In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Christmas retail roundup: Christmas booze sales push Lidl into double digits
Alcohol helped to push Lidl’s sales into double digit growth, the retailer has reported, with beer, wine and spirits up 13%, its highest growth recorded in the category.
Majestic announces festive sales boost
Wine retailer Majestic has said that its sales in the final quarter of last year were given a major fillip by the company’s largest ever day of trading on 23 December.
Producers stand by Oddbins as Domaine Paul Mas adds new sku
Domaine Paul Mas has launched a new sku into beleaguered UK wine retailer Oddbins, demonstrating the support that producers have for the specialist retailer that is currently operating under administrators.
Stellar year for Berry Bros & Rudd as profits soar
The UK’s oldest wine merchant, Berry Bros & Rudd, hit its highest sales since 2010 last year, posting a net profit of over £1.76m for the year, a strong recovery from last year’s loss.
Aldi launches ‘Aldi-ploma’ wine course
UK discounter Aldi is launching an online wine course for shoppers comprising a free-to-download online course and tutorial, which it says will make will make the wine aisle “less baffling” for consumers.
GB grocery market back in growth
The UK grocery market has returned to growth, with sales up 0.5% in the last 12 weeks to £26.6 billion, but flat volume sales show consumers aren’t stockpiling for Brexit, according to retail analyst Kantar.
Majestic rolls out ‘Spotify-style’ wine fitting service across store estate
Majestic Wine has rolled out its ‘Spotify-style’ wine fitting service across its entire store estate, and is publicising it by giving away over a million bottles of wine to customers who take the test.
Analysis: UK shoppers trade up to higher priced wine
UK wine consumers are trading up to higher priced wines, exclusive data from Nielsen has shown. db analyses the trend.
Majestic’s Ealing store to be redeveloped into housing
Majestic’s Ealing store, which is being sold to property developer A2Dominion, is set to be redeveloped as a 25 storey residential block of flats, if planning permission is granted.
Interview: Voice technology will drive the future of online wine sales
Wine apps and smart speaker technology will drive the future of online wine sales, according to international drinks market analysts the IWSR, speaking to db in an exclusive interview.
Majestic Wine sold to equity firm for £100m
Majestic Wine has confirmed the sale of its commercial and retail business to asset management firm Fortress Investment Group for £100 million.