Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cider

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Canned craft beer sales up 327%

By Rachel Arthur

Cans are now used for a quarter of craft beers sold in the UK, with canned craft beer sales increasing 327% from January to August 2017, according to Nielsen.

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Christmas soft drink demand is set to soar, predicts Britvic

By Rachel Arthur

As people aim to reduce their alcohol consumption, almost half of UK consumers are planning to buy more soft drinks this Christmas, according to Britvic, which is advising operators to prepare for a boom in soft drinks.

‘Sale of illicit alcohol costs UK around £1.3bn per year’ - HMRC

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HMRC operation seizes alcohol in Wales

By Staff Reporter

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal products across north Wales has uncovered 2,700 litres of alcohol.

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Number of UK wine producers up 13%

By Rachel Arthur

The number of wine producers in the UK has grown by 13% in the last year, reaching a record high of 397 in 2016, with the trend for ‘boutique’ drinks driving growth.