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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 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 22...

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....

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 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 premium bottled...

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...

Everyone in the drinks sector knows that gin is hot. From innovative new brands to the Government talking up gin’s export potential, there’s plenty to celebrate. There’s no shortage of new craft and artisan gins. For many of these smaller players, using social media offers scope to build audiences and engage with drinkers, bartenders and retailers. Social has long been at the front of craft beer’s marketing playbook, but how well are their spirits colleagues utilising social...

The last few years have seen a huge rise in the number of craft producers. Gin in particular has seen a renaissance with a surge of distilleries popping up across the country. But what about craft vodka? Is it being left behind in the artisan spirits race? The changing face of vodka Vodka has had many personalities. From everyone’s favourite tasteless spirit to flavours so bizarre even Heston Blumenthal would consider a step too far. In the late 90s flavoured vodka...

The craft sprits market is hot. From artisan gins to flavoured vodkas and Welsh whisky, there’s no shortage of innovation or new entrants. Visitor’s to July’s Imbibe Live 2015 were spoilt for choice with dozens of spirits on offer. Is this a passing fad? Or is our love of craft spirits a long-term trend? What does it take to succeed in such as competitive market? We wanted to find out what people in the trade think of...

The craft sprits market is hot. From artisan gins to flavoured vodkas and Welsh whisky, there’s no shortage of innovation or new entrants. Visitor’s to July’s Imbibe Live 2015 were spoilt for choice with dozens of spirits on offer. Is this a passing fad? Or is our love of craft spirits a long-term trend? What does it take to succeed in such as competitive market? We wanted to find out what people in the trade think of...

Britain’s top 100 alcohol brands are in the spotlight after the publication of the Grocer’s list of the UK’s biggest  drinks brands. The bottom end of the alcohol market is buzzing: we’re seeing record numbers of applications for distilling licenses, excellent growth for English wines and of course the ongoing rise of craft beer. But is life as good at the top? Here’s our view of the state of the market...