Champagne & sparkling
Wine sales fell 3% in the off-trade in 2014, and 2% in the on-trade – but sparkling wines are still in the ascendancy, says the latest market report from the Wine & Spirits Trade Association.
Sales of Prosecco are fizzing across the major retailers in the run-up to Christmas, with Tesco predicting one in three bottles of sparkling wine sold this year will be the Italian favourite.
Cava producer Codorníu has launched a global ad campaign which emphasises the brand’s suitability for all occasions and its differences to Champagne - “we’re not big on formalities, we prefer hugs and kisses” - in time for Christmas.
When it comes to celebrating in the Champagne category it pays to have a story, to be different and to stand out from the competition.
Islay distillery Kilchoman has signed a deal with the family-run Pol Roger Champagne to distribute its range of single malt whiskies.
- pause slideshow
Insights & Analysis
As in the UK, the beer scene in the US has been transformed over the last 20 years. As mainstream lagers have got blander and colder, craft breweries have sprung up around the country to be greeted by an enthusiastic and increasingly knowledgeable set of drinkers.
Christmas Report: Gin is a must-have festive tonic Subscription