowd funding has not only created great opportunities for individual, bespoke small business that may never have otherwise had the chance, but it has also encouraged the consumer to take more of a deciding role in providing finance to fledgling businesses. With consumers in charge they have the ability to put their money where their mouth is and invest in products and businesses services that they think are important or exciting. The drinks industry...

It has become a known trend that over the last few years the love for craft beer is rising (almost fivefold in four years from 164,000hl in 2011 to 625,000hl in 2015) and is showing no sign of disappearing anytime soon. And British brewers have proved their significance in this market with an increase in craft value of 76% in 2015. With cask drinkers visiting the pub twice as often as the average person and spending almost...

What’s been going on in the craft beer market? It should be no surprise that despite the summer respite there’s been no shortage of news and developments. Here’s our latest update of key news and trends in the craft beer sector. In August beer fans got to sample wares from 300 brewers at the London Beer Festival. The CAMRA-organised event featured over 900 real ales, ciders and perrys. The article notes that the growth in independent breweries...