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26 June, 2016

UK votes to leave Europe: The drinks industry reacts to Brexit

The UK has voted to leave the EU and Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned. Meanwhile, the pound has dropped to its lowest level since 1985.

Convenience store chain My Local, which was sold by Morrisons last September, is reported to be on the verge of collapse.

Maxxium UK has revealed its strategy for accelerating spirits sales growth over the next five years for the off-trade and on-trade channels.

Bloom Gin has announced an on-pack promotion with flower delivery company Bloom & Wild.

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Waitrose has bolstered its buying team with Spar’s Daphne Teremetz after Cat Lomax left the business to join Majestic Wine.

Heineken has launched its first television advert for its Dutch brand Amstel; the ad will premier tonight during the England v Slovakia game.

Premium Franciactora producer Mosnel is bidding to show bubbly-loving Brits that Italy is about more than bulk Prosecco production and can produce sparklers to rival Champagne.

Jay Wright runs one of the UK’s most successful online wine retailers, Virgin Wines, which has more than 120 staff, a turnover of £40 million and north of 200,000 customers.

Majestic has reported a 43.1% sales rise on the back of the purchase of Naked Wines, but profits plummeted 74.5% (year to March 28, 2016).

Lidl is focusing on Spanish and Portuguese wine for its next Wine Cellar promotion, which goes into stores on 4 August.

South Australian producer Glenlofty has joined the Crush portfolio.

Hallgarten is adding a trio of white wines from Crete to its extensive Greek portfolio of wines.

WKD has revealed details of its latest marketing campaign to support the launch of WKD Blush.

Hi-Spirits will take on the UK distribution rights for Irish whiskey Paddy from 1 July.

Lager sales soared in the week leading up Euro 2016 as fans prepared to gather at home to watch Wayne Rooney and co attempt to end 50 years of hurt.

Kingstone Press has been announced as the Principle Partner of England Rugby League ahead of this year’s Four Nations tournament and Rugby League World Cup in 2017.

Litmus Wines is introducing new wines from Mont Rochelle in South Africa for the UK market. The launch marks the first wines from the vineyard to hit the UK since the joint venture between Litmus and Virgin Limited Edition was formed 18 months ago.

Champagne Tattinger has revealed the 14th edition of its Taittinger Collection, featuring designs by photographer Sabastiao Salgado.

The advertising watchdog has laid into wholesaler The Gin Lab for irresponsibly promoting alcohol on its Facebook page after a complaint from Alcohol Concern.

Majestic’s new strategy is focused on growing customer numbers, increasing the percentage
 of exclusive lines it stocks, improving its multichannel offering, bringing older stores up to scratch and retaining its staff.

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Three ways to improve wine's fortunes

Last month’s OLN Wine Report highlighted some of the most prominent issues currently facing the off-trade. Taken in isolation, the report’s findings make gloomy reading – shrinking product ranges, supermarket turmoil, lack of innovation and a decline in overall wine sales across the country.

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